Irish convictions -
BASIL RAMSEY investigates the music of Ian Wilson
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Catalan Tales, which is Wilson's third piano trio, started as
an exploration of the medium itself, and takes paintings of Joan Miró
to initiate the impulse of each movement. In a sense we are still in the
spirit of the previous trio. Wilson's reaction to the world through his
music wholly reflects his expressed views of faith and life.
The five paintings are a musical spur, and serve to identify with the
harmonic colour and textures of Wilson's music. The first movement reflecting
Birds in Space is of something high and ethereal [listen
- track 9, 3:29 - 4:00]. His musical palette constantly overflows with
colour, never garish yet sometimes opulent and sometimes sombre.
A work apart from the Trios is for piano and cello (as distinct from
cello and piano), entitled Six Days at Jericho, inspired by 'the
idea of an endless walk'. Wilson has taken up the challenge of a texture
supporting a steady crotchet pulse, and does it with apparent ease to create
close to a nine-minute walk. Ian Wilson should steadily gain admirers for,
and users of, his distinctive talent.
Copyright © 2 July 2000 Basil Ramsey,
Eastwood, Essex, UK
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