After all the loud music we’ve had on this week, this has been a real pleasure, aided and abetted by the fact that Audible’s talking book version of Dracula has also been playing. You can never have enough Gothic.
The contents of the CD can be guessed from the title. It features works by Ed Bennett, Benjamin Dwyer, David Fennessy, Frank Lyons, John McLachlan, Gráinne Mulvey and Jonathan Mangle, all young composers exploring the range of the piano.
Don’t get the idea this is wacky though; it’s melodic and thoughtful, and not the sound of someone trying to break new ground by being shocking (hitting the piano with hammers, that sort of thing). There’s often a thin line between pop/rock and classical, and some of this could come from a chill-out electric dance act, at least one erring towards the ambient.
Fennessy’s The First Thing, The Last Thing And Everything In Between has a similar brooding charm to Choir of Young Believers’ Hollow Talk , and would suit a Nordic noir crime series, with its repetition of piano chords —like most of the tracks, silence is as much a part of the music as the piano. Don’t believe the title of Nangle’s Grow Quiet Gradually : it starts quietly and stays quiet: it’s as if he’s making an attempt to fill the silence with as little as possible.
Lyons’s Tease does verge on the experimental, with some electronics and even more use of silence. Despite (or because of) the extensive use of quiet, it’s a dramatic and atmospheric album.
There have been many Carson Cooman organ releases lately – both as composer and organist. But Carson also composes for other instruments, including brass. ‘Rising at Dawn’ features his chamber music with brass. divineartrecords.com…
RT @Sheppardskaerve And I get home and DRUM ROLL. The new disc of Trandavil wonderful three sonatas, 2nd Concerto and 'Fibers AND Coils' for quartet. Thanks to Stephen Sutton and the @DivineArtRecord team for the wonderful work-and to the Kreutzers, Longbow, and especially RoderickChadwick! pic.twitter.com/UiaT…