During his short life Don Banks (1923–80) enjoyed a reputation as the leading modernist among Australian composers. Studies with Mátyás Seiber, Milton Babbitt and, especially, Luigi Dallapiccola helped refine his serial technique, but his music never retreated into academic abstraction, as this recital of chamber and vocal works demonstrates: it retained a keen sense of drama, an ear for atmosphere, a rather angular lyricism and, occasionally, a touch of humour.
Robert Johnson, horn (Tracks 1–3)
Ole Böhn, violin (Tracks 1–3, 18)
Jenny Duck-Chong, mezzo-soprano (Tracks 4–8, 19–21)
Francesco Celata, clarinet (Tracks 9–11)
Geoffrey Gartner, cello (Tracks 12–14)
Rowan Phemister, harp (Tracks 19–21)
David Kim-Boyle, siren (Track 21)
Alison Pratt, Daryl Pratt and Joshua Hill, percussion (Tracks 19–21)
Daniel Herscovitch, piano
Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano (1962)
Five North Country Folk Songs (1953)*
Prologue, Night Piece and Blues for Two for clarinet and piano (1968)
Three Studies for Violoncello and Piano (1954)
Sonatina in C sharp minor for piano (1948)
Tirade for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble (1968)*
* FIRST RECORDINGS
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Catalogue No: TOCC0591EAN/UPC: 5060113445919Release Date: 01.07.2022Composer: Don Banks Artists: Daniel Herscovitch,
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