Talented young duo Darragh Morgan (violin) and Mary Dullea (piano) feature on a disc of new works written especially for them by leading young composers Joe Cutler, Bryn Harrison, Jonathan Powell and Joseph Phibbs. The title work, Morgan Hayes’ Opera, is inspired by Italian director Dario Argento's film of a jinxed production of Verdi’s Macbeth; the disc is completed with Richard Causton’s poetic, British Composer Award-winning Seven States of Rain.
Darragh Morgan violin
Mary Dullea piano
'It is clear that Morgan and Dullea are already and will continue to be vital catalysts in the expansion and re-examination of the violin and piano repertoire by composers, and hopefully also the public.' Journal of Music in Ireland
'Of the six young British composers sampled here, Joe Cutler dispenses with the piano for a hard-edged fantasy which embraces virtuosity with the freedom of composers as disparate as Pärt and Zimmermann. The other five face the challenge full-on. And it's a full-on sort of disc - you get plenty of notes for your 55 minutes, all of them dispatched fearlessly by Darragh Morgan.' The Strad
All works were recorded between December 2002 and March 2003 at Gateway Studios, Kingston.
Recording Engineer: MERLYN STURT
Producers: MERLYN STURT & DARRAGH MORGAN
(P) 2006 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2006 NMC Recordings Ltd
Catalogue number: NMC D108
Release Date: 1 May 2006