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Between the Echoes
Contemporary Chamber Work


Composers: Daniel Burwasser, Allan Crossman, David DeVasto, Michael Lee and Georges Raillard
Label: Navona Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 09 September 2016

Navona’s latest compilation release, Between the Echoes, showcases selected recent chamber works, expressing the common theme of recollections and interpretations of past experiences...

Between the Echoes collects together recent chamber works by Daniel Burwasser, Allan Crossman, David DeVasto, Michael Lee and Georges Raillard.

The album opens with Burwasser’s three part woodwind quintet 'Whirlwind', which imbues a familiar instrument group and classical forms with imaginative, lyrical melodies, culminating in a distinctly Haydn-esque finale.

In his dramatic and spontaneous two part 'Florébius' for violin and piano, Crossman weaves new interactions between Schumann’s favourite characters, the introverted Eusebius and the extroverted Florestan.

Elsewhere, tradition is gleefully thrown to the wind - such as with Lee’s 'Farewell… for String Quartet', with its ever-shifting rhythms, timbres, and moods. In an intensely personal musical display, Raillard’s melancholic three part 'Sinking Islands' for solo guitar uses interconnecting minimalist figures to meditate on mortality. DeVasto’s lush trio 'His Branches Run Over The Wall' for violin, cello, and piano is inspired by the biblical account of the dream interpreter Joseph, conjuring an entangled web of melodies and harmonies to create a musical dreamscape.

It's a wonderfully rich and diverse collection of tracks that beautifully highlight why chamber music is still very much alive and the selection here perfectly showcases the genre's traditional and modern styles.


Darren Rea

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