With sources of inspiration ranging from the self-immolation of Czech student Jan Palač in January 1969 to the lost Etruscan language and the sculptures of abstract expressionist David Smith, the full breadth and depth of Hellawell’s compositional preoccupations are represented in authoritative performances by some of his closest collaborators.
Alongside chamber and solo piano works sits the clarinet concerto Agricolas, premiered at the 2008 Vale of Glamorgan Festival by soloist Robert Plane, who now commits it to disc as part of this diverse programme of premiere recordings.
"The performances do the music proud, not least the limpidly precise pianism of Mary Dullea and soulful clarinet-playing of Robert Plane, while the sound has a clarity and perspective equally evident in solo and chamber as in orchestral pieces"
"The impressive range of Piers Hellawell's work is displayed on this collection...The orchestral piece "Degrees of Separation" is a fascinating study of initial momentum dissolving into musical entropy"
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 19
Total playing time: 1:13:39
First UK release date: July 12, 2005
Album ID: DCD34114