Wunderkammer(konzert) - the title work of this first album devoted to the music of Liverpool-born Kenneth Hesketh - is a chamber concerto exploring the idea of the Wunderkammer, or 'cabinet of curiosities', which flourished in the 16th to 18th centuries. Graven Image is inspired by the medieval memento mori, a painting or sculpture designed to remind its owner of the brevity of life, while At God speeded summer’s end uses melodic ideas influenced by the structure of Dylan Thomas's poem Prologue.
A Rhyme for the Season, written for the RLPO, explores ideas of rhyme and assonance; while Ein Lichtspiel (after Moholy-Nagy), commissioned by Ensemble 10/10 for its 10th birthday, is a response to the Hungarian artist's 1930 film of effects produced by his invention, the Light-Space Modulator.
The works on this disc were written largely for their performers here, with whom Hesketh has collaborated on many occasions.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph-Mathias Mueller conductor
Clark Rundell conductor
Catalogue number: NMC D186