International Record Review

Metier’s invaluable documentation of works by Michael Finnissy continues with Mississippi Hornpipes , a demanding but artfully engaging piece that lends its name to a collection for violin (Darragh Morgan) and piano (Mary Dullea) together with occasional additional keyboards mostly played by the composer and, in the case of one piece, some splendidly irritating sounds made by household appliances. The pieces have a variety of inspirations and origins, but all exhibit Finnissy’s exhilarating gift for treating a score as if it was a performance in itself; his music fizzes with gymnastic vitality while adhering to its own bootstrapped logic with a kind of knowing puritanism. The violin sound here is a little edgy for my taste, but nothing a slight tweak of the treble control can’t solve.

—Roger Thomas