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Therma

composer

 
Therma is an orchestral re-imagining of an early unperformed work of mine, List 1; the since and again, a fourteen-minute piece for eleven solo strings written for a composition competition which took place in Rome and Thessaloniki in 2005. Compressing this much longer work into a 4-minute orchestral piece became a process of distillation. I removed all nonessential material until all that remained was a stark, skeletal outline which barely resembled the original work. But Therma is a re-imagining rather than an orchestration of my earlier work. It also incorporates my somewhat hazy memories of travelling to Rome and especially Thessaloniki where we stayed in a thoroughly bizarre hotel on a mountain overlooking the city. Giant chandeliers, a cocktail pianist in a bar with no patrons, and an empty swimming pool all contributed to it seeming like a cross between The Shining and the hastily abandoned set of 70s-era James Bond film. Therma (Θέρμα) was the original name of Thessaloniki when it was founded in 7th century BC. Built on a mosquito-infested swamp it was named after the Greek word for malarial fever.

from notes by Christopher Mayo © 2013

Recordings

The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 1
Studio Master: LSO5061Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for LSO5061 track 9

Artists
ISRC
GB-DGQ-12-06109
Duration
3'52
Recording date
28 October 2012
Recording venue
LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jonathan Stokes
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
Hyperion usage
  1. The Panufnik Legacies, Vol. 1 (LSO5061)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: May 2013
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