Diego Castro Magas: Shrouded Mirrors

Diego Castro Magas: Shrouded Mirrors

Huddersfield Contemporary Records
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Release Date: 13 November 2015

In Shrouded Mirrors, Chilean virtuoso Diego Castro Magaš champions recent British guitar music. The collection explores extremely demanding works with radical aesthetics and highly suggestive content. In doing so, Magaš explores the evocative quality of the instrument through extremes of both intimacy and violence. As a result of close collaboration with the composers involved, the recording includes innovative and authoritative versions of pieces by Brian Ferneyhough and James Dillon, as well as world premiere recordings of music by Matthew Sergeant, Bryn Harrison, Michael Finnissy and Wieland Hoban.

'All the pieces on this disc are in some way related to the idea of ‘complex music’ as they portray highly rationalized materials and notated challenges. I imagine these pieces as standing in front of other reflections, forming labyrinths. And those reflections are the metaphorical domains of these pieces, namely poems, images, places, other performing traditions and the past of the guitar itself.' Diego Castro Magaš

Diego Castro Magaš, guitar



'[This release lends] a softness and amenability by the sheer guitar sonority, of the old, intimidating “New Complexity” movement…Brian Ferneyhough’s seven-part Kurze Schatten II seems to entail unreconstructed high modernism; Dillon’s Shrouded Mirrors essays a smoother, more euphonious version; and Michael Finnissy’s Kurdish-influenced Nasiye typifies his freer-ranging, acutely personal ethnological approach' Sunday Times


All works were recorded between 17-20 August at St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield.

Sound engineering, editing, and mastering: CATO LANGNES

(P) 2015 University of Huddersfield
© 2015 University of Huddersfield

Catalogue number: HCR10CD
Release Date: 13 November 2015