Dalbavie’s works have been commissioned by the world’s most prestigious orchestras as well as by musical institutions such as Carnegie Hall. The Sinfonietta is written in homage to Janacek.
“…the Variations orchestrales sur une oeuvre de Janácek… is based on the fourth movement of the Czech composer's piano suite In the Mists… Dalbavie's own music is dominated by shimmering, sustained sonorities - including electronically manipulated sounds - and the occasional outburst, and might remind some listeners of a latter-day Tapiola. ...his Sinfonietta... full of gathering fanfares, and the short and distinctive scherzo gets a virtuosic performance from the Monte-Carlo orchestra.”
“The Monte Carlo orchestra, under the composer’s expert hands, provides all the timbral and textural dexterity that the music requires, and Ameson has captured them vividly. There are informative notes too. A stellar release.”
31st May 2009
“Here are three fine works which would be attractive in any orchestra's programme...the ebb and flow of "The Rocks Under the Water" is most alluring.”