Albanian Composer in the 21st Century Classics Series
Thomas Simaku’s new CD has been released worldwide on Naxos 21st Century Classics Series.
‘He uses a very individual musical language, as we hear in the opening work—Signals for solo piano—using moments of silence to punctuate a score best described as an enhancement of atonality.’
On their website, Naxos have described the new CD as follows:
‘Thomas Simaku, whose music has been described as ‘visionary and entirely original’ is one of the most fascinating and important of contemporary composers. His blend of intensity and modernism is exemplified in this selection of chamber and instrumental works, all performed by the dedicatees, each of which reveals different facets of his art. Playfulness of texture can be savoured in Signals, whereas virtuosity is a feature of Capriccioso. The architecture and vocal quality of ENgREnageshow the rich variety of contrasts and harmonic colours that Simaku evokes in his music.’
Among other works, the CD includes the Albanian Folk Song ‘Moj e BukuraMoré’ (My Beautiful Morea) which has its origin in Southern Italy, where an Albanian community has lived for more than 500 years, and so has the song! As described by the composer in his programme notes, ‘the tenderness of the melodic lines expresses the love for the distant homeland, which, according to legend, can be seen from the Calabrian mountaintops.’
Another work in the collection is ‘Soliloquy V –FlautoAcerbo’. Commissioned by the British musician Chris Orton and the BBC Performing Arts Fund, this piece received an award from the British Academy of Authors and Songwriters. The CD concludes with a virtuoso piece for piano ‘The Flight of the Eagle’ based on an ancient Albanian proverb, which says: The Eagle flies in the Sky, but makes its nest on Earth’.
Thedetails of all the works and the performers can be found here
In his review, David Denton writes:’He uses a very individual musical language, as we hear in the opening work—Signals for solo piano—using moments of silence to punctuate a score best described as an enhancement of atonality.’ Titillating the ear with new sounds, the composer states that he has used the title, Capriccioso, to both describe the notation of the score for solo violin, just as much as to its form and shape.The pianist, Roderick Chadwick, and violin come together in Simaku’s embellished Albanian folk song, My Beautiful Morea, a most loveable melody.’