JAMES OLSEN (b.1982): Chameleon Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra (Clio Gould [violin], Rolf Hind [piano], David Porcelijn [conductor]), CHRISTIAN MASON (b.1984): In Time Entwined, In Space Enlaced (Baldur Brönimann [conductor]), LARRY GOVES (b.1980): Springtime for Soprano and Orchestra (Juliet Fraser [soprano],),CLAUDIA MOLITOR (b.1974): untitled 40 [desk-life], KENNETH HESKETH (b.1968): Detail from the Record (Oliver Knussen [conductor]).
Catalogue Number: 11L113
Label: London Sinfonietta
Reference: SINF CD2-2009
Description: Olsen's piece is an example of the 'anti-concerto' that various modern composers have felt the need to write as a reaction to the virtuoso star vehicle of the Romantic era. This engagingly energetic ensemble piece has two soloists emerging from and receding into the orchestral texture and sharing material to further blend together and with the background. That this background, and the soloists' response to it, shifts between stylized folk and ethnic musics, bluesy inflections and suggestions of the romantic vocabulary that the work seeks to subvert, adds to the sense of kaleidoscopic disorientation that the piece generates. The Mason weaves solo instrumental lines into a sonorous tapestry, sometimes overlain by a haze of unpitched sounds. Goves sets a simple poem by Matthew Welton as a fragile vocal line accompanied by live acoustic and amplified instruments and pre-recorded voice, providing a vivid sense of aural perspective. Molitor's piece brings tiny background noises to the foreground, consisting of unpitched noise sounds produced by unconventional techniques (and notated using unconventional means) as an accompaniment to musical tones and chords, as though representing the music that emerges from the unacknowledged scraping of a pencil over the page, the background noises outside the room, and so on. Hesketh's Detail is a series of episodes from a larger puppet ballet based on Japanese folk tales, and consists of whimsical, insubstantial textures constantly in motion, flowing and twisting, dissolving as soon as a graspable point of resolution seems to have been reached, suggesting a kind of post-impressionism and something of the stylized ritual of Japanese theater. London Sinfonietta.