Title - 'Mythologies'
Artist - Anna Clyne & The BBC Symphony Orchestra
Simply put, Anna Clyne’s enormous palette of colors and special effects coalesce into an aural three-dimensional experience of striking originality.
Equally there’s a comforting familiarity to her music, as she draws inspiration from historic styles that she transforms into a new musical dialect.
Anna’s background in electro-acoustic music and her fascination for a variety of multi-media – including poetry, visual art and videography – combine to create rich and exhilarating textures of popular appeal.
The five works here on Anna Clyne's new album, Mythologies (out now via AVIE Records) were written over a 10-year period between 2005 and 2015 with the performances on the album featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra and four internationally-acclaimed conductors.
Anna Clyne (b. 1980)
1. Masquerade * (2013) (4.57)
2. This Midnight Hour (2015) (12.43)
3. The Seamstress (2014) (21.25)
4. Night Ferry (2012) (20.13)
5. rewind (2005) (7.58)
Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to open the Last Night of the Proms 2013 and conducted by Marin Alsop, the album opens on the simply stunning, deeply euphoric, and divinely free flowing Masquerade.
This Midnight Hour, conducted by the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, features within its alluringly composed bouts of flux, retreat and evolution, a desire to encapsulate the modernity and decadence of two European poets, Nobel Prize-winning Spaniard Juan Ramón Jiménez and Frenchman Charles Baudelaire.
Oramo also conducts the 20 minute The Seamstress, an achingly intricate, stunningly powerful and yearning embrace of epic cinematic proportions, and single-movement violin concerto in all but name, featuring soloist Jennifer Koh as well as the whispered voice of Irene Buckley reciting the work’s inspiration, a poem by William Butler Yeats.
More poetry by a Nobel laureate, the Irishman Seamus Heaney, inspired Night Ferry. Conducted by Andrew Litton, the 20 minute work conjures crashing waves and weathered seafaring within its spirited ebb and flow orchestrations.
The album wraps with rewind which is conducted by André de Ridder. A vivacious controlling of eclectic orchestrations, it imagines the backwards scroll of a video tape complete with glitches, skips and freezes.
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