Erik Chisholm - Simoon
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Cat No: DCD34139
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 18th November 2016
ArtistsJane Irwin (soprano)
Charlie Drummond (soprano)
Philip Sheffield (tenor)
Damian Thantrey (baritone)
Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland
Restored here to full colour, this terrifyingly compact fifty-minute work reveals Chisholm’s ability to create music of extraordinary sensuality in which the senses are hideously deceived, the intense exoticism both beautiful and a parody of its own beauty. Psychologically brutal, its sensuality feeds upon death, while its subject matter was as thoroughly topical in its own time as it is resonant today, turning as it does on a confrontation between faiths and on the consequences of colonial aggression. Simoon presents no easy answers, but this brave work gives powerful expression to powerful emotions and beliefs; it is an undoubted twentieth-century masterpiece.
‘Teeming and seething, percussive, restless and evocative … focused and atmospheric playing from the musicians of Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland. … Jane Irwin made an urgent, beguiling Biskra and Damian Thantrey a credibly lusty, damaged Guimard.’ – The Guardian, June 2015
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