Julian Day

Recent articles by Julian Day

Bryce Dessner: An American in Perth

ABC Classic FM's Julian Day spoke to all-round musician Bryce Dessner ahead of his Perth Festival classical gig.

Peter Sculthorpe: The sound of home

A visit with the composer who, in a career spanning six decades, has come to define Australian classical music.

Carl Vine: String Quartets (Goldner Quartet)

A confident portrait of an Australian composer across three decades.

Philip Glass brings his etudes to Perth

Glass sparked the minimalist revolution – then pronounced it dead. But he's still propelled by the manic energy of those early works.

John Cage: As it is (Alexei Lubimov, Natalia Pschenitschnikova)

Not what you might expect from this experimental legend.

Westlake: Missa Solis – Requiem for Eli (Liam Crisanti, MSO and Chorus/Westlake)

A life tragically lost – Composer Nigel Westlake’s dual hymn to son and sun.

Grant Foster: The Pearl of Dubai Suite

From Oz (via Russia) with love – Composer Grant Foster doesn’t shy away from a bit of Russian romance.

Australian Portrait (Hindson, Smetanin, Broadstock, Boyd)

A virtuosic collection of new Aussie works for sax and piano.

MEALOR: A Tender Light, Choral Works (Tenebrae, Royal Philharmonic Orch)

New choral works from the composer for the Royal Wedding: best enjoyed in small, delicious doses.

FLASH: Works for Percussion (Claire Edwardes)

Edwardes colours everything she plays with exuberance, intelligence and sensitivity and offers us here a great percussion primer.

LENTZ: Ingwe (electric guitar: Zane Banks)

A seriously ambitious new Australian work, set alight by spirited young Sydney guitarist Zane Banks.

Steve Reich: the composer and New Yorker reliving 9/11

Ten years after the September 11 attacks, Reich makes sense of the tragedy in a haunting new work.

GLASS: Mad Rush (piano: Sally Whitwell)

An intimate, warmly human approach to minimalism from this broadminded Australian pianist.

ROSS EDWARDS: Heart of Night (Diana Doherty; Riley Lee; David Thomas; MSO)

First-rate performances but little mystery or surprise on this disc of Australian concertos.

THE METALLIC VIOLINS (Natsuko Yoshimoto, James Cuddeford)

You'd be surprised what just two violins can do on this disc of exuberant Australian music.

MILLS: Pages from a Secret Journal (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Mills)

A lavish collection of multifaceted orchestral works from one of Australia's most important composers.

LIMINAL (double bass: Nick Tsiavos, percussion: Eugene Ughetti)

The quiet achiever shines: Liminal is a triumph for Melbourne composer Nick Tsiavos.

LUTOSLAWSKI Orchestral Works (BBC Symphony Orchestra/Gardner)

The BBC Symphony brings its richness and majesty to Lutoslawski's colourful, clever and compelling music.

ANDREW FORD The Waltz Book (piano: Ian Munro)

For four and a half years, composer Andrew Ford dedicated himself to a form that musical history left behind long ago – the humble waltz.

Rapsodia (violin: Patricia Kopatchinskaja)

Kopatchinskaja’s exuberance is infectious.
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