Music reviews

Make Way for Love by Marlon Williams

Reviewed by Declan Murphy

Many moons ago, I was privileged enough to witness a very intimate gig at the sorely missed Pure Pop records in St Kilda by a then unknown, fresh-faced Kiwi ex-pat by the name of Marlon Williams. Th…

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Reich: Pulse/Quartet by International Contemporary Ensemble & Colin Currie Group

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

People often remark that Steve Reich’s music can be an acquired taste, one only for those serious, modern-classical music listeners wanting to expand their horizons. As someone who has been firmly en…

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Paul Stanhope: Lux Aeterna by Sydney Chamber Choir & Paul Stanhope

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

Lux Aeterna is Latin for ‘eternal light’. Paul Stanhope’s works often have dense harmonic ideas, but here, there’s a constant sense of lightness – both in the musicianship of the Sydney Chamber Choir…

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D959 & D960 by Krystian Zimerman

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

I think I need to be honest and say I’ve been on a bit of a Schubert bandwagon lately – though mostly his symphonic and chamber repertoire – so it was a delight to review this piano album. I started …

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Blue Maqams by Anouar Brahem

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Blue Maqams is the thirteenth release on ECM for Tunisian oud-master/composer Anouar Brahem. Brahem has achieved great success for the label with his ability as a crossover artist, taking his audienc…

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Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Reviewed by Pia Spreadborough

‘I cherish my intercontinental friendships…’ Australian indie-rock sensation Courtney Barnett croons on ‘Continental Breakfast’ – moments later American spacey-rock sensation Kurt Vile adds, ‘Somewhe…

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Il Diavolo by Accademia Arcadia

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

Many people know the story of the Devil’s Trill Sonata by Tartini. How he dreamed one night he made a pact with the devil, who took up Tartini’s violin and played ‘a sonata so wonderful and so beauti…

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Splendid Harmony by L'arpa festante

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

The concept behind this album is very interesting. It’s not an homage to a person as such, it’s a homage to his legacy through his teaching. It features five different composers, all of whom learned …

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A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

A Deeper Understanding is the fourth LP from Philadelphia sextet The War on Drugs, who prove again that they are artists of art-rock atmosphere. This album has been previewed largely via live studio …

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Richard Strauss by Louise Alder and Joseph Middleton

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

Recently, while perusing the shelves at Readings, I was thrilled to discover young British soprano Louise Alder’s debut Strauss recording. My excitement was twofold: I recognised her as an acquaintan…

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