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Anne Boyd

Crossing a Bridge of Dreams

$23   (Australian dollars)


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PLEASE NOTE: This CD is currently out of stock. We can supply CDs, together with printout or PDF of the booklet. Please contact us for details at tallpoppies@iinet.net.au

This CD presents some of Anne Boyd's most enduring and endearing works, mostly from the 80s. Most of these works reflect her passion for Asian music, especially in her use of the flute. In most cases, the performers who played the premieres of these works have been chosen for this recording, including a rare appearance of John Harding playing viola in 'My Name is Tian'.

The Tall Poppies Ensemble:
Geoffrey Collins - flute
Alice Giles - harp
John Harding - viola
David Pereira - cello
Daryl Pratt - percussion
David Stanhope - conductor

My Name is TianKathy Marsh - soprano
Tall Poppies Ensemble
Goldfish Through Summer Rain
Red Sun Chill Wind
Cloudy Mountain
Geoffrey Collins - flute
David Miller - piano
Cycle of LoveHartley Newnham - counter tenor
Tall Poppies Ensemble
Bali Moods I
Bali Moods II
Geoffrey Collins - flute
Nicholas Routley - piano
As I Crossed a Bridge of DreamsSydney Chamber Choir
Nicholas Routley - director


Anne Boyd is currently regarded as one of Australia's leading composers. She studied music in both Australia and England. She also worked under Peter Sculthorpe. Crossing a Bridge of Dreams includes eight works (from 1975-85) for various subsets of the Tall Poppies Ensemble and the title track for chamber choir. Boyd makes no excuses for her interest in Asian music, especially classical music from Vietnam and Japan. She doesn't need any. Most composers who consciously try to mix traditions end up writing silly, derivative music--not quite Asian, not quite Western, but quite embarrassing. Boyd's works go much further. Her harmonic and melodic vocabulary relies almost entirely on modes, so the Asian influence is inescapable. But her delicate, pretty music invites the listener in for a chat and then converses thoughtfully. The Tall Poppies Ensemble responds well. Of particular note is harpist Alice Giles, who plucks a virtual cornucopia of colors from her harp. I also enjoy soprano Kathy Marsh's delivery. She si ngs with a dry and light tone. While her sound would be too thin for a larger work, it fits perfectly with Boyd's sensitive writing on the first track, My Name is Tian.
Thomson / Gale
American Record Guide, March, 2002

Crossing a Bridge of Dreams brings together eight compositions – recorded at various times – that clearly show the affinities with Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and Balinese music.…[re My Name is Tian] The beauty and objectivity of the musical style and the simple and moving stoicism implicit in the words elevate this cycle well above the level of obvious anti-war propaganda and ensure that is has not dated in the slightest since its composition in 1978. Kathy Marsh's singing, though blurred sometimes in enunciation, is almost ideal for its task in it musicianly straightforwardness and the instrumental playing is of a high order.
Roger Covell
Sydney Morning Herald. July 2000

Focus attention on any object, however simple, and over time the perception of it undergoes myriad changes spawned by the interaction of object and mind. The pentatonic modes of Japan, China, and Bali are the simple, but fertile objects of attention in composer Anne Boyd’s seventy-six minute CD Crossing a Bridge of Dreams. What she discovers in them is a deep world of variety, color, and expression.

Although Ms. Boyd’s pitch pallet is often restricted to just a few tones, her ongoing timbrel, accentual, and contrapuntal redistribution of those tones creates exquisite textures of great interest and transparency.

The compositions date from 1975 to 1988 and include two atmospheric multi-movement pieces for singer and small instrumental group (to texts by Don’o Kim); two inventive sets of works (five pieces in all) for flute and piano, the first set influenced by the Japanese shakuhachi flute, the second combining the sound of Balinese gamelan with a beautiful lyricism; and, finally, a lovely choral work with soft, gentle clusters and glissandos reminiscent of the sho, a Japanese mouth organ.

The excellent performers are: Kathy Marsh, soprano; Hartley Newnham, counter tenor; Geoffrey Collins, flute; David Miller and Nicholas Routley, pianists; Tall Poppies Ensemble (with Mr. Collins, flute; John Harding, viola; David Pereira, cello; Alice Giles, harp; Daryl Pratt, percussion; Mr. Routley, piano; and David Stanhope, conductor); and the Sydney Chamber Choir (Mr. Routley, conductor).

This CD is like a suspended crystal, rotating in the light.
Lee Humphries
MCA Music Forum, October 2000

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