Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February Releases on Navona and Ravello

This short month brings us five eclectic and interesting works from composers from Wales, Ireland, Australia, and the United States, that are inspired by Japanese instruments, English poet John Clare, the clarinet, and ancient texts. To find out more about our February releases (and take a listen!) on Navona and Ravello click "read more."

SCATTERING LIGHT, SCATTERING FLOWERS
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Marty Regan

 
SCATTERING LIGHT, SCATTERING FLOWERS, the third release by composer Marty Regan in the Selected Works for Japanese Instruments series was recorded in Japan, and features large ensemble works for traditional Japanese instruments, including two concertos. Composed for female voice, shakuhachi, and the relatively rare 25-string koto, the title track is based on a deeply poetic text written by Japanese poet Haruka Nakanashi that echoes with references to traditional Japanese noh theater. Read More


Journeys after...
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Brian Noyes

            Journeys after..., the debut release on Navona Records by Welsh composer Brian Noyes, features two orchestral works that reference the life and works of John Clare-a Northamptonshire peasant-poet from the early 19th Century.  Inspired by Clare's Journey Out of Essex - a poignant account of his escape from a mental asylum and his 80-mile walk home looking for his imaginary love, Noyes has sought to reflect the poet's real and illusionary worlds as depicted in his evocative text. Read More


AKANOS
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Gráinne Mulvey


The music of Irish composer Gráinne Mulvey explores the juxtaposition of polar opposites, pitting the real against the synthetic in finely crafted and thought-provoking works. AKANOS, an all-Mulvey album on Navona Records, includes seven of her works: Akanos for orchestra, a contrast of organic growth and jagged intersections; Shifting Colours, a back-and-forth between flute and synthesized flute; Steel-grey splinters, an exploration of unusual piano timbre through extended techniques; Syzygy for cello and tape, presenting acoustic and electronic in both conjunction and opposition; The Seafarer for soprano and tape, a take of mourning and hope; Gift of Freedom for soprano and tape, a celebration and liberation of life; and Soundscape III for flute and tape. Read More


FOUNDATIONS
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Andrew Schultz; Sergio Cervetti; David Nisbet Stewart; Joanne D. Carey; Daniel Perttu; Jonathan Sacks


Excerpts from the Bible, text from the Middle Ages, and traditional instrumentation (organ, orchestral, and choral) form the basis of six composers' inspired works on FOUNDATIONS to create stirring, new contemporary classical music. By connecting to the roots of historical texts and musical conventions - in some cases the foundations of our collective cultures - these pieces present a modern spin on traditional materials, sounds, and forms. FOUNDATIONS illustrates how new gestures and expressions can be inspired by, and created from, the common sources that engage us all. Read More


THE LYRIC CLARINET
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F. Gerard Errante


THE LYRIC CLARINET, the new release on Ravello Records, showcases a collection of works, originally for voice, which are transcribed, arranged, and performed by international performing and recording artist F. Gerard Errante. Errante selected compositions from German, French, and North and South American composers that illustrate the affinity between the clarinet and the human voice. Read More

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