Blackford - Niobe, Kalon, Blewbury Air | Nimbus - Alliance NI6420

Blackford - Niobe, Kalon, Blewbury Air

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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6420

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 7th May 2021

Contents

Artists

Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)
Raphael Wallfisch (cello)
Adrian Farmer (piano)
Albion Quartet
Czech Philharmonic

Conductors

Ben Gernon
Jiri Rozen

Works

Blackford, Richard

Blewbury Air
Kalon
Niobe

Artists

Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)
Raphael Wallfisch (cello)
Adrian Farmer (piano)
Albion Quartet
Czech Philharmonic

Conductors

Ben Gernon
Jiri Rozen

About

Niobe is the story of a strong woman brought down by an even stronger woman, the goddess Leto. I have tried to portray in music Niobe's sensuality, feistiness, pride, arrogance, remorse, defiance as the story of her blasphemy against the goddess Leto and her extraordinarily harsh consequent punishment unfolds. The relationship of the violin soloist to the orchestra is inspired by the dramatic unfolding of the myth. I am indebted to Tamsin Waley-Cohen for her encouragement and support as we developed the concept for Niobe and her brilliance as a soloist and interpreter of my music.

Kalon is the Greek word for perfect physical and moral beauty, as conceived by the philosophers of Classical Greece. The three movements explore different aspects of kalon, also the context in which beauty can exist in ugliness and darkness. The two string groups (quartet and orchestra) frequently play in different tempi simultaneously, thereby producing complex and rich sonorities and textures. Each movement approaches the combined tempi differently, and each movement explores new antiphonal possibilities, new approaches to counterpoint, new definitions of rhythmic consonance and dissonance.

Blewbury Air, written in the summer of 2019, is a love song to the village of Blewbury, Oxfordshire, where I have lived for many years. Our house is on a small lake in the heart of the village, and is teeming with wildlife throughout the year, especially different species of waterfowl. The descriptive titles of the three movements reflect the contrasting moods of each movement. Blewbury Air was first performed by Raphael Wallfisch and Adrian Farmer and recorded in the Wyastone Concert Hall on June 5th 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being the first time the musicians had been able to play together for months during the lockdown, it was a very special day of musicmaking for me, the performers, and the technical staff at Nimbus Records, to whom I am most grateful.’
– Richard Blackford

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