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Graham Fitkin – Circuit

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1517 SACD
Release date2009-12-30
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time68:36

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While his music is sometimes described as 'post-minimalist', Graham Fitkin himself mentions sources of inspiration as diverse as Stravinsky, Miles Davis, Webern, Steve Reich, Frank Sinatra and Pet Shop Boys. A talented pianist, he has written a number of works centred on the piano, in singular and in plural: his work list includes pieces for one to up to as many as six pianos. Partly it is the 'black-and-white' nature of the instrument that attracts Fitkin - the fact that it forces the composer to articulate musical structures without hiding behind colouristic resources. Important among his tools as a composer are repetition, and manipulation of repetitive procedures. The result is music that is often energetic and highly rhythmically driven - aspects which are certainly present in Circuit, for two pianos and orchestra. The work was composed for Kathryn Stott and Noriko Ogawa, and, at its first performance (in 2003), it was described by one reviewer as 'exhilarating in the extreme' with 'its juxtapositions of motoric hyperactivity and sweet serenity, and a final, rip-roaring climax'. The serenity is otherwise mainly to be found in certain pieces for solo piano, such as the gentle miniature From Yellow to Yellow from 1985, the composer's earliest acknowledged work. Kathryn Stott has worked with Graham Fitkin over a number of years, and the solo piece Relent, which she performs on the present recording, was written specifically for her. She and Noriko Ogawa, her regular duo-partner, have recorded a number of discs for BIS, both on their own and as a team. The two now present a selection of Fitkin's numerous works for one and two pianos, as well as Circuit, in which they receive fine support from the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Naoto Otomo.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Fitkin, Graham
01 Circuit for two pianos and orchestra 19:48 $ 4.16 USD
02 T1 for two pianos 07:28 $ 1.57 USD
03 Relent for solo piano 11:08 $ 2.34 USD
04 Carnal for solo piano 11:43 $ 2.46 USD
05 From Yellow to Yellow for solo piano 01:33 $ 0.33 USD
06 White for two pianos 04:33 $ 0.96 USD
07 Furniture for solo piano 05:48 $ 1.22 USD
08 T2 for two pianos 04:34 $ 0.96 USD
  Album total 68:36
PianoOgawa, Noriko
Stott, Kathryn
OrchestraTokyo Symphony Orchestra
ConductorOtomo, Naoto
ComposerFitkin, Graham

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