Sawer/Hoyland

COMPOSERS: Sawer/Hoyland
LABELS: NMC Artists Series
WORKS: The Melancholy of Departure; The Other Side of the Air
PERFORMER: Rolf Hind (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: NMC D020S DDD
This is a ‘calling-card’ CD single. The two works of roughly the same length were written in the early Nineties for the new-music specialist Rolf Hind by British composers both associated with the University of York. Sawer has the clearer musical personality with a more ingratiating piece. Hoyland’s tends towards well used modernist gestures which risk ‘sound-alike’ comparison. As usual for NMC, it’s well recorded. Useful for the collector. Annette Morreau

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