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Hesketh: Horae (Pro Clara)

Magazine article Gramophone

Hesketh: Horae (Pro Clara)

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Hesketh

Horae (pro Clara). Notte oscura. Three Japanese Miniatures. Through Magic Casements

Clare Hammond pf

BIS (F) [SACD] BIS2193 (67' * DDD/DSD)

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The CD of Kenneth Hesketh's instrumental compositions released three years ago (NMC, 7/13) offered a well-balanced sequence of colourful musical canvases, and its mouthful of a title --'Wunderkammer (konzert)'--coupled with a collection of Joseph Cornell's 'found objects' on the cover, signalled Hesketh's fascination with miniature mechanisms and the magical, sometimes disturbing dramas their confrontations can create.

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Magic and mystery, along with clock-like mechanics, feature again in the compositions for piano brought together on this new disc from BIS. It is extremely well recorded, with Clare Hammond (for whom the most substantial piece was written) playing throughout with a winning combination of technical subtlety and expressive spontaneity in music that presents plenty of challenges to the performer. …

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