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VAR­I­OUS ARTISTS The Pass­ing Sound of For­ever ★★★ Navona Records NV 6068

Hart­ford-born Jane O’Leary has been liv­ing in Ire­land for 45 years. She ar­rived as a se­ri­al­ist un­der the in­flu­ence of one of her teach­ers, Mil­ton Bab­bitt. And she has since be­come a more med­i­ta­tive, more moody, some­times im­pres­sion­is­tic com­poser. The in­ves­ti­ga­tory mulling-over of sonori­ties is as much a part of her style now as the an­gu­lar­i­ties of the mid-20th cen­tury avant-garde once were. The six cham­ber works here – A Way Through; No 19; mur­murs and echoes; A Win­ter Sketch­book; . . . from hand to hand . . . ; the pass­ing sound of for­ever . . . – are as var­ied in in­spi­ra­tion as their ti­tles sug­gest. The hand-picked play­ers, most of them from her own en­sem­ble, Con­corde, are finely at­tuned to the colour­ings of her sound-world. url.ie/11r0c MICHAEL DERVAN

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