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Calvin Bowman

Real and Right and True (2CD)

Real and Right and True marked the debut of prolific Australian composer Calvin Bowman on Decca (Australia). The album title is derived from a set of nine poems by celebrated Australian cartoonist, writer and painter Michael Leunig, whose beautiful painting ‘Autumn Harvest’ also graces the cover artwork.

Bowman specialises in artsong and has, to date, written nearly a hundred songs with more constantly on the way. He is a laureate of the Ned Rorem Award for Song Composition, the Diana Barnhart American Song Competition, and the English Poetry and Song Society Artsong Award. Bowman is the only Australian composer to ever have been exclusively featured on the prestigious Decca label aside from Percy Grainger. His songs have been lauded by many luminaries including Barbara Bonney, Sir Neville Marriner and Lee Hoiby, and are recognized for their technical prowess and humanity. In this remarkable debut offering, three of Australia’s finest singers – Sara Macliver, Paul McMahon and Christopher Richardson – join forces to record over fifty of Bowman’s acclaimed artsongs. Full texts are included.

1-3 Three Night Songs
4-6 Three Sea Songs
7 The Rainbow
8 The Swing
9 Tune for Swans
10 The Dodo
11 The Last Swallow
12 Now Touch the Air Softly
13 Murraguldrie Pastorale I
14 Murraguldrie Pastorale II
15 Words by the Water
16 Ferry Me Across the Water
17-19 Three Songs
20 Eheu! Fugaces
21 My Own Country
22 Little Prelude after the Master

CD 2
1 Homage
2 Sallie’s Musical Box
3-11 Real and Right and True
12 Summer Comes with Colour
13 Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel
14 Don Grant’s Dragonfly
15-21 Seven Epitaphs
22 Song for Silverheels
23 Tulip
24 The Seasons
25 West Sussex Drinking Song
26 The Early Morning
27 Crossing the Bar
28 Alta Quies
29 Escape at Bedtime
30 The Night
31 The Birds
32 Unpausing
33 Small Song: Bath
34 Noël

Sara Macliver, soprano
Paul McMahon, tenor
Christopher Richardson, bass-baritone
Calvin Bowman, piano
Ian Munro, piano