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Patterns of Connection

This release is the first major survey of the music of Michael Parsons. Spread across two discs, Patterns of Connection features chamber and solo music dating from 1962, whilst Parsons was still a student at the Royal College of Music, to the present day. The music presented here spans a wide range of writing - tonal and chromatic, simple and complex - but always coheres to the rigorous ordering principles underlying the music, while displaying a striking sensitivity for sound, line and texture. Parsons has composed for, and worked with, the members of Apartment House for the past 20 years, and this album reflects their long-standing, deep engagement with this inquisitive and bold music.

The co-founder of the Scratch Orchestra, alongside Cornelius Cardew and Howard Skempton, British experimentalist Michael Parsons focused his compositional energies following the dissolution of the group on developing work influences by systems and constructivist principles. Parsons' work is characterised by rational approaches to pitch ordering and rhythmic procedures, influenced by the conceptual underpinning of visual artists such as David Saunders and Jeffrey Steele. Since the mid-1990s, Parsons has combined these interests with techniques rooted in the experimental music of the 1950s and 60s, resulting in pieces that explore a unique openess in instrumentation, pitch and rhythm.



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Disc 1

1 Dispersal (1999)
2 Rhythmic Canons (1998)
3 Percussion & Glissandi (1999)
Piano Piece 1962
Piano Piece 1967
Piano Piece 1968
Highland Variations (1972)
Fourths & Fifths (1990)
Fourths & Fifths (1982)
10 Second Bagatelle (1990)
11 Third Bagatelle (1991)
12 Fifth Bagatelle (2011)
13 Fourths & Fifths (1977)
14 Barcarolle (1990)
15 Level (1980)
16 Relay (1980, arr. 2017)
17 Pentachordal Melody (1978/2017)
18 Jive (1996)
19 Jive 2 (1996)
20 Levels, for 16 open strings (2007)

Disc 2

Canon in Proportional Tempi (1979/1997)
12 Part Canon (1997)
Concertante 1 (2014/2017)
Piano Piece December 2000
Piano Piece February 2001
Piano Piece September 2001
Dispersal (alt.)
Percussion & Glissandi (alt.)
Independent Pulses (1998)
10 Piano Piece September 2001 (alt.)
11 Piano Piece August 2002
12 Piano Piece May 2003
13 Talea 3 (1999)
14 Kettle's Yard Canon (1996)
15 Mosaic Patterns (2014)
16 Syzygy (1991)
17 Piano Piece 5 (1973)
18 Variations (1971)
19 Three Tallis Transcriptions (2003)

Artists: Apartment House | Philip Thomas piano


Cat # HCR15CD




Apartment House was formed by the cellist Anton Lukoszevieze in 1995. Since then it has established itself as the leading British exponent of avant-garde and experimental music from around the world. Apartment House performances embrace radical elements of avant-garde and experimental music creating a wide range of acoustical and theatrical situations within which volatile and stimulating performances occur. The seeds of the Apartment House repertoire stem from the hardcore European avant-garde, the joyful anarchy of The Scratch Orchestra, and the exploratory nature of experimental music.



Tracks CD1: 1-3, 7-8, 14-17, 20; CD2: 3, 7-9, 13-16, 19 recorded 21-24 March 2017, Craxton Studios, London

Tracks CD1: 4-6, 9-13, 18, 19; CD2: 1, 2, 4-6, 10-12, 17, 18 recorded 20 April 2017, Phipps Hall, University of Huddersfield

Recording producer: Simon Reynell


Release date: 17 November 2017



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