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Frances-Hoad: 'Stolen Rhythm'

Magazine article Gramophone

Frances-Hoad: 'Stolen Rhythm'

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'Stolen Rhythm'

Katharsis (a). Quark Dances (b). A Refusal to Mourn (c).

The Forgiveness Machine (d). Homages (e)

(c) Nicholas Daniel ob (a) David Cohen vc

(e) Ivana Gavric pf (d) Phoenix Piano Trio;

(abc) Rambert Orchestra / Paul Hoskins

Champs Hill (F) CHRCD119 (79' * DDD)

The largest work on this third Champs Hill release devoted entirely to Cheryl Frances-Hoad's music is Katharsis (2013), written for David Cohen--the nimble soloist here--and styled 'concerto for cello and ensemble', the ensemble being wind quintet and strings, the cello one of Frances-Hoad's own instruments. Its six modest movements, several based on Baroque dance forms (Minuet, Sarabande and Gavotte reflecting the influence of Bach's and Britten's cello suites) play continuously but for one break midway. The set of seven Homages features Frances-Hoad's other main instrument, the piano. Mostly written in 2013-15, two of them including the title-track 'Stolen Rhythm' (commemorating the bicentenary of Haydn's death)--date from 2009. …

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