Sony Music Australia today marks the launch of a brand new domestic label MASTERWORKS with the release of ‘Remembrance’, a touching dedication to the soldiers of World War One in a deluxe 24-track tribute of poetry and music.
The announcement from Denis Handlin, AM Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand and President Asia sees the creation of MASTERWORKS, a new label catering to mature music fans, with ‘Remembrance’ a fitting inaugural release.
“At Sony Music Australia, we strive to be market leaders in all genres of music. The launch of Masterworks as a domestic A&R label is part of our strategic plan to deliver more quality projects suitable for the discerning consumers in the adult contemporary, crossover and soundtrack music music market.”
The MASTERWORKS label has a 90-year history internationally where it began life in 1927 as ‘Columbia Masterworks’ and has been the vehicle for some of the world’s finest musical talent.
Robert Rigby, Senior A&R Director, Sony Music Australia will head up Masterworks.
‘Remembrance’ is a touching tribute to the men and women who fought in World War One. Released in the lead-up to ANZAC Day 2017 and featuring over sixty minutes of songs and poetry about the war and diggers as well as new songs. The album is a truly unique listening experience and is anchored by poetry read by Alan Jones AO and the recording debut of 27 year old Melbourne baritone Nathan Lay, taking the listener on a journey through all aspects of the war, from the courage, the tragedy and the impact that it had on Australia as a growing nation.
Winner of the 2016 Australian International Opera Award Scholarship, Nathan Lay has performed with Opera Australia, Melbourne Opera, Victorian Opera and more, studying his craft at the Wales International Academy of Voice as he makes his mark as one of Australia’s most important rising singing talents.
The album also features special guests including a brand-new track from Russell Morris WHITE FEATHER (which will see its iTunes artist, label and publishing royalties donated to Soldier On supporting returned soldiers and veterans), new recordings from Damien Leith and a stunning track SONG OF AUSTRALIA from Lee Kernaghan, Col Buchanan and Sara Storer.
It also features the last recording of the late Jon English, reciting In FLANDERS FIELDS and THE LEGACY ODE as well as a haunting closing performance by James Morrison with a new recording of THE LAST POST.
As new generations take up the baton of commemorating World War One, ‘Remembrance’ spans across ages, creating a source of nostalgia, inspiration and solemnity for older Australians as well as a momentous and educative take on history for those discovering lessons in the sacrifice of war for the first time.
Remembrance was produced by James Kempster.
Remembrance is available now through Sony Masterworks