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

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>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

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.

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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: Benjamin Griffiths (Double Bass); Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Madeleine Easton (Violin); Clare McCaldin (Voice); Christian Wilson (Piano); Christian Wilson (Organ); Bozidar Vukotic (Cello)
  • 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: Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Bozidar Vukotic (Cello); Madeleine Easton (Violin); 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 (Organ); Clare McCaldin (Voice); Christian Wilson (Piano)
  • 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); Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Madeleine Easton (Violin)
  • 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: Caroline Dale (Cello); Nigel Shipway (Timpani); Christian Wilson (Organ); Ben Fullbrook (Percussion); Clare McCaldin (Voice); Michael Bundy (Bass); Emma Brain-Gabbott; Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola); Christian Wilson (Piano); Timothy Amherst (Double Bass); Madeleine Easton (Violin)
  • 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