Four Hands: Australian Music for Piano Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo ABC Classics It has been a bumper year for Australian keyboard music. Barely a week in 2016 went by without news of a new ensemble, tour, festival appearance or album release. The latest, and in many respects most satisfying to date, is a new recording by the Brisbane-based Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo, playing works for piano (four hands) by five Australian composers. Versatile Brisbane musician Liam Viney met Israeli pianist Anna Grinberg while studying at Yale. They married and joined the performance faculty at California Institute of the Arts before returning to Brisbane where they are on the staff of the school of music at the University of Queensland. This album is the result of a vigorous commissioning program by the duo — 15 pieces thus far and more in the pipeline — generously supported by their university. Stylistically, their album runs the gamut from endearingly simple to irritatingly complex. Peter Sculthorpe’s reworkings of four little pieces from his childhood, composed as a 50th birthday present to himself, are ingratiatingly charming. Much of the same spirit flows into the nine bagatelles Ross Edwards has captured as A Flight of Sunbirds, captivating pieces heard recently in a two-piano version by Bonnie Brown and Louisa Breen. Is it possible to bypass Elena Kats-Chernin? Her recent piece Victor’s Heart begins sombrely but shifts to more familiar Nyman-esque territory. Stuart Greenbaum’s three-movement sonata is a 20minute gem, with some attractive ideas that spin out freely, naturally and persuasively. Carl Vine’s 23-minute sonata rounds out the program. The performances are, not surprisingly, bristling with verve and flair; they bloom in the crystalline acoustics of the Queensland Conservatorium Hall in this impressive and highly attractive debut recording.