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

Clare Hammond

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1.1
Through Magic Casements
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
4:39
Horae (Pro Clara)  
1.2
I. Trasparente (diaphanous)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
3:00
1.3
II. Velocissima assai (as fleet as the tiniest humming bird)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
3:22
1.4
III. Semplice
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
3:14
1.5
IV. Agilmente (maniaco ed instabile – with never-ceasing energy)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
2:44
1.6
V. Diretto, ancora fluido (like the splash and suspension of water droplets)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
3:02
1.7
VI. Nervoso, ma dolce (flessibile)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
3:29
1.8
VII. Capriccioso
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
2:42
1.9
VIII. Ritmico (giusto) (like intertwining chime clocks) - Flessibile
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
4:24
1.10
IX. Capriccioso (impishly sardonic)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
2:59
1.11
X. Scorrevole (ma meccanico) (like an 'evening full of the linnet's wings')
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
3:44
1.12
XI. Indolente (…lapping, with low sounds)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
3:00
1.13
XII. Molto misterioso, desolate (for now we see through a glass, darkly)
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
6:00
1.14
Notte Oscura
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
6:48
3 Japanese Miniatures  
1.15
No. 1. Temple Music
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
3:38
1.16
No. 2. The Cradle Rocks…
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
4:49
1.17
No. 3. Little Bumbuku
Kenneth Hesketh; Clare Hammond
3:39
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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