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Oliver Searle: Pilgrim of Curiosity

A key presence in Glasgow’s musical life as composer and teacher, Oliver Iredale Searle is revealed in this first album devoted to his work as a poet of place and of sensation.

Three works for wind ensembles vividly evoke journeys and their destinations, in a panoply of sights and sounds stretching from (and sometimes forging unexpected connections between) Chicago to Italy, the Baltic and Southeast Asia.

The wind principals of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra provide performances of exceptional calibre, while Carla Rees’s passionate commitment to building a contemporary repertoire for Baroque flute shines through in a solo piece that she commissioned and premiered.

"This new album from Delphian showcases not only the breadth of the composer's music, but also his versatility with a few instruments ... In a similar manner to Malcolm Arnold there is a cheekiness and charm which could easily be brushed ooff as 'wit' - however if you place close attention, there is cleverness working in the background ..."

★ ★ ★ ★


Release Date: 24 September 2021
Catalogue No: DCD34270
Total playing time: 1:13:45

Recorded on 14-17 December 2020 at the RSNO Centre, Glasgow Producer/Engineer: Paul Baxter
24-bit digital editing: Jack Davis
24-bit digital mastering: Paul Baxter
Design: Drew Padrutt
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