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Julian Anderson: Khorovod
Julian Anderson: The Stations of the Sun
The Stations of the Sun
Julian Anderson: The Crazed Moon
The Crazed Moon
Julian Anderson: Alhambra Fantasy
Julian Anderson: Diptych
II. Pavillons en l' Air
“Anderson's confidence in handling and shaping his musical material and his wonderfully precise ear for instrumental colour have been constants in his music… Oliver Knussen's beautifully integrated performances with both the BBC Symphony and the Sinfonietta help inestimably... and the detail in the recordings is always faithful to Anderson's fastidious sensibility.”
“For more than a decade British composer Julian Anderson has been consolidating his reputation as a leading talent. This first CD shows that talent at full stretch. The music is always direct in its tone of voice and unfailingly approachable without turning its back on all contact with progressive modernism. It has the benefit here of superbly prepared and executed performances, recorded with fine responsiveness to instrumental colour and textural balance. The earliest work, Diptych, is already formidably accomplished in its control of gradually intensifying formal design but it is in Khorovod, Anderson's first London Sinfonietta commission, that his feeling for balancing resonant harmonic densities and spontaneous melodic flow comes into its own. Anderson filters his admiration for such powerful contemporary presences as Per Nørgård and Tristan Murail through aspects of folk and popular music which are most immediately evident in the rhythmic and motivic profile of the piece. The result of such conjunctions could be mindlessly disparate but Anderson's knack for dramatising unexpected compatibilities makes for an enthralling structure of genuine substance, and this kind of process is replicated on the more ambitious scale of his 1998 Proms commission The Stations of the Sun, as well as in a second, no less rewarding Sinfonietta piece, Alhambra Fantasy. The Stations of the Sun is complemented by TheCrazed Moon, written slightly earlier, whose much darker, dance-free character indicates that Anderson is well able to inhabit quite different emotional spheres with equal success. With this release Ondine has made an impressive start to the Anderson discography; it is high time that Anderson was given his due.”
“The music is always direct in its tone of voice and unfailingly approachable without turning its back on all contact with progressive modernism. It has the benefit here of superbly prepared and executed performances, recorded with fine responsiveness to instrument colour and textural balance.”
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