Political concerns also lie behind the concerto-grosso-like Third concerto which pits solo cello ('The Prisoner') aganist an 'orchestra of celli' (the World).The composer tells us that the mystical conclusion reflects also the suffering and final release of Christ: 'The captive world awakened and found the prisoner loose , the jailer bound'.
The performances are dedicated and persuasive GÃ©rard Leclerc plays with warmth and intensity and finds ready bravura for the scherzando passages. As a gentle postscript, the tale of The Emperor and the Bird of Paradise, written by Cavid Kelsey and narrated by Joanna Lumley (of 'Avengers and AbFab fame), is also about a caged prisoner being freed, a wonderous work with flautist Paul-Edmond Davies, the English Chamber Orchestra directed by Stephen Barlow. An important CD of new music for cello and friends.........
1. Concerto No. 1 for cello, strings and percussion mov.1
2. mov. 2
3. mov. 3
4. Concerto for cello and voices :Threnody
7. Cello Concerto No. 3 'The Prisoner' for solo cello and 8 celli
8. The Emperor and the Bird of Paradise, for flute and narrator