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Donald Macleod explores the music of Jonathan Harvey in the company of the composer himself. Including Homage to Cage à Chopin, Nataraja, Flight-Elegy, The Riot and String Trio.

Donald Macleod in the company of British composer Jonathan Harvey.

Harvey's instrumental and chamber works, beginning with two minutes of musical madness for prepared piano and tape, based on the finale of Chopin's Piano Sonata in B flat minor. This is followed by a musical depiction of the god Shiva in his guise as Nataraja, Lord of the Dance.

Then a memorial to Harvey's friend Peter Gibbs, ex-RAF pilot and leader of the BBC Scottish Orchestra, who died in a mysterious plane crash; The Riot, an exhilarating trio for flute, clarinet and piano (the name is an anagram of the Dutch group for whom it was written - Het Trio); and a recent work, Harvey's String Trio, whose energising spark, the composer tells us, is the collision of two different musical moods - the sacred and the folkoristic.

Homage to Cage, à Chopin (und Ligeti ist auch dabei - 1998) for piano and tape
Florian Hoelscher (piano)
Neos 10828 Tr 6

Nataraja (1983) for flute and piano
Pirmin Grehl (flute/piccolo)
Florian Hoelscher (piano)
Neos 10828 Tr 1

Flight-Elegy (1983/9) for violin and piano
Julie-Anne Derome (vioin)
André Ristic (piano)
Atma ACD2 2254 Tr 9

The Riot (1993) for flute/piccolo, bass clarinet and piano
Het Trio:
Harrie Starreveld (flute/piccolo)
Harry Sparnaay (bass clarinet)
René Eckhardt (piano)
Sargasso SCD28044 Tr 1

String Trio (2004)
Irvine Arditti (violin)
Ralf Ehlers (viola)
Lucas Fels (cello)
Aeon AECD 0975, CD 2 Tr 1.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Jonathan Harvey

    Homage to Cage, à Chopin (und Ligeti ist auch dabei) (1998) for piano and tape

    Performer: Florian Hoelscher (pno)

    • Neos 10828, Track: track 6.
  • Jonathan Harvey

    Nataraja (1983) for flute and piano

    Performer: Pirmin Grehl (fl/picc) / Florian Hoelscher (pno)

    • Neos 10828, Track: track 1.
  • Jonathan Harvey

    Flight-Elegy (1983/9) for violin and piano

    Performer: Julie-Anne Derome (vl) / André Ristic (pno)

    • Atma ACD2 2254, Track: track 9.
  • Jonathan Harvey

    The Riot (1993) for flute/piccolo, bass clarinet and piano

    Performer: Het Trio: Harrie Starreveld (fl/picc), Harry Sparnaay (bs cl), René Eckhardt (pno)

    • Sargasso SCD28044, Track: track 1.
  • Jonathan Harvey

    String Trio (2004)

    Performer: Irvine Arditti (vl), Ralf Ehlers (vla), Lucas Fels (vc) (Arditti Quartet)

    • Aeon AECD 0975, Track: CD 2 track 1.

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