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Kenneth Hesketh: Horae (Pro Clara) - Notte Oscura - Three Japanese Miniatures - Through Magic Casements

Clare Hammond

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Through Magic Casements
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
Horae (Pro Clara)  
I. Trasparente (diaphanous)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
II. Velocissima assai (as fleet as the tiniest humming bird)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
III. Semplice
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
IV. Agilmente (maniaco ed instabile – with never-ceasing energy)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
V. Diretto, ancora fluido (like the splash and suspension of water droplets)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
VI. Nervoso, ma dolce (flessibile)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
VII. Capriccioso
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
VIII. Ritmico (giusto) (like intertwining chime clocks) - Flessibile
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
IX. Capriccioso (impishly sardonic)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
X. Scorrevole (ma meccanico) (like an 'evening full of the linnet's wings')
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
XI. Indolente (…lapping, with low sounds)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
XII. Molto misterioso, desolate (for now we see through a glass, darkly)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
Notte Oscura
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
3 Japanese Miniatures  
No. 1. Temple Music
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
No. 2. The Cradle Rocks…
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
No. 3. Little Bumbuku
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:13
"... one of the most enjoyable recordings to come my way this year ..." - American Record Guide "Hammond displayed the scintillating passagework and poetic calm (of Horae) with great flair." - The Guardian "Recording of the Month ... with BIS’s superlative sound, Clare Hammond’s amazing performances and Kenneth Hesketh’s challenging but rewarding musical language, I am indeed sure this is destined to be one of the contemporary/piano discs of 2016." - MusicWeb International Pianist Clare Hammond presents solo piano music by British composer Kenneth Hesketh, featuring the masterpiece Horae (Pro Clara), a series of miniatures written for Hammond. The album also contains three additional works which illustrate Hesketh's kaleidoscopic approach to colour and the incisiveness of his imagination. The pianist first met the composer in 2010 and have since developed a close artistic collaboration. Hammond says although his music can seem overwhelming at times, rich rewards lie in store. "... it is rare to find a composer whose style has so much affinity with my own way of playing. It has been a real joy to explore Kenneth’s music in such depth and to get to grips with the vitality and vivid drama of his writing for piano." - Clare Hammond
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Studio Masters

Original format: 24 bit / 96 kHz Recording: August 2015 at Cardiff University Concert Hall, Wales Producer and sound engineer: Thore Brinkmann (Take5 Music Production) Piano technician: Kait Farbon Editing: Thore Brinkmann Executive producer: Robert Suff Cover text: © Clare Hammond 2015 Translations: Horst A. Scholz (German); Jean-Pascal Vachon (French) Front cover design by David Kornfeld, based on Labyrinth Drawings by Ben Nicholson (2006–11) Back cover photo of Clare Hammond: © Julie Kim Photo of Kenneth Hesketh: © Mark McNulty Typesetting, lay-out: Andrew Barnett (Compact Design) Equipment: BIS’s recording teams use microphones from Neumann and Schoeps, audio electronics from RME, Lake People and DirectOut, MADI optical cabling technology, monitoring equipment from B&W, STAX and Sennheiser, and Sequoia and Pyramix digital audio workstations.

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