Composers: Cat Hope, Tristan Coelho, Fiona Hill, Rosalind Page, Peggy Polias, Kate Moore
Compositions: Music for flute and electronics
Performers: Lamorna Nightingale fl,
Jane Sheldon v
Catalogue Number: www.lamornanightingale.com/
Flautist Lamorna Nightingale is a member of new music group Ensemble Offspring and a consistent champion of art music in Australia. This, along with her history as an educator, has provided the impetus for Other Voices, a collection of new works for flute and electronics designed to be approachable for players of varying ability. It can also be used in conjunction with digital resources to introduce young musicians to contemporary electroacoustic music and composition.
As a standalone recording, it’s an excellent overview of compositional developments for flute by way of six new works by Australian composers. Cat Hope’s Her Pockets Full of Inertia for solo flute, flute choir and AM radios is elusive and mysterious, threatening to disappear at any moment. Tristan Coelho uses the mimicry of Australian birds as inspiration for Daybreak and Fiona Hill’s Imago incorporates dialogue to examine Australia’s history of forced adoption with unsettling results.
With Tystnad ~ silence Rosalind Page creates “a sonic response to the interactions of species within sea environments” and Peggy Polias explores notions of secrecy and safety in sound through the incorporation of biographical elements in Little Secret. Finally, Kate Moore’s House of Shards and Shadows just might be the most beautiful work for nine alto flutes you’ve ever heard, concluding this excellent, spaciously recorded program.