RTÉ NSO/Ger­hard Markson RTÉ CD 274

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Ray­mond Deane’s Rip­ieno (1998-99) re­vis­its old-style Schoen­ber­gian ex­pres­sion­ism (think of the Five Or­ches­tral Pieces) with a strong over­lay of Grand Guig­nol. The over­all ef­fect is nervy and edgy. The Vi­o­lin Con­certo (2002-3) looks even fur­ther back, to the man­ner­isms of 19th-cen­tury vir­tu­os­ity – Chris­tine Pryn han­dles the ca­den­zas with aplomb – and, briefly, to the world of Schu­bert’s Win­ter­rreise. It re­mains rooted in the present, how­ever, not only through Deane’s typ­i­cally com­bat­ive writ­ing, but also through some milder, al­most new-age re­flec­tions. This strongly per­formed and sonorously recorded disc ends with Samara (2005), which al­though not with­out ex­plo­sive mo­ments, is calmer and strangely haunt­ing, bring­ing to mind as­pects of the com­poser’s style of 30 years ago.

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