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The Glory Tree
CHERYL FRANCES HOAD
for oboe, cor anglais, string trio & piano (2002)
My Fleeting Angel
for piano trio (2005)
Allegro spiritoso e scherzando
Ensemble na Mara
The Snow Woman
for solo violin (2007)
The Ogre Lover
for string trio (2007)
Allegro vivace e ritmico
Scherzando e eleganza
Coade: Andantino rubato
Lendvai String Trio
for solo cello, six tutti celli and double-bass (2008)
for solo clarinet (2008)
Solo: Catriona Scott
for piano trio (1999)
Theme: Largo trascinando
Variation I: Pił mosso
Variation II: Meno mosso
Variation III: L'istesso tempo
The Glory Tree
for soprano & chamber ensemble (2005)
'Behold! I shall tell the choicest of visions' -
'Hail is the whitest of grains' -
'I have often suffered on the weary seas' -
'The sun is always a source of hope' -
'What have you done, bloodstained one?'
Solo: Natalie Raybould
Conductor: Matilda Hofman
Total time: 77:00
Cheryl Frances-Hoad has a unique and special compositional voice, recently becoming the youngest composer to win two prizes in the same year at the British Composer Awards, in 2010. Since winning the BBC Young Composer Competition in 1996, at the age of 15, Cheryl’s works have garnered high praise and awards from all quarters. Over recent years, she has had numerous notable successes, with commissions including solo, chamber, orchestral and choral works, as well as opera.
Champs Hill Records is delighted to present this collection of Cheryl’s chamber music, performed in may cases by the musicians who commissioned and gave the premiere performances of the works.
"The Glory Tree had remarkable scoring, stratospheric singing and was performed with shamanic authority, her finak scream reverberating through the cloisters." - Keith Bruce - The Herald
The songs of the title work on this disc - The Glory Tree - are arresting settings, in original Anglo-Saxon, from The Dream of the Rood and Judith, treated as the utterances of Shamanic Ritual. Shamanism also provides the inspiration for the solo violin work The Snow Woman written for, and played here by, Natalia Lomeiko. These works are tpical of the fertile soil for musical invention which Cheryl Frances-Hoad finds in literary inspiration. Stories, poems or literary ideas have provided the spark for many works on this disc, performed by exceptionally taleted musicians, including Nicholas Daniel (oboe), the Lendvai string Trio, The Kriesler Ensemble, Leonid Gorokhov (cello), the London Mozart Trio, Ensemble na Mara and others.
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Performance ***** Recording *****
These compositions are full of feeking and memorable gestures All the performers play with an admirable combination of passion, precision and attention to tone production
Barry Witherden - BBC Music Magazine - October 2011
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