AC­TRESS X THE LON­DON CON­TEM­PO­RARY OR­CHES­TRA

La­geos 7/10

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Techno doyen’s clas­si­cal dal­liance

Dance mu­sic and or­ches­tras are hav­ing a wretched time thanks to the pipe’n’slip­pers ren­di­tions of Ibiza and Haçienda clas­sics, so it’s en­cour­ag­ing to hear Ac­tress’ Dar­ren Cun­ning­ham mak­ing the most of his re­la­tion­ship with the LCo, which be­gan with a Bar­bican Cen­tre col­lab­o­ra­tion two years ago. Cun­ning­ham sel­dom takes the easy way out – the sounds for this project were in­spired by the ar­chi­tec­tural lay­out of the Bar­bican – and here uses the LCo’s stems to try his hand at Xe­nakis-style bru­tal­ism, most suc­cess­fully on “Mo­men­tum”. Else­where, the con­ven­tional sound pal­ette leads to a num­ber of fra­grant com­po­si­tions, which will do Ac­tress’ cold, hard im­age no good at all.

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