Powers: Fast Colours


Catalogue No: MSVCD 92038
EAN/UPC: 5019148627678
Release Date: April 2000
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 72:20
Sample: Quintet - section II (extract)

Powers is a composer who knows his own language; a pupil of the legendary Nadia Boulanger, his works have been consistently praised. He is a composer with something to say. This CD presents five major works, in reverse chronological order: a journey back in time in the composer’s music.

Track Listing

    Anthony Powers:

  1. Fast Colours (7:30)
  2. Double Sonata (15:13)
  3. In sunlight (8:10)
  4. I. Quintet – I. Lento – Andante (6:46)
  5. II. Quintet – II. Presto e leggiero (5:15)
  6. III. Quintet – III. Lento molto – moderato -prestissimo (5:02)
  7. I. Another Part of the Island – I. Lentissimo (6:17)
  8. II. Another Part of the Island – II. Allegro energico (8:09)
  9. III. Another Part of the Island – III.Molto meno mosso (9:58)



Not surprisingly perhaps for a former pupil of the legendary Nadia Boulanger, there is a consistency that runs through the heart of all of these works: namely a concern with both the vertical and horizontal aspects of the music, whereby the importance of melody, harmony and contrapuntal line combine to play a crucial part in the structural cohesion of the finished score. Manchester based Psappha give highly committed performances of all five works… this premiere Powers recording is long overdue but better late than never!

” —Christopher Thomas

Powers is a renowned craftsman who operates in ‘enriched tonality’ and is a determined contrapuntist, as befits a Nadia Boulanger pupil. Well recorded in Cheshire, this first CD devoted entirely to his music is a release which will give a great deal of pleasure.

” —Peter Grahame Woolf