I Am I Say
Label: NMC Recordings
Riches, Ashley; The Multi-Story Orchestra; Rashkovsky, Shiry; Thom, Eloisa-Fleur; Whitley, Kate; Lewis, Sarah-Jane; St. John's and St. Clement's Primary School Choir; Zaccardelli, Asher; Kender Primary School Choir; Hind, Rolf; Stark, Christopher; Lyndhurst Primary School Choir
This new release by Kate Whitley in NMC's Debut Discs series comprises a wide-ranging repertoire - from piano miniatures and chamber works to a concerto and the album title track for children's choir and The Multi-Story Orchestra. With lyrics by poet Sabrina Mahfouz that imagine a world which "beats with beauty" and cautions against human abuse of nature around us, "I Am, I Say" is performed by soprano Sarah-Jane Lewis, bass Ashley Riches and a choir made up of children from three South London primary schools. The wildly expressive Viola Concerto was Kate's first orchestral work and was written for Shiry Rashkovsky when they were both students. "5 Piano Pieces," recorded here by pianist Rolf Hind, i smade up of five self-contained movements - declamatory, spacious, aggressive, sad and triumphant - each comprising of repeated sections evoking a different and distinct mood. "3 Violin and PIano PIeces" is inspired by Janáček's Viola Sonata and has a similarly tense and fragmentary character, with beautiful intertwined dialogue between both instruments and "Duo for Violin and Viola was written for a choreography inspired by a sculpture called "Wrestlers" by Henri Gaudier Brzeska.