Search MusicWeb Here


selling Internationaly

aSymphonies 1 and 5 £9.00 post free

See also Symphonies 2 and 3

Vision of Judgement £9 post free

Newest Releases


Symphonies 1,2,4 £11.75 post free

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Editor-in-Chief: Rob Barnett

Some items
to consider

 

  • Menuhin lost tapes
  • Overtures SACD
  • Krommer Flute Quartets
  • Schubert Piano Trios 2CD
  • Menuhin lost tapes


flair, insight, controversy


outstanding singing

 


Sheer bliss


best thing I’ve heard this year

this really exciting release

Vinyl edition

Uplifting music

cracking performance from start to finish

Heartfelt

Sheer magic

Why did I wait so long ?

Delightful


Sibelius Symphonies Maazel
4CDs + Blu-ray audio



Simply unforgettable


Shostakovich Symphony 10 Nelsons

 

 

 

REVIEW
Plain text for smartphones & printers


Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb



Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Altus
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Prima voce
Red Priest
Redcliffe
Retrospective
Saydisc
Sheva
Toccata Classics
Wyastone


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Editor in Chief
   
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Stan Metzger
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

Support us financially by purchasing this disc from
Edward COWIE (b. 1943)
Bell Bird Motet (2011) [8:12]
The Soft Complaining Flute (2003) [6:44]*
Gesangbuch (1975-6) [42:03]
Lyre Bird Motet (2002) [7:14]
BBC Singers
Stephen Cleobury/Simon Joly
Stephen Preston (baroque flute)*
rec. 13 January 2012, Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale and 6 June 2003, Phoenix Sound, Wembley, London (Gesangbuch)
SIGNUM RECORDS SIGCD331 [64:40]

Superbly recorded by the BBC, this is a rich and varied selection of choral works by British composer Edward Cowie. By far the largest in scale for this programme, the Gesangbuch was the first of a long and fruitful collaboration between Cowie and the BBC Singers. Eloquent and virtuoso vocal writing is joined by colourful instrumentation - a rewarding challenge for performers and audience alike.
 
The Gesangbuch is divided into four movements, with the four seasons as a basis for each. This is an atonal world, but with beautifully atmospheric passages and never a dull moment. The music is angular and intellectually stimulating as well as descriptive, inhabiting that 1970s avant-garde scene which steered clear of obvious tonality. At the same time it suggests elements of close-harmony, a diversity of musical periods including Baroque associations via harpsichord, and a musical journey. This concatenation resolves through remarkable textures of vocally expressed natural sounds into a tonally ‘rapturous benediction’.
 
The smaller scale works on this CD are no less fascinating, the Bell Bird Motet weaving a musical spell around an Australian dawn chorus scene complete with frogs. This is a companion work to the Lyre Bird Motet, which sets an evocative evening vista using major and minor tonalities through which avian characters emerge and interact. My favourite work on the disc is The Soft Complaining Flute, which quite magically introduces the baroque flute arabesques of Stephen Preston over coolly limpid vocal lines and cluster-like chords. It’s a combination which develops into an equal but contrasting dialogue and gives way to a remarkable solo flute cadenza full of skilful glissandi.
 
It is a shame that the sung texts are not given in the booklet, but this is the only minus point in a stunning collection of fascinating contemporary choral repertoire.
 
Dominy Clements