Poles apart & other chamber works / Roger Smalley.
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||Crepuscule (1999) for piano quartet.||Roger Smalley||21 mins, 14 sec.|
||Poles apart (1992) for flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola & cello||Roger Smalley||15 min, 35 sec.|
||Trio for clarinet, viola and piano (1999) for clarinet, viola and piano.||Roger Smalley||10 mins, 39 sec.|
|Trio for violin, cello and piano (1991) for violin, cello and piano.
Recorded/performed at: Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London, UK, on 2003.
|Roger Smalley||14 mins, 12 sec.|
||Variations on a Theme of Chopin (1989) — solo piano||Roger Smalley||10 mins, 40 sec.|
The acclaimed Continuum Ensemble and pianist Douglas Finch in a selection of Roger Smalley's recent chamber and solo piano works: the disc includes the Piano Trio, Clarinet Trio, Chopin Variations, and piano quartet Crepuscule, togther with the Chopin mazurka and Brahms intermezzo which provided their inspiration.
"This collection of chamber pieces shows that Smalley has certainly made his peace with the great tradition that he and so many of his contemporaries rejected in their youth... But the result is never tired neo-romanticism, but far more bracing, for Smalley has refracted that harmonic and gestural world through his own principles of organisation, creating a genuine and highly personal tension between that background and his invention." - The Guardian 2004
Duration: 79 min.
Contents note: Variations on a Theme of Chopin ; Piano trio ; Poles apart / Roger Smalley -- Mazurka in C# minor, op. 50, no. 3 / Chopin -- Trio for clarinet, viola and piano / Roger Smalley -- Intermezzo in E minor, op. 116, no. 5 / Brahms -- Crepuscule / Roger Smalley.
Liner notes include an introduction by Christopher Mark, programme notes, and notes on the composer and performers.
Performers: Douglas Finch (piano) ; Lisa Nelsen (flute) ; Guy Cowley (clarinet, bass clarinet) ; Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin) ; David Aspin (viola) ; Joseph Spooner (violoncello) ; Philip Headlam (conductor) ; Continuum Ensemble.
Capture session: Recorded at the Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London, on 6-7 July and 17-18 September 2003.
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