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Cornish: Into Silence / Various


Release Date: 08/25/2017 
Label:  Innova   Catalog #: 976  
Composer:  Jane Cornish
Performer:  Anna ElashviliHamilton BerryCaitlin SullivanClaire Bryant,   ... 
Conductor:  Jane Cornish
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Time, silence, light, reflection and transcendence are all explored in Jane Antonia Cornish's new album, Into Silence. A breathless fragility on the precipice of liminal space imbues the album's six over-arching linear meditations; each work an inquiry into the transitory beauty of the unknown, through self-reflection and the conscious reorientation of perspective. These hallmarks of Cornish's aesthetic experience, along with the exquisitely balanced unfolding of her material, all contribute to a highly expressive and brave musical narrative that is unafraid, and, once heard, cannot be unheard. The six works featured here are not only unified conceptually, but also through their instrumentation; each features a subset of an aggregate Read more ensemble of violin, piano, four cellos, and electronics. Throughout, Cornish brilliantly uses a carefully planned unveiling of instrumental sonorities to actuate and propel the over-arching design of the album's broader narrative. Memory of Time explores a distant nocturnal pathos as the solo violin's expressive presence floats, suspended, over the cello ensemble's irrevocable sighs. The titular Into Silence I incorporates piano and electronics into the sonic tableaux of the proceeding work, reorienting the seemingly unappesed yearning of the introductory material with a tender earthbound comfort. Scattered Light, scored for cello alone, expounds an unbridled moment of cadenza-like virtuosity. As the harmonic rhythm increases and intensifies the work concludes in an evaporated calmness. Elegia returns to the sound-world and material of the album's opening work, now examiend through the aperture of elegiac reflexivity. A meditation on solitude, Into Silence II, for piano solo, probes some of the album's most inner-directed moments of isolation. Luminescence is a culmination of the entire album's exploration of liminality. The electronic component returns with an exquisite and arresting subtly of hushed empyrean filigree. A solo cello momentarily transforms the sighing motif of the opening into a hopeful upward reach towards transcendence. The work ends in deliquesce silence, and the album concludes with a return of the opening motif, exemplifying the elegant notion that silence is the path to transformation. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Memory of Time by Jane Cornish
Performer:  Anna Elashvili (Violin), Hamilton Berry (Cello), Caitlin Sullivan (Cello),
Claire Bryant (Cello), Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir (Cello)
Conductor:  Jane Cornish
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Into Silence I by Jane Cornish
Performer:  Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir (Cello), Claire Bryant (Cello), Caitlin Sullivan (Cello),
Hamilton Berry (Cello), Anna Elashvili (Violin), Vicky Chow (Piano)
Conductor:  Jane Cornish
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Scattered Light by Jane Cornish
Performer:  Hamilton Berry (Cello)
Conductor:  Jane Cornish
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Elegia by Jane Cornish
Performer:  Anna Elashvili (Violin), Hamilton Berry (Cello), Caitlin Sullivan (Cello),
Claire Bryant (Cello), Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir (Cello)
Conductor:  Jane Cornish
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Into Silence II by Jane Cornish
Performer:  Vicky Chow (Piano)
Conductor:  Jane Cornish
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Luminescence by Jane Cornish
Performer:  Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir (Cello), Claire Bryant (Cello), Caitlin Sullivan (Cello),
Hamilton Berry (Cello)
Conductor:  Jane Cornish
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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