The vitality of these three works by the Irish composer Jerome de Bromhead (b. 1945) points to the sheer pleasure that their creator takes in writing music. The swirling ebullience of the tone-poem A Lay for a Light Year suggests the scale and energy of the cosmos. The edgy, elegiac lyricism of the Violin Concerto inhabits textures that are brittle and clear like Stravinsky’s. And the more chromatic Second Symphony suggests a vast sense of space behind a glittering foreground of kaleidoscopic orchestral colours.
Alan Smale, violin (Tracks 2–4) RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Colman Pearce, conductor
Violin Concerto (2008) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0422/02.mp3
Symphony No. 2 (1994) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0422/05.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0422EAN/UPC: 5060113444226Release Date: 01.05.2017Composer: Jerome de Bromhead Artists: Alan Smale, Colman Pearce, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
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Rob Barnett :
“De Bromhead is an interesting prospect and his music on this evidence encompasses neon-lit dream textures and imposingly statuesque brass writing. The music feels well organised and efficient.” –Music Web International, August 2017
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