Robin Holloway is one of Britain's most commissioned composers. This disc was recorded in his presence and released to celebrate his 75th birthday year. Rest Ensemble presents sparkling performances of three chamber works, beautifully capturing the music's many facets - lyricism, invention, virtuosity, playfulness, poetry, warmth and joyful exuberance.
VIOLIN Rebecca Raimondi, VIOLA Henrietta HIll, OBOE Rees Webster, CLARINET Oliver Pashley, PIANO Alessandro Viale
David Collins had violin lessons at school, but never progressed very far, as composing began to occupy more of his time. Despite an absorbing interest in music, he was persuaded to pursue other career options; it was only later, while working in the Northwest that he decided to apply to the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied composition with Anthony Gilbert, supporting himself by working two days a week throughout what was officially a full-time course. It is only recently that he has had more time for composing, and, having discarded almost everything written earlier, has concentrated mainly on chamber music, of which the pieces on this album are representative.
Rebecca Raimondi (violin) and Alessandro Viale (piano)
Peter Seabourne's STEPS Volume 5: sixteen Scenes before a Crucifixion
The Passiontide paintings of Caravaggio provided the catalyst for the fifth volume of my large piano cycle series, Steps. The brilliant, but wild, often violent, "free-spirited" painter depicted several scenes of incidents preceding the crucifixion. t is perhaps surprising, though, that he never actually produced a Christ on the cross, given the subject's almost commonplace treatment. (His two works in the genre instead portray the crucifixions of the apostles Peter and Andrew). This is all the more remarkable given Caravaggio's fondness for alluding to his own dark secrets on canvas, a feature that even carries a sense of his own impending metaphorical "crucifixion". As is well known, he was effectively murdered when his enemies finally caught up with him.