Sweeney, W: The Tree o’ Licht

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William Sweeney: Tree o’ Licht



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29th July 2013




60 minutes


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William Sweeney: Tree o’ Licht

Sweeney, W:

The Tree o’ Licht

The Poet Tells of his Fame (electroacoustic fantasy for cello, pre-recorded samples & live processing)

Sonata for Cello and Piano

Robert Irvine (cello), Erkki Lahesmaa (cello) & Fali Pavri (piano)


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Both musically impassioned and socially engaged, William Sweeney’s music is at its most eloquent when voiced by that most human of instruments, the cello. The player navigates a stormy electronic landscape in the Borges-inspired 'The Poet Tells of his Fame', while Schumann lies behind the powerfully argued Sonata for Cello and Piano, recipient of a 2011 BASCA British Composer Award.

The Sonata bears a joint dedication to Delphian artist Robert Irvine and to Erkki Lahesmaa - ‘keepers’, as Sweeney calls them, ‘of the cello’s inner voice’ - and Irvine is joined by his Finnish colleague here in the 2008 duo 'The Tree o’ Licht', in which Gaelic Psalmody is transmuted into deepest instrumental expressivity.

World premiere recordings made in the presence of the composer.

William Sweeney: The Tree o'Licht

The Tree o'Licht

William Sweeney: The Poet Tells of his Fame

The Poet Tells of his Fame

William Sweeney: Sonata for Cello and Piano



The Guardian

25th July 2013


“a style that seems to manage to have it both ways, preserving the expressive possibilities and archetypes of the Scottish folk tradition within an idiom that can call on techniques and technology from the whole modernist tradition since 1945...Simple and beautifully achieved.”

The Classical Reviewer

14th September 2013

“A distinctively Scottish feel, beautifully created by the two cellos, drawing one in immediately with its entrancing atmosphere...This is an extremely rewarding release of works that are often quite beautiful and affecting”

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