The Six Days of Creation
Text from the poem “The Six Days of Creation” by James McAuley, music George Palmer.
Amelia Farrugia, soprano, The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Nicholas Milton. Recorded 9 and 10 October 2012 at The Concourse Performing Arts Centre, Chatswood, Sydney Australia. Producer: Thomas Grubb. Sound Engineer: Mark Edwards.
Commissioned for the opening of The Concourse Performing Arts Centre by The City of Willoughby and Ars Musica Australis.
Dedicated to Renee Goossens.
Looking into the Light (2012)
World premiere performance by Sydney Camerata at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on 18 May 2012.
Guest conductor: Luke Gilmour
Concertmaster: Liz Gormley
Artistic Director: Mathisha Panagoda
Concerto for Two Clarinets and Chamber Orchestra
Performers: Sydney Omega Ensemble
Recorded Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 1 Nov 2008
Producer: Ralph Lane; Engineer: Andrew Dixon.
Concerto for Two Clarinets & Chamber Orchestra Omega Ensemble
Dimitri Ashkenazy & David Rowden soloists with the Omega Ensemble (Andrew Havoren, leader) – ABC Classics 481 4667
Available for purchase – Download from iTunes or ABC Shop
Clarinet Sonata (“Black, White and a little Blue”)
Performers: Mark van de Weil, clarinet, Michael Dussek, piano.
Recorded live at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, UK, 3 November 2010.
Here is another wonderful performance of Black White & a Little Blue by two young Spanish artists, Francisco Jose Gil (Clarinet) & David Revuelta (Piano)
Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Performers: Ennes Mehmedbasic, oboe, Evgeny Uhanov, piano.
Recorded at Megaphon Studios, 16 April 2012.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Performers: Francisco José Gil (clarinete) – David Revuelta (piano)
Venue: Video highlights of the concert held in Language Function (Madrid)
PART II: “Black, White and a Little Blue” Sonata.
1. Brightly min. 23:18
2. Moderato min. 29:21
3. Lively min. 31:06
Mass “Benedictus Qui Venit”
Performers: Amelia Ferrugia (soprano), Andrew Goodwin (tenor), with massed choir, organ and orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Bayl.
Venue: Final Mass, World Youth Day 2008. Southern Cross Precinct (Randwick Racecourse and Centennial Park), Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Mass “Benedictus Qui Venit” Parish Setting:
A score and recording of the Parish Setting is available. The recording is by the choirs of St Ignatius College (Riverview) and Loreto Convent (Kirribilli) with organist, Christine Moriarty and conductor, Noel Debien. The recording includes the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Acclamation, Amen and Agnus Dei and was engineered by Jonathan Palmer.
This recording is to assist congregations to learn the new work. The Parish Setting of the Mass will be introduced for use in parishes throughout Australia from February 2008.
CD: The Attraction of Opposites: The Music of George Palmer
- Toccata for Double String Orchestra
Adrian Bendt (violin solo)
- Waltz 1 (Au Coupe Chou)
Adrian Bendt (violin solo)
- Waltz 2
- Threnody 1 (Supplication)
- Threnody 2 (Consolation)
- Vocalise for Alto Sax
Andrew Robson (alto sax), Jonathon Zwartz (bass), Matthew McMahon (piano)
- The Ruritanian Dances
Performers: The Cove Chamber Orchestra, conductor Stephen Williams.
Record Label and Catalogue Number: ABC Classics [ISBN 4762612]
Available from: ABC Shop
Notes: Following the screening of a very special episode of ABC TV’s Australian Story the ABC’s switchboards were inundated with requests for a recording of the music composed by the story’s subject: Justice George Palmer, a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a gifted composer. His music is instantly appealing and skilfully crafted. [Source: ABC Classics]
CD: George Palmer – Exaltate Dominum
- Mass ‘A Child is Born’
Belinda Montgomery (soprano) and Paul McMahon (tenor)
- Save us, O Lord
- Three Psalms
Let the people praise You, O Lord (from Psalm 67)
Lord, I love Your commands (from Psalm 118)
Cantor: Andrei Laptev (tenor) and David Drury (organ)
- Prayer of St Ignatius
Performed by Cantillation and Sinfonia Australis, with Jane Sheldon (soprano)
and Paul McMahon (tenor), conducted by Paul Stanhope
- The Canticles of Advent
A Lady Fair and Bright
*Alison Morgan (soprano); ** Nicole Thompson (soprano)
Performers: Cantillation, Sinfonia Australis, cond. by Paul Stanhope & Philip Chu
Record Label and Catalogue Number: ABC Classics (released 2007)
Available from: ABC Shop and iTunes Music Store
Notes: George Palmer shot to fame after an ABC TV Australian Story about this NSW Supreme Court judge who also composes music. Following the success of his first ABC Classics CD ‘The Attraction of Opposites’ this sequel shows off his ability to compose in the choral tradition, containing a full scale Mass and several motets and psalms performed by Australia’s premier chorus, Cantillation. [Source: ABC Classics]
CD: Letters From A Black Snake
- Song Cycle for Baritone and Piano – “Letters From A Black Snake”
I. Sergeant Babington (4’28”)
Performed by Douglas Macrae (Baritone) and Jem Harding (piano)
Notes: This song cycle was commissioned by Ernst & Young to mark the opening of a major retrospective of the works of Sidney Nolan, perhaps Australia’s best known artist, and was performed at the New South Wales State Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Victoria. The text is taken from the letters of Ned Kelly, Australia’s most notorious bushranger, who was hanged in Melbourne Gaol in 1880. Nolan identified himself with Kelly and painted a series of pictures of episodes in Kelly’s saga which have become icons of Australian art.
CD: Not Going Quietly
- String Quintet – “Not Going Quietly”
Performers: The Sydney Omega Ensemble [Recorded: 16 September, 2007, at Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, in the presence of Her Excellency The Governor of New South Wales].
Notes: This quintet was written in memory of Aaron McMillan, a brilliant young Australian concert pianist who died of a brain tumor at the age of 30 in 2006. His life was an inspiration to many people and is recorded in a moving and powerful book, “Life In His Hands”, by Susan Wyndham (Picador).