Sadie Harrison: An Unexpected Light

Sadie Harrison: An Unexpected Light

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Sadie Harrison's violin concerto An Unexpected Light is coupled with chamber music exploring the folk musics of Lithuania, the Northern Caucasus and the Near East, and invoking Bartok's treatment of his native Hungarian folksong. The music is performed by the Lithuanian artists for whom it was written, and was recorded in Vilnius.

Rusne Mataityte violin
St Christopher Chamber Orchestra
Donatas Katkus conductor



'The third movement of … an angel reads my open book… sums up the attractions of Sadie Harrsion’s engagement with the folk art of Lithuania. This is a music of concise forms, subtle textures and very direct expression. An absorbing and appealing compilation.' Gramophone

'NMC has struck gold ... A wonderful sequence which held us enthralled, playing the programme through with only one brief pause; a marvellous 'concert' which builds on the legacy of Bartok's and Kodaly's pioneering collecting blong ago, and gives 'cross-over' a new and enriched meaning; a disc to which we will return.' Musical Pointers

‘All credit to the performers here for invoking the very special sound world the composer evokes.’ Fanfare


The works on this disc were recorded in the Great Hall of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, Vilnius: An Unexpected Light was recorded on 23 February 2004; A Hidden angel reads my open book... and Songs for Rusne on 14-15 February 2005; and Geda’s Weavings  and The Bride’s Journey on 30-31 January 2006.

Recording Engineer/ Producer: DAVID LEFEBER
Assistant Engineer: BALYS RAGENAS

(P) 2007 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2007 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC D125
Release Date: 4 September 2007