BEN FOSKETT (b.1977): 5 Night Pieces for Piano (Richard Uttley), Hornet II for Clarinet and Orchestra (Mark van de Weil [clarinet], London Sinfonietta; Geoffrey Paterson), From Trumpet for Orchestra (Hallé; Nicholas Collon), On From Four for Flute, Clarinet, Cimbalom/Percussion, Viola, Cello and Double Bass (Psappha), Dinosaur for Solo Flute, 5 Chansons à Hurle-Vent for Soprano and Soprano Saxophone (French texts. Raphaële Kennedy [soprano], Jean-François Becquaert [sax]).
Catalogue Number: 08Q087
Description: Foskett belongs to the postmodern generation of British composers who largely defy categorization, whose vocabulary is based on a free, expressive and highly directional sense of harmony - not tonal in the conventional sense but functional as well as coloristic, and much more approachable than the New Complexity or serial avant-gardism of the previous several generations. Especially apparent in the 2009 Proms commission From Trumpet is this sumptuous and appealing harmony-driven idiom, anchored by a clearly defined pulse, and this is developed further in the inventively scored On From Four. An increasing concern with elaborate long lines of melody - embellished with quarter-tones as mood dictates - is apparent in the extended flute solo Dinosaur and the strangely desolate yet beautiful vocal-instrumental duets of the songs (texts by Laure Salama) on themes and characters from Bronte's "Wuthering Heights".