Article / Review: TEMPO (Arnold Whittall)
ON James Erber’s
‘Traces for Solo Flute’
2nd July 2014
Seventy-three minutes of solo flute and piccolo music, fifty of them Traces, a three-part composition that James Erber worked on between 1991 and 2006, with final revisions in 2011-12. The austerity of the principle might seem extreme, but the title gives a pointer to how multiplicity and a degree of sensuous subtlety emerge from a single line that spends a large proportion of its time in the region above the single treble stave on which the music is notated. Traces can be prospective, retrospective, evocative, provocative: and although users of the score will observe that a sequence of sections with a certain number of subdivisions defines the overall form, the attentive ear should begin to process the flow in terms of essential differentiations that articulate structure and expression.
London: Monday 7th April 2013
Convivium Records’ highly anticipated recording of Fauré’s Requiem, re-scored for string quintet and organ by Michael Higgins has been released today for review and retail. The album will retail in disc and digital download online through the label’s site and distributor Harmonia Mundi (UK).
London: October 10th April 2013
Convivium Records’ warmly anticipated disc celebrating the 450th anniversary of Peter Philips has been announced for a 19th October release, with preview copies available to pre-order from this week.
London: 15th July 2011
2nd March 2014
Convivium Records are delighted to today announce the release of pianist Jonathan Powell’s latest disc set, entitled Episodes in the Life of a Dancer, featuring the romantic works of Felix Blumenfeld. These colourful, virtuosic piano works will appeal to lovers of the late-Romantic era – of Liszt, Tchaikovski and the Russian piano school in particular.