Invisible Cities


Catalogue No: MSVCD 92040
EAN/UPC: 5060054460026
Artists: ,
Release Date: June 2002
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 73:47
Sample: Piano Quintet (extract)

Cutting-edge contemporary music for both chamber ensembles and solo instruments by this highly individualistic and well-regarded composer.

Alwynne Pritchard was born in Glasgow in 1968. Encouraged by her father, the composer Gwyn Pritchard, she began composing as a teenager and went on to study composition with Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music, and later with Justin Connolly and Michael Finnissy at the Royal Academy of Music where she was awarded many prizes for her work. She has since been distinguished by critics for her “strong, spare language” and “restrained eloquence”.

Track Listing

    Alwynne Pritchard:

  1. Spring (1:05)
  2. Piano Quintet: Barbara Allen (8:19)
  3. Nostos Ou Topos (Version 1) (3:36)
  4. Nostos Ou Topos (Version 2) (3:56)
  5. Matrix (13:37)
  6. I. Der Zwerg – In truben Licht (6:17)
  7. II. Der Zwerg – Er spricht (4:48)
  8. Kit (9:37)
  9. Der Glucklose Engel (9:02)
  10. Invisible Cities (13:30)


Classical Net

These pieces are very different from each other… [Pritchard’s] prevailing mood and sound vocabulary is astringent, never music to ‘wallow’ in for old-style sensual satisfaction. The performances, recorded in vivid sound, presumably in association with the composer, are persuasive and this is an intriguing release.

” —Peter Grahame Woolf
The Wire

Now that we’re in the new millennium, Pritchard is questioning everything about her own musical assumptions and here are some of the answers, brilliantly performed by members of [Ian] Pace’s Topologies ensemble.

” —Philip Clark
Music and Vision

…a very clear Alwynne Pritchard picture.

” —Patric Standford

With formidably well-realised performances from the members of Topologies, and sound which finds clarity and impact in a variety of recording locations, this is an important disc, helping to ensure that Alwynne Pritchard’s music can be heard and well discussed.

” —Richard Whitehouse