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Swayne: Music For Cello And Piano

Release Date: 11/25/2008 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34073   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giles Swayne
Performer:  Robert IrvineFali Pavri
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giles Swayne is best known for his monumental choral pieces, and his love affair with African musical culture. This delightful set of cello pieces shows a gentler, smaller-scale but no less impassioned side to this fiercely individual composer. The timeless Four Lyric Pieces (1971) reveal a striking natural talent that has absorbed the cello pieces of Britten and Debussy, while the irresistible Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 from 2007 shows fresh powers of invention. The latter is an infectiously witty tribute to JS Bach: after the Prologue, Swayne alternates ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ dances, including a, by turns, graceful and sleazy ‘Serenata’, a cheerful pizzicato stomp, and a heavy-footed Gigue in which the dancer pulls his lady to the Read more floor with swooshing glissandos.The ambitious Sonata (2006) has a pleasing architecture formed from an integrated harmonic system of eight-note modes, and it’s remarkably free-spirited, with a Brahmsian slow movement, two airy scherzos and a wonderful set of variations. The Sonata belongs in the European tradition, but my favourite piece is the mesmerising West African Kora?inspired Canto (1982) which recreates a Mandean song.Irvine and Pavri are persuasive exponents of this repertoire, though I missed some subtlety in Irvine’s sound. Surely these pieces will be eagerly taken up by other cellists.

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

(4) Lyrical Pieces, Op 6 by Giles Swayne
Performer:  Robert Irvine (Cello), Fali Pavri (Piano)
Written: 1970 
Suite No 1 for Solo Cello, Op 111 by Giles Swayne
Performer:  Robert Irvine (Cello)
Written: 2007 
Canto for Solo Cello, Op 31 by Giles Swayne
Performer:  Robert Irvine (Cello)
Written: 1981 
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op 103 by Giles Swayne
Performer:  Robert Irvine (Cello), Fali Pavri (Piano)
Written: 2006 

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