DAVID EARL (b.1951): Cello Sonata (George Corbett [cello], James Sherlock [piano], Piano Suite No. 3 "Mandalas" (David Earl [piano]).
Catalogue Number: 04J106
Label: Divine Art
Description: The sonata is a substantial three-movement work in traditional sonata form, tonal, Romantically expressive and emotionally probing, the questing urgency of the first two movements turns out to be directed toward the final movement, a passionate but introverted elegy of considerable cumulative power. In 2001 the composer was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order, and the 1996 piano suite reflects his studies and beliefs in Buddhism. The four movements represent different aspects of the devotional symbols of Buddhist imagery, overlain with their implications in Jungian psychology. The music is tonal, avoiding any sense of modernism, but there is considerable tension and drama both in musical terms and emotional content; even the reposeful 'Lotuses' movement has more to do with Romantic-era tone-painting than static new-age meditation. The final movement is an extended sonata form, building toward an ecstatic conclusion.