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New Horizons

by Cuillin Sound

A wonderful collection of woodwind music, featuring 19th century rarities, traditional folk recreated, and new musical inspirations - plus a bonus audio/video (MP4) track with stunning photos and melodies from the Scottish Hebridean islands.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon in F Major, Op. 32: I. First Movement
Cuillin Sound
7:31 $0.99
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2. Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon in F Major, Op. 32: II. Second Movement
Cuillin Sound
3:25 $0.99
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3. Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon in F Major, Op. 32: III. Third Movement
Cuillin Sound
6:07 $0.99
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4. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 for Flute and Bassoon: I. Aria
Amina Hussain
3:33 $0.99
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5. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 for Flute and Bassoon: II. Fantasia
Amina Hussain
5:42 $0.99
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6. A Ruskin Pastoral
Cuillin Sound
5:03 $0.99
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7. Serenade: I. First Movement
Cuillin Sound
4:29 $0.99
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8. Serenade: II. Second Movement
Cuillin Sound
4:07 $0.99
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9. Serenade: III. Third Movement
Cuillin Sound
3:14 $0.99
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10. Ebb for Bass Clarinet and Bassoon
Sarah Watts
10:07 $0.99
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11. Celtic Knotwork
Cuillin Sound
5:47 $0.99
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12. Heart of the Hebrides
Cuillin Sound
7:57 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
‘NEW HORIZONS’ is the second CD by Cuillin Sound trio, featuring their new flautist Amina Hussain. The music includes works by Gaspard Kummer, Villa-Lobos, Gerald Busby, David Bennett Thomas and Edward McGuire - plus a rarity by John Ruskin, and an audio/video track with melodies from the Scottish island of Raasay (where this CD was recorded) by Rebecca Mackay and Hebridean still photography by Mike Bell.

‘NEW HORIZONS’ features music from three centuries - fine and unusual repertoire exploring an extraordinary range of sound-worlds from just three woodwind players.

THE RECORDING was made on location on the Scottish Hebridean island of Raasay in the Community Hall, chosen for its remarkable acoustics, all of which are entirely natural on this recording. The producer was Andrew Keener.

CUILLIN SOUND (pronounced ‘Coolin’ in Scottish Gaelic) are your guides in this musical exploration. Amina Hussain is principal flute in Manchester Camerata orchestra, and has worked with many leading UK orchestras. She is also very active in the education and community sector, running and supporting workshops which use music as a tool for social development. Sarah Watts has an international reputation as a solo bass clarinettist - her playing has inspired works from numerous leading composers, including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Marc Yeats and Piers Hellawell. Laurence Perkins is also a Manchester Camerata principal player, and his solo CDs for Hyperion (‘Bassoon Concertos’ and ‘The Playful Pachyderm’) have received outstanding acclaim in the national and international media.

THE MUSIC:

A REDISCOVERED GEM The 19th-century German composer Gaspard Kummer played the flute, clarinet and bassoon, putting his first-hand instrumental knowledge and considerable composition skills to good use in this delightful three-movement Trio, here receiving its first commercial recording.

A CLASSIC FUSION Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 is scored for just flute and bassoon - but the requirements of the players in this classic Villa-Lobos miniature masterpiece are of virtuoso calibre, especially for the flautist!

ANOTHER RARITY The great Victorian polymath John Ruskin is not associated with music, but a recent discovery of tunes he wrote for his friends at Brantwood House in Coniston led to ‘A Ruskin Pastorale’ - the first time these attractive melodies have been heard for more than a century.

TWO NEW AMERICAN WORKS Gerald Busby is well-known in the USA for his television and film music, notably the 1977 Robert Altman film ‘3 Women’. His ‘Serenade’ for trio (with bass clarinet) was written in 2012, as was ‘Ebb’ by jazz pianist and composer David Bennett Thomas. Both works were written for Cuillin Sound.

OLD INSPIRING NEW Edward (‘Eddie’) McGuire is both an established ‘classical’ composer and a distinguished folk flautist in the traditional Scottish group ‘The Whistlebinkies’. In his ‘Celtic Knotwork’, essences of the rich Scottish folk music culture are recreated in a concise and highly evocative work that has an almost timeless quality about it.

AND THE ‘BONUS’ TRACK . . . Stunning digital photographs of the Scottish Hebridean islands by Mike Bell are set to beautiful original tunes by Raasay-based composer Rebecca Mackay - on this ‘enhanced’ CD (blue-book technology), ‘Heart of the Hebrides’ (an MP4 file) can be seen and heard on most PC and Mac computers.

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