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Learning to Howl
Learning to Howl (ABC Classics 481 0188)
SKU: 16199
AU $25.45

Label: ABC Classics Cat. No.: 481 0188 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1

Andrew Ford's vast knowledge and love of music of all kinds is well known to the many fans of his popular weekly program The Music Show on ABC Radio National. He is also internationally renowned as a composer, and ABC Classics is proud to showcase his remarkable talent in this new album Learning to Howl.

Drawing on poetry from women across the centuries - from Sappho, Queen Elizabeth I and Christina Rossetti to Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Smart and the contemporary Australian poet Ann Timoney Jenkin - Andrew Ford traces the journey from childhood to old age in his award-winning song cycle 'Learning to Howl'. His music is by turns bold and tender, innocent and sensual, yearning and joyous, and the pure, clear voice of Australian soprano Jane Sheldon responds to every nuance of the words with sensitivity and grace. The title comes from the writings of novelist Lorrie Moore, describing how, as a child, she wanted to 'make chords' with her voice, 'to splinter her voice into harmonies - to howl and fly and break apart.'

The other major work on this disc, Elegy in a Country Graveyard, grew out of the land and the community of Robertson, a village in the Southern Highlands of NSW. The graveyard, perched high on a hill and looking out for many miles in all directions, is for the locals a favourite place to sit, to reflect, and to remember, and their affectionate musings on the place and the people buried there, recorded by Ford and woven into the musical fabric, lie at the heart of a rich soundscape that blends past, present and future.

Artists: Jane Sheldon [sorpano], Margery Smith [clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone], Genevieve Lang [harp], Daryl Pratt [percussion], Alexis Kenny [flute], Richard Haynes [clarinet, bass clarinet], Emma Baker [cello], Katherine Phillip [cello], Marshall McGuuire [harp, piano], Sydney Chamber Choir
Composers: Andrew Ford.
Tracks: 1. 'When I was a child - Sappho 1 ('My friends, my dearest friends')

2. 'I'm Nobody! Who are you?' - Sappho 2 ('I do not expect to touch the sky')

3. A Birthday - 'If my lover came now' - Sappho 3 ('Take up your harp')

4. Dance - A Walk to the Japanese Garden

5. On Monsieur's Departure - The Old Stoic - Sappho 4 ('Once I saw a young girl picking flowers')

6. The Punch and Judy Man

7. Three Songs for the Lady Pan

8. Sappho 5 ('May you sleep on the breast of your tender companion') - A Warning - Sappho 6 ('But now, dear friends, my song must end')

Jane Sheldon soprano, Margery Smith clarinet, bass clarinet & soprano saxophone, Genevieve Lang harp, Daryl Pratt percussion

9. Sounds and sweet airs

Alexis Kenny flute, Richard Haynes clarinet

10. Snatches of Old Lauds

Richard Haynes bass clarinet, Emma Baker & Katherine Phillip cellos, Paul O'Brien double bass

11. Elegy in a Country Graveyard

Marshall McGuire harp & piano, Daryl Pratt harmonium, vibraphone & tubular bell, Nick Hewett & Hoshimi Sakai trumpet, Megan Wright horn, Matthew Harrison trombone, Duncan Spry tuba, Sydney Chamber Choir conducted by Paul Stanhope

12. The Birthday of My Life
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 16199
Label: ABC Classics
Catalog #: 481 0188
Price: AU $25.45   

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