«Richard Causton: Millennium Scenes»
Millennium Scenes, Pt. 2,
Millennium Scenes, Pt. 1,
As Kingfishers Catch Fire,
The Persistence of Memory.
Hallé Orchestra – Nicholas Collon,
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Hallé Orchestra – Gerry Cornelius, Ryan Wigglesworth.
Millennium Scenes was written in 1998-99: rather than an empty celebration of the turn of a century, the composer writes that ‘I had in mind a series of fleeting images… – a TV commercial, perhaps, a couple arguing, laughter, a dead animal on the road, religious fervour, a child being hit – almost anything, in fact, but all of them real events taking pace around the turn of the millennium.’
By contrast with the massive orchestra of Millennium Scenes, Notturno explores the night landscapes evoked by poet Salvatore Quasimodo, while As Kingfishers Catch Fire exploits the colours of flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet. Chamber Symphony, which closes the album, juxtaposes ideas of the mechanical and natural, partly inspired by the composer’s fascination with the writings of William Blake.