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Dancing Shadows
The music of Miriam Hyde for flute and piano

Bridget Bolliger flute ~ Andrew West piano
Gerard Maguire reader

Miriam Hyde AO, OBE (1913-2005), was one of the foremost Australian composers of the twentieth century, known for her appealing, nature-inspired post-romantic style and exquisite craftsmanship. Ms Hyde found the medium of flute and piano particularly inspiring, and Dancing Shadows contains her complete works for the combination.

The release introduces the exciting partnership of Australian- Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger ( and British pianist Andrew West. They bring Ms Hyde’s delightful music to the attention of listeners and flute players alike.

Miriam Hyde was also a recognised poet, and the album concludes with a selection of her poetry read by the renowned Australian actor Gerard Maguire.

Bridget Bolliger
Australian-Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger was born in Sydney, where she distinguished herself early, studying under Jenny Andrews, Jane Rutter and Vernon Hill and performing the Ibert Flute Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15.   She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium High School and was awarded the ASCM with Merit by the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music.

Brigit Bolliger & Andrew West At 18 Ms Bolliger travelled to Switzerland to study with Peter-Lukas Graf at the Basel Music Academy.   For four consecutive years she was awarded the coveted Study Grant ofthe Migros/Ernst-Göhner Stiftung, while also winning the UBS Flute Competition in Zürich, the Kiefer Hablitzel Award in Bern and a prize at the Swiss Woodwind Competition in St Gallen.   She attended masterclasses with Alain Marion, Jean-Pierre Rampal and William Bennett, and played Principal Flute with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado and Vaclav Neumann, the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach and the European Community Youth Chamber Orchestra under James Judd.

After graduating with the prestigious Soloist's Diploma, Ms Bolliger was appointed on contract for three years with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra. She also appeared äs Guest Principal Flute with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Zürich Opera Orchestra and Zürich Chamber Orchestra, under conductors such as Nello Sanri, Horst Stein, Franz Welser-Möst and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.  

Andrew West
Andrew West has developed partnerships with many of Britain's leading singers and instrumentalists.   He appears with Emma Bell, Florian Boesch, Lesley Garrett, James Gilchrist, Emma Johnson, Robert Murray, Mark Padmore, Christopher Purves, Hilary Summers and Roderick Williams.

His longstanding partnership with flautist Emily Beynon has led to recordings for Hyperion and the BBC, and recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Recent performances include the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Songs from the Same Earth at the Aldeburgh Festival, contemporary recitals at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Nuremberg Festival (of which he is one of the artistic directors) and staged performances of Schubert's Winterreise at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Lincoln Center, New York.  

Gerard Maguire
Known internationally for his role as Jim Fletcher in the cult TV series Prisoner: Cell Block H, Australian actor/writer/director Gerard Maguire has been a leading presence in film, TV and theatre since graduating from The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney in 1967.   His acting credits range from musicals – Bye Bye Birdie, Side By Side By Sondheirn – to Shakespeare – Henry V. and Mucbeth.   He was significant in the emergence of Australian theatre in the 1970s, taking leading roles in the plays of Alex Buzo and David Williamson.   Moving from Sydney to Melbourne to join the Melbourne Theatre Company, he played leads in School For Scandal and Breaker Morant and six David Williamson plays, including The Club, Jugglers 3 and Emerald City.   In 1986 he appeared in the Elizabethan Theatre Trust's production of Sons Of Cain at Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End.  

  1. Dancing Shadows     2:28

Five Solos for Flute and Piano     15:22
  2.   i. Beside the Stream     3:01
  3.  ii. Wedding Morn     3:59
  4. iii. The Little Juggler     2:42
  5. iv. Marsh Birds     3:44
  6.  v. Evening Under the Hill     1:56

Sonata in G minor for Flute and Piano     12:29
  7.   i. Allegro giocoso     3:52
  8.  ii. Andante pastorale     4:55
  9. iii. Allegro con spirito     3:22

10. Nocturne     4:34

11. Sea Shell Fantasy     3:38

12. Autumn in Princes Garden     1:55

13. Fireside Images     4:13

14. On the Hillside     1:00

15. Dryad’s Dance     1:31

Poems by Miriam Hyde
16. White Wings     0:43
17. Playing with Orchestra in Perth     1:53
18. Licorice versus Aniseed     1:17
19. Leaves in the Wind     0:50
20. Evening Shadows     1:54
21. Before the Spring     0:45
22. Mephisto Waltz     1:38
23. White Peacock     1:12
24. Winter Willow Music     0:47
25. Mountain Soliloquy     2:03

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