Pairing the concerto commissioned with money from his BBT 2011 Award, Sebastian Fagerlund's Mana, with Kalevi Aho's Bassoon Concerto, Bram van Sambeek here records two major Finnish works for his instrument along with solo works by both composers.
Not only Mark Simpson's first-ever work for solo clarinet, but also a first for the Borletti Buitoni Trust in premiering one of its commissions online, Darkness Moves is a major addition to the clarinettist's repertoire. Based on the idiosyncratic Belgian poet and artist Henri Michaux, the piece revels in extremes of both pitch and volume and is run through with a reiterated rhythmic germ that propels the music on. Mark also went on film to introduce the work.
For the Heath Quartet's debut recording for Harmonia Mundi USA, Tchaikovsky's first and last string quartets make a contrasting pairing. The first includes the famous Andante cantabile, here heard in its original context.