Magazine article Gramophone

Grill: 'Rustling Flights of Wings'

Magazine article Gramophone

Grill: 'Rustling Flights of Wings'

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'Rustling Flights of Wings' A Collection of Songs to Poems by CF Cllliers. The Violin Sings in a Common Language. Four Songs to Poems by Hart Crane. Six Songs (WB Yeats)

Nancy Allen Lundy sop

Stephen Gosling vn Ralph Farris pf

Innova [F] INNOVA019 (68' * DDD * T/t)

Art songs being among the most intimate of musical expressions, this recording of 24 such works shows Stanley Grill to be an expert craftsman who responds to his chosen texts with utmost sensitivity. And what texts they are: poems by CF Cilliers, Hart Crane, WB Yeats, Rainer Maria Rilke, Paul Verlaine, Federico Garcia Lorca and Carl Sandburg. Such a list might appear intimidating but the words are seamlessly wed to music as set by Grill. The composer's style is accessible in the most positive sense, with melodic lines that grow from the meaning of the verses and harmonic fabrics of delicate colours and warmth.

Three of the cycles are scored for soprano and piano, while one collection is inventive on several counts: The Violin Sings in a Common Language is a series of conversations for the eponymous instrument and a soprano called upon to negotiate poems in German, French, Spanish, English and Afrikaans (a Haiku by Cilliers, a South African poet). …

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