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Lydia Kakabadse: Phantom Listeners; Arabian Rhapsody Suite; The Mermaid

> The Mermaid - I. Enchanting Times
> The Mermaid - II. Danger Lurks
> The Mermaid - III. Cherubs to the Rescue
> Russian Tableaux - I. Mother Volga
> Russian Tableaux - II. 1917
> Russian Tableaux - III. Dance of the Matryoshka Dolls
> The Song of the Shirt - The Song of the Shirt
> Arabian Rhapsody Suite - I. Marrakesh
> Arabian Rhapsody Suite - II. Reverie
> Arabian Rhapsody Suite - III. Sultan's Feast
> The Phantom Listeners - Scene 1: The Traveller's Message
> The Phantom Listeners - Scene 2: Secrets of the House
> The Phantom Listeners - Scene 3: The Traveller Returns
> The Phantom Listeners - Scene 4: The House Rages
> The Phantom Listeners - Scene 5: Reunited
> The Phantom Listeners - Epilogue

Album Summary

>Kakabadse, Lydia : The Mermaid, for voice, narrator, piano & strings
>Kakabadse, Lydia : Russian Tableaux, quartet for violin, viola, cello & double bass
>Kakabadse, Lydia : The Song of the Shirt, for voice & piano
>Kakabadse, Lydia : Arabian Rhapsody Suite, quartet for violin, viola, cello & double bass
>Kakabadse, Lydia : The Phantom Listeners, for 3 voices, narrator, organ, percussion & strings
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Notes & Reviews:

British composer Lydia Kakabadse has a number of musical theatre, vocal, choral and chamber works to her credit. The Arabian Rhapsody Suite for string quartet is characterized by vibrant rhythms and melodies of the Middle East while Russian Tableaux, also for string quartet, is a bitter-sweet tribute to the landscape, history and culture of Russia. Set to texts by 19th-century poet Thomas Hood, The Song of the Shirt, tells the story of the pitiful existence of a poor seamstress.

MusicWeb International
Recording quality is very good, though the sound may be a tad over-processed. The CD booklet is slim but informative: Kakabadse's own notes on her works are helpfully descriptive, and every single performer gets a small biography and photo - well earnt indeed, for their contributions to this delightful CD that will please, and deserves, a wide audience.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London (2010-02-05&2010-02-15_2010-).



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>Kakabadse, Lydia : The Mermaid, for voice, narrator, piano & strings
  • Performers: Christian Wilson (Piano); Christian Wilson (Organ); Clare McCaldin (Voice); Madeleine Easton (Violin); Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Bozidar Vukotic (Cello); Benjamin Griffiths (Double Bass)
  • Conductor: George Vass
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London (2010-02-05&2010-02-15_2010-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Kakabadse, Lydia : Russian Tableaux, quartet for violin, viola, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Madeleine Easton (Violin); Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Bozidar Vukotic (Cello); Benjamin Griffiths (Double Bass)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London (2010-02-05&2010-02-15_2010-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2009

>Kakabadse, Lydia : The Song of the Shirt, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Christian Wilson (Piano); Christian Wilson (Organ); Clare McCaldin (Voice)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London (2010-02-05&2010-02-15_2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kakabadse, Lydia : Arabian Rhapsody Suite, quartet for violin, viola, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Bozidar Vukotic (Cello); Benjamin Griffiths (Double Bass); Madeleine Easton (Violin); Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola)
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London (2010-02-05&2010-02-15_2010-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2007-2008

>Kakabadse, Lydia : The Phantom Listeners, for 3 voices, narrator, organ, percussion & strings
  • Performers: Michael Bundy (Bass); Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Timothy Amherst (Double Bass); Nigel Shipway (Timpani); Ben Fullbrook (Percussion); Caroline Dale (Cello); Clare McCaldin (Voice); Madeleine Easton (Violin); Emma Brain-Gabbott; Christian Wilson (Organ); Christian Wilson (Piano)
  • Conductor: George Vass
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London (2010-02-05&2010-02-15_2010-)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2007