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Born in England, Rodney emigrated to New Zealand in 1950 with his family. A very musical family he, at the age of 9, joined a chidren's choir. The choir conductor suggested he take singing lessons when his voice broke. Joining the local Operatic Society in the chorus he was soon singing leading tenor roles. With little professional work available Rodney returned to England in 1970 to work with The Black and White Minstrel Show. Arriving in Australia in 1974 Rodney joined the Victoria State Ope...learn more

 

 

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Ellington And The Age Of Jazz

 

Jazz was America’s first original major contribution to Modern Music with the first jazz recording released in 1917.

Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington formed his first jazz group shortly afterwards, in 1918, and was still leading his own jazz orchestra more than fifty years later until his death in 1974.

His recorded legacy is still the largest and grandest in the history of Jazz.

Alan Marshall examines how Ellington’s music evolved over those 50 or so years.

 

 

 


27th April

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  • Messiaen: Preludes. Paul Kim, pno.
  • Messiaen: Apparition de l'Eglise eternelle. Gillian Weir, org.
  • Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time. Ensemble Liaison.

  • 20th April

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  • Monteverdi: Gentle Liberty. Delitiae Musicae/Marco Longhini.
  • Monteverdi: Madrigals, 7th Book: Chiome d'oro. Mina Kanaridis, sop., Australian Brandenburg Orch/Paul Dyer.
  • Monteverdi: L'Orfeo. Mark Tucker, ten., Sara Macliver, sop., Paul McMahon, ten., Damian Whiteley, bass, Penelope Mills, sop., Brett Weymark, ten., Cantillation, Orch of the Antipodes/Antony Walker.
  • Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, 1610. Various, Richard Croft, ten., Boston Baroque/Martin Pearlman.

  • 13th April

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  • Handel: Sarabande End-Title National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Sean O Riada: Women of Ireland The Chieftains
  • Traditional: Piper's Maggot Jig
  • Traditional: The Sea-Maiden The Chieftains
  • Traditional: British Grenadiers, Fifes and Drums
  • Traditonal: Lilliburlero, Fifes and Drums
  • Schubert: German Dance No.1 in C major
  • Mozart: March From Idomeneo
  • Schubert: Piano Trio In E-Flat, Op.100 (Second Movement) Ralph Holmes, Violin, Moray Welsh, Cello, Anthony Goldstone, Piano
  • Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind: Main Theme from The Shining, Mark Ayres
  • Penderecki: De Natura Sonoris II for Orchestra, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit.
  • Ligeti: Lontano, The Vienna Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado.
  • Bartok: Music for strings, percussion and celesta, Sz.106. Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Johnny Wright: Hello Vietnam
  • Nancy Sinatra: These Boots Are Made For Walking
  • Mead: Ruins
  • Mead: Attack
  • Mead: Sniper
  • Chris Issak: Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
  • Shostakovich: Waltz 2 From Jazz Suite, Royal Concetgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
  • Ligeti: Musica Ricercata II, Dominic Harlan, Piano
  • When I Fall in Love: The Victor Silvester Orchestra.
  • Roy Gerson: If I had you
  • Stranger in the Night: Peter Hughes Orchestra
  • Jocelyn Pook: Naval Officer
  • Pook: The Dream
  • Liszt: Grey Clouds, Dominic Harlan

  • 6th April

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  • Gerald Fried: March of The Gloved Gladiators, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Bateman
  • Gerald Fried: A Meditatation on War,The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Bateman
  • Gerald Fried: Madness,The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Bateman
  • Gerald Fried: The Patrol,The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Bateman
  • Alex North:'Main Title' from the motion picture Spartacus composed and Conducted by Alex North
  • Alex North: 'Love Theme' from the motion picture Spartacus composed and conducted by Alex North
  • Alex North: 'Headed for Freedom' from the motion picture Spartacus composed and conducted by Alex North.
  • Alex North: 'Goodbye, my life, my love/ End Title' from the motion picture Spartacus composed and conducted by Alex North.
  • Bob Harris: 'Main Theme' from the Stanley Kubrick film Lolita, conducted by Nelson Riddle
  • Gerald Fried: 'The Bomb Run' from Dr Strangelove, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Bateman
  • Parker: We'll Meet Again. Vera Lynn, voc.
  • Ligeti: 'Atmospheres' as used in the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Alex North: 'Space Station Docking' National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Strauss: 'The Blue Danube' as used in Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Strauss: 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' as used in Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A space Odyssey.
  • Ligeti: 'Lux Aeterna' as used in Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  • 30th March

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  • Joplin: The entertainer. Donna Coleman, pno.
  • Dvorak: New World Symphony: Largo (excerpt). Sydney SO/Jose Serebrier.
  • Joplin: The Easy Winners. Joshua Rifkin, pno.
  • Joplin: Palm Leaf Rag. William Albright, pno.
  • Joplin: Original Rags. Stephanie McCallum, pno.
  • Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag. Roger Woodward, pno.
  • Joplin: Swipesy. Dick Hyman, pno.
  • Wagner R: Tannhauser: Dich teure Halle. Kirsten Flagstad, sop., Philadelphia Orch/Hans Lange.
  • Foster (arr. Swenson): Old Folks at Home. Andrew Greene, pno., Juan Jackson, ten.
  • Joplin: The Ragtime Dance. William Albright, pno.
  • Joplin: The Strenuous Life. William Albright, pno.
  • Joplin: The Cascades. William Albright, pno.
  • Joplin: Bethena: A Concert Waltz. John Martin, pno.
  • Joplin: Fig Leaf Rag. William Albright, pno.
  • Joplin: Euphonic Sounds. William Albright, pno.
  • Joplin: Treemonisha. Willard White, bass, Curtis Rayam, ten., Carmen Balthrop, sop., Betty Allen, m-sop., Houston Grand Opera Orch/Gunther Schuller.
  • Berlin: Alexander's Ragtime Band. Allan Zavod, pno., Michael Evans-Barker, drums, Ian Riethoff, db.
  • Joplin: Treemonisha. Willard White, bass, Curtis Rayam, ten., Carmen Balthrop, sop., Betty Allen, m-sop., Houston Grand Opera Orch/Gunther Schuller.
  • Joplin: Magnetic Rag. Joshua Rifkin, pno.

  • 23rd March

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  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe. London SO, London Symphony Chorus/Kent Nagano.
  • Tchaikovsky (arr. Stravinsky): Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Bluebird pas de deux. Bergen PO/Andrew Litton.
  • Adam: Giselle: excerpts. ROHO/Ernest Ansermet.
  • Chopin: Les Sylphides: excerpts. ROHO/Ernest Ansermet.
  • Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite. Bastille Opera Orch/Myung-Whun Chung.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35. Bastille Opera Orch/Myung-Whun Chung.
  • Weber: Invitation to the Dance, Op.65 from the ballet 'Le Spectre de la rose'. London SO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Stravinsky: The Firebird. Detroit SO/Antal Dorati.
  • Debussy: Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un Faune from the ballet 'Afternoon of a Faun'. Melbourne SO/Jorge Mester.
  • Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring. Philharmonia Orch/Esa-Pekka Salonen.
  • Falla: Love the Magician. Leontyne Price, sop., Chicago SO/Fritz Reiner.
  • Poulenc: Les Biches. Baden-Baden RSO/Marcello Viotti.
  • Stravinsky: Apollon Musagete. Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.

  • 16th March

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  • Telemann: Concerto polonois in G. AAM/Christopher Hogwood.
  • Telemann: Overture-Suite in A minor, TWV55:a2. L'Orfeo Baroque Orch/Carin Van Heerden.
  • Telemann: Don Quixote Suite. Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Telemann: Viola concerto in G. Stephen Shingles, vla., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Telemann: Canary Cantata. Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble.
  • Telemann: Concerto in D for four violins. Charivari Agreable.

  • 9th March

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