Highly-awarded Australian composer and recording artist Margaret Brandman has achieved International recognition for her substantial body of works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, solo voice, and choir, that have often been programmed on ABC Classic FM including Autumn Rhapsody – piano solo performed by the composer, Firestorm Symphony, Undulations for String Orchestra and more.

Ambition Records is proud to announce that Margaret Brandman’s latest gem of an album Binna Burra Dreaming achieved the number one position in both the ARIA Classical and Classical Crossover charts in April 2023. The album presents six finely-crafted contemporary classical works for ‘Cello with Piano, inspired by Australian nature, Dreaming, and Astrological themes, performed by the composer herself on piano, together with Ariel Volovelsky on the cello.

Ariel Volovelsky’s sensitive and expressive interpretations work in perfect synergy with composer Margaret Brandman’s subtle performances of her interwoven piano lines, creating a sublime listening experience. “As you listen to this work you may hear various aspects connected to the landscape incorporated into the music. The work presents equally challenging roles for the two performers. The very first motif is a didjeridoo-like rhythmic figure played by the cello. After each statement of the motif on the cello, the piano responds with gentle chords suggesting the breeze blowing through the Beech trees.

“As you are transported on this musical journey through the ancient forest, the slow and delicate sections using ethereal sounds, may conjure up the ancient spirits, while in the bravura sections and lively sections with contemporary rhythms, you may imagine the sounds of the myriad of plant, bird and animal life in the forest area. Or you may prefer to just sit back to enjoy a purely musical and ear-tingling experience,” explains Margaret.

Margaret Brandman’s Binna Burra Dreaming is available to buy, stream and download here.

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