RTÉ Vanbrugh String Quartet: Deirdre Gribbin: Island People

Fri, Mar 8, 2013, 18:26


Turina: Danzas Fantasticas

Clara Mourez



H H H This is a disc of works inspired by the sea – by the magic of mermaids, the Blasket and Aran islands in the imagination of Seamus Heaney, the long-distance yearning of a seventh- century Chinese woman, the whaling disaster that inspired Moby Dick . The ever-changing sea in Deirdre Gribbin’s five pieces ( Merrow Sang, Island People, Crossing the Sea, Anahorish and What the Whaleship Saw ) sprays, shimmers and churns, with much reliance on tremolando effects. The vocal lines for soprano Patricia Rozario and mezzo Loré Lixenberg however, can be uninspiring – the muted trumpet (Mark O’Keeffe) in the background of Island People is more evocative than the voice. The calmer the music, the better it sounds. nmcrec.co.uk