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

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> Flex - Flex
> 2 Songs from Shades of Night - No. 1. Sleep, my body, sleep, my ghost
> 2 Songs from Shades of Night - No. 2. Hush-a-ba, birdie
> The Canticle of the Rose - No. 1. Prelude
> The Canticle of the Rose - No. 2. We are the darkness
> The Canticle of the Rose - No. 3. Through gilded trellises
> The Canticle of the Rose - No. 4. A Song at Morning
> The Canticle of the Rose - No. 5. Interlude
> The Canticle of the Rose - No. 6. Gold Coast Customs
> The Canticle of the Rose - No. 7. The Canticle of the Rose
> The Canticle of the Rose - No. 8. Madam Mouse Trots
> From Shore to Shore - No. 1. Prelude - Sea Longing
> From Shore to Shore - No. 2. Ship
> From Shore to Shore - No. 3. The River: Part I
> From Shore to Shore - No. 4. Stonefish
> From Shore to Shore - No. 5. Interlude
> From Shore to Shore - No. 6. I dreamed that we were plagued by glassy Seas
> From Shore to Shore - No. 7. The River: Part II
> From Shore to Shore - No. 8. For the Leavers
> Agea - Agea
> The Moon's Funeral - The Moon's Funeral

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: Brian Okane (Cello); Marije Ploemacher (Violin); Joanna Shaw (Flute); Alissa Firsova (Piano)
  • 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