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Poles apart & other chamber works


Poles apart & other chamber works / Roger Smalley.

  • Published by NMC Recordings — 2003 [NMC: D083.] — 1 CD (79 min.)
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Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
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.

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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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