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David Gorton (b.1978):' Orfordness' - Chamber & Piano Works / Zubin Kanga, piano; Christopher Redgate, oboe ; Neil Heyde, cello; Kreutzer Quartet et al.

Notes & Reviews:

David Gorton, Head of Research Studies at the Royal Academy of Music , is a composer unafraid to use 'straight' instrumentation, electronics and also collage techniques to express himself. This means that a program of only four works, all quite extended, is full of variation; from the Sonata for CEllo with electronics, deep in the contemporary mainstream, to the eerie depiction of Orfordness in England, nature reserve and former secret weapons establishment; solo piano coupled with tapes from the USAF recording an UFO encounter in the vicinity. Gortn;s music may be modern but it is never abstract, always communicating about people and places.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
David Gorton's program is wild, mysterious, paranoid, dense, difficult, and rarely understated or straight-forward. The five movements of Orfordness characterize a former military base on the Suffolk coast. II is the most charming. Deputy Base Commander Lt Colonel Halt is the star of III as a large section of what sounds like a field recording of a UFO encounter is heard with few musical interjections. Austerity Measures II is a brash assault comprising David Gorton's Quartet 3, 'Passacaglia', and 'Cadence', all heard at the same time. The Howarth-Redgate oboe is a specific model of oboe required to perform the piece. All the instrument does. Fosdyke Wash, like the ending of Orfordness, is much calmer than Austerity Measures II.


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