DANCES & LAMENTS (GMCD 7397)

Peter Fribbins

Dances & Laments

 

Dances and Laments is the newest release from British composer Peter Fribbins, following two critically acclaimed Guild albums from 2010 and 2012. Renowned for his passionate and direct musical voice, Fribbins’s music convincingly mixes elements of traditional tonality and established forms, with contemporary ideas and approaches, to create a sound that is at once distinctive and deeply personal.

 

Dominated by associations with poetry and painting, the new CD opens with The Zong Affair, a striking septet based on a painting by William Turner, expertly performed by the Turner Ensemble, comprised of principal players from the Royal Opera House and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

 

Dances & Laments follows, played by the wonderful French duo Philippe Graffin and Henri Demarquette. Then come two further duos: That which echoes in eternity for cello and piano (after Dante); and Porphyria’s Lover for flute and piano (after Browning), again beautifully performed.

 

The beguiling ‘Softly, in the dusk’ (after D.H. Lawrence) follows, sensitively executed by the Rosamunde Piano Trio. The disc ends with its only ‘abstract’ offering, a powerful Prelude and Fugue based on the English hymn tune ‘Cromer’, masterfully played by Michael Frith on the organ of Brentwood Cathedral.

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REVIEWS:

"The music collected in this anthology is consistently engaging" - Graham Rickson. The Arts Desk

"This Prelude and Fugue betokens a composer who thinks contrapuntally and naturally" - Robert Matthew-Walker on the Chorale Prelude and Fugue for Organ in The Organ magazine

"his confidence, color, and unashamed belief in lyricism are just as apparent as before. Highly enjoyable." - Barnaby Rayfield. Fanfare Magazine

 


Details:

 

Track Listing

 

 1.

 The Zong Affair

10:28

 2.

Dances & Laments I. Lontano

3:07

 3.

Dances & Laments II. Dance in Four

1:54

 4.

Dances & Laments III. Elegy

1:55

 5.

Dances & Laments IV. Air

1:37

 6.

Dances & Laments V. Dance in Three

3:07

 7.

...that which echoes in eternity

11:44

 8.

Porphyria's Lover I. Adagio drammatico

4:04

 9.

Porphyria's Lover II. Allegro molto

4:48

 10.

Porphyria's Lover III. Adagio drammatico

5:31

 11.

 Softly, in the dusk

9:52

 12.

Chorale Prelude & Fugue on Cromer - Prelude

3:29

 13.

Chorale Prelude & Fugue on Cromer - Fugue:

5:12

 

 

 

Featured Artists

 Turner Ensemble

 Philip Graffin & Henri Demarquette

 Pal Banda & Mine Dogantan-Dack

 Nancy Ruffer & Helen Crayford

 Rosamunde Piano Trio

 Michael Firth

 

 

 



 

 

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