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Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange, CharmBRC008

Cobalt Duo are pianists Kate Halsall and Fumiko Miyachi. Since their debut performance at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2014 they have championed new music by a diverse selection of composers from across the UK, including many pieces by Miyachi herself. They were featured artists on Catalogue d’Emojis, a multi-layered ‘concert event’ released by Birmingham Record Company in 2019 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s New Music Show, and appear on Transitional Metal and Miniaturised Concertos (both on Metier).

 

“The  ambition  of  the  Miniaturised  Concertos  concert  with  Kate  Halsall  and  Fumiko  Miyachi  accompanied  by  the University of York’s Chimera Ensemble, was inspirational; much character and vibrancy was on offer throughout the whole programme.” (Tempo)

'The album begins with Medekšaitė's "Textile 1", ... the notes fall like gentle rain, seemingly from everywhere at once.' (burning ambulance)

 

 

This new collection of six pieces for two pianos and piano four hands displays Cobalt Duo’s continuing commitment to performing extraordinary music by living composers. All six pieces are highly varied yet share common themes, with an emphasis on the beauty found in scientific discovery, patterns, resonance and natural forms. Sarah Lianne Lewis’ seven movements are inspired by the orbit, mass and diameter of Saturn’s moons, whilst Egidija Medekšaitė’s Textile 1 induces a contemplative state as though the sounds of the piano are the play and sparkle of small crystals. The title track by Miyachi relates to quarks – minute subatomic particles that have never been directly observed. Dutch composer Louis Andriessen described Miyachi as “not only an amazing pianist, but also an amazing composer”. Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange, Charm shows that this is indeed the case.

 

 

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 'A thoroughly beguiling interweaving of rippling piano lines that leads the ear through melodic and harmonic twists and turns ... each piece has nice little details that reward repeated individual listening.'  Boring Like A Drill                                                                                                                              

TRACKLISTING

1 Egidija Medekšaitė  - Textile 1
2 James Black - Crow I: Monument
3 James Black - Crow II: Mantra Melody
4 Sarah Lianne Lewis - I have observed the most distant planet to have a triple form: S 2009 S1
5 Sarah Lianne Lewis - I have observed the most distant planet to have a triple form: Anthe
6 Sarah Lianne Lewis - I have observed the most distant planet to have a triple form: Dione
7 Sarah Lianne Lewis - I have observed the most distant planet to have a triple form: Helene
8 Sarah Lianne Lewis - I have observed the most distant planet to have a triple form: Titan
9 Sarah Lianne Lewis - I have observed the most distant planet to have a triple form: Albiorix
10 Sarah Lianne Lewis - I have observed the most distant planet to have a triple form: Bebhionn
11 Anton Lukoszevieze - Sutra
12 Michael Wolters - Gisela Doesn't Care
13 Fumiko Miyachi - Up, Down , Top, Bottom, Strange, Charm: Up
14 Fumiko Miyachi - Up, Down , Top, Bottom, Strange, Charm: Down
15 Fumiko Miyachi - Up, Down , Top, Bottom, Strange, Charm: Top
16 Fumiko Miyachi - Up, Down , Top, Bottom, Strange, Charm: Bottom
17 Fumiko Miyachi - Up, Down , Top, Bottom, Strange, Charm: Strange
18 Fumiko Miyachi - Up, Down , Top, Bottom, Strange, Charm: Charm
 

Artist: Fumiko Miyachi piano | Kate Halsall piano

 

Cat # BRC008

 

Release date: 24 April 2020

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