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Mcqueen: 2000 Nails; Et Al / Michael Bonaventure


Release Date: 04/04/2006 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34013   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Avril AndersonPeter NelsonJudith WeirIan McQueen,   ... 
Performer:  Michael Bonaventure
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Given the association of the organ with devotional music for use in church, it is no accident that this enterprising recital from Michael Bonaventure’s is on the sprawling organ in Edinburgh University’s McEwan Hall. The disparate pieces presented here, including those drawing on sacred resonances, are resolutely intended for use in concerts. The title track, Ian McQueen’s 2000 Nails, is the 20-minute centrepiece, making full use of the instrument’s possibilities. There is an intense hush to much of McQueen’s meditation on sacrifice that makes the power of its climaxes all the more telling. This is a notable aspect of the best works feature here. When faced with the possibility of sustained power, it takes a clear compositional mind to Read more exercise restraint. Eddie McGuire’s chirpy Prelude IV clearly seeks to charm rather than dazzle, whilst there is a clear sightedness to Avril Anderson’s semi-minimalist Repetitive Strain. Bonaventure commissioned all of these works and he is a thoroughly convincing advocate. His registrations combine colour with clarity, captured in atmospheric sound, from the joyful splashing of Judith Weir’s Ettrick Banks to the intense low throbbing cluster that dominates the end of his own Animus VI.

-- Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Repetitive Strain by Avril Anderson
Performer:  Michael Bonaventure (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1995 
2.
On the Beach by Peter Nelson
Performer:  Michael Bonaventure (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997 
3.
Ettrick Banks by Judith Weir
Performer:  Michael Bonaventure (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; England 
4.
Wild Mossy Mountains by Judith Weir
Performer:  Michael Bonaventure (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
5.
2000 Nails by Ian McQueen
Performer:  Michael Bonaventure (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Prelude no 4 by Edward McGuire
Performer:  Michael Bonaventure (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Animus VI by Michael Bonaventure
Performer:  Michael Bonaventure (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
8.
The Urim and the Thummim by Lyell Cresswell
Performer:  Michael Bonaventure (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 

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