The British composer David Braid, born in North Wales in 1970, studied in London, Oxford and Kraków, and his music shows something of that double inheritance, bringing together the lyricism of such English composers as Dowland and the dynamism of the Polish school of Lutosławski. This debut CD of his music presents chamber and instrumental works written between 2006 and 2011. Steve Reich described the raga-like Morning for soprano and string quartet — the Pablo Neruda setting which opens this disc — as 'beautifully done — very honest stuff’; the other works here encompass a divergent range of moods, from the melancholy of Infinite Reminiscence to the energetic drive of Music for Dancers.
Grace Davidson, soprano Peter Cigleris, clarinet Yuri Kalnits, violin Julia Morneweg, cello John Paul Ekins, piano Sergei Podobedov, piano Jelena Laković, piano Tippett Quartet, string quartet Erato Piano Trio, piano trio Rossitza Stoycheva and Mikako Hori, piano duo
Catalogue No: TOCC0149EAN/UPC: 5060113441492Release Date: 13.08.2012Composer: David Braid Artists: Erato Piano Trio, Grace Davidson, Jelena Laković, John Paul Ekins, Julia Morneweg, Mikako Hori, Peter Cigleris, Rossitza Stoycheva, Sergei Podobedov, Tippett Quartet, Yuri Kalnits
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Three Pieces for solo piano, Op. 8 (2008) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0149/TOCC0149t02.mp3
Michael Cayley :
Contemporary chamber and piano music by a composer new to me. Much of the musical language is tonal, but with often dissonant harmonies and, at times, clashing and jagged rhythms, sometimes set against a ground of a rising scale. Some small motifs recur in several pieces, treated differently in each, giving a greater unity than I had expected to the collection. David Braid combines a strong intellectual structure with emotional power and some memorably haunting passages. All in all an enjoyable and approachable set of pieces, well performed.
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