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Ross Edwards   (Born 1943)

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One of Australia's best known and most respected composers, Ross Edwards (b. 1943) has created a unique sound world which seeks to reconnect music with elemental forces and restore such qualities as spontaneity and the impulse to dance. Intensely aware of his vocation, he has largely followed his own path, allowing the music to speak for itself.

Ross Edwards's compositions are performed worldwide and include five symphonies, concertos, orchestral, chamber and vocal music, children's music, film scores, opera and music for dance. In 2010 Ross Edwards completed two commissions for the West Australian Symphony - Elegies and Epiphanies and Spirit Ground. Other recent works include Missa Alchera - Mass of the Dreaming, commissioned by the Brisbane Chamber Choir and Schola Cantorum, and Sacred Kingfisher Psalms, jointly commissioned by Ars Nova Copenhagen, the Edinburgh International Festival Society, The Song Company of Sydney and Ars Musica Australis. The latter work, premiered to much acclaim at the Canberra Festival in 2011, was also presented by Ars Nova Copenhagen at this year's Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and later at the Edinburgh Festival.

Live Dates

10/11/2011   Hillier brings attention to Australian music
Limelight Magazine feature about the music on A Bridge of Dreams which brings Australian music to international attention and "offers huge potential for the expansion of cultural understanding". Read the article here
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04/07/2012   Audiophile Audition

A Bridge of Dreams
"Hillier continues his penchant for excellent recitals in superb sonics."
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09/02/2012   Gramophone

A Bridge of Dreams
"Anne Boyd's As I crossed a bridge of dreams steals the show (...) and - like everything else here - admirably performed"
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01/02/2012   BBC Music Magazine

A Bridge of Dreams
4/5 Stars

"Unsual, moving pieces nicely performed and recorded"
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01/02/2012   International Record Review

A Bridge of Dreams
"This is an intriguing disc of barely known and often very beautiful music"
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30/01/2012   The Whole Note

A Bridge of Dreams
"Curious and delightfully captivating."
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27/01/2012   American Record Guide

A Bridge of Dreams
"This is a delightful release full of worthy music and performances that bring it alive with infectious joy."
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01/12/2011   Allmusic.com

A Bridge of Dreams
"This is an album that should be of strong interest to fans of new choral music from off the beaten path"
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27/11/2011   The Observer

A Bridge of Dreams
"A world-class choir at its best"
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24/11/2011   SA-CD.net

A Bridge of Dreams
5/5 Stars

"Lovers of choral music should not miss this inspiring programme ... a typically superlative performance by Ars Nova Copenhagen"
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Discography

A Bridge of Dreams
A Bridge of Dreams
Harrison, Edwards, Body, Sola, Boyd

SACD 6.220597 (2011)

Unusua music from the Pacific Rim featuring composers and poets from China, Japan, California, New Zealand and Australia recorded by Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier


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