Magazine article Gramophone

Goves: 'Just Stuff People Do'

Magazine article Gramophone

Goves: 'Just Stuff People Do'

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Goves

'Just stuff people do'

Trends in personal relationships (a), the terminus wreck (b). Things that are blue, things that are white and things that are black (c)

(b) Oliver Coates vc (c) Sarah Nicolls pf (c) Sound Intermedia; (a)(c) London Sinfonietta / (a) Martyn Brabbins, (c) Andre de Ridder NMC [F] NMCD198 (64' * DDD) (a)(c) Recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, (c) June 3, 2010; aDecember 2, 2012

Although his House of Bedlam collective was behind the notable album Talking Microtonal Blues (1/14), this is the first disc to be devoted to Larry Goves. Cardiff-born (in 1980) and resident in London, Goves brings a singular perspective to orthodox formal conceptions and nominally everyday occurrences. Not least Trends in personal relationships (2012), a suite whose movement titles conceal a wealth of unlikely events, such as the fractious collisions of 'Benign violations' and the ultimately enervated rounds of 'Exhausted English landscapes'. More focused in its outward trajectory, the terminus wreck (2008) features unaccompanied cello in music that ranges from the plaintively lyrical, via the cumulatively aggressive, to the inwardly communing final movement its inspiration in Paul Celan yielding an expression the more disturbing for its understatement, at least as eloquently rendered here by Oliver Coates. …

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