Archbold and Fitch - Composers today, with BASIL RAMSEY
Metier MSV CD92042
The courage of some smaller label record companies has my admiration
for their readiness to support truly modern music.
Paul Archbold and Fabrice Fitch are composers working, like many around
the world, within the confines of a self-imposed discipline that regulates
every note and nuance to the structure and shape of each piece. The resulting
tensions demand that the listener correspondingly adjusts his reception
to acute awareness of internal events, both singly and in relationships.
Archbold's Pas de Deux for viola and piano seeks to explore
acoustical properties, particular in unison, between the two, thereby releasing
fascinating and intense sounds [listen -- track 11,
0:00-0:42]. Fitch's Filigranes pour les Frères Limbourg
is a triptych ruminating on the fine detail and colours that characterised
the work of master illuminators of the early 15th century. Using a small
ensemble, Fitch's ornate melodic lines create delicate textures [listen -- track 20, 3:00-3:59].
This CD also contains piano suites from both composers, superbly presented
by Peter Hill, a suite for harp solo by Archbold, and other small ensemble
works by both. This is the style of record crucial to aid composers in the
Copyright © 3 January 2001
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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