Alissa Firsova - Fantasy | Vivat VIVAT115

Alissa Firsova - Fantasy

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Label: Vivat

Cat No: VIVAT115

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 17th August 2018

Contents

Artists

Tippett Quartet
Nicholas Crawley (bass-baritone)
Tim Hugh (cello)
Ellie Laugharne (soprano)
Simon Mulligan (pianist)
Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)
Alissa Firsova (piano)

Works

Firsova, Alissa

Awaiting for clarinet and piano, op.9
Bride of the Wind for piano duet, op.34
Eternity for clarinet and piano, op.9
Fantasy for cello and piano, op.29
Here in Canisy, op.22
Loss for clarinet quintet, op.10
Tennyson Fantasy, op.36
Unity, op.26

Artists

Tippett Quartet
Nicholas Crawley (bass-baritone)
Tim Hugh (cello)
Ellie Laugharne (soprano)
Simon Mulligan (pianist)
Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)
Alissa Firsova (piano)

About

In 1991, composers Elena Firsova and Dmitri Smirnov were amongst a small group of composers, including Sofia Gubaidulina, blacklisted in Russia. Firsova and Smirnov fled the country with their two young children and took refuge in the UK. Since then, their daughter, Alissa Firsova, now aged 31, has risen to become one of the most notable stars of the new composing generation working in Britain.

This thought-provoking, colourful collection from one of today’s most individual young composers presents eight of Alissa Firsova’s notable compositions, including her substantial string quartet of 2016, Tennyson Fantasy, commissioned by the Tippett Quartet; two works for clarinet and piano – brilliantly performed by their dedicatee, Mark van de Wiel; the clarinet quintet Loss; two sizeable vocal works on the theme of “Paradise on Earth”, with the demanding soprano part in Here in Canisy effortlessly despatched by soprano Ellie Laugharne, and bass-baritone Nicholas Crawley making a fine recording debut in Unity; the collection closes with cellist Tim Hugh’s effortless performance of Firsova’s 2014 Fantasy for cello and piano.

Recorded in world-class new recording venue, Alpheton New  Maltings, demonstrating its exceptional acoustic of striking clarity and warmth.

Reviews

Alissa Firsova may be the mature side of 30 but this album radiates youth in all its wonder, complexity and heartening naivety. Any caveats implied by that observation are largely blown away by the ferocity of Firsova’s expression and there are countless moments on this disc where you feel her writing in the white heat of total inspiration.  Andrew Mellor
Gramophone September 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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