1-4 Viola Concerto 15'03
Shiry Rashkovsky, viola | The Multi-Story Orchestra | Christopher Stark, conductor
5-7 3 Pieces for Violin and Piano 10'42
Eloisa-Fleur Thom, violin | Kate Whitley, piano
8-12 5 Piano Pieces 5'26
Rolf Hind, piano
13 Duo for Violin and Viola 11'09
Eloisa-Fleur Thom, violin | Asher Zaccardelli, viola
14 I am I say 12'48
The Multi-Story Orchestra | Choirs from Kender, Lyndhurst and John Donne Primary Schools | Ashley Riches, bass | Sarah-Jane Lewis, soprano | Christopher Stark, conductor
This new release by Kate Whitley in NMC's Debut Discs series comprises a wide-ranging repertoire – from piano miniatures and chamber works to a concerto and the album title track for children’s choir and The Multi-Story Orchestra. With lyrics by poet Sabrina Mahfouz that imagine a world which ‘beats with beauty’ and cautions against human abuse of nature around us, I am I say is performed by soprano Sarah-Jane Lewis, bass Ashley Riches and a choir made up of children from three South London primary schools.
The wildly expressive Viola Concerto was Kate’s first orchestral work and was written for Shiry Rashkovsky when they were both students. 5 Piano Pieces, recorded here by pianist Rolf Hind, is made up of five self-contained movements – declamatory, spacious, aggressive, sad and triumphant – each comprising repeated sections evoking a different and distinct mood. 3 Violin and Piano Pieces is inspired by Janáček’s Viola Sonata and has a similarly tense and fragmentary character, with beautiful intertwined dialogue between both instruments and Duo for Violin and Viola was written for a choreography inspired by a sculpture called 'Wrestlers' by Henri Gaudier Brzeska.
With special thanks to Borletti-Buitoni Trust, RVW Trust and Christoph Trestler for their support of this recording.
Thank you to the Trusts, Foundations and individuals who have invested in NMC’s Debut Discs series: