Sawyers - Violin Concerto, Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Timpani | Nimbus - Alliance NI6374

Sawyers - Violin Concerto, Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Timpani

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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6374

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 5th October 2018

Contents

Artists

Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin)
Simon Debruslais (trumpet)
English Symphony Orchestra
English String Orchestra

Conductor

Kenneth Woods

Works

Sawyers, Philip

Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Timpani
Elegiac Rhapsody for trumpet and strings
The Valley of Vision
Violin Concerto

Artists

Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin)
Simon Debruslais (trumpet)
English Symphony Orchestra
English String Orchestra

Conductor

Kenneth Woods

About

“Music is a language.” It is an expression I’ve heard Philip Sawyers use countless times.

Philosophers and musicians have argued for centuries about whether music is a universal language or a personal one. It seems that it can obviously be either or both, and that there is a huge continuum of language between those musical gestures that are truly universal and those which are almost as personal as a fingerprint. One of the things I find most compelling about Philip’s music is the extent to which it embodies the extremes of both the universal and the personal.

As Philip’s output grows and our understanding of his work evolves, we can begin to see that there are musical threads which spill over from one work to the next. In this respect, he is part of a venerable tradition. Sometimes these recurring themes and motifs have profound personal significance, sometimes they are simply, as Philip once said to me of a particular rhythmic motif which appears in the vast majority of his pieces at least once, “very useful.”

– Kenneth Woods

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