Discography

Two new solo CDs will be released in the coming months, titled Crossing Boundaries, featuring new Australian piano works created for the Sonata Project. 

Mantras and Night Flowers

Mantras and Night Flowers

Music by Ross Edwards and Carl Vine
Bernadette Harvey - piano

One can be sure that Australian music might be finally coming of age when one record label can contemplate a third recording of a recent piano work - Carl Vine's magnificent Piano Sonata No 1 is now released for the third time by Tall Poppies. The previous two recordings were made by Bernadette's brother Michael on a Stuart & Sons piano and then a Steinway. Bernadette plays here on a Fazioli piano. She also performs the Anne Landa Preludes, a set of twelve short works showing Vine's complete mastery of piano writing.

Both of the works by Ross Edwards are world premiere recordings. His Mantras & Night Flowers was written between 1982 and 2001 and is a collection of exquisite miniatures. Paired with this is his first Piano Sonata, written in 2011 for Bernadette. These works were supervised in the studio by the composer.

Alternating Currents by Bernadette Harvey Pianist

Alternating Currents

Bernadette Harvey - piano

This is Bernadette Harvey's debut solo CD, proudly released by Tall Poppies. Bernadette is one of Australia's finest pianists with a scarily accurate technique, a fearless approach to the nuances of the music she plays, and an ability to make clear at first hearing the intentions of the composer.

The five works she has chosen for this recording show the range of her interests: the Dutilleux Sonata is one of the best piano works from the 20th century - very French and very brilliant; Kevin Puts’ Alternating Current is demanding on many levels, but always pianistic; Ross Edwards’ Etymalong explores the meditative qualities of nature; the Bacewicz Sonata is an explosive tour de force; Vine’s Bagatelles are by turns cheeky and virtuosic. A pianist has nowhere to hide in this program, and Bernadette responds magnificently to the varying demands of this music.