Invisible Dances Viney Grinberg Piano Duo ABC Classics After a decade of studying and teaching in the US, the husband-and-wife piano duo of Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg has become a vital component of the vibrant and burgeoning new music scene in Brisbane. The Viney-Grinberg duo is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Queensland, where Viney heads the music department. Their research, concert and recording projects are always interesting, placing contemporary music (a sizeable proportion of it Australian) in a context of developments centuries old. Such is the case with this recent compilation of music inspired by dance, animating Bach’s cantatas, Stravinsky’s ballets, Debussy’s musings on archaic French forms and Schubert’s heart-rending Fantasie in f minor, D940. Two captivating Australian miniatures make up the program. Green Valley, a short pastoral piece by Roy Agnew, is balanced by an all-too-brief moment from the Invisible Dances by the Melbourne-based composer Tim Dargaville (born 1962). For these two works alone, barely five minutes in all, this disc is a must-have. The program feels like a banquet of miniatures; 10 of the 12 tracks last four minutes or less. The fourth set of George Crumb’s dance-inspired Makrokosmos music, Celestial mechanics, would have made a great inclusion. The performances were recorded in the Conservatorium Theatre at Griffith University and the balance captures perhaps too much of the ambience of an empty theatre. The playing is dynamic, stylistically well conceived and executed, with a wide range of painterly techniques. It is cheering to see our major institutions supporting music-making at such an internationally high level.