Congleton is a town and civil parish that lies on the banks of the River Dane in Cheshire, 20 miles south of Manchester. It boasts around 20 pubs and has a population of 26,000 – a ratio of l:1300.
It also has its own Congleton Chronicle. Established in 1893, it is one of a very few independent newspapers remaining in England. Jeremy Condliffe requested and received a copy from Divine Art and has written a review, extracts of which appear as follows:
……….”Encouraged by Mary Dullea and Divine Art/Metier Records, the first album of his music SET for piano, performed by Dullea, came out to good reviews. (Dullea has an impressive CV and is director of performance at the University of Sheffield and is also on the teaching staff of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama).”
……….” We can’t play the piano but CD2 of this, Sonata 8, is a 48-minute single movement and requires “phenomenal skill” to conquer, so pianoheads might appreciate it. ……. We have no idea how he wrote compared with what’s on CD; presumably on another day, another pianist would play it slightly differently. The sleeve notes liken it to a raindrop running down a window; it’s not random, because gravity and other predictable forces apply, but it’s route is not prescribed either.”
………..”While the music is experimental, this game between composer and performer gives it a very human quality, which makes it more approachable than all this sounds.”
………….”It’s tuneful enough that people who like more conventional music will appreciate it, while its changes in time and discordance mean that it should appeal to lovers of the more avant garde, too. We like interesting music, so it’s gone down well.”
For the complete review click on: http://www.divineartrecords.com/CD/28544info.htm