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Simaku: Solos & Duos for Violin & Piano / Skaerved, Orton, Houston, Chadwick


Release Date: 08/09/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8579035  
Composer:  Thomas Simaku
Performer:  Joseph HoustonPeter Sheppard SkaervedRoderick ChadwickChris Orton
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Thomas Simaku, whose music has been described as ‘visionary and entirely original’ is one of the most fascinating and important of contemporary composers. His blend of intensity and modernism is exemplified in this selection of chamber and instrumental works, all performed by the dedicatees, each of which reveals different facets of his art. Playfulness of texture can be savored in Signals, whereas virtuosity is a feature of Capriccioso. The architecture and vocal quality of ENgREnage show the rich variety of contrasts and harmonic colors that Simaku evokes in his music. Thomas Simaku, whose music has been described as ‘visionary and entirely original’ is one of the most fascinating and important of contemporary composers. His blend of intensity and modernism is exemplified in this selection of chamber and instrumental works, all performed by the dedicatees, each of which reveals different facets of his art. Playfulness of texture can be savored in Signals, whereas virtuosity is a feature of Capriccioso. The architecture and vocal quality of ENgREnage show the rich variety of contrasts and harmonic colors that Simaku evokes in his music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Signals by Thomas Simaku
Performer:  Joseph Houston (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2015; England 
2.
Capriccioso by Thomas Simaku
Performer:  Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; England 
3.
Albanian Folk Song "Moj e Bukura Moré" by Thomas Simaku
Performer:  Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin), Roderick Chadwick (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2015; England 
4.
Soliloquy V "Flauto Acerbo" by Thomas Simaku
Performer:  Chris Orton (Recorder)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2008; England 
5.
ENgREnage by Thomas Simaku
Performer:  Roderick Chadwick (Piano), Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014-2015; England 
6.
Esquisses (2) for Piano by Thomas Simaku
Performer:  Joseph Houston (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; England 
7.
Sound Tree (In Memoriam Richard Robbins) by Thomas Simaku
Performer:  Peter Sheppard Skaerved (Violin), Roderick Chadwick (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; England 
8.
The Flight of the Eagle by Thomas Simaku
Performer:  Joseph Houston (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2000; England 

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