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Track(s) taken from LSO5061

… from bursting suns escaping …


London Symphony Orchestra, François-Xavier Roth (conductor)
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Recording details: October 2012
LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Stokes
Engineered by Neil Hutchinson
Release date: May 2013
Total duration: 3 minutes 44 seconds


'There are plenty of imaginative sounds in The Panufnik Legacies, a CD from the LSO showcasing works by young composers. In Flēotan, Charlie Piper creates the sense of sounds suspended in the air, while in Christopher Mayo’s Therma, earthy rumblings gradually erupt. A highlight for me, though, was Eloise Nancie Gynn’s Sakura (cherry blossom) in which darker forces emerge and subside against a backdrop of atmospheric shimmers' (BBC Music Magazine)

'There are 11 firecrackers on this disc, written by 10 composers who have been nurtured by the LSO’s Panufnik Young Composers Scheme' (The Daily Telegraph)

'The Panufnik Legacies is an extremely valuable release, demonstrating the London Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to contemporary music, François-Xavier Roth’s dynamic and committed conducting, and that music being written right now is in very good health' (Classical Source)

'This is certainly a disc for those who are musically curious, and maybe the best way in is through Jason Yarde’s coolly inviting Rude Awakening!, which lives up to its name! The LSO plays marvellously for the unstinting François-Xavier Roth. There is much to relish here, the music of now and the future. What’s more, the sound is superb in its clarity and impact, not transferred too loudly (as can be the case these days), allowing the orchestra space and dynamism. All round, very impressive' (Hi-Fi Critic)
Energy of unseen light
From bursting suns escaping
Out into the clear night
Of distant eyes awaking

An enduring concern with the nature and significance of sound and music was powerfully present while writing this piece. Why do we compose and listen to music? What does sound do to (and for) us? I began to think of light as an analogy for sound, both being kinds of life-forming energy. Just as light is necessary to our physical existence, sound leaves deep impressions on our inner life, our spirit. Both are sources of transformation, but whereas the fruits of light-energy are clearly visible, the interior impact of sound-energy is invisible.

from notes by Christian Mason © 2013

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