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Ed Bennett - Psychedelia | NMC Recordings NMCD257

Ed Bennett - Psychedelia

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Label: NMC Recordings

Cat No: NMCD257

Barcode: 5023363025720

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 23rd October 2020

Contents

Artists

Kate Ellis (cello)
Jack McNeill (bass clarinet)
Eliza McCarthy (piano)
RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Decibel
Orkest de Ereprijs

Conductors

David Brophy
Daniele Rosina
Wim Boerman

Works

Bennett, Ed

Freefalling
Magnetic
Organ Grinder
Psychedelia
Song of the Books

Artists

Kate Ellis (cello)
Jack McNeill (bass clarinet)
Eliza McCarthy (piano)
RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Decibel
Orkest de Ereprijs

Conductors

David Brophy
Daniele Rosina
Wim Boerman

About

Irish composer Ed Bennett was born in Bangor, Co.Down. His music, which has been described in the press as ‘anarchic’ (Irish Times), ‘stunningly intense’ (The Quietus) and ‘thrilling’ (Gramophone), is often characterized by its strong rhythmic energy, extreme contrasts and the combination of acoustic, electronic and multimedia elements; it was described in The Guardian as ‘unclassifiable, raw-nerve music of huge energy and imagination’.

This new album focuses on a number of Bennett's larger-scale works. In Freefalling – inspired by Felix Baumgartner’s 2012 world-record freefall – the music plays on the sense of falling at high speed. The sound is propulsive and heaving, with hammering cymbals, drums, brass and strings. It’s an exciting and intense ride!

The title piece, Psychedelia, was premiered in 2017 by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Adès conducting. It builds slowly from a solo violin open E string, to a whole orchestra ‘losing itself in a sea of rotating pulses and patterns’.

Bennett's own ensemble Decibel perform Song of the Books for solo cello, electronics and amplified ensemble. It uses the Irish traditional air Amhrán na Leabhar as its basis, which laments the loss of a cherished collection of books belonging to poet Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin (1785-1848). Magnetic is a buzzing and fizzing 8-minute essay for bass clarinet and prepared piano, and closing the album is the bombastic Organ Grinder for midi organ and an ensemble of brass, wind, percussion, and electric and bass guitars.

Reviews

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and David Brophy give tenacious accounts of two pieces by the Irish composer Ed Bennett: Psychedelia, which builds to a surreally transformed state, and the granite-like Freefalling. ... Deeply compelling music.  Stephen Pettitt
The Sunday Times 25 October 2020

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