Miniaturised Concertos & Mache
By Kate Halsall; Leo Chadburn; Marjolaine Charbin; Andrew Poppy; Rachael Ueckermann; Martin Butler; Fumiko Miyachi; Joel Bell; Ruth Goller; Lucy Shaw; Robert Millett; Delia Stevens; Jeremy Barnett; Ensemble Dark Inventions; Christopher Leedham; Duncan MacLeo. By Ryoko Akama; Joel Bell; Philip Cashian; Leo Chadburn; Richard Glover; Duncan MacLeod; Fumiko Miyachi; Andrew Morgan; Dominic Murcott; Helen Papaioannou; Richard Perks; Naomi Pinnock; Andrew Poppy; Emma-Ruth Richards; Colin Riley; Matthew Rowan; Rowland Su. Country of Origin: Austria. Classical. 2 listening CDs. Published by Naxos (NX.MSV77205).
Item Number: 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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