This is good news!
Australians are not particularly good at celebrating our music history. But here we have West Australian artist Eileen Joyce being documented and celebrated!
Decca Eloquence has released the complete set of the legendary Australian pianist’s recordings in a box set, including essays by West Australian musicologists Victoria Rogers and David Tunley.
For your chance to win a copy of the complete box set subscribe below to Noted by Friday 17th November! (All new and old subscribers will receive competition details via email). Many thanks to Decca for compiling this landmark album and making a copy available to Noted readers.
The box set includes her complete studio recordings (including previously unpublished material) and features Joyce as both pianist and harpsichordist. For any pianophile, piano historian, or simply lover of superbly crafted piano playing, this box promises a treasure-trove of exciting discoveries.
Eileen Joyce was born in Tasmania and raised in the West Australian goldfields. She studied for three years at the Leipzig Conservatoire and made her first recording in London 1933, at her own expense.
Never before have we heard such clarity and detail and absence of piano “twang” on a record … The result is certainly one of outstanding merit.’ – Gramophone, October 1933 (Joyce’s first recording)
So began Joyce’s 27-year-long recording career, stretching almost to her retirement in 1960. Her recordings are distinguished by a precision and clarity of articulation which became known as the hallmark of her playing, as well as the flamboyance, strength and stamina that gave her so durable a career in concert.
Also to be published by Lyrebird Press this month is Destiny: The Extraordinary Career of the Pianist Eileen Joyce, a new book about Eileen Joyce with essays by David Tunley, Victoria Rogers and Cyrus Meher-Homji.
Subscribe to Noted by Friday 17th November for your chance to win a copy of this stunning collection.