Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Friday Phonograph

Musical Discoveries from "Down Under" ...
the Works of Phillip Wilcher

by Anne French

Australian composer Phillip Wilcher (b. 1958) has recently brought my ears to attention through several clips found on YouTube. The hauntingly beautiful "1791" For Oboe and String Orchestra is an example of Wilcher's wonderfully lyrical style that seems to permeate everything he writes. Says one critic, "I believe this is a composer who is a unique creation - as if he belongs to another time, another world. No musician who plays his music comes away the same or feels unchanged by the experience."(Wendy Reid, "Cultured Views," France) Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the world of Wilcher.

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