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Miniaturised Concertos & Mache - Works by Ryoko Akama, Joel Bell, Philip Cashian, Leo Chadburn, Richard Glover, Duncan MacLeod & Fumiko / Kate Halsall, piano; Ensemble Dark Inventions, Leedham

Album Summary

>Poppy, Andrew : Swimming with the Stone Book, for 2 pianos, keyboard, electric guitar, electric bass, double bass &
>Pinnock, Naomi [Composer] : Always again, for 2 pianos & percussion
>Cashian, Philip : Furor, for 2 pianos, ensemble & electronics
>Riley, Colin : Hanging in the Balance, for 2 pianos, resonating objects & electronics
>Halsall, Kate : Maché, collage of 17 remixed concertos
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Notes & Reviews:

This album is the culmination of a project begun by pianist Kate Halsall to explore ways of transforming the traditional piano concerto; works were developed centered around two pianos with varied chamber and electro-acoustical accompaniment, some of which are genuinely 'fusion' works incorporating jazz and rock instruments. Extended techniques, pitched silences and film also play a part. The album concept includes an audiovisual work not on the CD but available to stream, or to buy for a small extra cost. The second disc is more experimental and consists of four "Mach" pieces, made up of building blocks contributed by a number of composers, some specially written and some being extracts or arrangements of full length works. They include improvised and notated material, spoken word and many technical effects, producing a fascinating set of sound collages based around the two-piano core. The album involves many composers and performers from the exciting new-music scene in England all of whom are developing reputations for excellence and innovation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 04/24/2015; 04/25/2015; 04/28/2015; 04/29/2015; 06/07/2015; 06/16/2014; 06/19/2014; 06/20/2015; 07/20/2015; 07/21/2015; 07/30/2015.



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>Poppy, Andrew : Swimming with the Stone Book, for 2 pianos, keyboard, electric guitar, electric bass, double bass &
  • Performers: Jeremy Barnett (Percussion); Joel Bell; Ruth Goller; Kate Halsall (Piano); Robert Millett (Percussion); Fumiko Miyachi (Piano); Andrew Poppy (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Leedham
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Dark Inventions
  • Running Time: 15 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pinnock, Naomi [Composer] : Always again, for 2 pianos & percussion
  • Performers: Kate Halsall (Piano); Fumiko Miyachi (Piano); Delia Stevens (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cashian, Philip : Furor, for 2 pianos, ensemble & electronics
  • Performers: Kate Halsall (Piano); Fumiko Miyachi (Piano)
  • Conductor: Chris Leedham
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Dark Inventions
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Riley, Colin : Hanging in the Balance, for 2 pianos, resonating objects & electronics
  • Performers: Kate Halsall (Piano); Fumiko Miyachi (Piano); James Waterworth (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Halsall, Kate : Maché, collage of 17 remixed concertos
  • Performers: Joel Bell (Guitar); Martin Butler (Piano); Kate Halsall (Keyboards); Kate Halsall (Piano); Duncan Macleod (Electronics); Fumiko Miyachi (Keyboards); Fumiko Miyachi (Piano)
  • Notes: 04/24/2015; 04/25/2015; 04/28/2015; 04/29/2015; 06/07/2015; 06/20/2015
  • Running Time: 38 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary