CD Review – Greta: Sonata No. 5

Greta: Sonata No. 5
Michael Kieran Harvey, piano. Move Records MD3452

Written by James Nightingale

Move brings us another recording in the Michael Kieran Harvey Collection. Harvey’s Piano Sonata #5 is a work dedicated to the climate activist Greta Thunberg, bringing together Harvey’s environmentalism and musical creativity. Continuing on their collaboration in The Green Brain, the CD is accompanied by a poem by Arjun von Caemmerer, ‘Regret’, which lists Australian plants and animals threatened by climate change. The new piano sonata is in five movements and the entire work has been recorded twice – once using piano and once on electronic keyboards. I prefer the piano version but it’s quite fascinating to explore the differences between the two. The music is uncompromising, but Harvey’s piano playing is absolutely extraordinary in its virtuosity. A CD recommended to those with an interest in Australian music and music with a message.

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