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GRAND
Dance by Graeme Murphy … with piano in mind
Sydney Dance Company

Scott Davie (Piano)

Composer(s):  Various
Catalogue Number:  MR301088
"a marvelously effective mosaic of movement and lyricism that is perfect to listen to on long journeys or on a cold night." The Sunday Age (Australia

Grand features the piano as a centrepiece in a movement and music collaboration using the piano favourites of the choreographer’s childhood as the stepping off point.

The iconic image of the piano was the driving force and inspiration behind the ballet GRAND, as choreographer Graeme Murphy explored his passion for the piano through a journey into the heart of this remarkable instrument.
With pianist and recording artist Scott Davie, chemistry was created between pianist and dancer, taking the audience on a journey into the fascinating repertoire of the piano.

GRAND offers a sampler of 18 piano vignettes ranging from beloved miniatures through avant-garde byways to create a charming listening potpourri.

Graeme Murphy's work for GRAND reunited the creative team from Ellipse and Air and other invisible forces in a compelling collaboration exploring the dynamic in the relationship between dance and the piano. For centuries the great composers have showcased the versatility of an instrument capable of musical mood swings from delicate court minuets to the smokey blues of the jazz bar through to the grand classics played in the world of the concert hall.

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GRAND

Track Listing

1 Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) Aria 1:59 Preview $0.60    Buy
2 Raintree Sketch II 3:35 Preview $1.20    Buy
3 Bachianas Brasileiras No4-Coral- Canto de sertāo 4:22 Preview $1.20    Buy
4 Danzas Argentinas No.2 - Danza de la moza donosa 3:59 Preview $1.20    Buy
5 Danzas Argentinas No.3- Danza del gaucho matrero 3:13 Preview $1.20    Buy
6 Prélude, Book 1: No.6 - Des pas sur la neige 4:52 Preview $1.20    Buy
7 V ers la flamme: Poème, Op.72 5:47 Preview $2.40    Buy
8 Piece for Piano 4:37 Preview $1.20    Buy
9 The Banshee 2:57 Preview $1.20    Buy
10 Caixinha de musica quebrada 2:29 Preview $1.20    Buy
11 The Golden Century Op.22: Polka 2:21 Preview $1.20    Buy
12 Piano Sonata in D major, Op.10 No.3:Lento e mesto 7:57 Preview $2.40    Buy
13 Three Preludes:No.2. Andante con moto e poco rubato 4:03 Preview $1.20    Buy
14 Alligator Crawl 1:55 Preview $0.60    Buy
15 Somewhere Over the Rainbow 5:50 Preview $2.40    Buy
16 Valse de l'opéra 'Faust" de Gounod (excerpt) 2:33 Preview $1.20    Buy
17 Tempo di valzero 2:07 Preview $1.20    Buy
18 La valse: Poème chorégraphique 12:13 Preview $3.60    Buy
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Scott Davie (Piano)

Various

‘GRAND – Dance by Graeme Murphy ...  with piano in mind’

Graeme Murphy’s GRAND, premiered in 2005, is a compelling collaboration exploring the dynamic in the relationship between dance and the piano.

For centuries the great composers have showcased the versatility of an instrument capable of musical mood swings from delicate court minuets to the smokey blues of the jazz bar though to the grand classics played in the world of the concert hall.

The iconic image of the piano was the driving force and inspiration behind GRAND, as Murphy explored his passion for the piano through a journey into the heart of this remarkable instrument and created a work which encompassed both the acoustic sound and visuals of the pianos internal workings.  More than a mere merging of music and movement, GRAND provided the medium for a dialogue between instrument and dancer

In GRAND, costume designer Akira Isogawa transcended the usual delineation between stage costume and fashion, achieving a unique blend of dance and couture.

With Scott Davie, chemistry was created between pianist and dancer, taking the audience on a journey into the fascinating repertoire of piano composition.

Executive Producer

Maria Vandamme

Studio Producer

Ian Perry

Engineer

Tim Ryan

Editor

Richard Girvan

Grand Photography

Stephen Ward

Photography of Scott Davie

Michael Chetham

Graphic Design

Terry Lane

Recording Location

Trackdown Studios

Recording Dates

21-22 April & 10 May 2005

 

 

This recording was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body