By Andrew Poppy, Christopher Leedham, Delia Stevens, Duncan MacLeo, Ensemble Dark Inventions, Fumiko Miyachi, Jeremy Barnett, Joel Bell, Kate Halsall, Leo Chadburn, Lucy Shaw, Marjolaine Charbin, Martin Butler, Rachael Ueckermann, Robert Millett, and Ruth Goller. By Andrew Morgan, Andrew Poppy, Colin Riley, Dominic Murcott, Duncan MacLeod, Emma-Ruth Richards, Fumiko Miyachi, Helen Papaioannou, Joel Bell, Leo Chadburn, Matthew Rowan, Naomi Pinnock, Philip Cashian, Richard Glover, Richard Perks, Rowland Su, and Ryoko Akama. Country of Origin: Austria. Classical. 2 listening CDs. Published by Naxos (NX.MSV77205).
This album is the culmination of a project begun by pianist Kate Halsall to explore ways of transforming the traditional piano concerto; works were developed centered around two pianos with varied chamber and electro-acoustical accompaniment, some of which are genuinely 'fusion' works incorporating jazz and rock instruments. Extended techniques, pitched silences and film also play a part. The album concept includes an audiovisual work not on the CD but available to stream, or to buy for a small extra cost. The second disc is more experimental and consists of four "Mache" pieces, made up of building blocks contributed by a number of composers, some specially written and some being extracts or arrangements of full length works. They include improvised and notated material, spoken word and many technical effects, producing a fascinating set of sound collages based around the two-piano core. The album involves many composers and performers from the exciting new-music scene in England all of whom are developing reputations for excellence and innovation.
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