Skempton: The Man Hurdy-gurdy & Me
Format: COMPACT DISC
Banks, Jon; Sirinu; Spring, Matthew; Carre, Isabelle; Redgate, Christopher; Brannick, Christopher
Howard Skempton has established over the last 50 years a reputation as one of the UK’s most accomplished and internationally-acclaimed composers, with a style which is based on traditional tonality and lyricism; but he also delights in working with unusual instruments and settings, as is clear from this superb new album including music for hurdy-gurdy, viol, medieval harp, accordion and gamelan alongside ‘normal’ contemporary Western instruments. This is probably one of the most individual and striking albums of the year! Founded in 1992, Sirinu is a British ensemble specializing in early and world music, performing and recording music from the 11th century to the present day. The group has appeared at festivals and venues throughout Europe. An important element of its activity is the commissioning of new works for medieval instruments (such as the title track of this album) which directly led to the making of this recording. Founding members Sara Stowe, Matthew Spring and Jon Banks are joined on this recording by contemporary and world music specialists Chris Redgate (oboe), Isabelle Carré (flutes, recorders and gamelan) and Chris Brannick (percussion).