New CDs featuring music by Benjamin Dwyer, Ian Wilson and Scott McLaughlin released

This spring is a busy time for contemporary Irish music recordings with new releases from Diatribe and Ergodos labels.

Scenes from Crow is Diatribe’s latest release and features composer Benjamin Dwyer’s landmark work based on Ted Hughes’s Crow, a poetry collection which Dwyer describes as ‘like walking around with a flick knife,’ and ‘poetry bent on revenge’. The 8-movement work features the VOX21 Ensemble and is available for purchase as a CD or download direct from Diatribe.

Also scheduled for release on Diatribe is Ian Wilson’s monumental work for piano inspired by Catholic devotion, Stations. Performed by British pianist Matthew Schellhorn, who gave its first complete performances in 2009, this 72-minute work is a narrative in fourteen scenes relating to the events leading from Christ’s death sentence to his entombment. The album is available for download and the CD will be shipping from April onwards. A short film made during the recording is available to view here.

Scott McLaughlin makes his debut on the Ergodos label with there are neither wholes nor parts, an album featuring his works performed by Quatour Bozzini, Trio Scordatura, Jonathan Sage, Iain Harrison, and the Metastable Collective. McLaughlin, who lives in Huddersfield and lectures in the School of Music at the University of Leeds, describes the pieces on the album as ‘play(ing) on the ambiguity between wholes and parts in the fabric of music.’

The three new releases follow Grainne Mulvey’s Akanos, an album of the composer’s recent works on Navona Records released on 25 February, and now available from CMC’s shop.

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