Cecilia McDowall: Seraphim/Dance the Dark Street
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"This winning release offers finely polished and well-recorded accounts of some of Cecilia McDowall's most compelling pieces. The life-affirming, restorative strength of her direct and unaffected speech is fully communicated in these carefully prepared, joyous performances."
Cecilia McDowall
- Seraphim for solo trumpet, string orchestra & percussion
- Dance the dark streets: Concerto grosso for string orchestra with piano obligato
- Dancing fish for soprano saxophone & string orchestra
- Not Just a Place for solo violin, solo double bass & strings
- Dream City for flute, clarinet, string quartet and harp
- The case of the unanswered wire for string quartet

ORCHESTRA NOVA
George Vass (conductor)
Paul Archibald (trumpet)
Nicola Eimer (piano)
Amy Dickson (saxophone)
Freya Ritts-Kirby (violin)
Benjamin Griffiths (double bass)
Kathryn Thomas (flute)
Catriona Scott (clarinet)
Suzanne Willison (harp)
THE TIPPETT QUARTET

Recorded at St Giles Church, Cripplegate, London, 30-31 March & 1 April 2005.

"During the past few years the music of the British composer has been heard more and more, and her output has impressed audiences, players and critics alike. It deserves to.

"... there is an admirable inner life to her music, yet it is always the result of the composer's technical accomplishment, which, in various aspects, reminds me at times of an admixture of, say, Lennox Berkeley and the lighter Hindemith. However one categorizes it, this is very good music.

"The performances have the composer's full endorsement, and the individual soloists are admirable. The recording quality is first-rate, and it is a great pleasure to hear that fine conductor George Vass once more directing excellent performances. This release contains eminently worthwhile contemporary music by one of the most gifted British composers of her generation. I recommend it unreservedly."
Robert Matthew Walker, International Record Review, March 2006

"This highly recommended disc builds on the success of Dutton's superb collection of choral works by Cecilia McDowall(CDLX 7159), distinguished by a strikingly reflective setting of the Magnificat and a sumptuously alluring Ave maris stella."
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