Notes and Editorial Reviews
Even though Jonathan Dove is best known as a vocal or choral composer, with operas and works for children forming the backbone of his output, his chamber music reveals similar predilections for narrative, drama, atmosphere and a sense of the personal. His new commission from the Sacconi Quartet In Damascus was inspired by the violinist Hannah Dawson’s suggestion for a work that should reflect aspects of the conflict in Syria; not because music can offer any political solution, but simply as an expression of empathy, sorrow, even outrage at those terrible events. Featuring a performance by tenor Mark Padmore, the text is taken from prose-poems by Ali Safar that draw on his
first- hand experiences in Syria, eloquently translated by Anne-Marie McManus. The Sacconi’s present this new work alongside his string quartet work Out of Time, and his Piano Quintet – performed with pianist Charles Owen.
Seldom does a mixed vocal and chamber program such as this hang together so perfectly, each successive work tightening the ratchet of intensity towards a final, despairing, and pertinently contemporary anguish. This important release cannot be recommended to highly.
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Works on This Recording
Quintet for Piano and Strings by Jonathan Dove
Charles Owen (Piano)
Sacconi String Quartet
Written: 2009; England
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