スイスhat[now]ARTからリリースされたシュトックハウゼンの[Mantra]にてエレクトロニクスを担当していた、オーストラリア出身、現在は英国にて作曲家として活動しているNewton Armstrong。自身も参加するPlus Minus Ensemble、フランスの女性チェロ奏者Severine Ballonと共に作り上げた、小編成アンサンブルとエレクトロニクスの為の3曲からなるアルバム[The Way To Go Out]。徐々に増える音数と共に不穏さも増していく妙な揺らぎが心地良いアンサンブルの2曲、そしてグッと抑えたチェロの多重録音を約21分に渡り継続するSeverine Ballonのソロ、全編良い重さがある名演です。
Three beautiful, shimmering chamber works by the Auistralian composer Newton Armstrong, performed by Plus Minus Ensemble and Séverine Ballon (cello)
"In 1990 I was studying composition at university. I basically wanted to be Stravinsky. Chris Mann took an interest in me and I started spending a lot of time at his house, drinking tea and talking. He changed my mind about a lot of things and introduced me to people who were making music that excited me. The Melbourne experimental scene was thriving at that time, and I started going to concerts and performances that I previously wouldn't have heard about. It hasn't exactly been a straight-line trajectory since then, but I view that period as providing the foundations for the work I'm doing today."
Three works for small ensemble and electronics by the Australian-born, UK-resident composer Newton Armstrong, played by Plus Minus Ensemble and Séverine Ballon.
1. ‘Thread-surface’ (2018) 11:46
Plus Minus Ensemble: Vicky Wright, bass clarinet Tom Pauwels, electric guitar
Roderick Chadwick, piano Katarzyna Zimiňska, violin Alice Purton, cello
Mark Knoop, conductor
2. ‘A line alongside itself’ (2019) 21:20
Séverine Ballon, cellos
3. ‘The way to go out’ (2016) 11:44
Plus Minus Ensemble: Roderick Chadwick, piano Elsa Bradley, vibraphone
Katarzyna Zimiňska, violin Alice Purton, cello Mark Knoop, conductor
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