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Whitley

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Whitley

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Whitley

Duo (a) I am I say (b). Five Piano Pieces (c). Three Pieces (d). Viola Concerto (e)

(a) Sarah-Jane Lewis sop (b) Ashley Riches bass (ad) Eloisa-Fleur Thorn vn (a) Shiry Rashkovsky, (a) Asher Zaccardelli vas (c) Rolf Hind. (d) Kate Whitley pf (b) Choirs from Kender, Lyndhurst and John Donne

Primary Schools: (be) The Multi-Story Orchestra/Christopher Stark

NMC Debut Discs (E) NMCD229 (56' * DDD * T)

If not an unknown quantity, Kate Whitley (b1989) is still little known on the wider UK music scene and this latest of NMC's invaluable Debut Discs deserves to bolster her reputation. Not least in the chamber domain, where she evinces real insight into instrumental character. The Three Pieces for violin and piano (2013) explore timbral and textural hmits in terms of pithy motifs and concise forms amounting to a sonata malgre-lui not unlike that by Janacek; and if the Five Piano Pieces (2014) feels too self-contained to become a cohesive cycle, the Duo for violin and viola (2015) impresses in its supplely intertwining melodic lines with discreet multi-stopping and succeeds as a musical representation of the Brzeska sculpture that inspired it.

Of the two larger works, the Viola Concerto (2010) uses a recurring phrase to integrate its four succinct movements with their pointed contrasts in orchestration. This latter is precisely realised by the Multi-Story Orchestra, who also take on the less intricate yet resourceful scoring for I am I say (2016). …

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