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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: PFCD045
  • Format: CD
  • UPC: 654469439248
  • Street Date: 02/07/20
  • PreBook Date: 01/03/20
  • Label: Prima Facie »
  • Genre: Classical
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2019
  • Box Lot: 25
  • Territory: US,CA
  • Language: English


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Michael Parkin - The Courting Rites Of Cranes

Michael Parkin - The Courting Rites Of Cranes
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The chamber music represented on this album spans a 30 year period from the solo alto flute piece 'Elegy' in 1984, to The Courting Rites of Cranes trio for flute, viola and harp, written in 2013. All the works recorded not only share his distinctive musical voice, but also his artistic and compositional aesthetic; the absolute centrality of melodic expression, and an insistence on narrative, never 'programmatic', but always moving dramatically forward in time.

''...a composer who takes serious delight in the power to be eloquent and ragingly intense.'' - Nigel Jarrett

Inspiration for the works on the album is wide ranging and sometimes surprising; often from non-European sources. The solo alto flute piece 'Elegy' is based on an original recording of a young pygmy girl singing that a friend of his brought back from Africa; 'Inevitable Inventions for violin and piano' makes use of Japanese and Javanese scales, whilst the solo flute piece 'Where the Waves Rise' derives from a Portuguese melody found in the 13th. century pilgrimage music to Santiago in Spain. The title track, 'The Courting Rites of Cranes' for flute, viola and harp, was written to celebrate a wedding anniversary, and takes its inspiration from the Japanese tradition which venerates the crane's longevity and lifelong bond to their partners.

The musicians performing on the recording range from performers with established international reputations such as Ian Pace (piano) and Matthew Jones (violin/viola), to some of the upcoming stars of the future such as Christopher Terapin (cello) and Epsie Thompson (flutes).

Track Listing

  • Inevitable Inventions For Violin And Piano
  • Elegy For Solo Alto Flute
  • Piano Sonata
  • Where The Waves Rise For Solo Flute
  • Sonata For Cello And Piano
  • Prelude And Fugue No. 3 For Piano, Prelude
  • Prelude And Fugue No. 3 For Piano; Fugue
  • Prelude And Fugue No. 2 For Piano; Prelude
  • Prelude And Fugue No. 2 For Piano; Fugue
  • The Courting Rites Of Cranes For Flute, Viola And Harp

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