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R Ford: Salome Fast

Magazine article Gramophone

R Ford: Salome Fast

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R Ford

Salome Fast (a). Comma (b). Chain (c). Westron Wind (d). The Disk (e). Al-Fatiha (f). Liedje voor Annette (for music box)

(d) Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek sop (b) Derek Bermel cl (d) Rebecca Wexler va (f) Koen Kaptijn tbn (b) Guy Livingston pf Ron Ford (d) prepared pf/(e) narr (a) Naures Atto narr (e) Farandole Quartet; (a) Asko Ensemble / Stefan Asbury; (c) Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Reinbert de Leeuw; (f) Volharding Orchestra / Jurjen Hempel

Attacca [F] CD2013136 (64' * DDD)

US-born but resident in the Netherlands these last three decades, Ron Ford has latterly been active as a recording producer and arts administrator--to the extent that he largely ceased composing several years ago. This conspectus of his work, drawn almost entirely from the 1990s, suggests his creativity--while not overly individual--is far from without interest.

To take the works in disc order: Salome Fast draws on extracts from the biblical narratives of Matthew and Mark via a setting (in the now defunct West Aramaic language) the starkness of whose vocal writing finds contrast in appropriately lurid colouring as evoked by the ensemble. Comma, intended as a theatrical interlude, provides a moment of reflection before Chain--a sequence of elaborating and often conflicting variants for wind band with antecedents in similarly hard-hitting ensemble pieces by Andriessen. …

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