The English composer Steve Elcock (b. 1957) spent years writing music without ever expecting it to be heard. The works on this first album of his chamber music show contrasting aspects of his style: the Clarinet Sextet and The Shed Dances are immediately appealing in their melodiousness, harmonic language and mischievous sense of humour, whereas the String Trio No. 1, with its stark juxtaposition of contrasts, and the sextet An Outstretched Hand, which treads a fine line between grief and consolation, both offer powerful comment on our troubled 21st century.
The Veles Ensemble Daniel Shao, flute (Track 11) Peter Cigleris, clarinet (Tracks 1–3, 5–11) Yuri Kalnits, violin (Tracks 1–3) Leon Bosch, double bass (Tracks 1–3) Catalina Ardelean, piano (Track 11)
String Trio No. 1, Op. 8b (1998/2016) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0506/Track04.mp3
The Shed Dances, Op. 26b, for clarinet and string trio (2016) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0506/Track05.mp3
An Outstretched Hand, Op. 24, for flute, clarinet and piano quartet (2015) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0506/Track11.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0506EAN/UPC: 5060113445063Release Date: 01.12.2018Composer: Steve Elcock Artists: Catalina Ardelean, Daniel Shao, Leon Bosch, Peter Cigleris, The Veles Ensemble, Yuri Kalnits
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