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Joseph Phibbs: The Canticle of the Rose / Helen-Jane Howells, soprano; Navarra Quartet

Audio Samples

>Phibbs, Joseph : Flex, for violin, cello, flute & piano
>Phibbs, Joseph : Songs (2), for tenor & piano (from "Shades of Night")
>Phibbs, Joseph : The Canticle of the Rose, for soprano & string quartet
>Phibbs, Joseph : From Shore to Shore, for countertenor & guitar
>Phibbs, Joseph : Agea, for string quartet
>Phibbs, Joseph : The Moon's Funeral, for countertenor & piano

Album Summary

>Phibbs, Joseph : Flex, for violin, cello, flute & piano
>Phibbs, Joseph : Songs (2), for tenor & piano (from "Shades of Night")
>Phibbs, Joseph : The Canticle of the Rose, for soprano & string quartet
>Phibbs, Joseph : From Shore to Shore, for countertenor & guitar
>Phibbs, Joseph : Agea, for string quartet
>Phibbs, Joseph : The Moon's Funeral, for countertenor & piano
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Canticle of the Rose, the centrepiece of this recording, sets a series of poems by Edith Sitwell for soprano and string quartet ranging from the foreboding (We are the darkness) to the frivolous (Through gilded trellises). It is one of a series commissioned by Sir Nicholas Goodison. Phibbs is currently a visiting staff member at the Purcell School and King's College London.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2013
The relatively spartan textures of these pieces are more convincing than some of Phibbs's writing for larger ensembles. These works draw you in with a well-judged pacing of their sometimes frenetic activity and mesmerising stillness.

Sunday Times, 26th May 2013
Phibbs's sheer accomplishment as a composer is unmistakeable here. Every idea is telling, every phrase beautiful. The sensibility is striking, too - rather literary, English, above all Britten-ish.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (2013-01-07_2013-01-08&2013-).



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Works Details

>Phibbs, Joseph : Flex, for violin, cello, flute & piano
  • Performers: Marije Ploemacher (Violin); Joanna Shaw (Flute); Alissa Firsova (Piano); Brian O'Kane (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Navarra String Quartet
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (01/07/2013-01/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2007

>Phibbs, Joseph : Songs (2), for tenor & piano (from "Shades of Night")
  • Performers: Ben Alden (Tenor); Andrew Plant (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Phibbs, Joseph : The Canticle of the Rose, for soprano & string quartet
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (01/07/2013-01/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Phibbs, Joseph : From Shore to Shore, for countertenor & guitar
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); James Boyd (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Phibbs, Joseph : Agea, for string quartet
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (01/07/2013-01/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Phibbs, Joseph : The Moon's Funeral, for countertenor & piano
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Andrew Plant (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008