On the Shoreline: CD
  • On the Shoreline: CD

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Both [movements] have an obsessive quality that the players caught and mined for maximum expressive intensity… the lyrical elements of the score were beautifully rendered. This is an impressive score and its stature was evident in the Lawson Trio’s cogent and convincing interpretation.” - Paul Conway, Musical Opinion, April-June 2019. CD Launch Concert, Firth Hall, Sheffield.

Gordon Crosse is a composer of long-standing repute. Over the course of his career he has been commissioned to write works by festivals and orchestras including: BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Cheltenham Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms. This disc features works written (or extensively revised) within the last six years, the most substantial of which is the Trio no.1 for Violin, Cello and Piano, originally written in 1985/6 for the Hartley Trio but substantially revised in 2012 for the Lawson Trio’s Park Lane Group concert at the Southbank Centre.

Other works on the disc include the Piano Sonata no.1 (2013/4), played by the Lawson Trio’s pianist, Annabelle Lawson - a work by turns robustly statuesque and ethereal and the witty miniatures Ron’s Toyes (2014) for solo piano, inspired by the intricate wooden toys of toymaker and artist, Ron Fuller. On the Shoreline (2016) for seven solo strings and sopranino recorder, is inspired by the landscape of Orkney and the movements of the sea birds over the course of a day, from dawn to dusk. Papay Sonata (2016), for clarinet and piano, was similarly inspired by the every-changing colours and weather of Papa Westray and, in the composer’s own words “above all, a joyful serenity from being nearly off the map”.

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The Long Way Home
  • The Long Way Home

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"These are rich pickings indeed." Helen Wallace, BBC Music Magazine - Performance: 5 stars

This is our debut CD on ASC's Prima Facie label.   A collection of premiere recordings of new works by some of Britain's top composers, The Long Way Home takes it's name from our first ever commission, a beautiful two-movement trio by David Knotts, inspired by the work of poet Sylvia Townsend Warner.   The disc also includes two trios generously written as gifts by the composers - first is Camden Reeves' The Dead Broke Blues Break, a work which weaves jazz and blues as the work recreates the sound of a dusty old record skipping and jumping.   The second of these gifts is Anthony Powers' hauntingly beautiful Piano Trio inspired by English folksong.   Next follows the premiere recording of Mark-Anthony Turnage's riotous A Fast Stomp.   To close the disc, we are joined by students from the Pro Corda International Chamber Music Academy for Cheryl Frances-Hoad's 5 Rackets for Trio Relay.   This is a brilliantly witty work, commissioned for the Chamber Music 2000 Scheme, and inspired by the 2012 Olympics.   We think it's probably the first ever double piano trio, and is written for one professional and one young/amateur group performing together, each movement aimed at a different age group or standard.   To read more about the pieces and the composers' inspiration, you can read our interviews with Cheryl, Anthony, Camden and David on these links.

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