In May of 2017 Greta Bradman traveled Home. Home can be many places – your birthplace, your place of residence, the place where your heart lies. In some senses, South Australia is all these things for Greta. Together with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra and conductor Luke Dollman, she made an album of favourites, many of them specifically requested by her legion of fans.
Several of the songs on Greta Bradman’s new album “Home” were orchestrated by the distinguished Australian composer Richard Mills, one of these being her grandfather Donald Bradman. It’s a feel-good song, and it’s called “Every Day is a Rainbow Day” – and yes, he did do things other than play cricket. He played the piano and he composed. Now, did you know that?
Greta Bradman’s new album is available HERE.
TEDDY TAHU RHODES
The sentiments of home, of belonging, are very much at the center of a recording by the New Zealand baritone, Teddy Tahu Rhodes. It’s called “I’ll Walk Beside You” and Teddy’s journey covers many lands – Australia, Scotland, Germany and America, as well as two Maori songs from his homeland. But these are also spiritual journeys – from life to death, wakefulness to sleep, from love to loss, and despair to hope.
Teddy Tahu Rhodes new album is available HERE.
Martha Argerich and Seiji Ozawa have given concerts for decades. But surprisingly, they’ve never collaborated together on recordings. For an all-Beethoven outing, the two superstars bring sizzle and sparkle to Beethoven’s first piano concerto. Argerich has just turned 77, and if anything her playing gets ever more astonishing with age! There’s no loss of attack, of energy, of a wide palette of colour… in fact of everything that makes her one of the greatest pianists the world has seen. Also on the program was Beethoven’s First Symphony – for its time, revolutionary step into a world presided over by his gods Mozart and Haydn.
Seiji Ozawa’s new album is available HERE.
Whatever your faith – religious, agnostic, atheist – you cannot fail to be moved by the sheer impact of a Bruckner crescendo. His symphonies have been described as ‘cathedrals in sound’ and as the Russian conductor Andris Nelsons continues his cycles of the symphonies with Nos. 4 and 7, the mighty walls of any cathedral would vibrate to the power of this music-making. Ask pardon of your neighbours, and listen to it full-blast!
Andris Nelsons’ new album is available HERE.