Matthew Kaner: Chamber Music

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Storytelling and making – craft and narrative, and the ways in which they are both enabled and complicated by the presence of music – lie at the heart of Matthew Kaner’s compositional world, as revealed on this debut album devoted to his work.

Extended solo works for basset clarinet and for cello are presented by stellar soloists Mark Simpson and Guy Johnson respectively. Violin-and-piano duo Benjamin Baker and Daniel Lebhardt, fresh from their triumphant Delphian debut 1942’: Prokofiev – Copland – Poulenc, are joined by cellist Matthias Balzat in Kaner’s evocative and playful Piano Trio, while clarinettist Kate Romano leads the Goldfield Ensemble in a nocturnal diptych for clarinet quintet.

'Glints in The Water; Searching For The Dimmest Stars; The Kestrel; Fireside Tale – all descriptive movement titles to works generically labelled by composer Matthew Kaner as, say, Piano Trio or Flight Studies for Basset Clarinet. Yet they are key in defining the ultra-perceptive imagery, textural delicacy and illuminating precision of this evocative chamber music by the 36-year-old Londoner, performed by the Goldfield Ensemble with help from cellists Guy Johnson and Matthias Balzat, basset clarinettist Mark Simpson, violinist Benjamin Baker and pianist Daniel Lebhardt. They present such highly imaginative and truly picturesque music with adeptness and affection, from the spectral reflectiveness of Suite for Solo Cello and flecked tracery of Five Highland Scenes, to the overriding quiescence of the Piano Trio, the dreamy intricacy of At Night for Clarinet Quintet, and the swooping virtuosity of Flight Studies. Kaner is a composer worth getting to know better'

"Much shimmers and glistens in Matthew Kaner's Music ... this first disc devoted solely to his works, focuses on his chamber music, and writing for small-scale forces seems to play to his strengthes ... never too sweet or pastoral-sentimental, unlike some of his English forebears, his music is more like Messiaen in its tougher, repeasted insistence though more earth-rooted than the Frenchman ... Kaner can do lightness, suprise and deftness when he wishes to, just listen to the first movement of his Piano Trio - that really is a pearl of a piece"

Release Date: 11 November 2022
Catalogue No: DCD34231
Total playing time: 69:57

Recorded on 4-6 & 30 January and
24 February 2022 at Stapleford Granary, Cambridge
Producers/Engineers: Paul Baxter & James Waterhouse
24-bit digital editing: James Waterhouse
24-bit digital mastering: Paul Baxter
Design: Eliot Garcia
Booklet editor: Henry Howard
Cover: Sabine Kaner, Eroded Lines, embroidery;
photo: Jake Kaner
Session photography: foxbrushfilms.com
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