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Classical Music Review
Sound and space are two elements that emerge at the heart of Jane O’Leary’s The Passing Sound of Forever. The collection showcases O’Leary’s string writing as she demonstrates her sensitivity to the instruments’ sonic palette and expressive potential. Every colour, from ethereal natural harmonics to frenetic bowing, is at O’Leary’s disposal, and is exploited to produce evocative and compelling soundscapes...
If you're a fan of conventional classical/choral compositions, then you might take a little time to warm to Jane O'Leary's work here - but you should grow to appreciate it over time.
'A Winter Sketchbook' delivers exactly what you'd expect. Here O'Leary sketches out sounds to bring forth a feeling of winter in the listener.
While the album showcases O'Leary's skill at string writing, not all the pieces here feature strings. The clarinet and piano duo 'Murmurs and Echoes' creates the sense that its two instruments are communicating across great time and distance, most notably so in its last movement. When their respective gestures mirror one another’s, they do so with the distortion of an echo crossing a vast space.
Over the course of these 13 tracks (1 hr, 29 sec) there are a lot of discordant elements and a feeling of freeform improvisation. Standard structures are played with and the end result is something that will certainly create a very strong emotion in the listener. Although, whether that's a good or bad emotion will depend on the listener's point of view.
01 - A Way Through (2013)
02 - No. 19 (2012)
murmurs and echoes (2015)
03 - I.
A Winter Sketchbook (2015)
08 - I.
10 - ...from hand to hand... (2011)
the passing sound of forever... (2015)
11 - I.