THE BALANCING OF OPPOSITES 

RELEASED FOR DOWNLOAD FRIDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2020

COMPOSER'S INTRODUCTION

 

The Balancing of Opposites takes as its inspiration the extraordinary sculpture of Discobolus by Myron, so wonderfully depicting calm and effort, poise and balance, and yet on the edge of a powerful force. I have set it within a flavour of Ancient Greece, and in particular the philosophical ideas that blossomed - for me they are encapsulated within the sculpture. But the spirit is under-stated and somewhat etherial - If you sense the breeze over the Aegean, all the better.

I. Contemplation

II. Insight

III. Muse

IV. Reason

V. Debate

Philippa Davies - flute

 

Philippa Davies has established an international reputation as one of the finest flautists currently performing. A first-rate virtuoso, she has been noted for an 'almost electrical response to technique'. As a recitalist, she plays and broadcasts throughout the world at international festivals, whilst performing concertos and giving master classes from China to the USA. She has performed concertos with the New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players.

Her website can be found at http://www.jwnelleke.nl/philippadavies/biography.htm

Megumi Fujita - piano

 

Prizewinner at prestigious international competitions, Megumi Fujita has performed worldwide, and has recorded numerous CDs including the critically acclaimed Takemitsu and Rachmaninov 24 Preludes and Chopin 24 Etudes.

Megumi is also an active chamber musician, as a pianist of the Fujita Piano Trio, and regularly collaborating with other musicians including the Dominant Quartet of Russia.

Megumi has recorded the Takemitsu Chamber works and piano solo works for the ASV, Tchaikovsky Piano Trio, Rachmaninov 24 Preludes (piano solo), Chopin 24 Etudes (piano solo), Shostakovich/Ravel Trios, Schubert Piano Trios, Dvorak/Smetana Piano Trios, Mendelssohn Piano Trios and a Piano Solo Recital disc featuring works by Beethoven, Ravel and Rachmaninov with the Swedish label Intim Musik.

The hugely popular annual Fujita Masterclass in Tokyo for Soloists and Chamber musicians has been running since 2016.

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