Freya Waley-Cohen - Permutations | Signum SIGCD496

Freya Waley-Cohen - Permutations


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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD496

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 2nd June 2017



Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)


Waley-Cohen, Freya



Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)


Permutations is a new work by Freya Waley-Cohen, commissioned as part of the Aldeburgh Festival’s 2017 season and exploring the relationship between architecture and music.

The music for six recorded violins, performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Freya’s sister), has been composed in parallel with the design of six chambers, each housing one violin part. The chambers are adaptable, so that each audience member creates their own piece by the path they take through the space and the way they interact with the chambers. It is as if the structure was itself an instrument and the listener, their own performer.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen enjoys an adventurous and varied career. In addition to concerts with the RPO, London
Philharmonic and BBC orchestras, she has been associate artist with the Orchestra of the Swan. She enjoys a duo
partnership with Huw Watkins, whose Concertino she premiered, and together they have recorded for Champs Hill and Signum, for whom she has built an acclaimed porfolio.

Freya Waley-Cohen’s music has been performed by the Manson Ensemble, Oliver Knussen, the Orchestra of the Swan,
CHROMA ensemble, The Hermes Experiment, Huw Watkins and others, at venues including Sage Gateshead, Spitalfields Festival, The BFI, Aldeburgh, Dartington, The National Portrait Gallery and Kew Gardens.

“Waley-Cohen produces a beautiful, soft, creamy tone in the lyrical passages, and throughout the recital we're treated to a remarkable palette of tone colours.” - Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

“technically beyond reproach and musically imaginative. What makes this recording indispensible is the coupling... Harris’s Concerto is a major (re-)discovery, and Waley-Cohen outclasses Fulkerson’s pioneering version in every respect. Andrew Litton and the BBC Symphony provide superb, supple support.” - Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

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