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.
"Immediately obvious in Kevin Volans’s hypnotic new chamber compendium is the conflicting tug and tumult of deep, dislocating emotional currents.... Performances by long-time Volans collaborators Waldo Alexander (violin/viola) and Jill Richards (piano) are beautifully modulated and full of glistening details. Excellent recorded sound." – Michael Quinn, classicalear.co.uk"...a composer who is too flexible to be locked into expectations..." – The Wire, December 2015
Appearing together for the first time in many years, fiddle duo Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke performed Dublin's Unitarian Church in June 2011. This is a record of that concert – a document of two of Ireland's finest traditional musicians re-visiting and evolving a shared, highly personal language.'A distilled delight' – The Irish Times
I Call to You is a record of music inspired by music by Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach, and performed by the Dublin-based group Ergodos Musicians. A project conceived in the darker moments of Ireland’s financial crisis, this is music that underlines a sense of hope, and renewal. ...perhaps the most important record of new Irish music released this year. ★★★★★ — RTÉ Ten...characteristically intelligent, inquisitive and full of altogether beguiling sounds. With Baroque sensibilities left intact, the overall tone here is contemplative and quietly celebratory ... one of the year’s most beautiful and moving discs ★★★★★ — Classical Ear