Ballads of the Pleasant Life

Nexas Quartet

“You will hear music created on the brink of cataclysm, proclaiming as it does with such intensity the survival of art and beauty in a hostile world. Any new recording of music from the short-lived Weimar Republic deserves our rapt attention, and now the world-renowned Australian baritone, Peter Coleman-Wright, offers a thrilling selection from this repertoire.” – Barry Humphries, in his introduction to Ballads of the Pleasant Life.

Distinguished baritone Peter Coleman-Wright steps off the world’s opera stages to present a rare recording of music close to his heart: the remarkable songs written as the Weimar Republic descended into Nazism in the 1920 and ‘30s, by composers at home in Germany and Austria who were then forced to flee into exile. These songs capture the spirit of the times: defiant, soulful and searching, but also capable of moments of exuberant joy and hope.

The music of Kurt Weill sits at the heart of the album. We meet Weill’s infamous creation Mack the Knife, who first saw the light of day in 1920s Berlin and soon became a smash hit. A prominent Jew, Weill fled Germany in 1933. In America, he found his new musical home in the theatre, collaborating with lyricists Ira Gershwin and Maxwell Anderson, including his hilarious catalogue of Russian composers “Tschaikowsky” and the timeless ode “There’ll Be Love, Life and Laughter”.

For Weill’s generation, music was the language of protest. Austrians Hanns Eisler and Alexander von Zemlinsky wrote popular songs from the perspective of the downtrodden: the miners, the cotton packers and many more besides.

Amidst all this, there were flashes of humour, and the desire to take the rare joys of life by both hands. The album closes with a series of love songs, often sentimental, always heartfelt: film composer Robert Stolz’ praise for the beauties of life’s autumn years; Arnold Schoenberg’s elegy to the exquisite agony of separation; and Franz Schreker’s melancholy tribute to transient love.

Peter Coleman-Wright is regarded as one of the world’s leading baritones, with a stellar career in the world’s leading concert halls including Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Met in New York and the Sydney Opera House; he finds the perfect foil for this music in the Sydney-based Nexas Quartet. The arrangements of these songs for baritone and saxophone quartet, created especially for this album, reflect a combination that would have been familiar to the clubs and bars where much of this music was first performed.

Peter Coleman-Wright baritone Nexas Quartet Benjamin Burton piano

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Nexas Quartet

This recording is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication from the ensemble and is a reflection of their collaborations with leading Australian composers. Featuring music from national treasures Hindson, Kats-Chernin, Orlovich, Rojas and Skipworth this recording demonstrates the versatility of Nexas and their desire to promote unique Australian compositional voices.

Available to download from: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nexasquartet

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Joy Acid Pact

Jimmy Haber

Imagine A Rainy Day at the beach, leading to an introspective look inside of one of Power Pop Rocks Sunniest artists.

Alternately Charming and biting, Low and high, Psychedelic and Rock, and so obviously soaked in sea water but so cunningly dry.

Genre: Rock: Glam Release Date: 2015

© Copyright - Jimmy Haber / Bad Sun Records.

Available through CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jimmyhaber2

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Chamber Music Feast (Volume 1)

Various Artists

Compilation of chamber music works by Australian composer, Martin Kay.

  1. Flip for 3 tenor saxophones

  2. Pits Of Hell for 4 baritone saxophones

  3. Incalmo for 2 alto saxophones

  4. Glass Houses for 2 alto saxophones

  5. Reticello for 2 alto saxophones

  6. Prunt for 2 alto saxophones

  7. Trionosaurus Wrecks for violin, alto saxophone, and bass clarinet

Recording artists: Martin Kay, James Nightingale, Andrew Smith, Nathan Henshaw, Jay Byrnes, Nic Russionello, Damien Mathieson, Matt Bruce, Diana Springford

Credits released 09 October 2013 Recorded at Bondi Pavilion All tracks composed by Martin Kay Edited by Martin Kay Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Scott Christie

Available for purchase through http://martinkay.bandcamp.com/album/chamber-music-feast-volume-one

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Dance Until My Heart Breaks


Available for download on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/dance-until-my-heart-breaks/id505055165

Track List:

  1. 10,000 Hours

  2. If That's How You Want It To Be

  3. Horses Dream of Horses

  4. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

  5. Hey Love

  6. Dance Until My Heart Breaks

  7. The Library Card

  8. All Alone Is Okay (Solitude's Alright)

  9. When You Notice Me Again

Credits released 02 March 2012 MA is Victoria White & Drew Crawford

All tracks written by MA except 8 by White/Crawford/Parkee Produced by Drew Crawford Mixed by Chris Townend at The Hit Shack, Tasmania Engineered by Rich Hundy at Q Studios, Australian Institute of Music Mastered by Herb Powers at Powers Mastering, Inc, Florida, USA

Production assistant - Tyler Grant Assistant recording engineers - Scotty Henderson, Gabriel Castro

Lead and backing vocals - Victoria White Arrangements, programming, keyboards, backing vocals - Drew Crawford

Guitars - Tyler Grant Guitar on 7 - Rich Hundy Bass guitar - Clive Harrison Bass guitar on 1 - Milica Stefanovic Alto sax - Martin Kay Ten sax - Nathan Henshaw Trumpet & flugelhorn - Stewart Kirwan Trombone - Ben Gurton Percussion - Ian Cifuentes Additional synth sample on 1 - Isaac Campbell

Cover by Rob Murray Photography by Dave Cheng Styled by Luke Staley

© 2012 www.themusicofma.com

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Nexas Saxophone Quartet

Waiting - Marcus Whale; Genie in a Cup - Sarah Myerson; The Last Flight of Saint-Ex - Katia Beaugeais; Scorched Earth - Joseph Power; Interweave - Cameron Lam. Recorded by: Ben Carey, James Nightingale, Andrew Smith, Nathan Henshaw.

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