JONATHAN DOVE (b.1959): Piano Quintet, Out of Time for String Quartet, In Damascus for Tenor and String Quartet.
Catalogue Number: 08T072
Description: The Piano Quintet is an extrovert, optimistic work, tonal in a contemporary sense, Dove's chosen idiom. It was started in Italy, and something of the exuberantly colorful landscape that surrounded the composer seems to have found its way into the piece. The first movement is bracingly energetic, the second begins in a manner very reminiscent of Mahler's Adagietto, which then gathers weight to become a giant pealing of bells, and the third begins with a couple of gestures that recall Foulds' April-England, which are used as material to propel a post-minimalist scamper to the finish. The quartet starts in similar life-affirming mood, but the work's slow movements are elegiac, in memory of the life celebrated, though three short lively, folkish central movements celebrate the character of the man in whose memory the piece was commissioned. In Damascus occupies a very different world. Dove has happy memories of the city from a visit twenty years ago, and this is his impassioned lament for what has befallen Syria since. The work is relatively spare, using octatonic scales that suggest middle-eastern modality, and angry dissonances in the accompaniment to Ali Safar's stark, shattering poems of loss and anguish. Texts incuded. Mark Padmore (tenor), Charles Owen (piano), Sacconi Quartet.