"MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS" JADCD 1097
Works by: Eric Gross, Ann Carr-Boyd, Robert Allworth. Duration: 50'23"
Featured players in this engaging CD are Michael Hooper, mandolin; Esther Cheng, violin; Michael Tabrett, viola & Catherine Tabrett, 'cello. This group premieres new works by Gross & Allworth. Adding to Gross' already substantial contribution to mandolin repertoire is CONCERTO DA CAMERA (1997) in 4 movements. Reflecting, in its structure, the musical traditions of Vienna and, in particular, the work of 18th century Czech composer Dusek. Gross achieves a pleasing fusion of past and present. A work of distinctive modernity.
Also pleasing, and written for the same ensemble, are 3 new works by Allworth: MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS is autumnal in character, giving clear themes in 12-note formations and sequential forms. In MEDITATIONS prominence is given to the mandolin, while in FOREVER SUNSET, inspired by Tennyson's poem "The Lotus Eaters", the ensemble creates colouristic effects.
Carr-Boyd's SUITE VERONIQUE for solo harpsichord (1982) places modern dance and folk rhythms in the structure of a baroque suite. The CD closes with a historic recording by the Choir of Christ Church St. Lawrence in Sydney, 1979,
of NUNC DIMITTIS, conducted by Colin Sapsford.
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1. Concerto da Camera: Sonatina
2. Concerto da Camera: Lento pensoso
3. Concerto da Camera: Scherzo concertante
4. Concerto da Camera: Cadenza e Discussione
5. Suite for veronique
6. A Music For All Seasons
8. Forever Sunset
9. Nunc Dimittis