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Strap yourself in for an exhausting but hugely entertaining rollercoaster ride through recent pieces by Iain Farrington. With the composer himself on performing duties, it’s a recital of adrenalised, knockabout energy, animated humour and startling colours shifting between stained glass delicacy and neon-bright delirium. Variety is king here: the exuberant title track (2008) is a deftmarriage of improvisatory, jazz and baroque ritornello, while Fiesta! (2003) channels Stravinsky at his most rhythmically vital and unpredictably variegated. The ten miniature caricatures of Animal Parade (2007) – complete with a wickedly dyspeptic depiction of ‘Critics’ – is a hallucinogenic Disney film, Free Wheeler (2014) a dizzying jazz-swing Big Band in perpetual motion, and Lay My Burden Down (2017) adroitly drawing on African-American spirituals.

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