Deadly Pleasures | Deux Elles DXL1151

Deadly Pleasures


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Label: Deux Elles

Cat No: DXL1151

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 25th November 2013



Counterpoise is a highly acclaimed ensemble consisting of some of the most sought-after instrumentalists in the UK. It was formed in 2008 to give the first performances of ‘On the Edge’ by Edward Rushton, with the aim of crossing musical genres, exploring the relationship between music, poetry and visual elements, and seeking also to develop aspects of narrative and other extra-musical influences. The ensemble has since then commissioned and premiered works by several leading composers, including those on this recording.

Counterpoise has appeared at the City of London, Buxton, Cheltenham and Newbury Festivals, as well as other significant venues up and down the country, including Kings Place, London, and St George’s Brandon Hill.

Through incorporating spoken narration into their programmes, Counterpoise have resurrected the forgotten genre of melodrama. The medium of spoken narration and musical accompaniment was taken up, often within larger works, by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Weill, Walton and others. Of the works commissioned by Counterpoise from leading composers of our own day, such as John Casken, David Matthews, Edward Rushton, Charlotte Bray, Jean Hasse and Ross Lorraine, some reinvent the genre of melodrama, while others fuse music with film or video in innovative ways.

This début disc presents four representative examples from the repertoire they have fashioned for themselves, including two of their commissioned ‘melodramas’.

- Alexandra Wood, violin
- Deborah Calland, trumpet
- Kyle Horch, saxophone
- Iain Farrington, piano

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