Paul Whitty works with both amplified and electronic music with ensemble [rout] (CD29001) and with acoustic instruments as in de-coding skin (CD25021). Recently Paul has been engaged in a series of interventions in pre-existing scores - undertaking an almost archaeological examination of the materials found there. Thirty-nine pages filters and re-organises each page of the Henle Edition of Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major. Fragments of the Franck can be heard emerging - a single note, a chord, a phrase - from the often stark and simple textures of the surrounding material. This recording is superbly performed by artists who have built fine reputations in the world of new music.
“This music poses as many questions as it answers. Whitty is playing games with our memories – both our assumptions about what we think 19 th century music might sound like, and about how his music restructures the debris.”
“Certainly a good bet for the musically adventurous”
“An oddly engaging work... sufficient material to keep one wanting to hear more. The music is compelling in a strangely hypnotic and disturbing way. You [must] listen to it and give the music time to get inside you. The performances are very fine.”
“Morgan and Dullea’s playing is absolutely perfect here, retaining an essential objectivity while attending precisely to every detail of this poised and intricate music”
“Violinist Darragh Morgan and pianist Mary Dullea go to work on this intriguing material with panache. The work is beautifully performed and spaciously recorded.... a delicately put together and intricate set of movements”