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Two composers whose careers each stretch over 40 years and have been married for many years too; their music is very different but each derives inspiration in different ways from nature and wildlife. This album features Gemini, an ensemble with longstanding links to both composers and has been issued to celebrate David Lumsdaine's 85th birthday and Nicola LeFanu's 70th.
The album also features soprano Sarah Leonard in two vocal items and pianist Aleksander Szram in Mandala 3.
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"... a fine performance to this complete this intriguing and enlightening disc."
Kate Wakeling - BBC Music magazine - April 2017
“ Nicola LeFanu's Invisible Places is a magical work. The language is modernistic, but hardly off-putting. There is much in the pages of this score that is quite lovely. David Lumsdaine's ‘fire in leaf and grass' is beautiful. [Song for Peter] explores the words with great effect. It is haunting and quite unforgettable in its impact. There is a powerful enchantment [in Mandala 3]... I feel that it is an important work. The performance of all four works is excellent. This is a fascinating release from Métier... this album is exceptional in the presentation of interesting, moving and often downright gorgeous music. ”
John France - MusicWeb-International.com
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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.