Sadie Harrison: The Light Garden Trilogy


Catalogue No: MSVCD 92084
EAN/UPC: 5060054460101
Artists: , , , , ,
Release Date: July 2003
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 67:50
Sample: The Light Garden (extract)

The Light Garden Trilogy is a highly significant modern work, inspired by 16th century Afghan culture, by British composer Sadie Harrison. Accompanied here by four traditional Afghan pieces.

The CD also contains a host of multimedia extra features – including commentary by the composer, artist profiles, video, photographs and other extras!

Track Listing

    Traditional Afghan Folksong:

  1. Naghma-ye kashal Bairami (6:17)
  2. Sadie Harrison:

  3. The Light Garden (14:56)
  4. Traditional Afghan Folksong:

  5. Bibi Gol Afruz (6:56)
  6. Sadie Harrison:

  7. The Fourteenth Terrace (14:01)
  8. Traditional Afghan Folksong:

  9. Allah Hu (6:48)
  10. Sadie Harrison:

  11. Bavad Khair Baqi (10:28)
  12. Traditional Afghan Folksong:

  13. Siah Chesm-e Khumari (8:24)


La Folia

Heard from the next room it might be possible to confuse Sadie Harrison’s eloquently crafted compositions with the interleaved traditional Afghani music. Both styles are elegantly played and wonderfully recorded. Metier releases always sound excellent. David Lefeber has curated a catalog of consistently impressive discs. In such lofty company, this one still stands out. Metier has accomplished something quite remarkable with Harrison’s amazing music and the Bakhtar’s vibrant playing. Indisputably one of this year’s best.

” —Grant Chu Covell
Musical Pointers

Not to be missed on any account. This is without question one of my top recordings of the year, a ground-breaking release which points to the future scope of CD presentation. The Metier CD’s given total timing is a very sufficient 68 minutes, but the [multimedia] package offers you several additional hours instruction and illumination. The extras are easy to access and navigate; they work like a charm and enhance enjoyment and appreciation exponentially.

” —Peter Grahame Woolf
The Guardian

distinctive, pungent music that demands close attention.

” —Andrew Clements
International Record Review

The performances are as committed as expected. Would that all fusions of ‘world’ and ‘art’ music evinced such individuality and conviction.

” —Richard Whitehouse

Harrison has somehow managed to marry contrasting traditions, inter-relating them by association yet leaving the integrity of each intact. And that is no small achievement. I have heard various works by this still-young composer in the past, yet here I feel she has finally defined her own individuality. Find the CD and buy it.

” —Colin Clarke