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Music from Torrens Road
NV6420 (Navona Records, CD)
FIRST RELEASE (8 April 2022)
℗ 2022 Navona Records LLC
© 2022 Navona Records LLC
Main country of recording: Czech Republic
Reviewer: Geoff Pearce
Review of Music from Torrens Road published on 1 May 2022
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Rupert Bond, conductor
Eric Biddington (born 1953):
1 Classical Overture
2 Eat Your Brekky (and you will grow big and strong)
3 In Geraldine - Small Town Reflections
5 Cats of Hillmorton
6 Doctor Knows Best (for Anyone and Everyone)
7 Homage to Bach
Recorded 31 May and 1-2 June 2021 at Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
New Zealand native Eric Biddington (born 1953) charms with a delightful selection of neoclassical orchestral pieces on Music from Torrens Road, delighting the ear with an exuberant blend of levity, catchiness, and joie de vivre. Biddington's musical education was initially cut short by illness, and despite his latter resumption (and conclusion) of formal study, his music preserves exactly the refreshing kind of naturalness and indomitable verve which is all too often squashed by so-called institutions. A blessing, not just for Biddington, but especially for his listeners: These well-crafted, profoundly melodic and musical pieces prove that in order to be complex, music doesn't have to be complicated; quite the contrary, artistic profundity and aesthetic appeal can very well go hand in hand.