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Two major cycles, extensive in duration and exceptionally powerful. Arnold Schoenberg's Opus 15 ( Das Buch der hängenden Gärten ) is a seminal, revolutionary work, composed in 1908-9 and which is considered by many to be the first truly modernist composition - certainly in vocal music. Today it still sounds exploratory and adventurous. Its 15 sections are all settings of poems by Stefan George.
In some ways, the song cycle 'A Girl' by Seoírse Bodley is a modern equivalent, though in no way does it lack in complete originality. It was commissioned by Radio Telefis Eireann and premiered in 1978; its tragic story of a girl exiled from society was not uncommon in Ireland until very recently (and of course is still prevalent in many countries). Aylish Kerrigan is a specialist in contemporary vocal music and gives a stunning performance, wonderfully partnered by Dearbhla Collins.
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Chandos Records is one of the world's premier classical music record companies, best known for its ground breaking search for neglected musical gems. The company has pioneered the idea of the 'series' and proudly includes series of such composers as Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Parry, Walton, Grainger, Berkeley and Bridge. Renowned for its superb sound quality, Chandos has won many prestigious awards for its natural sound.