"SOLAR DUST" JADCD 1080
Works by: Eric Gross, Ian Shanahan, Dulcie Holland, Gary Monger, Robert Allworth, Ann Carr-Boyd. Duration: 69'05".
"Solar Dust: Orbits and Spirals" for solo mandolin (1988) is one of three works by Shanahan on this CD written in the composer's advanced modernist style, inspired by his interest in celestial mechanics, and in finding equivalents in sound to the mathematics of the Cosmos. Gross's 'Three Pieces for Alto Trombone & Piano, Op. 210 (1996) were especially composed for trombonist Gregory van der Struik who performs with pianist Tony Baldwin. The pieces are, by turn, lively and lyrical.
Holland's contemplative "Soliloquy For Strings" (1996) played by the Orpheus Quartet complements the languid "Summer Haze" (1993) for solo piano, composed and performed by Carr-Boyd. Allworth's organ piece "Hymn to the Miracle of Lanciano, Italy" (1989) admirably conveys the sense of awe experienced by a priest witnessing the transformation of the host, an event reported in the year 742. Monger's short solo recorder piece "Gecko" describes a tiny lizard chasing moths and mosquitoes. It was written for and is here performed by Ian Shanahan.
The cover photo features a montage of two shots of Eric Gross receiving his appointment, as a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia, from His Excellency the Governor of New South Wales, Gordon Samuels at a ceremony in Government House, Sydney, 25/9/98.
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1. Summer Haze
2. Hymn to the Miracle of Lanciano, Italy
3. Soliloquy for Strings
4. 3 Pieces for Alto Trombone & Piano: Introduction
5. 3 Pieces for Alto Trombone & Piano: Recitativo & Aria
6. 3 Pieces for Alto Trombone & Piano: Euphonism I/A
8. Arcturus Timespace
9. Solar Dust Orbits & Spirals
10. Resonances of Heaven
11. Cadenza III