Southern Invention


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Ben Hoadley

Ben Hoadley

Dean Sky-Lucas

Dean Sky-Lucas

Southern Invention

Ben Hoadley • Dean Sky-Lucas

Music for bassoon and piano from Australia and New Zealand

1-8 Søren Nils Eichberg 4 Stücke
9 John Rimmer Southern Invention
10 Matthew Hindson Love Serenade
11 Gordon Kerry On the Summer Map of Stars
12 Ross Harris In memory ‐ G.B.
13 Elena Kats-Chernin Nonchalance
14 Gao Ping Legend
15-18 Larry Sitsky Maherq
duration 68:35

Classical CD: Southern Invention

Review by William Dart ‐ Weekend Herald, October 10, 2015

Original review can be read here

Ben Hoadley is one busy bassoonist and, though Southern Invention, his new album with Dean Sky-Lucas, describes itself as "music for bassoon and piano from Australia and New Zealand", it's not quite true.

The opening 4 Stucke by Danish composer Soren Nils Eichberg was written offshore for Hoadley to perform downunder in 2014. This is eminently civilised music, in an idiom that shouldn't ruffle a moderately adventurous listener, welcoming us with a sinuous bassoon solo. Later, the two create dashing ensemble, as they move from moody contemplation to teasing synchronicities and contrapuntal banter.

Most of the Australian fare is listener-friendly from Gordon Kerry channelling Debussy chords to the easyflow ambience of Elena Kats-Chernin's Nonchalance.

Larry Sitsky's 1984 Maherq is the old-school exception, a solo lament that has Hoadley achieving musical alchemy with its treacherous extended techniques.

Of the three New Zealand works, John Rimmer's Southern Invention has the same romantic glow that Hoadley has already revealed in concert. Southern Invention benefits from a professional recording and presentation by Wayne Laird and his Atoll team...