Saturday, February 11, 2006

Peter Sculthorpe - Earth Cry

Another extremely random Christmas gift. Peter Sculthorpe is an contemporary Australian composer. Unlike the kind of thing I normally associate with modern classical music Sculthorpe isn't aggressively avant-garde, but he does use lots of unusual instrumentation and tonality. Most notably 'Earth Cry' features a lot of digiridoo, as the piece is inspired by the Australian outback.

I found the album pretty agreeable, as it's modern, accessible and far from peppy, but a few high points aside it isn't overly exciting.

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