Ned Bigham - Staffa & other works
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Label: Aruna Records
Cat No: ARUNACD002
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 8th September 2017
ArtistsLynda Cochrane (piano)
Judith Keaney (piano)
Pippa Tunnell (harp)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
The title piece, for orchestra and three large screens, was created in collaboration with BAFTA and Grierson award-winning visual artist Gerry Fox. Scored for full symphony orchestra, celeste and two harps, Staffa dramatically evokes the fleeting moods of the Inner Hebridean islandís elemental location, with the marriage between sound and image unique and magical. Gerry Foxís visuals pay homage to Mendelssohnís famous 1829 visit to its haunting Fingalís Cave by exploring the unique hexagonal, basalt column formations of the interior and its surroundings. Whilst inspired by Mendelssohnís journey, Nedís music is new and ground-breaking.
The other works on the disc complement Staffa (in its stereo version) and demonstrate Bighamís playful way with existing forms. The two sets of Archipelago Dance Suites whisk the listener off to Bighamís imagined islands in these vivid orchestral tone poems. Halmahera is scored for two pianos and orchestra, with the canonic piano parts delightfully performed by Lynda Cochrane and Judith Keaney. The irresistable Tegua takes the polka form as its starting point. The nocturnes are mysterious and haunting, with the glorious harp writing in Serenade performed by Pippa Tunnell.
ĎÖhis natural melodic writing immediately communicates and frequently moves the listener.í - Gramophone, Ivan March
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