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Alissa Firsova, Tippett Quartet, Nicholas Crawley, Tim Hugh, Ellie Laugharne, Simon Mulligan, Mark Van De Wiel

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Tennyson Fantasy, Op. 36  
I. Come Down, O Maid, from Yonder Mountain Height
Alissa Firsova; Tippett Quartet
II. Ring Out, Wild Bells, to the Wild Sky
Alissa Firsova; Tippett Quartet
III. If Sleep and Death Be Truly One
Alissa Firsova; Tippett Quartet
Bride of the Wind, Op. 34
Alissa Firsova; Alissa Firsova; Simon Mulligan
Expressions, Op. 9  
No. 1, Eternity
Alissa Firsova; Mark Van De Wiel; Alissa Firsova
No. 2, Awaiting
Alissa Firsova; Mark Van De Wiel; Alissa Firsova
Loss, Op. 10
Alissa Firsova; Mark Van De Wiel; Tippett Quartet
Here in Canisy, Op. 22
Alissa Firsova; Ellie Laugharne; Alissa Firsova
Unity, Op. 26
Alissa Firsova; Nicholas Crawley; Alissa Firsova
Fantasy, Op. 29
Alissa Firsova; Tim Hugh; Alissa Firsova
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Total Playing Time    69:10
In 1991, composers Elena Firsova and Dmitri Smirnov were amongst a small group of composers, including Sofia Gubaidulina, who were blacklisted in Russia. Firsova and Smirnov fled the country with their two young children and took refuge in the UK. Since then, their daughter, Alissa Firsova, now 31, has risen to become one of the most notable stars of the new composing generation working in Britain.

This thought-provoking, colorful collection from one of today’s most individual young composers presents eight of Alissa Firsova’s notable compositions, including her substantial string quartet of 2016, “Tennyson Fantasy”, commissioned by the Tippett Quartet; two works for clarinet and piano – brilliantly performed by their dedicatee, Mark van de Wiel; the clarinet Quintet “Loss”; two sizeable vocal works on the theme of “Paradise on Earth”, with the demanding soprano part in “Here in Canisy” effortlessly despatched by soprano Ellie Laugharne, and bass-baritone Nicholas Crawley making a fine recording debut in “Unity”; the collection closes with cellist Tim Hugh’s effortless performance of Firsova’s 2014 “Fantasy” for cello and piano.
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