Digital Audio Album
Hollows out of time / Erik Griswold and Camerata String Quartet.
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||Hollows out of time for piano quintet
Recorded/performed at: Lagavulin, NSW
|Erik Griswold||Erik Griswold, Brendan Joyce, Jason Tong, Anna Colville, Katherine Philp||37 mins, 56 sec.|
"Hollows out of time" is a new work by Aria-nominated composer
Erik Griswold, commissioned by HLC for the 2018 launch of Bruce
Wolfe's new chamber music building, Lagavulin. "Hollows" combines
the unusual and percussive sounds of the prepared piano with
string quartet, resulting in a fresh take on a traditional
ensemble. Camerata String Quartet manages to produce an
impossible range of tone colours, at times blending seamlessly
with the piano's intricate, percussive ostinatos, and at other
times taking flight on its own, building up soulful and joyous
layers of texture. Together, Griswold and Camerata capture a huge
variety of musical styles, from blues (Blues intrusion) and bossa
nova (Águas do tempo), to renaissance (Palestrina's squeaky
wheel), hard bop (Relativity Trane), and even hard rock (Another
stone in the wall).
"Hollows out of time" takes its title from the venue for which it was composed, Lagavulin, meaning "hollow before the mill," and is at the same time a nod to Griswold's composition teacher Roger Reynolds, whose haunting string orchestra piece "Whispers out of time" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. Recorded in Lagavulin just after the premiere, engineer Myles Mumford has recreated the intimate acoustic of the room superbly.
Palestrina's squeaky wheel (2:43) -- Humid hours (4:07) -- Water dripping into stone (4:24) -- Rock pools (2:28) -- Blues intrusion (2:35) -- Whorls and eddies (3:10) -- A touch of noir (4:22) -- Drifting clouds (4:31) -- Relativity Trane (2:40) -- Another stone in the wall (3:41) -- Águas do tempo (3:09).
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