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Creswell: Voice Inside; Alas! How Swift

Album Summary

>Cresswell, Lyell : The Voice Inside, for voice, violin & orchestra
>Cresswell, Lyell : Alas! How Swift, for trumpet & orchestra
>Cresswell, Lyell : Cassandra's Songs, for voice & orchestra
>Cresswell, Lyell : Kaea, for trombone & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

New Zealand-born Edinburgh-based Lyell Cresswell has composed works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, choir, voice and solo instruments which have been widely performed and broadcast. In The Voice Inside, he explores the ever-changing relationship between the soprano and violin soloists and the orchestra, while Cassandra's Songs, which also set words by Scottish poet Ron Butlin, is concerned with exile, identity and belonging. Alas! How Swift embodies in musical terms the inescapable passing of Time. His Trombone Concerto takes its name Kaea from the Maori wooden war trumpet used to terrify enemies and raise alarms.

"Lyell Creswell (b.1944), Wellington, NZ native who now considers Edinburgh home base, shows a decided interest in furthering the scope of activity of four instruments (trumpet, trombone, violin, and voice) in works that reveal his range of interests as a composer...The Voice Inside, based on the striking and incisive verse of contemporary Scottish poet and novelist Ron Butlin, is billed as a concerto for soprano, violin and orchestra, and it truly casts both Pierard and Leppanen in virtuosic roles, vis-a-vis the orchestra as well as each other..."Alas! How Swift," the title of Crewell's 11-minute concerto in a single movement for trumpet and orchestra, alludes to the fleeting passage of time, reflected in the swirling movement of the orchestral accompaniment, at the constant speed of 138 beats to the minute..."Cassandra's Songs," another example of a fruitful collaboration between Ron Butlin and the composer (with a verse from Euripides' The Trojan Woman inserted as the text for the third song, of five) are poignant expressions of exile, identity, loss, hope and despair. It is another instance in which outstanding vocal artistry, here executed to perfection by Pierard, is brought to the service of great poetry...Finally, Creswell returns to his Kiwi roots with Kaea, a concerto for trombone and orchestra that draws its title and the inspiration for its primitive beauty on the so-named war trumpet that was traditionally used by the Maori people to terrify their enemies before a battle. Of course, the Maori also have some of the world's most beautiful songs and chants. But here, with the exception of a brief legato melody in the slow section of this work, the music is mostly staccato, phrased stunning by the soloist in a way that pushes the limits of the trombone in the way of terse, rhythmic excitement and a blaring suddenness that can create a miasma of sound, as it does when we first hear the voice of the Kaea. Truly, a hair-raising moment!" - Sequenza 21

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand (08/16/2007-08/17/2007).



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>Cresswell, Lyell : The Voice Inside, for voice, violin & orchestra
  • Performers: Vesa-Matti Leppanen (Violin); Madeleine Pierard
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Notes: Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand (08/16/2007-08/17/2007)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Cresswell, Lyell : Alas! How Swift, for trumpet & orchestra
  • Performer: Michael Kirgan (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Notes: Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand (08/16/2007-08/17/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Cresswell, Lyell : Cassandra's Songs, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Madeleine Pierard
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Notes: Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand (08/16/2007-08/17/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Cresswell, Lyell : Kaea, for trombone & orchestra
  • Performer: David Bremner (Trombone)
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Notes: Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand (08/16/2007-08/17/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997