Linda Kouvaras: Instrumental Music, Chamber Works and Songs, Volume One

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Catalogue No: TOCC0729
EAN/UPC: 5060113447296
Release Date: 2024-05-03
Composer: Linda Kouvaras
Artists: Coady Green, Justin Kenealy, Linda Barcan

As with many other Australian composers, the music of Linda Kouvaras (b. 1960) has a strong sense of wide-open spaces, expressed in lyrical, elegiac melodic lines that soar over freewheeling Lisztian piano textures and atmospheric echoes of French Impressionism. In this first album of a series presenting all of her instrumental works, chamber music and songs written since 1991, she also addresses two major contemporary issues, with a duo for saxophone and piano exploring the human response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a song-cycle confronting domestic violence from a woman’s viewpoint.

Justin Kenealy, saxophone
Linda Barcan, mezzo-soprano
Coady Green, piano

Listen To This Recording:

Three St Kilda Sketches for solo piano (1994/1997)*

  1. No. 1, Andante (5:02)
  2. No. 2, Dark, manic, turbulent (2:52)
  3. No. 3, Animato (4:18)

Night Pieces: Reflections after COVID-19 for soprano saxophone and piano (2020) (25:28)

  1. I. Shelter in Place (4:45)
  2. II. Isolation (6:04)
  3. III. Reach-Out (4:42)
  4. IV. Elegy (4:27)
  5. V. Hope

Art and Life: Song-Cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano (1999) (20:32)

  1. I. Sleeping Girl (4:09)
  2. II. Lullaby for Kyle* (2:32)
  3. III. Woman’s Predicament (6:37)
  4. IV. Party Lines and Deaf Ears (1:44)
  5. V. Art and Life* (6:53)
  6. VI. Distant Lullaby* (1:59)

  1. Shoalhaven Nightpainters for solo piano (2001-2) (12:35)


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