Finnissy: Lost Lands


Catalogue No: MSVCD 92050
EAN/UPC: 5060054460033
Release Date: June 2002
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 78:04
Sample: Moon's goin' down (extract)

Michael Finnissy is amongst the most celebrated of contemporary British composers and his music is featured on many of our CDs. This selection of works for chamber group and solo instruments written between 1977 and 1990 displays both his formidable talents and those of Topologies. These pieces are inspired by the disappearing musical cultures in places affected by ethnic cleansing (Kurdestan and Azerbaijan) and “discredited” musical styles such as free jazz and expressionism.

Track Listing

    Michael Finnissy:

  1. Dilok (9:55)
  2. Delal (8:04)
  3. Kulamen Dilan (13:23)
  4. Moon’s goin’ Down (4:27)
  5. Runnin’ Wild (7:00)
  6. Keroiylu (9:42)
  7. Lost Lands (24:28)



“The oboe, performed here by Christopher Redgate, is in the spotlight most of the time. Title work Lost Lands, for E-flat clarinet, soprano sax, guitar, violin and piano is by far the longest work on the disc. From the outset the work’s scope is evidently broad, the ensemble moving without haste, conveying that there’s much ground to cover: there’s nothing tentative about this, the music feels ambitious, even potentially visionary. The soundworld of Lost Lands is simply gorgeous: intimate, emotive, even sensuous at times. Redgate’s performances are blindingly exhilarating, particularly in the duets with Julian Warburton’s percussion, and the rendition of Lost Lands by Topologies is genuinely amazing. This disc is absolutely essential.”

” —Simon Cummings
Records International

For the most part, these pieces eschew the more extreme manifestations of the much-mentioned ‘complexicist’ style, exhibiting a relatively approachable aspect of the composer’s musical personality.

” —Unnamed reviewer

If you need convincing that so-called ‘complex’ composers live in the real world, you need look no further.

” —Arnold Whittall
The Sunday Times

This disc, dominated by pieces for oboe (Christopher Redgate), takes one into a world where austerity becomes hypnotic.

” —unknown reviewer

this is a fascinating disc all round and nowhere near as difficult as Finnissy’s previous press might indicate. Give it a go!

” —Neil Horner
The Wire

The music manages to be totally disorientating as it compels you further into its web – pulling off such contradiction is no mean feat.

” —Philip Clark