The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Elisaveta Blu­mina, John Fee­ley, Pav­los Kanel­lakis, Hil­liard En­sem­ble, EQ En­sem­ble Louth Con­tem­po­rary Mu­sic So­ci­ety LCMS 1301

There are pi­ano pieces by Fazil Say, Alan Hovhaness and Siob­hán Cleary, vo­cal pieces by Vache Sharafyan, works for string en­sem­ble by Rabih Abou Khalil and John Sur­man, and a two-gui­tar work by Say. Louth Con­tem­po­rary Mu­sic So­ci­ety’s new CD, with an im­age of Gur­d­ji­eff on the cover is as ad­ven­tur­ous as ever, and comes with­out notes to ex­plain the ra­tio­nale of the mu­si­cal choices. The mu­sic, recorded with close-fo­cused, grainy im­me­di­acy, is full of ori­en­tal in­flec­tions, and the one piece with­out a de­scrip­tive ti­tle, Cleary’s Cha­conne, the first Ir­ish piece es­poused on disc by the So­ci­ety, with its some­times dis­turbed ru­mi­na­tions, some­how fits into the over­all at­mos­phere.

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