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Gondwana Voices - Dreamings




I generally hate classical music with a passion. Although I can appreciate the complexity of the pieces these musicians compose and play, the music they produce, in general, makes me cringe and takes me to a place filled with stress and torture. So you could imagine my first reactions when I opened this CD, labelled as an "ABC Classics".

  

Oh dear I thought, how can I write about a musical genre I dislike so strongly – so with an open mind this classical disc ventured into my CD player – which I think has never seen a classical disc in its life!

  

A beautiful choir of voices filled my loungeroom... and with the sun streaming through my windows on a cold autumn Tasmanian day, I had brief memories of the days I attended church as a child and used to marvel at the stained glass windows with the sun peaking through.

  

Dreamings - Gondwana Voices, is a beautiful album. From the gorgeous painting that is the cd cover art and the accompanying 21 plus page booklet, to the children whose voices can only be described as angelic.

  

Gondwana Voices is made up of a group of young singers aged 10-16 from every state and territory in Australia. The booklet describes Gondwana Voices as allowing "the most talented young singers from across Australia an opportunity to develop their musical potential and perform choral music at the highest level."

  

This 21 track album, with conductor Lyn Williams and guest conductor Mark O'Leary, intrigued me. I spent some time reading about the tracks – each has a descriptive paragraph for each, some with the song's lyrics.

  

The album flows beautifully – I've listened to it on a number of occassions now, and each time I let it play from start to finish.

  

The track that intrigued me the most prior to listening was track 8, 'Little Fish' - Music by Neil Finn and poem by Michael Leunig. It did not disappoint, it was a beautiful number.

  

Overall though, I'm not sure that I could pick a standout track – the 21 tracks were pieces of a puzzle – together they complete a picture of beauty. All in all it was a little over 60 minutes of (surprisingly good) listening pleasure – its opened my eyes to the possibility that all classical music is not a form of torture!

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