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Simon Andrews: And That Moment When the Bird Sings


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Simon Andrews has earned a reputation as a creator of eloquent concert music that blends harmonic complexity and lyricism, introversion and broad gestures, and delicate timbres and bold statements. Here, on his recording debut, he offers up 10 compositions, all of which emphasize his proficiency in both vocal and instrumental music. The opening track, Violin Dialogues I and II, presents violin and piano in conversation. The first Dialogue contrasts two sets of ideas, each instrument’s individual voice rising and falling until the two come together in a hard-won consensus. If Dialogue I is oppositional, Dialogue II is conversational, its narrative more about two characters who agree on the destination and differ only on the best way to reach it. The album’s title track, borrowed from the poem “Song” by Seamus Heaney is by turns lyrical and passionate, intimate and robust, as the five performers’ instruments weave their way through various combinations. The four movements of For the earth is hollow and I have touched the sky, is a musical response to a concert which the composer attended at the American Composers Orchestra of music by Frank Zappa. An even more pop-cultural reference is the composition’s title track and fourth movement, which is a musical representation of a quote from an episode of Star Trek, originally “…for the world is hollow and I have touched the sky.” The album’s first track to feature solo voice is My dove, my covey, an early lyrical poem by W.H. Auden, performed by a trio of oboe, violoncello and piano. In similar fashion, The heart has narrow banks, a beautiful poem written by Emily Dickenson, was chosen by the composer because it allowed him to create a more flexible harmonic language that could express lyrics such as “blue monotony” and “a wall of unattempted gauze” while keeping a consistent musical thread throughout. Inspired by a visit to New Mexico, Abiquiu Trio displays the impact of the desert landscape and the work of Georgia O’Keeffe on Andrews. The language of all three movements is a response to different facets of those two influences. The music of the piece’s final movement, begun during a short stay at Christ in the Desert, a living monastery where church services are intoned to Gregorian chants, is a strong reminder that in addition to his more secular work, Andrews is also noted for his compositions of church music.
Facts
Item number NV6163
Barcode 896931004633
Release date 6/8/2018
Category Classical Music
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Composer Andrews, Simon
Andrews, Simon
Disc: 1
Violin Dialogues I and II00:16:00
1 Violin Dialogues I & II 00:16:24 Kurkowicz, Joanna Andrews, Simon
And That Moment When the Bird Sings00:08:00
2 And That Moment When the Bird Sings 00:07:46 Hall-Gulati, Doris Zelkowicz, Aron Vitale, Greg Andrews, Simon Vitale, Christine Stalberg, Kenneth
For the Earth Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky00:15:00
3 For the Earth Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky 00:03:24 Newstead Trio, The
4 For the Earth Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky 00:05:46 Newstead Trio, The
5 For the Earth Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky 00:03:11 Newstead Trio, The
6 For the Earth Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky 00:01:17 Newstead Trio, The
My Dove, My Coney00:04:00
7 My Dove, My Coney 00:04:10 Zelkowicz, Aron Andrews, Simon Godin, Celeste Price, Andrew
The Heart Has Narrow Banks00:03:00
8 The Heart Has Narrow Banks 00:03:19 Andrews, Simon Godin, Celeste
Abiquiu Trio00:17:00
9 Abiquiu Trio: I. Landscape 00:04:46 Clavino Trio
10 Abiquiu Trio: II. Light 00:05:30 Clavino Trio
11 Abiquiu Trio: III. Untitled (Red and Yellow Cliffs 00:05:43 Clavino Trio
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