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Following her acclaimed recording of Dillon's Book of Elements, Noriko Kawai returns to NMC - joined by Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet, in their first recording for NMC. This disc spans Dillon's career - from early piano caprice Dillug-Kefitsah, and the phantasmagorical sequence Traumwerk, for violin and piano, to brooding piano duo black/ nebulae - with pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi - and piano quintet the soadie waste, which takes its name from a dilapidated Glaswegian dance hall on the site of a former chemical-works; it was said that during 'hot' dance sessions the locals could detect chemical seepage.
Irvine Arditti, violin
Noriko Kawai, piano
Hiroaki Takenouchi, piano
'An arresting survey of a composer noted for the cerebral and visceral ... a bracing and engaging experience' Gramophone
'NMC has become a reliable champion of James Dillon's remarkable music, and its third collection devoted to him is not only the most impressive so far, but also marks the belated debut of the Arditti Quartet on the label. Written for that group with the pianist Noriko Kawai, The Soadie Waste from 2003 is archetypal Dillon, a work grounded in the composer's experiences of growing up on the outskirts of Glasgow in the 1960s ... which uses his dense, complex musical language to communicate great physical power, exuberance and immediacy... Dillon's instrumental writing takes no prisoners, but the playing of Kawai and the Ardittis in all these works is remarkable too; no composer could hope for better.' Guardian
James Dillon’s music is published by Edition Peters.
This disc was recorded at Potton Hall, Suffolk: Traumwerk, Del Cuarto Elemento and Dillug-Kefitsah were recorded on 28-29 June 2007, black/ nebulae on 7 July 2007, and the soadie waste on 27 July 2007.
Engineer: PETER NEWBLE
Producer: JEREMY HAYES
Editor: RACHEL SMITH
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS
Design: FRANCOIS HALL
(P) 2008 NMC Recordings Ltd.