Wild Swans

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Elena Kats-Chernin - Wild Swans

Jane Sheldon (soprano), Ian Munro (piano)
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ola Rudner

  • ABC Classics
  • 4767639


Kats-Chernin: Mythic
Kats-Chernin: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Ian Munro, piano)
Kats-Chernin: Wild Swans Concert Suite (Jane Sheldon, soprano)

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The haunting and evocative music of Elena Kats-Chernin’s music to the ballet Wild Swans, choreographed by Meryl Tankard, captivated audiences around Australia when it was first performed by The Australian Ballet and broadcast on ABC TV. This recording features the concert suite with an added part for soprano Jane Sheldon, written especially for this recording. (The Eliza Aria from this suite was featured in a 2007 Lloyds TSB bank commercial in the UK, allowing a whole new market to fall in love with this enchanting music.)

Also on this recording is the atmospheric and reflective Piano Concerto No. 2, written especially for pianist Ian Munro. The CD is brought to a close with Mythic, written especially for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, which Kats-Chernin herself describes as a “…kind of a hymn with variations, sometimes almost Romantic…”