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A world-premiere audio and video album by
Cond. Kevin Purcell

Released March 2022 on Broadway Records


Five years in the making, this incredible new album with songwriters and lyricists who have individually or collectively won the Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award, The Fred Ebb Award, the Kleban Prize in Musical Theater, Jonathan Larson Grants, ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the Samuel French Next Step Award amongst numerous accolades.

Songs by:

Good Enough For Me – Adam Gwon
The Spark – Michael Kooman & Christopher Dimond
Real Adventure – Sam Wilmott and Marcus Stevens
Sixteen Bars – Peter Mills
Tuscany – Alan Schmuckler
When I Slay My Rival – Steve Weiner & Peter Kellogg
My World – Andre Catrini
I Didn’t Know – Oliver Houser
Listen – Greg Nabours
Long Way Home – Nikko Benson
Out On A Limb – Joel Evans and Adryan Russ
El Amor – Kevin Purcell & Victor Kazan*
You Were There – Drew Lane*
Somebody Else – Craig Christie*
It Starts Again – Jess Newman
Pretty Little Thing – Steve Vizard and Joe Chindamo*

ASCAP unless indicated * as APRA


Divine Art release orchestral album by Nan Schwartz

Grammy winner, 5-time Grammy nominee and seven-time Emmy nominee Nan Schwartz, is unquestionably America’s most renowned woman composer except for one notable exception – her own symphonic works for the concert stage had, until now, previously never been recorded. This remarkable omission from the classical music-recording catalogue has finally been rectified with this extraordinary album, conducted by the eminent New York-based Australian conductor, Kevin Purcell.

This much anticipated and extraordinary record was released by Divine Art Records in March 2018 in both CD and digital formats. Kevin Purcell conducts The Synchron Stage Orchestra, Wien and the Bratislava Studio Symphony Orchestra.

Taking two years to produce, across three continents, the 83-piece orchestra Vienna sessions are augmented by the crème-de-la-crème of New York’s finest Jazz musicians and two brilliant Australian soloists combining to create the orchestral masterpieces Aspirations and Perspectives.

The four works by Nan Schwartz on this album are ingeniously coupled with the premiere recording of Australian composer Brenton Broadstock’s evocative Concerto For Orchestra: an homage to the iconic Miles Davis album ‘Kind of Blue’.

Divine Art DDA 25165, released March 2018 (CD, Hi-Def 24-bit audio, lossless FLAC and MP3 download options)

Full Track List

Nan Schwartz:

Aspirations (11:28)

Perspectives (9:41)

Angels Among Us (15:42)

Romanza (4:57)

Brenton Broadstock:

Concerto for Orchestra (Made in Heaven) (25:30)


BBC Music Magazine

Evocative and tuneful – top drawer reading.” —Michael Beek

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Schwartz’s sound has a lithe, film-score clarity, showcased in lucid performances. [The Broadstock piece] is a work of glittering colour and gleaming brass – a perfect companion to the Schwartz.” —Angus McPherson

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There is a Ravelian lushness (and expertise) to [Schwartz’s] scoring. The performance is magnificent… and supporting that, the recording is demonstration standard, with great perspective. There is also, it should be noted, a lot of fun to be had here.” —Colin Clarke

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It’s neither completely jazz nor classical, but a very pleasing synthesis of the two worlds, and is absolutely gorgeous to my ears. All of [the works] could hardly be better and more idiomatically performed.” —David deBoor Canfield

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To say that Nan Schwartz is one of America’s significant gifted composers is an understatement. Nan Schwartz is one of our great treasures to be heard and relished.” —Peter Cobbin, Senior recording engineer, Abbey Road Studios

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American Record Guide/span>

Brenton Broadstock has something to say (or hear) and he makes the four sections of the concerto melodic and listenable. I found the concerto thoroughly enjoyable. The orchestra plays very well for conductor Purcell. Excellent sound.” —Elliot Fisch

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The Chronicle

This is music with gravitas, but melodic and made easy on the ear by the skill of the composer. It’s (mostly) a long way from the jazz/easy listening music of Henry Mancini. Serious music (it’s not lightweight classical film fare) but listenable and with a spring in its step.” —Jeremy Condliffe

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Records International

These highly approachable, thoroughly tonal works make up a most appealing programme… finely crafted concert works, enjoyable by anyone with a taste for lush neo-romanticism.”

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MusicWeb International

Brenton Broadstock’s superb Made in Heaven: Concerto for orchestra is a sheer delight to listen to… simply outstanding from end to end. The four works by Nan Schwarz…[are] a subtle balance of jazz and classical. It is a sheer pleasure to listen to this ‘cool’ music. I cannot fault the vibrant recording.. The balance of jazz soloists and symphony orchestra is ideal.” —John France

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Rafael Music Notes

A handsomely designed and annotated CD of original works for symphony orchestra. A juxtaposing of tempi, dynamics, tonality, and the alternating of soloist and ensemble give much of Nan Schwartz’s appealing music a uniquely sui generis sound. The music of Brenton Broadstock is most … this composer is a true original. Eminently tonal, richly melodic music… Hats off to the composers, the conductor, and the musicians of both orchestras!” —Rafael de Acha

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