Michael Finnissy is amongst the most celebrated of contemporary British composers and his music is featured on many of our CDs. This selection of works for chamber group and solo instruments written between 1977 and 1990 displays both his formidable talents and those of Topologies. These pieces are inspired by the disappearing musical cultures in places affected by ethnic cleansing (Kurdestan and Azerbaijan) and "discredited" musical styles such as free jazz and expressionism.
"Virtuosic and explosive music, with a frame of reference from jazz to Kurdistan, which proves itself fully engaged with the world. It is as well recorded as ever, and offers a substantial and memorable programme. If you need convincing that so-called ’complex’ composers live in the real world, you need look no further.”
“All in all this is a very interesting listen, not easy but certainly not by any means impenetrable. This is a fascinating disc all round and nowhere near as difficult as Finnissy’s previous press might indicate. Give it a go!”