Friday, March 05, 2021

Richard Haynes - Ghosts Of Motion [Cubus Records]

Put out on the circuit via the Switzerland-based imprint Cubus Records on January 15th, 2k21 is "Ghosts Of Motion", the most recent album outing by clarinet player Richard Haynes who specialized in and focused on a modernized variation of the 18th century favorite known as clarinet d'amore for this album which, in its entirety spanning roughly 55 minutes and a total of eight pieces, is covering compositions by the likes of Chris Dench, James Gardner, Matthias Renaud, Walter Feldmann, Samuel Andreyev, Jonah Haven and Sean Quinn who wrote or at least adapted their pieces for Haynes' clarinet d'amore whose intent is to re-introduce said instrument to the contemporary concert and composition circuit, showcasing its musical spectrum and special tone which provides a range from playful, lightweight, enchanted and somewhat even storytelling in the opening, title-bearing composition "Ghosts Of Motion", presents more solemn and minimalist-leaning tones in "Schattenlinie" or indulges in darker, subdued tonalities as to be found in the final "Incubation" just to pick a few examples here. Defo a recommended showcase and well comforting listening experience for fans of Contemporary Classical or Modern Classical composition.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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