Musica Viva: Chanticleer at Melbourne Recital Centre
It's almost unbelievable that 2020 will Chanticleer's very first national Australian tour, after decades of international acclaim. Founded in 1978, the group is America’s leading fulltime professional vocal ensemble, with an enviable record of awards, recordings, Grammys, and nearly 100 commissions under their belts. This is an unaccompanied singing of a rare and beautiful kind, as 12 male voices blend seamlessly in enchanting music that ranges across centuries and styles.
The program, called Trade Winds, is an intriguing musical journey inspired by seafarers and explorers. Europe and the Americas are represented in both ancient and modern pieces, but more unusually, so are the Pacific nations of Hawaii, Samoa and New Zealand, as well as newly composed music from China – and a world premiere from Australia's own Clare Maclean.
William Fred Scott Music Director
A program of diverse works, traditional, folkloric and modern, presenting music of the spheres and of the sea by composers including Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Victoria, Chen Yi, Zhou Tian and Clare Maclean*, among many others.
*Commissioned by the WA Commissioning Circle. World premiere performances.
1hr 59min (no interval)