Philip Cashian - Three Pieces
1. Scenes from Burgos
2. The Silver Surface of the Night
3. The Traveller without a Compass
The first movement consists of thirteen short sections each written for a small ensemble within the group and takes it’s title from a chapter of Julian Rathbone’s book ‘Joseph’. The Silver Surface of the Night’ is a nocturne for solo cello and two accompanying vibraphones. The rest of the ensemble plays a series of dark chords that ocasionally ‘pass across’ the cello line. The final movement, ‘The Traveller without a Compass’ is a moto perpetuo driven along, for the most part, by 4 solo violins and 2 marimbas. The title (which I couldn’t resist) is the name of a painting by Jean Dubuffet.
I’ve never heard a Cashian piece that did not spring to individual, fetching life. More, please!
The Financial Times
Cashian’s piece was a deftly crafted three-movement work full of beguiling sounds.
The Daily Telegraph
An involvingly warm-hearted triptych vividly coloured by the composer’s true and accurate inner ear.
The Birmingham Post
A work sharp in both thought and execution, with an affectingly beautiful central movement.
London Evening Standard
First performed by BCMG, conducted by Alex Briger, at CBSO Centre, Birmingham on 31 May 2004.