Kate Whitley - I am I say | NMC Recordings NMCD229

Kate Whitley - I am I say

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Label: NMC Recordings

Cat No: NMCD229

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 24th March 2017

Contents

Artists

Ashley Riches (bass)
Sarah-Jane Lewis (soprano)
Shiry Rashkovsky (viola)
Eloisa Fleur-Thom (violin)
Kate Whitley (piano)
Rolf Hind (piano)
Asher Zaccardelli (viola)
Choirs from Kender, Lyndhurst and John Donne Primary Schools, Peckham
The Multi-Story Orchestra

Conductor

Christopher Stark

Works

Whitley, Kate

Duo for violin and viola
I am I say
Piano Pieces (5)
Pieces (3) for violin and piano
Viola Concerto

Artists

Ashley Riches (bass)
Sarah-Jane Lewis (soprano)
Shiry Rashkovsky (viola)
Eloisa Fleur-Thom (violin)
Kate Whitley (piano)
Rolf Hind (piano)
Asher Zaccardelli (viola)
Choirs from Kender, Lyndhurst and John Donne Primary Schools, Peckham
The Multi-Story Orchestra

Conductor

Christopher Stark

About

This new release by Kate Whitley in NMC’s Debut Discs series comprises a wide-ranging repertoire – from piano miniatures and chamber works to a concerto and the album title track for children’s choir and The Multi-Story Orchestra. With lyrics by poet Sabrina Mahfouz that imagine a world which ‘beats with beauty’ and cautions against human abuse of nature around us, I am I say is performed by soprano Sarah-Jane Lewis, bass Ashley Riches and a choir made up of children from three South London primary schools.

The wildly expressive Viola Concerto was Kate’s first orchestral work and was written for Shiry Rashkovsky when they were both students. 5 Piano Pieces, recorded here by pianist Rolf Hind, is made up of five self-contained movements – declamatory, spacious, aggressive, sad and triumphant – each comprising repeated sections evoking a different and distinct mood. 3 Violin and Piano Pieces is inspired by Janáček’s Violin Sonata and has a similarly tense and fragmentary character, with beautiful intertwined dialogue between both instruments, and Duo for Violin and Viola was written for a choreography inspired by a sculpture called ‘Wrestlers’ by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

‘… a generation tainted by nothing except enthusiasm, daring, virtuosity and idealism is blazing onto the scene. Kate Whitley is typical of this bold new breed’ – The Times

Reviews

This debut portrait album showcases Whitley, who is not yet 30, as a lush harmonist, an orchestrator who handles instruments boldly – the Viola Concerto flings about from rapt quiet passages to thronging strings – and a melodist who isn’t afraid of big rhapsodic elegies.
The Guardian 30 March 2017
Capricious yet cogent, Kate Whitley’s music has admirably user-friendly surfaces that conceal hidden intensities...
The Times 14 April 2017

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