Georg Hamann & Akari Komiya - Viola Dolorosa (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:58:15 | 134 MB
Label: Sheva Contemporary
This beautiful CD pairs an important work by the living composer Peter Seabourne with two by Benjamin Britten. Seabourne's Pietà, like many of his works, takes inspiration from the other arts: in this case the statues of Michelangelo, and in particular the haunting face of Nicodemus in the Firenze Pietà. On the death of the composer’s parents it offered a suitable stimulus for a piece in their memory. This large scale, five movement work takes one on a powerful journey, from a melancholy "rocking to sleep", though doubting questions, a song of mourning, and a violent protest. It eventually reaches a kind of resolution, with a poignant "Good Night" (quoting Janacek) laying the music to rest. The two Britten pieces span his lifetime.