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FULL IMMORTAL DIAMOND (Grabowsky) Melbourne 2022 Lisa Gerrard

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  • Published by: mso  
  • Date Published: 2023  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
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MSO.LIVE continues its month of Australian music with Immortal Diamond, a new work by multi award-winning Australian icon Paul Grabowsky AO. Borrowing its title from a poem by Victorian-era English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, Immortal Diamond comprises five sections that explore atmospheres of drama, dissonance, and mysticism. Renowned Australian soprano Lisa Gerrard sings in a floating free style alongside sixteen wordless singers. Though it pays tribute to a nineteenth-century poet, Immortal Diamond speaks to a very contemporary experience. Written during Victoria’s COVID-19 lockdowns, the work, in Grabowsky’s words, ‘can be understood as a secular requiem for those who passed, and a prayer for better days ahead.’

“Immortal Diamond borrows its title from a poem of Gerard Manley Hopkins, called That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and the Comfort of Resurrection, in which his unforgettable final lines describe his relationship to Christ:
since he was what I am, and
This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,
Is immortal diamond

This beautiful poem, full of extraordinary sound pictures, provides the inspiration for a sound world in which Lisa Gerrard will range freely, one that speaks of the power of spiritual love and renewal. The music will ebb and flow slowly like a tide, the orchestra and sixteen wordless singers embedded within it will wrap around her voice, occasionally falling away to the ruminations of the piano as it continues accompanying a song that—in a sense—has no beginning and no end.”

— Paul Grabowsky AO, MSO Composer in Residence

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