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Philip Cashian (b.1963): The House of Night; Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto / Sarah Nicolls, piano; Darrett Adkins, cello

Album Summary

>Cashian, Philip : Tableaux, for orchestra
>Cashian, Philip : Concerto for Cello
>Cashian, Philip : The House of Night, for oboe & strings
>Cashian, Philip : Dark Flight, for 6 cellos
>Cashian, Philip : Piano Concerto
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new album by Manchester-born composer Philip Cashian showcases his inventive and dynamic soundworld with a selection of orchestral and chamber works written between 2002-2012. The most substantial work is the Piano Concerto, written for the London Sinfonietta in 2006 with soloist, Sarah Nicholls - it is a characterful piece with rich textures and a propulsive and high-octane fi nale. The Cello Concerto (2012) is a menacing interplay between soloist and orchestra with moments of snatched lyricism and Tableaux - scored for small orchestra but with double winds, two horns, trumpets and percussion for extra impact - was fi rst performed at the 2003 Proms by Northern Sinfonia and Thomas Zehetmair. 'Cashian's bracing and imaginative triptych, Tableaux ... with its bright zigzags of fl ying fi gures, its quasi-Sibelian centrepiece and the serpentine coilings and writhings of the fi nale ... Its bristling energy makes it a real pleasure' (Hilary Finch, The Times) The smaller ensemble works on this release are Dark Flight, written for the restricted palette of six cellos, and The House of Night, composed in 2002 for oboe and twelve solo strings.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
Always in Cashian, he bids for your attention with something striking, then takes you with him and makes you listen...Best of all is the Piano Concerto, which has drawn me back to it many times...terrific stuff, and I would gladly listen to him at more than 20 minutes.

Sunday Times, 29th September 2013
Five fine works by this inventive composer make a rich sequence. The first is the most spectacular: Tableaux, written for Northern Sinfonia, is a vigorous, often biting three-part structure whose continuous unfolding seems itself the central subject of concern.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
This amazingly varied program opens with a 17-minute Tableaux played by the Northern Sinfonia. This is a mysterious, colorful work that spends its time moving. The House of Night, also the title of the disc. This is followed by Dark Flight played by the Cello Ensemble, and the Piano Concerto with the London Sinfonietta conducted by Nagy for the first two movements and Austin for the last. The playing is fine, and I think this is a composer to be watched. I'm just surprised not to have heard of him before.



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Works Details

>Cashian, Philip : Tableaux, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead (04/25/2012-04/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2003

>Cashian, Philip : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Darrett Adkins (Cello)
  • Conductor: Timothy Weiss
  • Ensemble: Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Notes: Clonick Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio, USA (03/06/2013-03/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Cashian, Philip : The House of Night, for oboe & strings
  • Performer: Christopher Redgate (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Christopher Austin
  • Ensemble: Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Cashian, Philip : Dark Flight, for 6 cellos
  • Conductor: Christopher Austin
  • Ensemble: Royal Academy of Music Cello Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Cashian, Philip : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Sarah Nicolls (Piano)
  • Conductor: Zsolt Nagy
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Notes: LSO St Luke's, London (04/21/2013); LSO St Luke's, London (05/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2006