softLOUD: Music for acoustic and electric guitars | Delphian DCD34213

softLOUD: Music for acoustic and electric guitars


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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34213

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 21st September 2018



The gentle beauty of Scottish lute manuscripts and of two short instrumental solos by James MacMillan is confronted by, and holds its own against, music by New York-based composers Julia Wolfe – a work of cathartic grief and anger originally scored for nine bagpipes – and David Lang, whose electric violin work Killer is ironclad in its abrupt fury. Sean Shibe has arranged all of this music himself, and presents it here alongside a breathtaking recording of Steve Reich's now classic Electric Counterpoint. 'Have we today forgotten how to speak with grace,' Shibe asks, 'or is the real danger that we aren't screaming loudly enough?'

Winner of the Young Artist category at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, also shortlisted for the Instrumental category and nominated for a Classical Brit award - Sean Shibe has had a wonderful start to 2018. Here he is making his second outing on Delphian with a programme of radical contrasts that showcases virtuosity at both extremes. Where his debut album Dreams & Fancies paid homage to the guitar repertoire created by his great predecessor Julian Bream, softLOUD looks ambitiously forward, with a mix of electric and acoustic, early and modern, whose contradictions and challenges speak to our own times.


an absorbing aural journey that treads gently into the 20th and 21st centuries
The Scotsman 26 September 2018
Shibe imbues the early Scottish lute pieces with a profoundly moving intensity that carries them far beyond their modest frames...  William Yeoman
Gramophone Awards 2018
SoftLOUD is a gripping recital from guitarist Sean Shibe, dealing in extremes – I suspect his beautifully touched-in accounts of pieces from 17th-century Scottish manuscripts will get more living-room plays than Julia Wolfe’s LAD, an abrasive electric-guitar scream originally conceived for nine bagpipes. In between, he also supplies a definitive performance of Steve Reich’s Electric CounterpointErica Jeal
The Guardian 20 September 2018

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