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Crying Bird, Echoing Star

  • James Wood: Crying bird, echoing star
  • Gordon McPherson: Explore yourself
  • Edward Dudley Hughes: The Sibyl of Cumae
  • Rowland Sutherland: Timeless Odyssey
  • Rolf Hind: Horse Sacrifice
Rowland Sutherland, flutes
Fiona Cross, clarinets
Mieko Kanno, violin
Michael Atkinson, cello
Richard Casey, piano
Tim Palmer, percussion
Louise Mott, mezzo-soprano
The New Music Players/Patrick Bailey & Roger Montgomery
London Independent LIR003 69m
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I am pleased to hail an exceptionally enjoyable and well produced CD. The six works cover the gamut of British contemporary music, excluding the simplistic. The works were commissioned over a three year cycle and tailor-made for this ensemble of top contemporary music specialists.

James Wood explores star patterns and bird-song (in the wake of Messiaen); Edward Dudley Hughes sets monologues for Apollo's priestess. Rolf Hind emerges again as a composer after ten years devoted to the piano, during which he 'didn't write a note'! His ritualistic Horse Sacrifice is a major work displaying originality and imagination, auguring well for a composing future.

London Independent Records is a relatively new label which by-passes the usual commercial routes, but produces CDs to the highest technical and presentational standards.

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