One of the most grown-up review sites around

2019
51,000 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 

 

International mailing


  Founder: Len Mullenger             Editor in Chief: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  

Some items
to consider

TROUBADISC

colourful imaginative harmony
Renate Eggebrecht violin

Brahms Symphony 3
Dvorak Symphony 8
Vivaldi
9 cello sonatas
Dussek
Piano Music

Clara Schumann
piano concerto

Asmik Grigorian

Breathtaking Performance
controversial staging
Review Westbrook
Review Hedley n/a
Every lover of Salome should see this recording
Mullenger interpretation

Vraiment magnifique!


Quite splendid


Winning performances


Mahler Symphony 8
a magnificent disc


a huge talent


A wonderful disc


Weinberg Symphonies 2 & 21
A handsome tribute!


Roth’s finest Mahler yet


Mahler 9 Blomstedt
Distinguished performance

 


Support us financially by purchasing this from

Lydia KAKABADSE (b. 1955)
Concertato
The Coachman’s Terror [18.07]
Cantica Sacra: Liturgical Song Cycle [16.10]
Dance Sketches [10.03]
Concertato [11.32]
Two Chamber Songs [5.41]
Cantus Planus [12.08]
Recitativo Arioso + Variations [11.10]
Sound Collective
Jess Dandy (mezzo-soprano)
Sara Trickey (violin)
Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola)
Tim Lowe (cello)
Ben Griffiths (double bass)
rec. St Paul’s Church, New Southgate, London, 27-29 June 2016
DIVINE ART DDA25149 [68.43]

Some months ago, I reviewed Lydia Kakabadse’s Cantica Sacra (Divine Art DDA 25135 - review), which I described as ‘instantly enjoyable’. I therefore welcomed the opportunity to hear this CD. I mentioned then that Kakabadse was born in Southport, daughter of a Russian/Georgian father and Greek/Austrian mother, she is very much indebted to those origins. The present CD is interesting not least for its attention to timbres. All the pieces except Concertato (for cello and double bass), are for an ensemble of single violin, viola, cello and double bass, joined in the Two Chamber Songs by the mezzo-soprano, Jess Dandy. This unusual quartet immediately creates a distinctive sound world, with a rich, lower-string sound. The music instantly has an originality of tone, and there are moments of particular beauty.

The opening work, The Coachman’s Terror, is in five movements, and is based on the poem Devils by Pushkin. The title gives the essence of the poem, offering the possibilities for much atmospheric writing with a sense of imminent peril. The echoes of Russian music are strong throughout, and the sense of menace from unknown spirits is palpable in parts. It is music which is atmospheric and very tuneful. Dance Sketches is an interesting piece, again with strong contrasts. The three dances are, Arabian, a 17th century-inspired stately court dance and then a dance for clockwork toys. Each offers the opportunity for both display and a range of instrumental colour.

The title piece, Concertato, could be considered a study in andante style. Each of the four movements is andante, one espressione, one legato, one con brio and the finale, energico. Each is technically demanding with many demands of the players, but overall this is not an exercise in virtuosity but a thoughtful and sometimes very moving work. The two chamber songs, one based on a poem by Emily Brontė, the other a setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s Eldorado, are interesting pieces of word-setting, with a nice interplay between the singer and the four instruments. The inspiration for Cantus Planus is, like much of Kakabadse’s music, religious, with each of the three movements representing different prayers of the day, Matins, Lauds and Vespers. The influence of medieval music is evident throughout. The final work, Recitativo Arioso + Variations, with its two variations is lyrical yet varied in mood.

Performances throughout are admirable, and there is tremendous pleasure to be gained from this music. More, please!

Michael Wilkinson

 

 



We are currently offering in excess of 51,000 reviews


Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Nimbus Podcast


Obtain 10% discount



Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger