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Picture of CD of music by Richard Elmsley performed by Topologies
Topologies: Ian Pace piano/artistic director
Mikel Toms conductor
Alan Thomas guitar
Clare Lesser soprano
Christopher Redgate oboe
Nancy Ruffer flute
Julian Warburton percussion

Richard EMSLEY
Flow Form
for piano 3
...from swerve of shore to bend of bay...
finnissys fifty
for guitar 1
for piano 2
The Juniper Tree

The frist CD to feature the music of Richard Emsley includes the virtuosic Juniper Tree originally wirtten for the pioneering new music ensemble Suoraan in the 1980s, together with recent piano music and other works. Emsley has been described in The Guardian as "a perceptive and cultivated musician, a connoisseur of refined sounds" and this recording is by some of his most dedicated interpreters.

Paul Driver, The Sunday Times - April 2002 "These eight works reveal this British composer (b. 1951) as an elegant neomodernist of the New Complexity school. The expressionistic flurries of notes characterising this style tend here to be transformed into something more static and ornate. Flow Form, a piano solo played by Ian Pace, is a beautiful ice formation, for piano 3 is still more tranquil, and Helter-Skelter is definitely a misnomer: this 13 minute movement for flute, vibraphone and piano is a diaphanously rotating mobile, though intricate enough to need a conductor. The two-minute Finnissys Fifty is a tribute using just 50 notes; and the 23 minutes of puppet-theatre music, The Juniper Tree, show how invigoratingly Emsley can drive a piece forward when he wants to."

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