new music for woodwind orchestra
by British composers
PHILIP SPARKE * ADAM GORB * GARY CARPENTER * CHRISTOPHER HUSSEY
Czech Philharmonic Wind Ensemble
Shea Lolin, conductor
Twisted Skyscape is a unique classical music album - the first of its kind - devoted entirely to new music written for the woodwind orchestra. It has been recorded with the outstanding playing from the woodwind section of the Czech Philharmonic.
The album is a premiere recording of a woodwind orchestra making it a completely new and unique concept. It has a highly adaptable and magical tonal palette - it can be, in turn, boldly vibrant and delicately beautiful, thrillingly powerful and hauntingly tender, earnestly solemn and joyously comical.
In March 2014, the principal woodwind players from one of the world's leading orchestras, the Czech Philharmonic, recorded an exciting and unique classical music album—the first of its kind—devoted entirely to new music written for the woodwind orchestra.
Featuring music especially written for the woodwind orchestra by living British composers, Twisted Skyscape showcases an unfamiliar, unusual and kaleidoscopic soundworld created by flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons and saxophones—an instrumental line-up that many music lovers will be encountering for the very first time!
The ambition of the album's conductor Shea Lolin and composer/producer Christopher Hussey is to introduce new audiences to the power of the medium, and being the first recording dedicated to contemporary woodwind music, it is a much-needed disc, giving a voice to both the genre and some fantastic pieces.
Its variety is captured here in an enjoyable and powerful selection of five accesible modern concert works, four of which have never been released before, by composers Philip Sparke (Overture for Woodwinds), Adam Gorb (Battle Symphony), Gary Carpenter (Pantomime) and Christopher Hussey (Twisted Skyscape, Dreamtide).
TWISTED SKYSCAPE-THE FILM.
Watch the 30-minute documentary by Colin Izod (Big Heart Media), which tells the story of 'the making of the album'. It follows the rehearsal and recording sessions in Prague, and includes interviews with the conductor and featured composers.
CLASSICAL MUSIC EXCLUSIVE
The Twisted Skyscape project and recording was featured in the October 2015 edition of Classical Music Magazine (UK). The edition was published on 1 October 2015 and included an exclusive two page article with pictures. Click on the image (right) to read the article.