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The acclaimed Continuum Ensemble and pianist Douglas Finch in a selection of Roger Smalley's recent chamber and solo piano works: the disc includes the Piano Trio, Clarinet Trio, Chopin Variations, and piano quartet Crepuscule, togther with the Chopin mazurka and Brahms intermezzo which provided their inspiration.
"This collection of chamber pieces shows that Smalley has certainly made his peace with the great tradition that he and so many of his contemporaries rejected in their youth... But the result is never tired neo-romanticism, but far more bracing, for Smalley has refracted that harmonic and gestural world through his own principles of organisation, creating a genuine and highly personal tension between that background and his invention."
The Guardian 2004
Recording date: 6-7 July and 17-18 September 2003
Recording venue: St Jude's Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London
Engineer / Producer: David Lefeber
Editing & mastering: David Lefeber
Cover image: Francois Hall
(P) 2004 NMC Recordings Ltd