NICOLA LEFANU (b.1947): Amores for Horn and String Ensemble, GEOFFREY POOLE (b.1949): Crossing Ohashi Bridge, ANTHONY GILBERT (b.1934): Palace of the Winds, ROGER MARSH (b.1949): Canto 1.
Catalogue Number: 12N077
Description: Poole's work draws on fractal mathematics in determining textures in a dissonant and elusive composition that nonetheless betrays some programmatic content in detectable bridge-like structures related to the Hiroshige print reproduced on the cover, and the idea of people crossing a metaphorical bridge into an uncertain future, given voice by brief allusions to certain ethnic modalities. Marsh's Canto I after Dante's Paradiso is a series of richly textured abstract aural images, ambiguous yet strangely compelling. LeFanu's five instrumental 'songs without words' are lyrical, sensuous and thoroughly, richly romantic and satisfying, an interesting paradox in that the composer freely makes use of microtones and extended performing techniques, especially in the agile and highly expressive horn part. The Gilbert depicts the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, an ornate palace incorporating diverse, even contradictory architectural elements. Much of the musical material suggests modal harmony, sometimes lush and warm, sometimes spare and ascetic, with sustained dissonances suddenly giving way to sensuous chorale textures. Richard Watkins (horn), Goldberg Ensemble; Malcolm Layfield.