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Chamber Music, page 69

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Towards Silence - Sir John Tavener - Medici Quartet - Finzi Quartet - Cavaleri Quartet - Fifth Quadrant

Towards Silence - Sir John Tavener - Medici Quartet - Finzi Quartet - Cavaleri Quartet - Fifth Quadrant
ID: SIGCD221
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: World Premiere Recording

World Premiere Recording

This premiere recording of John Tavener's Towards Silence, written for four string quartets and a large Tibetan bowl, explores the nature of consciousness and the process of dying. Tavener had long wanted to write the work and persuaded Professor Paul Robertson (leader of the Medici Quartet and Co-Founder of the Music Mind Spirit Trust) to perform it. However, shortly after the manuscript was completed both men became critically ill and close to death themselves.

By August 2008 Robertson had recovered sufficiently to resuscitate the project, which had now taken on a profound significance for himself and for Tavener. The members of the Medici Quartet immediately agreed to reform and identified young professional string quartets with whom to perform and to act as musical mentors.

Tavener's vision was for all four quartets to be positioned high up in the cathedral dome, invisible to the audience, and arranged in the shape of a cross, bringing the Christian, Bhuddist and Hindu religions together. This sense of space has been captured in the recording, which is an SACD hybrid that can also be enjoyed on a surround sound setup.
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THE EIGHT SEASONS - SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE - Jonatan Morton, violin

THE EIGHT SEASONS - SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE - Jonatan Morton, violin
ID: SIGCD231
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Violin

A unique disc from one of Scotland's most dynamic and versatile groups - the Scottish Ensemble is a tight-knit band of outstanding string players from around Europe who perform regularly together under Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton. This disc - one of their first solo releases following acclaimed discs with artists such as Alison Balsom and Toby Spence - contrasts Vivaldi's timeless Four Seasons with Piazzolla's tango-inspired The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Combining Vivaldi and Piazzola together like this underlines the meteorological and cultural differences between Mediterranean Europe and the heart of South America. To have them performed side by side creates a fascinating programme of similarities and contrasts.
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Rachmaninov - Music for Piano - Jeremy Fisell, piano

Rachmaninov - Music for Piano - Jeremy Fisell, piano
ID: SIGCD230
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano

Jeremy Filsell is one of very few performers to have established a virtuoso concert career as both a Pianist and Organist on the international stage. This recital disc explores Filsell’s lifelong love of Rachmaninov’s piano music, surveying selections from preludes and sonatas as well as two song transcriptions.
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FiddleSticks - Madeleine Mitchell, Ensemble Bash

FiddleSticks - Madeleine Mitchell, Ensemble Bash
ID: SIGCD111
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Violin

On first hearing Lou Harrison’s violin concerto, Madeleine Mitchell was entranced by the colourful array of percussion and its juxaposition with the violin’s innate lyricism. Indeed, this description could fit almost all the works featured on this lively, multi-rhythmic disc. Both string and percussion blend in a unique mix of styles from early Andalucian music to a Stravinsky inspired piece, Fragments from a Gradual Process. Complex rhythms from the Ensemble Bash who use rhythms of West African drumming as the core of their playing, combined with Madeleine’s interweaving lines often catch the listener in a moment of surprise.
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DETOURS - GORDON McPHERSON - PSAPPHA

DETOURS - GORDON McPHERSON - PSAPPHA
ID: MSVCD92073
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

"Detours" is inspired by the composer's personal memories and reflections concerning cars. It draws on sources and references of a distinctly non-classical nature, but cannot in any way be called "crossover" - more it is a fusion of genres, as are the other works, brilliantly performed by Psappha.

tracks:
Detours: Echo's Tape Memory Crash Only the Driver Deserves to be Saved Lorelie Phoenix Maps and Diagrams of our Pain Born of Funk / The Fear of Falling
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Unknown Britten

Unknown Britten
ID: NMCD140
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano and Clarinet

This CD features eight premiere recordings:
• Three additional songs of Les Illuminations
• In memoriam Dennis Brain
• Rondo Concertante
• Elegy for Strings
• Variations for Solo Piano
• and the completion of Movements for a Clarinet Concerto.

The stunning performance of Les Illuminations by world-renowned soprano Sandrine Piau has been made possible thanks to the French label Naïve kindly releasing Sandrine from her exclusive recording contract for this CD. The ‘Clarinet Concerto’ was written for jazz star Benny Goodman, but Britten never completed it as the sketches were impounded by US Customs in 1941. It was Britten’s intention to resume work on the piece in 1943 but he never got round to it and so it remained a fragment, not performed until edited by Colin Matthews in 1990.
Britten intended the additional three songs recorded here-also setting Rimbaud-to be part of Les Illuminations. Sandrine Piau’s love affair with the music of Benjamin Britten blossomed when she was chosen to sing the role of Flora in Britten’s Turn of the Screw at Radio France.
In memoriam Dennis Brain for 4 horns, strings and tubular bells commemorates the great horn player for whom Britten wrote his Serenade for tenor, horn and strings. He died in a car crash in 1957.
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Barry Guy - After the Rain

Barry Guy - After the Rain
ID: NMCD013S
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: String Orchestra

City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox - Barry Guy: After the Rain
After the Rain, for string orchestra, draws on Max Ernst's disturbing painting Europe After the Rain - depicting the bleak remains of a landscape left after some inexplicable catastrophe - within a work of remarkable strength and optimism.
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Roger Smalley - Pulses

Roger Smalley - Pulses
ID: NMCD017M
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bernas - Roger Smalley: Pulses for 5x4 Players

Rampant antiphonal brass and percussion characterise Smalley's Pulses for 5×4 Players - a huge and gripping work which uses electronic treatment of sound to explore the spatial relationship between groups of performers.
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Martin Butler: Songs and Dances from a Haunted Place

Martin Butler: Songs and Dances from a Haunted Place
ID: NMCD006
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Quartet

Commissioned by the Bingham String Quartet, Cashian's intricate rhythmic patterning contrasts with Butler's atmospheric Songs & Dances from a Haunted Place.

Philip Cashian - String Quartet No.1
Martin Butler - Songs & Dances from a Haunted Place - 1
Songs & Dances from a Haunted Place - 2
David Nicholls- String Quartet
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Gerald Barry - Chamber Music

Gerald Barry - Chamber Music
ID: NMCD022
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

Barry's work draws inspiration from the clarity and vigour of Baroque music and the immediacy of contemporary visual and dramatic arts; it is compulsive and breathtakingly virtuosic.
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