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Peter Sculthorpe: Complete works for solo piano

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Peter Sculthorpe: Complete works for solo piano
Peter Sculthorpe: Complete works for solo piano


ABC Classics is delighted to unveil a deeply important new recording: the complete solo piano music of Australia's most revered composer, Peter Sculthorpe, who died in August 2014. Sculthope is widely acknowledged as the first Australian composer to leave behind the traditions of Britain and Europe, and create a distinctively Australian music. His unique compositional voice was inspired by the land and the history of Australia, and by the cultures of our Pacific Basin neighbours. His solo piano music is prized for its rich elegance and beguiling simplicity, from the mesmerising beauty of Djilile, based on an Indigenous Arnhem Land melody, to the gentle nostalgia of Left Bank Waltz. This double-CD album begins with the exquisite Falling Leaves, written when Sculthorpe was just 16, and concludes with the vivid and ambitious Riverina, his final work for solo piano. With the tracklist compiled in collaboration with the composer, the recording includes every published piece as well as previously unpublished, unrecorded and even unperformed works. In addition to more famous pieces, there is a range of charming miniatures and a pair of works for prepared piano (Koto Music I and II), all of which confirm Sculthorpe's reputation as a composer of international repute whose music speaks to the heart of the Australian experience. Tamara-Anna Cislowska, a close friend of Sculthorpe since performing his piano concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14, was the composer's own choice for this recording. The album, recorded in June 2014, is engineered and produced by the ARIA Award-winning Virginia Read.


  1. Name
  2. Falling Leaves
  3. Nocturne No. 1
  4. Short Piece for Pianoforte No. 1
  5. Short Piece for Pianoforte No. 2
  6. Prelude to a Puppet Show
  7. Evocation
  8. Epigram
  9. Siesta
  10. Slow Movement
  11. Aboriginal Legend - Sketch
  12. Untitled
  13. Nocturne, 'Seascape'
  14. Nocturne No. 5
  15. Slowly and Calmly
  16. Very Slowly, Remote
  17. Briskly, Hard and Percussive
  18. Very Slowly
  19. Rather Slowly - Briskly
  20. Haiku
  21. Sea Chant
  22. Left Bank Waltz
  23. Snow
  24. Moon
  25. Flowers
  26. Night
  27. Stars
  28. Landscape
  29. Koto Music I
  30. Koto Music II
  31. Mountains
  32. Djilile
  33. Callabonna
  34. Nocturnal
  35. Con Brio
  36. Allegretto
  37. Grazioso
  38. Moderato
  39. Con Brio
  40. Yu
  41. Wani
  42. Kamu
  43. Pota
  44. Yu
  45. Evening Star
  46. Koori Dreaming
  47. Morning Star
  48. Sun Singing
  49. Koori Dancing
  50. Singing Sun
  51. Harbour Dreaming
  52. Song for a Penny
  53. Sometimes When I'm Dreaming
  54. Little Passacaglia
  55. Looking Back
  56. The Wiradjuri Presence
  57. The Murrumbidgee
  58. Fitzmaurice Street
  59. Thanksgiving
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