ELIZABETH MACONCHY (1907-1994): Reflections for Viola, Clarinet, Oboe and Harp, Miniature for Oboe, Morning, Noon and Night for Harp, NICOLA LEFANU (b.1947): Lament for Viola, Cello, Clarinet and Oboe, A Travelling Spirit for Soprano and Recorder, Soliloquy for Oboe, Mira Clas Tenebras for Mezzo-Soprano, Viola, Cor Anglais/Oboe d'Amore and Harp.
Catalogue Number: 10J099
Description: Mother and daughter are known for their precise, tough and uncompromising music, and for writing extensively and creatively for a variety of small ensemble groups. The four contrasting movements of Reflections find Maconchy at her most vital; astringent and economical, but the very opposite of dry. A beguiling surface glitter is only one manifestation of the tautly argued polyphony which is always present. This is also true of Morning, Noon and Night, a substantial work, sonorous and sensual, of ambiguous, questing character. LeFanu's idiom is harder-edged and more modern (microtonal inflections here and there add to this impression, but also paradoxically suggest folk and traditional music, ancient and archaic, in the song-cycle Mira Clas Tenebras), but no less expressive. T he substantial Lament stands out; an unbroken, dark-toned elegy, again making use of quarter-tones and unusual combinations of instrumental timbres. Texts included. Bridget Carey (viola),Neil Heyde (cello), Kate Romano (clarinet), Jinny Shaw (oboe, cor anglais, oboe d'amore), Lucy Wakeford (harp), Lesley-Jane Rodgers (soprano), John Turner (recorder), Sally Bradshaw (mezzo).