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British-born, American-based Bernard Rands offers a many-hued sound palette. The 2010 Danza Petrificada is amazing in respect of the technicolour sonic imagination in use; the BBC Philharmonic is on top form, well recorded. Conductor Clark Rundell, perhaps most associated with wind ensembles, navigates these scores with expertise. More of Rands’ sonic command is heard in the cello concerto, superbly and commandingly played by Moser (whose recent Lutosławski/Dutilleux disc was so impressive). This is a dynamic concerto whose central movement is a transcription of part of Rands’ second string quartet. Dynamism underpins the first movement (which seems to include elements of a scherzo); effective use of silence marks out the ‘Fantasia’ before the finale, a powerful, dark set of variations on a Welsh song.

Lines by Dylan Thomas inspired Chains like the Sea, the most emotionally powerful work on the disc heard in a commanding performance. A brilliant, terrific disc.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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