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Bennett: My Broken Machines / Knox, Roe, Decibel Ensemble, Fidelio Trio, Contempo Quartet

Bennett / Contempo Quartet / Knox / Roe / Decibel
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Nmc   Catalog #: 169   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ed Bennett
Performer:  Paul RoeGarth Knox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Decibel (Ensemble)Fidelio Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ed Bennett's music - described as 'anarchic' (Irish Times), 'manic' (Classical Music) and 'brutal' (The Guardian) - is performed by Decibel, the ensemble he founded: the haunting My Broken Machines evokes an abandoned fairground, while other works explore the manic enegy of cartoons - Cartoon Music - or the atmosphere of an empty building - Ghosts, for amplified viola d'amore.

Reviews

"Powerful ... highly recommended."

- Musical Criticism

"Intriguing and compelling ... Bennett is a man with his own mind."

- Musical Pointers

"This is a fine collection of pieces by a composer with a clear vision and a healthy
Read more dose of talent. All of the performances and recordings are excellent."

- MusicWeb International

"This new NMC portrait disc confims Bennett as composer laureate of the surreal and the embellished"

- MusicalCriticism.com

"The music of Ed Bennett makes strong statements about taking on, and overcoming, our contemporary challenges."

- Journalofmusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Stop-Motion Music, for ensemble by Ed Bennett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Decibel (Ensemble)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservato 
Length: 12 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Slow Down, for piano trio by Ed Bennett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fidelio Trio
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United Kingdom 
Date of Recording: 12/02/2010 
Venue:  The Forge, Camden, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Cartoon Music, for ensemble by Ed Bennett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Decibel (Ensemble)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United Kingdom 
Venue:  Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservato 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
Monster, for bass clarinet by Ed Bennett
Performer:  Paul Roe ()
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United Kingdom 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  SERC, Bangor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 
Length: 10 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
for JF, for string quartet by Ed Bennett
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 07/26/2010 
Venue:  Aula Maxima, NUI, Galway 
Length: 11 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6.
My Broken Machines, for ensemble by Ed Bennett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Decibel (Ensemble)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United Kingdom 
Venue:  Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservato 
Length: 10 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Ghosts, for viola d'amore by Ed Bennett
Performer:  Garth Knox (Viola d'amore)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United Kingdom 
Date of Recording: 11/15/2009 
Venue:  EMPAC, Troy, New York, USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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