℗ 2016 Huddersfield Contemporary Records
Duration 1h 09m 03s
Record Label Huddersfield Contemporary Records
Release Date July 1, 2016
Genre Classical

Michael Finnissy: Beat Generation Ballads

Philip Thomas

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First Political Agenda  
I. Wrong Place. Wrong Time.
Michael Finnissy; Philip Thomas
II. Is There Any Future for New Music?
Michael Finnissy; Philip Thomas
III. You Know What Kind of Sense Mrs. Thatcher Made.
Michael Finnissy; Philip Thomas
Beat Generation Ballads  
I. Lost but Not Lost
Michael Finnissy; Philip Thomas
II. Naked Original Skin Beneath Our Dreams & Robes of Thought
Michael Finnissy; Philip Thomas
III. Lonely Banna Strand
Michael Finnissy; Philip Thomas
IV. Evans, Harry, Scott, Hearts Foolish
Michael Finnissy; Philip Thomas
V. Veränderungen
Michael Finnissy; Philip Thomas
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Duration    1h 09m 03s
"It’s music that can be overwhelmingly complex and forbidding, tenderly sentimental, or frankly autobiographical. And it is strewn with allusions and references to a range of other periods and styles. Those characteristics and qualities are on display in the two large-scale works on Philip Thomas’s thoughtful and superbly played disc..." - The Guardian Internationally acclaimed pianist Philip Thomas celebrated the 70th birthday of composer Michael Finnissy in March 2016 with these world premiere recordings of two of Finnissy's recent major piano works, the title piece and First Political Agenda. "Finnissy is a master of counteracting supposed stylistic traits, continually enlarging his gamut of references, forms and notational practices. The two works presented here will likely prove no exception. Yet they also serve as ideal introductions to the composer's vision, methods and language. Typically evocative (and provocative) titles combine with a diverse set of musical references, from Bach to jazz, Irish republican song to Webern. Though it is Beethoven that looms most large..." - Phillip Thomas, pianist
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Recorded at St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield, September 10, 2015 Sound engineering and edition mastering: Alex Harker

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