Baiba Skride – Lee Bradshaw: The Ties That Bind (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Baiba Skride – Lee Bradshaw: The Ties That Bind (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:14:19 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Navona

Renowned as individual performers, Skride violist Ivan Vukčević and ‘cellist Harriet Krijgh also collaborate as part of a flexible European-based ensemble called Harriet and Friends and their knowledge of each other in their ensemble skills is paramount to the success of this album.

In the first movement of his Trio Bradshaw utilises a melodic motif established initially on violin but with all instruments playing in their lower registers, so that this same sense of lament conveyed in Via Crusis is equally expressed in the Lento movement here. The composer messes with this theme using a range of harmonic and textural devices and moves it into different instruments where it has completely different conveyances. He also shifts the pitch range from lower to upper registers, at times with voices converging and at others, with a chasm between them. The tight, plaintive harmonies from ‘cello and viola at the end of the movement, with a ghostly trail of melodic fragments on violin, is awesome.

There is a Stravinsky-esque urgency in the rhythmic and harmonic drive of the second movement, but it remains uniquely Bradshaw. It provides a strong counterpoint to the first. And then the final movement, which breaks all ‘movement’ conventions, is, as in the first, based on a riff, but here it is a sustained harmonic underlay on viola and ‘cello with a haunting melody atop as is the case at the end of the first movement. We are reminded that Bradshaw works as a producer across a plethora of idioms, and the whole notion of a riff ‘sticking’ if you will, is used with great finesse in this and the previous movements. It really is a sublime Trio.

1-1. Baiba Skride – Via crucis for Violin (04:19)
1-2. Baiba Skride – I. Lento – Piu lento – Morendo (06:50)
1-3. Baiba Skride – II. Tempo di valse (03:26)
1-4. Baiba Skride – III. Sostenuto – Adagio (05:29)
1-5. Harriet Krijgh – Sarabande for Cello (04:00)
1-6. Baiba Skride – I. Overtura passacaglia (03:33)
1-7. Baiba Skride – II. Moderato assai – Poco alla tedesca – Tempo primo (08:02)
1-8. Baiba Skride – III. Cryptograph (04:25)
1-9. Baiba Skride – IV. Finale (03:06)
1-10. Ivan Vukcevic – I. Dialogue – Moderato (09:33)
1-11. Ivan Vukcevic – II. Thema e variazione (04:58)
1-12. Ivan Vukcevic – III. Finale (02:08)
1-13. Ivan Vukcevic – Rhapsody for Viola Solo (14:24)


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