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William Sweeney: Tree o' Licht; Cello Sonata / Robert Irvine & Erkki Lahesmaa, cellos; Fali Pavri, piano

Album Summary

>Sweeney, William : The Tree o' Licht, for 2 cellos
>Sweeney, William : The Poet Tells of His Fame, for cello & electronics
>Sweeney, William : Sonata for cello & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Both musically impassioned and socially engaged, William Sweeney’s music is at its most eloquent when voiced by that most human of instruments, the cello. The player navigates a stormy electronic landscape in the Borges-inspired The Poet Tells of his Fame, while Schumann lies behind the powerfully argued Sonata for Cello and Piano, recipient of a 2011 BASCA British Composer Award. The Sonata bears a joint dedication to Delphian artist Robert Irvine and to Erkki Lahesmaa - "keepers," as Sweeney calls them, "of the cello’s inner voice." Irvine is joined by his Finnish colleague here in the 2008 duo The Tree o’ Licht, in which Gaelic psalmody is transmuted into deepest instrumental expressivity.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
William Sweeney (b 1950) is from Glasgow, where he still resides. His music has a definite Scottish aura to it. Particularly in The Tree o' Licht, for cello duet, one detects elements of folk song. The Poet tells of his Fame is an improvised blending of electronic sounds with a solo cello where slowly changing electronic harmonies back up the cellist. The Cello Sonata reinforces my impression of this composer as a lover of the world of Nature and gradual changes of texture. It is really quite lovely in its slow-moving way. The sonata lasts 29 minutes in two movements. The playing is expressive and there is plenty of activity here. I enjoyed the program.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: University of Glasgow Concert Hall (2012-11-02_2012-11-03&2012-).



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Works Details

>Sweeney, William : The Tree o' Licht, for 2 cellos
  • Performers: Robert Irvine (Cello); Erkki Lahesmaa (Cello)
  • Notes: University of Glasgow Concert Hall (2012-11-02_2012-11-03&2012-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sweeney, William : The Poet Tells of His Fame, for cello & electronics
  • Performer: Robert Irvine (Cello)
  • Notes: University of Glasgow Concert Hall (2012-11-02_2012-11-03&2012-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sweeney, William : Sonata for cello & piano
  • Performers: Robert Irvine (Cello); Fali Pavri (Piano)
  • Notes: University of Glasgow Concert Hall (2012-11-02_2012-11-03&2012-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary