|Composer||Sally Beamish/Lyell Cresswell/Edward Harper/David Johnson/Kenneth Leighton/Roger Williams|
|Artist||Alison Wells/John Turner/Keith Elcombe/Jonathan Price|
|Label||Metier (MSV CD92036)|
Listen to a sample from Animal Heaven
Prayer to appease the Spirit of the Land
Four Findrinny Songs
Oh! Mr Lear!
God, Man and the Animals
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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