Norman

COMPOSERS: Norman
LABELS: NMC
WORKS: London; Trilling Wire
PERFORMER: Katharine Norman (tape); Jonathan Cooper (clarinet)
CATALOGUE NO: D034 DDD
NMC’s new electronic music series gets off to a very uncertain start with this pair of works by 36-year-old Katharine Norman. The title piece, London, is essentially an hour-long collage – World War II reminiscences from the composer’s mother, sounds from the streets of Walthamstow and on the London Underground are given the full digital works, but the result is arty documentary rather than art work. Trilling Wire, in which a spiralling solo clarinet is pitted against a thread of silvery electronic sound, is much more convincing. Andrew Clements

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