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CSO Mixtapes

ARUNDO DONAX ME WHY
Curated by Jordan London
Bassoon

“A bunch of music, almost entirely featuring reed instruments, that’s stuck with me as a country boy who ended up playing about the most arcane, un-country instrument in the orchestra, bookended by two ripper concertos for it.”

INSPIRATION AND DEDICATION
Curated by Bjorn Pfeiffer
Principal Tuba

“As a musician, you are inspired and dedicated every day towards achieving goals, getting better and playing great and rewarding music.”

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH
Curated by David Flynn
Double Bass, CSO Ticketing Manager

“I love music of the French Baroque; the three short excerpts from Hippolyte and Aricie – Rameau’s first opera – could easily have been thirty. I have selected only the overture and two short dances which at least give a taste of uniquely French Baroque orchestra sound. In particular, listen to the fantastic oboes!”

ICH BIN DER WELT ABHANDEN GEKOMMEN (I AM LOST TO THE WORLD)
Curated by Simon Hewett
Incoming Principal Guest Conductor (from 2021)

“The seventh is one of Mahler’s darkest symphonies, but it ends in jubilation. The sombre grandeur of the opening movement, the macabre scherzo, and the thrilling and uplifting finale….This symphony has such an enormous range of expression, one of my favourites.”

EVOCATIVE LANDSCAPES
Curated by Leanne Bear 
Violin

“As I listen to the music and write these notes, I’m sitting outside on my deck, absorbing the sights and sounds of this lush springtime amongst rural bliss. The garden is flourishing and fragrant, wildlife abounds and the boronia and roses form a beautiful foreground to the mountains in the distance.”

GENIUS, INSPIRATION, HOPE
Curated by Julia Janiszewski
Cello

“This mixtape is made up of works and recordings that have, at one point or another, had a profound impact on my development as a musician. I can’t help but smile (or cry) when I listen to them.”

REDISCOVERY AND REINTERPRETATION
Curated by Umberto Clerici
2020 Artist in Focus

“I think learning is a state of mind and not something reserved for a period of our life when we are younger. I still enjoy being able to discover new elements in music, even from completely different points of view.”

BEYOND BEAUTIFUL: MUSIC FOR NOSTALGIA AND INSPIRATION
Curated by Matthew Witney
Violin

“Good music should go beyond just sounding beautiful. The pieces in this mixtape elicit memories, inspire me to be a better person, or just feel so real I can nearly feel the notes!”

AUSTRALIAN WIND MUSIC
Curated by Julie Igglesden
Oboe

“While stretching the definition of wind slightly, this mixtape is an invitation to explore the ‘path less trodden’ of Australian music compositions for both solo and chamber music ensembles centred around a wind instrument.”

(A FEW OF) MY FAVOURITE THINGS
Curated by Jessica Cottis
Incoming Artistic Advisor (from 2021)

Featuring Clara Schumann’s “quietly ecstatic Romances,” an “Everest of a symphony” from Sibelius and Richard Meale’s Lumen, “like shafts of morning sunlight refracting off temple bells.”

BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES
Curated by Alina Zamfir
Viola

“I struggle to acknowledge that I will never be able to hear or watch, learn or perform every single piece of music out there. The fact that there is always room for growth and improvement can be both a challenging and beautiful thing.”

STEVE’S MEGA-SUPER-TURBO MIXTAPE
Curated by Steve Fitzgerald
Percussion

“The hardest thing about being a percussionist is that journey of finding an identity…People inevitably tend to think it means a) that you play the bongos (even though they mean ‘congas’); b) that you’re using a fancy word for ‘drummer’; or c) *insert triangle joke*!”

A SLICE OF EMPATHY AND A PASSPORT TO THE WORLD
Curated by Doreen Cumming
Principal Second Violin

“Everyone has those moments that seem to freeze time, all-consuming moments of our lives that live like YouTube links in our minds. We are shaped by them, stories told time and time again. They never change, preserved for life by the emotional print they forged in us.”

SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT
Curated by Dianna Gaetjens
Principal French Horn

“The pieces I’ve chosen are all a bit unusual or adventurous. They’re designed to take you on a journey, from the ferocious to the serene – ending in some fun.”

MUSIC SNAPSHOT: FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Curated by Pip Thompson
Violin

“This very personal playlist is a selection of recordings that have been significant to me, or have associations with my friends and family. Music is important in my family, and in my life as a musician I’ve formed many longstanding friendships.”

START OF THE ROAD
Curated by Rowan Phemister Harp

“Make a cup of tea, grab a comfy chair and join me on a musical road trip!”

Nicholas Milton

DR NICHOLAS MILTON AM
Chief Conductor and Artistic Director

“For my CSO Mixtape, my colleagues in the artistic management team of the CSO suggested I could put together a selection of recordings in which I was directly involved. I was happy to find on Spotify a few recordings which brought back some wonderful memories.”

Benn Sutcliffe playing saxophone

MY FAVOURITE THINGS
Curated by Benn Sutcliffe Saxophone / Clarinet

“This mixtape is a collection of recordings I go back to time and time again – great sounds, songs, bands, solos and compositions. They all have, and tell, a story.”

Freyja Meany playing viola

NATURE
Curated by Freyja Meany Viola

“Grab your favourite choice of beverage, gaze at a beautiful view and enjoy this eclectic playlist of music worth exploring.”

Kiri Sollis holding flute

TRANSCENDANCE
Curated by Kiri Sollis Flute

“The musicians I most respect and enjoy listening to have skills that allow them to transcend their instrument and genre to articulate something of themselves in what they are playing.”

Rachel Thomas headshot

MUSIC AND CONNECTION
Curated by Rachel Thomas
Chief Executive Officer

“Creativity allows us to solve problems with a spirit of courage and adventure. It’s what makes us human.This mixtape takes you through some of my musical memories and musings on how music gives us insight into ourselves and connects us to each other.”

Louis Sharpe

BEGINNINGS, ENDINGS AND HEARTFELT MOMENTS
Curated by Louis Sharpe Percussion / Timpani

“In this mixtape, I’ll take you through works that have changed my musical life. I have a strong personal connection to each; I’m hoping that sharing these reminds us of how and why music and art has a true place in all of our lives.”

Portrait of Tim Wickham with violin

WICKFM
Curated by Tim Wickham Violin

“This eclectic playlist features some of my favourite composers and performing artists. I hope you hear something new and interesting amongst the sounds. Enjoy!”

portrait of Lucy Macourt with violin

MUSICAL MEMORIES
Curated by Lucy Macourt 
Violin, Kingsland Resident

“All the repertoire in this playlist relates to my musical journey. The pieces are tied in with memories of my early experiences with music, performances I’ve done and pieces that inspired me along the way.”

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