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Peter Sculthorpe, Westlake: From Australia

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  • Performer: John Williams
  • Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox, Paul Daniel
  • Composer: Peter Sculthorpe, Nigel Westlake
  • Audio CD (31 Oct 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B0000262BU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Whitaker on 10 Jun 2012
Composer(s): Sculthorpe/Westlake

Works: Nourlangie; From Kakadu; Into the Dreaming; Antarctica
Performer: John Williams (guitar)LSO/Paul Daniel, Australian CO/Richard Hickox

The contribution of John Williams, always first-rate, is the common denominator in the four works here. Peter Sculthorpe's Nourlangie is scored for solo guitar with strings and percussion, and the remaining two Sculthorpe pieces, written for Williams, are for guitar alone. All three works belong with the composer's extensive series of evocations of Australian landscape and its pre-European history; Sculthorpe's writing is contemplative and devotional, never attempting to depict the natural world in a programmatic way, but much more concerned with mapping the composer's personal response to it. It is far more than travelogue; the musical world parallels rather than imitates the real one. There is so little of Sculthorpe's substantial output available on disc in the northern hemisphere it would have made sense to have completed this disc with more of his music. The space is given over instead to Nigel Westlake's Antarctica, an overlong suite for guitar and orchestra derived from the score he wrote for an Australian documentary film of the same name. In contrast to the Sculthorpe pieces, Westlake's music never rises above the level of anecdote, but it is expertly scored and decently paced, and doubtless seemed absolutely right when the cinema screen was presenting endless vistas of icebergs and parades of penguins. Andrew Clements
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Label: Sony

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SK 53361 DDD
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug 2012
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I bought this CD for Sculthorpe's music, but the guitar concerto 'Antarctica' composed by Westlake turned out to be more impressive. The style of composition is similar to Malcolm Arnold's guitar concerto, but the stunningly evocative musical landscape Westlake creates reminds me of Yoshimatsu's guitar concerto 'Pegasus Effect'. The harp is very effectively used in intricate duo with the guitar, depicting mysterious icy world against the orchestral backdrop of brutal nature. John Williams' solid style of playing really goes well with this sort of music, not to mention the wide range of tonal colours he produces.
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