Rating: 4.5 / 5
Bradman is an iconic name—once it was because of cricketer Sir Donald but his granddaughter Greta is today’s famous Bradman, achieving extraordinary success across the world on classical concert stages.
Greta Bradman has just released her fourth album Home, a title chosen because the songs she sings on it connect her with all the things that say ‘home’ to this rising young Australian star.
“Wherever I am in the world, there are two things that have me ‘home’ in no time—being with my children and listening to certain pieces of music,” she says.
Those children are young sons Jude and Caspar, who, with her husband Didier, are Greta’s priorities in life. She is also a weekend radio presenter on ABC Classic FM, holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, and is on several boards associated with wellbeing and mental health.
Recorded with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Luke Dollman, and the Adelaide Chamber Singers, Home pays tribute to Greta’s much-loved grandparents who inspired her love of music, as well as her own father, mother and mother-in-law.
While the whole of Australia knows her cricketing grandpa, her other grandfather was an impressive operatic tenor, and both grandmothers had involvement in music. And that cricketing grandpa had another side to him, when he played the piano while little Greta danced around the room in delight.
Fast forward to the 21st century, and Greta possesses an extraordinarily beautiful voice that effortlessly reaches out to her audience, both in live performance and on recordings.
Greta charms the listener with her golden vocal cords in Home, an interesting collection of well-known traditional folk songs and popular classics, with a few surprises, such as the beautiful ‘Every Day is a Rainbow Day for Me’, penned by Sir Donald for his wife Jessie. While Greta has sung it in concert, this is the world premiere recording.
Where Greta shines so brightly is in the songs where her beautiful, lush voice soars to the heavens, in tracks including Mendelssohn’s ‘Hear My Prayer’, ‘Greensleeves’, ‘Beautiful Dreamer’, ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Listening to Home, listeners will hear how she sings straight from her heart to theirs. It’s a rare gift, and Greta has been blessed with it.