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Peter Fribbins - Dances & Laments

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Henri Demarquette

- (cello)

Pál Banda

- (cello)

Nancy Ruffer

- (flute)

Michael Frith

- (organ)

Helen Crayford

- (piano)

Mine Dogantan-Dack

- (piano)

Philippe Graffin

- (violin)

Turner Ensemble

Rosamunde Piano Trio


Brentwood Cathedral

11 Feb 2013 (tracks 12-13)

Recital Room, Middlesex University, Trent Park, London

14 Nov 2011 (track 7)

St Silas Church, Chalk Farm, London, UK

16 Jan 2012 (tracks 1-6)

Recital Room, Middlesex University, Trent Park, London

26 Oct 2011 (track 11)

Vestry Studios, London

4 Feb 2001 (tracks 8-10)


John Taylor

Michael Ponder

Dayrl Runswick


Iain Hodge

Michael Ponder

Record Label



Total Time - 63:43
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The Zong Affair (2011)


Dances & Laments (2007-10)

2 I Lontano 3:07
3 II Dance in Four 1:54
4 III Elegy 1:55
5 IV Air 1:37
6 V Dance in Three 3:07
 Philippe Graffin - (violin)
 Henri Demarquette - (cello)

'...that which echoes in eternity (1990-2010)

 Pál Banda - (cello)
 Mine Dogantan-Dack - (piano)

Porphyria's Love (1992-94)

8 I Adagio drammatico 4:04
9 II Allegro molto 4:48
10 III Adagio drammatico 5:31
 Nancy Ruffer - (flute)
 Helen Crayford - (piano)

'Softly, in the dusk' (2006-07)


Chorale Prelude & Fugue on Cromer (2005-11)

12 Prelude: Andante 3:29
13 Fugue: crotchet = c.42 5:12
 Michael Frith - (organ)

 Dances and Laments is the new release from British composer Peter Fribbins, following two critically acclaimed Guild albums from 2010 and 2012. Renowned for his passionate and direct musical voice, Fribbins’s music convincingly mixes elements of traditional tonality and established forms, with contemporary ideas and approaches, to create a sound that is at once distinctive and deeply personal. Dominated by associations with poetry and painting, the new CD opens with The Zong Affair, a striking septet based on a painting by William Turner, expertly performed by the Turner Ensemble, comprised of principal players from the Royal Opera House and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Dances & Laments follows, played by the wonderful French duo Philippe Graffin and Henri Demarquette. Then come two further duos: That which echoes in eternity for cello and piano (after Dante); and Porphyria’s Lover for flute and piano (after Browning), again beautifully performed. The beguiling ‘Softly, in the dusk’ (after D.H. Lawrence) follows, sensitively executed by the Rosamunde Piano Trio. The disc ends with its only ‘abstract’ offering, a powerful Prelude and Fugue based on the English hymn tune ‘Cromer’, masterfully played by Michael Frith on the organ of Brentwood Cathedral.


 "... The playing throughout is vibrant and committed, in keeping with the music itself. Guild’s presentaion is excellent ... The sound is immaculate too, allowing these brightly written scores to shine. As in my previous encounter with Fribbin’s lyrical yet elusive writing, there is an attractive French influence to his writing that recalls Ravel’s chamber style... Highly enjoyable."

Barnaby Rayfield - Fanfare - May/June 2014

 "... these performances leave nothing to be desired in terms of their dedication to the composer’s cause ... an enterprising and worthwhile series."

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - September 2014

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