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INTRICATE WEB - MUSIC BY LIZ JOHNSON
LORÉ LIXENBERG (soprano);
HEATHER TUACH (cello); RONALD WOODLEY (clarinet)
FITZWILLIAM STRING QUARTET

One of the most individual and distinctive of today's composers, Liz Johnson produces works that are perfectly set for their purpose - whether it be setting unusual poems, composing on themes from art, or describing her experiences with people and nature.

Four string quartets are accompanied by a number of chamber and vocal works of enormous interest and intriguing sonorities. The performers are amongst the top rank of today's British musical world.

The two discs are almost 80 minutes each - a feast of new music!

CD DURATION:  78:14 / 79:27

AUDIO SAMPLE: Tide purl - extract




dealer release date: May 19, 2017
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CD program (not in playing order on CD):
String Quartet No. 1 "Images of Trees"
String Quartet No. 2 "For Elliott"
String Quartet No. 3 "Intricate Web"
String Quartet No. 4 "Sky-burial"
Towards the Sea
Four Jo Shapcott Settings
Sleep Close
Tide Purl
Cello Suite:
"Reflections of an Eccentric English Artist"
Fantasia Forty-something
Clarinet Quintet "Sea-change"

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“This is an exciting album full of interesting music. Liz Johnson's style is unashamedly modernist, with nods to avant-garde procedures that have been made mainstream over the past few decades. It is fantastic to discover a composer that has not succumbed to writing insipid post-modern music. All the works on these two CDs are approachable, sometimes challenging, musically vibrant, and ultimately satisfying. The liner notes are excellent. The presentation of the booklet is truly artistic. The texts of the all the songs set are given, and are provided with some outstanding art work. A model CD booklet.” - John France (MusicWeb)

“We can so easily miss new stars rising in the firmament of music composition. But for me, unexpectedly, out of the ether (of BBC Radio 3) dropped a 4-minute jewel of a string quartet, and with a title that was hard to forget, Tide Purl by Liz Johnson. It was played by the Fitzwilliam Quartet as a trailer for a concert to launch 2-CD retrospective including all this composer's work for the string quartet medium. . I was immediately hooked... [this] is a significant body of English music for string quartet.” – Nigel Morgan (Tonality Systems Press)