This new album by Manchester-born composer Philip Cashian showcases his inventive and dynamic soundworld with a selection of orchestral and chamber works written between 2002-2012.
The most substantial work is the Piano Concerto, written for the London Sinfonietta in 2006 with soloist, Sarah Nicholls - it is a characterful piece with rich textures and a propulsive and high-octane finale. The Cello Concerto (2012) is a menacing interplay between soloist and orchestra with moments of snatched lyricism and Tableaux - scored for small orchestra but with double winds, two horns, trumpets and percussion for extra impact - was fi rst performed at the 2003 Proms by Northern Sinfonia and Thomas Zehetmair. 'Cashian’s bracing and imaginative triptych, Tableaux ... with its bright zigzags of flying figures, its quasi-Sibelian centrepiece and the serpentine coilings and writhings of the finale ... Its bristling energy makes it a real pleasure' (Hilary Finch, The Times)
The smaller ensemble works on this release are Dark Flight, written for the restricted palette of six cellos, and The House of Night, composed in 2002 for oboe and twelve solo strings.
Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists
Royal Academy of Music Cello Ensemble
Christopher Redgate oboe
Christopher Austin conductor
Sarah Nicolls piano
Zsolt Nagy conductor
Thomas Zehetmair conductor
Darrett Adkins cello
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
Timothy Weiss conductor