|British Composer Awards 2009
||[Dec. 3rd, 2009|12:01 pm]
A recorder composition won a section of these prestigious awards:|
Instrumental Solo or Duo: Thomas Simaku - Soliloquy V, Flauto Acerbo
The judging panel unanimously agreed that the winning work redefines the instrument in a visionary and entirely original way. They praised it for its virtuosity, depth of expression, and powerful imagination.
An excerpt was played on BBC Radio 3's report on Tuesday's award ceremony - two recorders played at once, amazing sound.
The York Press report is here, the composer Thomas Simaku being a lecturer at York University.
The piece was performed by Christopher Orton, whose site has a useful list of other modern pieces in his repertoire. That said, he performed this work at the Greenwich Early Music festival in November this year.
I have for some time thought the recorder to be a much underestimated instrument and this reminds me - need to get practising :-)