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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy serious music from Down Under, 28 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Koehne - Orchestral Works (Audio CD)
Graeme Koehne turned his back on modernism in music in the 1980s, having already established himself in that school. Since then he has written music that is engaging, often lyrical, sometimes whimsical, and almost always easy to listen to. "Easy" here does not mean inconsequential (as in "easy listening"), as the first two works on this CD, "Elevator Music" and "Inflight Entertainment", show. They nicely subvert any suggestion that Koehne's music is lightweight: the titles lead one to expect fluff, but they deliver substance. The music is tuneful, clear, rhythmic, energising, and sometimes melancholic, but it is music to listen to, not to have playing irrelevantly in the background.

The other two pieces on this CD, "Unchained Melody" and "Powerhouse", were already known to me from the ABC Classics CD, "Powerhouse" (ABC 442 349-2, issued in 1995). It's also worth getting despite the overlap, for the "Three Poems of Byron" (for mezzo-soprano and orchestra), "Capriccio" (for piano and orchestra), and Nocturnes I and II.

And if the music of Graeme Khoene appeals to you, search out his ballet music for "The Selfish Giant" and "Once Around the Sun" on the innovative Sydney-based label, Tall Poppies (TP 115, issued in 1998). It's much less extravert than the music on the other discs, but a good showcase for Koehne's lyricism.
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