New Ground - Seven World Premiere Recordings

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New Ground - Seven World Premiere Recordings

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7th Dec 2005




74 minutes


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New Ground - Seven World Premiere Recordings



Paul Goodey/Michael Oliva

Fitkin, G:

Ostrich on the Plain

Tim Palmer (wood blocks)


Fox Woman

Linda Hirst (mezzo)

Oliva, Michael:

Into the Light


At the still point of the turning world…

Salter, T:

Diptych - Abstractions IV

Sally Mays (piano)


New Ground

Sally Mays (piano)

Paul Goodey (oboe, cor anglais)



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Xas-Orion was conceived by Paul Goodey and Michael Oliva as a duo for oboe and electronics organised in 33 triggered events. Both parts are organised around the note 'B' which forms a core, rather than a tonal centre. The distinction between the the two sound worlds of oboe and electronics is deliberately blurred.

New Ground (by David Sutton-Anderson) is a set of linked variations on Purcell's keyboard piece 'A New Ground' heard at the outset.

Ostrich on the Plain (by Graham Fitkin) was written in 1985. There were two starting points: first, the manipulation of speed using metric modulation, and second, the sheer effort in playing the oboe.

At the Still Point of the Turning World... (by Edwin Roxburgh) has the sound of the oboe fed through a system of six delays, ranging from 4.2 to 60 seconds, plus filtering and modulation. The whole system is controlled by a graphic score.

Into the Light (by Michael Oliva) is a piece in the Romantic tradition of the tone poem. It takes the form of a journey from death (cor anglais) into a supposed afterlife (oboe) in which the piano plays the role of a sort of 'pulse giver'.

Diptych (Abstractions IV) by Timothy Salter has two movements, the first marked 'with feverish energy' and the second 'reflective yet with intensity; restless, agitated'. The mood at the end of the first movement is carried over into the cor anglais soliloquy that opens the second.

Fox Woman(music by Cecilia McDowall, words by Christie Dickason) uses the oboe in a way that exploits not only its elegance and subtlety, but also its potential for brutality. This range suggests the Japanes myths of fox spirits, dangerous shape-shifters which often took the form of beautiful women.

Paul Goodey, Michael Oliva: Xas-Orion


David Sutton-Anderson: New Ground

New Ground

Graham Fitkin: Ostrich on the Plain

Ostrich on the Plain

Edwin Roxburgh: At The Still Point Of The Turning World...

At The Still Point Of The Turning World...

Michael Oliva: Into The Light

Into The Light

Timothy Salter: Diptych (Abstractions IV)

I - With Feverish Energy

II - Reflective yet with intensity; restless, agitated

Cecilia McDowall: Fox Woman

Fox Woman

BBC Music Magazine


“Goodey is a persuasive advocate for an engaging selection of contemporary music, including Edwin Roxburgh's 1979 At the Still Point of the Turning World..., which uses electronic delay and treatment to create an entire grazing flock of oboes, and Cecilia McDowall's White Fox Woman, a sinister little scena for voice and oboe especially written for the disc”

Gramophone Magazine

“There is a satisfying range of moods, styles and sounds ... and a good deal of accomplished playing and singing. The most immediately attractive pieces are Into the Light (where the cor anglais conducts us from death to the afterlife, then entrusts us to the oboe, like Virgil handing Dante over to Beatrice) and the engaging Ostrich on the Plain.”

International Record Review

“Xas-Orion ... is spacious and inventive... it sustains its duration well. Roxburgh's work ... proves most effective; he has a strong sense of his resources, with Goodey an able advocate”

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