Britannia: Music by 20th- & 21st-century British composers | Cybele CF001

Britannia: Music by 20th- & 21st-century British composers


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Label: Cybele

Cat No: CF001

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 24th February 2017



The Cragg Foundationís first CD presents a programme of 20th- and 21st-century British composers. The line-up ranges from solo piano, two duets, a trio, a string quartet and a piano quartet by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Turnage is considered to be the most successful of contemporary composers in Britain. His oeuvre combines elaborate stylistic elements from classical and jazz, modern and traditional, and his rhythmically intense piano quintet Slide Stride is no exception. In complete contrast Turnageís mentor Oliver Knussen penned with Prayer Bell Sketch a meditative work in memory of his Japanese friend and composer Toru Takemitsu.

The short Movement for string quartet by Harrison Birtwistle expresses a complex, uneasy and almost threatening atmosphere. The listener becomes engrossed in the relentless pulse of the music. On the other hand, John Woolrichís trio A Farewell for clarinet, viola and piano is a peaceful work with a straightforward structure. 38-year-old Huw Watkins is one of the younger British composers and a well-respected pianist. Chamber music plays an important role in his creative work.

It goes without saying that Britainís most significant and omnipresent 20th-century composer Benjamin Britten is also represented here. The famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was the source of inspiration for Brittenís wonderful Sonata in C for cello and piano.

The musicians on this CD are all members of the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra or lecturers at the Wuppertal faculty of the Music Academy of Cologne. The CD was recorded in the Immanuelskirche in Wuppertal by recording engineer Ingo Schmidt-Lucas of Cybele-Records.

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