Colin Matthews: The Great Journey; Night’s Mask; Fuga

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COMPOSERS: Colin Matthews
LABELS: NMC
WORKS: The Great Journey; Night’s Mask; Fuga
PERFORMER: David Wilson-Johnson (baritone), Patrizia Kwella (soprano)Nash Ensemble/Lionel Friend
CATALOGUE NO: DO33 1991
The Great Journey, a fizzing display of the musical energy for which its composer is renowned, lives up to its title. The piece is also worthy of its performers: baritone David Wilson-Johnson and the Nash Ensemble acquit themselves superbly. Matthews, a composer noted for his instrumental works, is no less compelling in Night’s Mask, written for soprano Patrizia Kwella. Fuga delights the ear with outbursts of 16th-century Mexican music. Nicholas Williams

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