“The music of Margaret Brandman, an Australian composer born in 1951 and also famous as a pedagogue, is a continuous celebration of life, nature, and hope for a better future”

Kathodik

In a career of over 45 years, composer/pianist Margaret Brandman has composed a variety of music ranging from orchestral, chamber and choral works, to instrumental solos, and works for solo voice with piano accompaniment.

Her output includes the two internationally acclaimed albums – SENSATIONS featuring her celebrated works for orchestral and chamber ensembles recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic, and the compilation album ABRAZO recorded in Cuba, which includes her Warm Winds in Havana suite for saxophone quartet and percussion.

Margaret also performs many of her original works including the piano solo Autumn Rhapsody, which is included on SENSATIONS, her ensemble works for piano with woodwind or strings, and her songs for voice and piano including Lady of Grace, and Songs of Love and Desire.

The premiere performance of the solo settings of COSMIC WHEEL OF THE ZODIAC song cycle by Baritone Martin Cooke of the Bavarian State Opera Company, in association with the composer on piano, took place in Sydney, Australia on the 3rd of September 2016.

Margaret was also in attendance at the European premiere performance of the Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac by the Prague Mixed Chamber Choir and soloists, held at the concert hall in the Czech Music Museum in Prague on the 14th of September 2017.

” I was lucky to be at the Celebratory Launch of Margaret’s CD SENSATIONS at Sydney Conservatorium of Music Last night. What a wonderful warm and varied concert it was!  It was an exciting eye opener and entrée to the work of this remarkable Australian musician which also featured music from the CD ABRAZO and in the second half in association with baritone Martin Cooke we heard the world premiere of Margaret Brandman’s song cycle The Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac. This was delightful!

Twelve charming songs with lyrics by Benita Rainer beautifully performed by Martin Cooke and Margaret Brandman.

The taste of Latin America in the two tracks from Warm Winds in Havana for Saxophone quartet and percussion was very enticing and enjoyable.

We were also introduced to and delighted by two art songs by Margaret Brandman, Lady of Grace, a setting of Ave Maria and The Baragoola Sails to Manly, again sung by Martin Cooke with Margaret at the piano. I am sure both of these works will become favourites in the singer’s repertoire.

“Congratulations and Bravo again.”

Pamela Herring  – Collegiate of Specialist Music Educators,  Australia  September 2016

For more biographical information please view the Enhanced Content Website for SENSATIONS.

Albums

Polarities Vol. 2

Release Date: June 25, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6353
21st Century
Orchestral
Accordion
Orchestra
String Orchestra
From yin and yang to public debate, much in the world revolves around opposing forces. POLARITIES VOL. 2, an album of new presentations in classical music, documents the intricacies of these forces, expressing the emotions, sensations, and scenes associated with the extreme ends of conversation and change.
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Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac

Release Date: May 11, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6160
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
Piano
Voice
So many of us wonder about the big picture questions in life. Why are we here? What is the best I can do in my lifetime? COSMIC WHEEL OF THE ZODIAC, with lyrics by astrologer Benita Rainer, presents a cosmic rumination for meditation upon these great questions. These songs guide you through the labyrinth of the Cosmos, which, as perfectly attested to in “As above, so below,” is also the labyrinth of your mind; as what is without has its genesis in what is within.
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Sensations – Wind, Waves, Birds & Fire

Release Date: May 13, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6041
21st Century
Orchestral
Orchestra
Piano
String Orchestra
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.
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