Release Date: May 13, 2016

Catalog #: NV6041





LOVE BRINGS CHANGE (Adagio for Strings)

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra  |  Petr Vronský conductor



Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra  |  Petr Vronský conductor

Lucie Kaucká, piano

I. Allegretto

II. Moderato



Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra  |  Petr Vronský conductor

4 I. Adagio with sensitivity

II. Vigorously, Langorously



Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra  |  Petr Vronský conductor

6 I. Firestorm Threatening

II. Now the Tears are Flowing

III. All the Trees are Growing



Vít Mužík, violin; Lucie Kaucká, piano





Vít Mužík, violin; Lucie Kaucká, piano



Margaret Brandman, piano



Vít Mužík, violin; Lucie Kaucká, piano



Margaret Brandman, piano 1; Marcello Maio, piano 2




Love Brings Change was recorded September 10, 2015 at Reduta Hall, Olomouc Czech Republic

Session Producer Vít Mužík

Session Engineer Aleš Dvořák


Lyric Fantasy and Undulations were recorded September 14, 2015 at Reduta Hall, Olomouc Czech Republic

Session Producer Vít Mužík

Session Engineer Aleš Dvořák


Firestorm Symphony was recorded September 13, 2015 at Reduta Hall, Olomouc Czech Republic

Session Producer Vít Mužík

Session Engineer Aleš Dvořák


Binna Burra Dreaming and The Eastern Spinebill And The

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos Herald A Blue Mountains Bush Fire

were recorded September 12, 2015 at Reduta Hall, Olomouc

Czech Republic

Session Producer Petr Vronský

Session Engineer Aleš Dvořák


Autumn Rhapsody was recorded April 16, 2014 Trackdown Studios, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Session Engineer Daniel Brown


Jucaro Rhumba D’Amor was recorded October 15, 2015

at Reduta Hall, Olomouc Czech Republic

Session Producer Bob Lord

Session Engineer Jan Košulič


Spirit Visions was recorded January 23, 2010

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW, Australia

Session Engineer Tom Hogan


Executive Producer Bob Lord

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Editing, Mixing & Mastering Shaun Michaud

Recording Session Manager Matt Konrad

Production Engineer Nate Hunter

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Designer Emily Roulo

A&R Alex Bourne

Marketing Specialist Morgan MacLeod



Wind, Waves, Birds & Fire

Margaret Brandman




Australian composer, music educator, and pianist Margaret Brandman presents her debut Navona release SENSATIONS, featuring several of her celebrated compositions, each one presenting a unique musical experience and sensation. The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra skilfully performs the orchestral portion, opening with the joyful Love Brings Change (Adagio for Strings). Pianist Lucie Kaucká joins the orchestra for Lyric Fantasy, an emotional and accessible two-movement work with contrasting moods for piano and strings. In the two-movement Undulations, also for strings, Brandman portrays the elegant flowing movement of the ocean waves on Australia’s eastern seaboard. In the central orchestral piece, the programmatic three-movement Firestorm Symphony for full orchestra, Brandman effectively captures the shimmering heat, dangerous wind and approaching fire along with the sounds of the native birds,  during the terrifying experience of Australian Blue Mountains’ bush fires which threatened her family home, the sorrowful aftermath and eventual renewal of the bush.


The chamber music portion, featuring violinist Vit Mužík and pianist Lucie Kaucká, opens with Binna Burra Dreaming, which centres on the aboriginal Binna Burra world heritage site in Australia’s Gondwana rainforest. The Eastern Spinebill and the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos Herald a Blue Mountains' Bush Fire, a vibrant reduction of the first movement of Firestorm Symphony, explores more closely the wildlife affected by the Blue Mountains’ bush fires. Mužík and Kaucká  round out their contributions with the Latin-American-styled Jucaro Rhumba D’Amor. Also featured on the chamber music portion are piano pieces performed by Brandman herself. Following the impressionistic and lyrical piano solo Autumn Rhapsody, Brandman is joined by pianist Marcello Maio for Spirit Visions, a two-piano work inspired by the tone colours of the Sydney Town Hall organ. This piece, like the many others on this release, embodies the bright and jazzy style that makes Brandman’s music so distinctive.




Brandman is an accomplished pianist. She performed at her recent ‘Rhapsodies to Rhumbas’ concert series, featuring only her own compositions performed by a team of 12 musicians and singers. Brandman has performed her own compositions at concerts and festivals in Australia, New York, Hawaii, and the United Kingdom


Brandman is a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre and has composed numerous orchestral, chamber, and solo works, many of which are published by the German publishing house ‘Furore Music.’ Her music has received airplay and been performed across the world, including in her native Australia, the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, and Cuba. Brandman is also a professional arranger and has been a member of the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia for over 40 years


Brandman has received numerous honours and awards. The International Biographical Society has awarded her “International Woman of the Year for Services to Music,” as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. She has also received the World Forum’s “Distinguished Intellectual Contribution Award” and the World Piano Teachers Association’s “Diploma of Excellence in Piano Pedagogy” for her presentation The Geometry of the Piano and the Symmetry of the Hands


Brandman is active as a music educator. She has taught piano for over 45 years, and has devised a unique teaching system and a complete series of music education materials, many of which contain her original compositions. Brandman also conducts professional development courses for music teachers in Australia and worldwide


Brandman is a published author of a variety of educational texts that reflect her holistic approach to teaching. These include a high school music text book Accent on Music, her comprehensive Contemporary Aural Course and Contemporary Piano Method, and several theory and harmony workbooks available worldwide


Brandman attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for her instrumental studies and the SCM specialist music High School. Upon graduating she achieved third in the state of New South Wales for her skills in performance and composition. Following this, she went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in composition at the University of Sydney, studying under acclaimed composer Peter Sculthorpe. Since then she has received numerous further degrees from various institutions




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