McLachlan is one of the established Camilleri specialists; performer and composer worked together on this CD of music (first recordings in each case) some of which was especially written for this disc. Camilleri's music is very special - atmospheric, mystical but also full of life and vigour.
|CD DURATION: 71:22
AUDIO SAMPLE: Paganiana (extract)
Paganiana (for 4 hands) - with Kathryn Page
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|"Listening to Celestial Harmonies, I have experienced quite a new dimension. I felt I was taken up by a whirlwind, higher and higher; an extraordinary and exciting sensation... it is totally breathtaking" - The Maltese Times|
|"Like Messiaen, the Maltese composer Charles Camilleri rarely shirks the big issues. One set of pieces on this new release is named Cosmologies, another is Celestial Harmonies. Individiual titles include Constellations, Colours of Time and Cosmic Dance. Touches of Turangalila in the exploration of time and space? Indeed, except that the impulse behind these works is the folk music of Malta.
The result is often very beautiful; refined in line and texture, haunting yet spare and superbly captured by this Manchester pianist" - Yorkshire Post
|"Surely this must be counted as one of the most important piano recordings ever issued of Charles Camilleri's music. 'Cosmologies' is arguably the masterpiece of the disc a three-movement suite of intensely mystical music. Murray Mclachlan's playing is absolutely spellbinding, a true advocate of the composer's music, he brings a stamp of authority and excellence to all compositions.
Kathryn Page's short contribution in Paganiniana is also commendable. Maclachlan also writes the notes to the CD and provides eminently lucid descriptions that add to the colour and appeal of the whole project... it is essential to all piano students, players and enthusiasts alike".
Performance: *****Sound: ***** - Gerald Fenech
|"More than enough genuinely original music to make this CD well worth acquiring... Murray McLachlan's performances are excellent throughout... recording is excellent" - Musical Opinion|
|"The CD opens with a take on Paganini's 24th Caprice in a quirky, high-energy rendition for piano four-hands. The individuality and allure of Camilleri's brief set of variations serve as an accessible introduction to the unique music on the balance of the disc". - Fanfare (USA)|