Live Music Review

Van Morrison’s Masterpieces
Vince Jones and The Astral Orchestra
Blue Mountains Theatre
Friday, 14 February 2020

Written by Barry O’Sullivan
Illustrations by Lyndon Pike

Australia’s foremost jazz vocalist Vince Jones is currently
interpreting the classic albums Astral Weeks and Moondance on
stage in a series of concerts throughout Australia. Accompanied Continue reading “Live Music Review”

Between Two Worlds

Tchaikovsky’s orchestral works

Written by David Ogilvie

Photo: AF archive / Alamy Stock Photo


Despite being one of the most well-documented composers in history, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is arguably one of the most misunderstood. Invariably popular with the general public, largely because of his more emotional works, the almost hypnotic Continue reading “Between Two Worlds”

CD Review – Astrolabe

Astrolabe
Chris Cody
Independent
*****
Composed as a tribute to the French explorer La Perouse, Chris Cody’s ninepiece Astrolabe suite draws upon the musical influences of the jazz, classical, and world music genres. The suite transports listeners on a vibrant and exciting musical odyssey, conveying the feelings and emotions experienced Continue reading “CD Review – Astrolabe”

Listening Beyond the Notes

Eddie Bernasconi delves deeper into Shostakovitch’s provocative 5th Symphony

Whether a hymn for Stalinist political victory, or a parody of one, Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony is perhaps one of the most provocative musical works ever to be composed. Its significance and the degree to which we consider it to be a Continue reading “Listening Beyond the Notes”

Telemann the Polygraph

Illustration: Lyndon Pike

Rex Burgess portrays a prolific composer

According to Handel, a lifelong friend, Telemann could “write a church piece of eight parts with the same expedition as another would write a letter” – an observation illustrating both his skill and his readiness. Another writer recounted how Telemann wrote Continue reading “Telemann the Polygraph”