ComposerSally Beamish/Lyell Cresswell/Edward Harper/David Johnson/Kenneth Leighton/Roger Williams
ArtistAlison Wells/John Turner/Keith Elcombe/Jonathan Price
Instrumentsmixed ensemble
LabelMetier (MSV CD92036)
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Picture of CD of music for soprano, recorder, harpsichord and 'cello by Harper, Cresswell, Leighton, Beamish, Williams and Johnson Artist: Alison Wells, John Turner, Keith Elcombe and Jonathan Price
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Animal Heaven features 6 Scottish and Scottish-based composers writing for soprano and instrument(s). While the combination of recorder, cello and harpsichord might suggest the hues of a baroque continuo ensemble, in the hands of Harper, Leighton, Williams and Johnson, this trio provides a vivid spectrum of timbral colour.

Alison Wells, particularly well known from her appearances with ensembles in the music of Birtwistle, Barraqué and others, emerges as a chamber musician of utmost subtlety and flexibility, delivering the poems of Edward Thomas, Walt Whitman, Edward Lear and others with clarity and passion.

A hugely rewarding disc of unusual works superbly performed.

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