A European Odyssey - A remarkable musical adventure with the London Schubert Players [3CDs]
A European Odyssey is the fruit of the London Schubert Players’ international project Invitation to Composers – one of the 87 selected from 296 by the European Commission in 2009 for its innovative, creative and educational profile. The two-year project challenged composers to write for specific instrumental combinations that were missing or seldom encountered in the chamber music repertoire. For some of these, they were asked to draw inspiration from masterworks of classical composers from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
|Review||"This is a most unusual set of three discs. It arises from a compositional project which challenged composers to write for for specific instrumental combinations that were rarely heard. There were a series of models on which these were based: Schubert's Trout Quintet (string combination with double bass), Mendelssohn's Concerto for Piano and Violin, Saint-Saens Septet, Enescu's Chamber Symphony for 12 Solo Instruments and Messiaen's Quartuor pour la Fin du Temps. The first disc includes the Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens and Enescu. These are themselves a delight and relatively unfamiliar. The second and third dics then contain 17 of the 37 compositions inspired by this project. (the remaining 20 can be downloaded or purchased on separate CDs). Each composition tells you which piece it was modelled on. Of the many pieces here which are fascinating, the highlight for me was Avram's Ten Romanian Songs from Bela Bartok's Folk Music Collection. These pieces have been based on some of the 5000 folk melodies Bartok published but Avram has avoided using any Bartok used in his own works. They present fascinating rhythms and well worth listening to. Bozicevic's Marittimo is an exploration of the sea. It certainly has minimalist tendencies with the constant movement of the water in the background. This is a fascinating set of discs. Some unusual combinations of instruments, several with trumpet. The Shakespeare quote on the cover from The Tempest: "Be not afeard: the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that gives delight, and hurt not." You can buy this set with confidence and not be afraid."- Anonymous|