Star features three meditative string duos by Irish composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Garrett Sholdice and Simon O’Connor. These three works, each composed specifically for the incomparable Baroque violin/double bass duo of Maya Homburger and Barry Guy, are a reminder of the value of concentration, quietude, and slowness. Star is now available on limited edition vinyl.
Star features three meditative string duos by Irish composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Garrett Sholdice and Simon O’Connor. These three works, each composed specifically for the incomparable Baroque violin/double bass duo of Maya Homburger and Barry Guy, are a reminder of the value of concentration, quietude, and slowness.
Schlepper-Connolly’s title track evokes a pre-dawn revelation in West Cork. Sholdice makes a ritual from a tiny fragment of Bach in Sonate. And O’Connor remembers Medieval vocal music in Petryfyde Floures. It is, he writes, an attempt to reach a “place of contemplation, of beauty, of honesty, without manipulation…”
Recorded in a tiny, secluded parish church in Beltra, County Sligo, these recordings are full of the atmosphere of that countryside: fresh and spacious. A place where the music – and the musicians – could breath deeply.
During their long stay in Ireland, Barry Guy and Maya Homburger developed a fruitful relationship with early music players like Malcolm Proud and Siobhan Armstrong. One of their disappointments was the paucity of such relationships with contemporary composers, Benjamin Dwyer being a notable exception. Now, on initiative of the composers behind Ergodos, another door has been opened. The encounter involves its own form of musical stretching, as these musicians who communicate an intense presence take on the music of Simon O’Connor, Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, composers who tend to work along the borders of silence and absence. – Barra Ó Seaghdha
[T]his EP […] gives you the exact atmosphere as the art work on the cover : the rising of the sun, the world is calm, still quiet, live begins … without any dissonance, without any disturbance, but equally without form yet, fragile and light. Nothing more than a promise, but a beautiful one, full of purity and hope. Life begins. – freejazzblog.org
A captivating release by one of England’s finest young musicians, combining three different approaches to counterpoint, an elemental musical technique running through centuries of music.
In every track Jonathan's playing is excellent [...] I found myself listening to [Another Country by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly] time after time. Excellent! – Kenneth Morris, Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine.
An immaculately crafted, beautiful and poignant collection of nine piano pieces, Simon O'Connor's debut solo album is the result of over three years work from conception to release.
"... an hour-long meditative, introspective work that … lounges in being hard to place … [E]xtended duration and emotional directness are key to the work’s effect.” – Liam Cagney, The Journal of Music
""...music that moves with a glacial pace interrupted by turbulent surges but always exuding a gentle, glowing warmth ... Belfast pianist Michael McHale plays with the utmost care for tonal detail and under-stated textural sophistication." – Michael Quinn, Classical Ear
Rise up, my love, the fresh and vital debut record from the Irish Youth Chamber Choir under their conductor Greg Beardsell, features music by contemporary choral masters Howard Skempton, Gabriel Jackson, Pēteris Vasks and Eric Whitacre.
"A triumph" – Tim Thurston, Gloria, RTÉ lyric fm
"...a musical calling card of consummate elegance..."– Michael Quinn, Classical Ear
Composer Simon O'Connor and vocalist Michelle O'Rourke present a collection of haunting songs inspired by the stories of the widows of rebel leaders involved in the 1916 Easter Rising.
"There was no shortage of music contributions for the 1916 centenary, but I doubt if there was anything more original or insightful than this thought-provoking collection that focused not on the rebel leaders, but on their wives and sweethearts." – The Sunday Business Post