|Composer||Carol Ann Duffy/Kerry Milan|
|Artist||Yvonne Howard/Scott Mitchell|
|Instruments||mezzo-soprano and piano|
|Label||Ardross House (AHP 027 R5)|
Settings of 20 of the 52 poems that make up Carol Ann Duffy's 2005 award-winning Rapture collection which so movingly chronicles the sometimes turbulent course of a couple's personal relationship.
The music, which uses serial technique throughout (but think Berg rather than Schoenberg) and with three settings calling for sprechgesang, presents challenges for the singer, the pianist and also for the listener; but this moving recording and the spellbound audience response following the work's première in Stafford recently,* clearly illustrate just how rewarding such seemingly demanding experiences can be.
* "The selected order of poems followed in a sensical way, each appearing to blend with the one before it. Carol Ann Duffy's poems have often appeared lyrical to me and to hear them performed in such a manner was a real eye opener in the very best sense. Just a few of the poems in the cycle are: River, Row, Give, Grief, Night Marriage and one of my personal favourites, The Love Poem. Kerry Milan has composed an exquisitely fitting tribute to the penmanship of one of Stafford's most celebrated writers and in doing so he's gained a new fan…. me! " Helen McWilliams, Entertainment Views
Duration: 52 minutes
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