Le Prophète (2016)

Meyerbeer, Alkan, Moscheles

Erin Helyard, Stephanie McCallum

The only way to listen to the latest symphony or opera in the nineteenth century was to either seek out a live performance or perform it at home with a piano partner, à quatre mains. Thus, an enormous amount of four-hand literature abounds from the 1820s to the 1930s. Works in transcription largely dominate this repertoire: operas, symphonies, and chamber works were adapted en masse for four hands by skilled and not so skilled musicians alike. But there were also works freshly composed in the medium, and four-handed playing could be heard in the home (its natural environment) but also on the relatively new environment of the concert stage

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Erin Helyard

Praised as a virtuosic and eloquent soloist as well as an inspired and versatile conductor, Erin Helyard is at the forefront of a new generation of young musicians who are inspired by the latest musicological and historical enquiry. Erin graduated in harpsichord performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first-class honours and the University Medal. He completed his Masters in 2005 in fortepiano performance and a PhD in Musicology in 2012 with Tom Beghin at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal. He was named the Westfield Concert Scholar on fortepiano for 2009-2010 and from 2003 to 2012 Erin was a central member of the award-winning Montreal-based Ensemble Caprice. In Sydney, Erin is artistic director and founder of Pinchgut Opera and the Orchestra of the Antipodes. He has conducted from the keyboard acclaimed performances of Purcell’s Fairy Queen (Montreal Baroque Festival), Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, Purcell’s Dioclesian, Vivaldi’s Griselda, Cavalli’s Giasone, Salieri’s The Chimney Sweep, Vivaldi’s Bajazet, Grétry’s L’amant jaloux (Pinchgut), Handel’s Acis and Galatea (NZ Opera), Handel’s Orlando (Hobart Baroque), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Handel’s Faramondo and Agrippina (Brisbane Baroque). Both Faramondo and Agrippina won Best Opera at the Helpmann Awards in 2015 and 2016. Erin has appeared as guest conductor and keyboard soloist with the Australian Haydn Ensemble and is a Senior Lecturer in Musicology and Historical Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, and appears by kind courtesy of that institution.

Stephanie McCallum

Described as “one of Australia’s foremost pianists”, Stephanie McCallum has enjoyed an international career of over twenty five years, appearing on over forty CDs (including eighteen solo CDs) and in hundreds of live solo and concerto performances. Playing a repertoire from the eighteenth to the twenty first century she is especially noted for her performances of virtuosic music of the nineteenth century, particularly the music of Liszt and Alkan, and also for her advocacy of demanding contemporary solo and ensemble scores. Her CDs of the music of Liszt, Weber, Alkan, Schumann, Magnard, Boulez, Xenakis and of contemporary Australian composers have received widespread national and international acclaim (click here for reviews). Stephanie’s most recent releases include a disc of previously unrecorded music by French composer Guy Ropartz and two CDs of the complete Chants of Alkan. Her recording of Beethoven’s complete Bagatelles, contains not only the popular Für Elise, but also the first recording of a previously unpublished and uncatalogued piano piece which is believed to be the last piano piece that Beethoven wrote.

Stephanie McCallum is an Associate Professor in piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. She was born in Sydney, Australia, and studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alexander Sverjensky and with noted Liszt player, Gordon Watson. After advanced studies in England with Alkan expert, Ronald Smith, she presented a critically acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut in 1982 where she gave what is believed to be the first performance of Alkan’s Chants, Op. 70. She is also credited with the first complete performance of Alkan’s Trois Grandes Études, Op. 76 in London (see Ronald Smith: Alkan, who was Alkan?, V. II The Music (London: Kahn & Averill, 1987), p. 90). Stephanie McCallum has appeared extensively as a soloist in the United Kingdom, France and Australia, has toured Europe with The Alpha Centauri Ensemble. Recently she presented lecture recitals at the Royal College of Music and the Purcell School, London.

Stephanie McCallum has made many appearances as soloist in the Sydney Festival, and performed in Brighton, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, and Sydney Spring Festivals. A noted exponent of contemporary music, Stephanie was a founding member of the contemporary ensembles AustraLYSIS and Sydney Alpha Ensemble and was joint artistic director of the latter since its inception. She has performed with such groups as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, ELISION and The Australia Ensemble. Stephanie has appeared as soloist on two CDs by the Sydney Alpha Ensemble, Strange Attractions, and Clocks (featuring works of Elena Kats-Chernin). In 2000, she gave the world premier of Kats-Chernin’s Displaced Dances with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, a piano concerto written especially for her and has performed concertos with the Sydney, Adelaide, Tasmanian and Canberra Symphony orchestras. With the release in 2006 of a 2 CD set of Alkan’s Douze études dans les tons mineurs, (described by Hugh Macdonald as “the Alps and the Himalayas of pianism, the one superimposed on the other”) she is the first pianist ever to have recorded both of Alkan’s sets of studies in the major and the minor keys (opus 35 and opus 39).

Stephanie’s solo recordings for ABC Classics also include a disc of the music of Satie, a two disc set of the complete piano sonatas of Weber, Illegal Harmonies: The 20thCentury Piano, and Perfume, a best-selling disc of rare and exquisite French piano music. Two CDs of music by Liszt, The Liszt Album and From the Years of Pilgrimage were released in 2003.

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Le Prophète (2016)

Meyerbeer, Alkan, Moscheles

Erin Helyard, Stephanie McCallum

    Fanfare Magazine

Dave Saemann of Fanfare Magazine says "McCallum and Helyward are wonderful tour guides through this repertoire. They succeed at making each of the different pianos feel like the instrument they grew up with." Jacquelin Kharouf from Fanfare adds "The album sounds beautiful. Artistically, aesthetically and from standards of technical quality, the sound is about as authentic as if we were standing in the room."

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Le Prophète (2016)

Meyerbeer, Alkan, Moscheles

Erin Helyard, Stephanie McCallum

Cables: Mogami, Furutech
Digital Converters: Sphynx 2
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Mastering Room: Vivid Audio B1 Decade
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Brendon Heinst
Recording Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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