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"For me the interesting musician goes beyond their own instruments and looks into the world of music - piano, chamber music or orchestral - repertoire. If this is your universe, then there is no doubt in my mind you will be the more interesting musician, simply because your whole universe is bigger. "
“I think some young singers want to do too much too soon and it's fatal. Some of the young people I don't think realise just how tough it is.” (Joan Sutherland, 1926 -2010)
It was back in 2009 that I met with the Academy Award-winning animation writer, director and producer, Adam Elliot, who hails from the Australian state of Victoria.
Over the next few weeks, “Tall Poppies: The Podcast,” will feature a series of 10 minute excerpts from archived interviews with renowned Australians. We are calling these, Tall Poppies Postcards. The first features the Australian poet, Robert Gray, who hails from the Australian state of New South Wales.
“ I mean it sounds (like a) cliché, but that was a phone call that changed my life completely,” said singer, Siobhan Stagg, recollecting the day the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra called to ask her to perform “Brahms’s Requiem”.
Title: Bernstein: “Glitter and Be Gay”, from Candide (Bernstein) Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Kaiserslautern Saarbrucken, Conductor Daniel Smith (Siobhan Stagg, Soprano)
Title: “Requiem”, (Brahms) Berlin Philharmonic, Conductor Christian Thielemann (Soprano Siobhan Stagg)
Cathy Milliken has been an artist many young Australian musicians have looked up to when they have travelled abroad to continue their studies in Europe. A renowned oboist, composer and music educator, Cathy has held key positions with two of the world’s leading music ensembles, Ensemble Modern and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Title: The Yellow Shark, Frank Zappa Ensemble Modern Composer: Three Step, for horn, violin, cello (Cathy Milliken), Earth Plays I-IV Orchestral Work (Cathy Milliken) Recording: Spiral, for a soloist with a shortwave receiver, (Karlheinz Stockhausen) Trim (Cathy Milliken) Shifrorl (Cathy Milliken)