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MUSIC OF 9/11 volume 1
VARIOUS SOLOISTS / MANCHESTER SINFONIA

Made after visits to all the crash sites of September 1, 2001 and in collaboration with senior officials of the 9/11 Commission, this CD is a musical document of the events and emotions of that day, remarkably unsentimental but deeply moving. Requiem 77 is a solo cello work interlaced with the voices of air traffic controllers documenting the loss of flight 77 into the Pentagon; Eighteen Minutes documents the interval between the two WTC attacks and Angels and Fireflies is a hauntingly beautiful piece inspired by seeing clouds of fireflies hovering over the Flight 93 crash site in Pennsylvania. Issued in memory for all those afflicted, on that day and since.

CD DURATION:  46:35 

AUDIO SAMPLE: Angels and Fireflies (beginning)  




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tracks:

Eighteen Minutes
David Heyes & Dan Styffe (double basses)
New World Ensemble
Requiem 77
Christian Elliott (solo cello)
Angels and Fireflies
Victoria Daniel (flute),
Manchester Sinfonia, cond. Richard Howarth

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“[Eighteen Minutes] is a sobering and appropriate tribute to modern history's irrevocable turning-point. The CD is neither mawkish nor exploitative, but a genuine attempt to create a meaningful art work for a moment that cannot be forgotten.” – Rick Jones (Words and Music)

“The New World Ensemble give [Eighteen Minutes] an intense and finely played performance. [Requiem 77] is a strangely mesmerising and disturbing piece that repays repeated listening. Christian Elliott tackles this difficult piece wonderfully. Angels and Fireflies receives an excellent performance. This disc is full of immensely emotional content, These works are excellently played by all the artists concerned. There is a fine recording an informative booklet notes by the composer. This is not an easy listen but very worthwhile and at times emotional nevertheless.” – The Classical Reviewer

“Kevin Malone deals with the horrors of 9/11 in stylistically varied music. The result is emotionally gripping. Victoria Daniel and the Manchester Sinfonia under Richard Howarth offer a very coherent and musically striking performance, full of expression and musical beauty, with an excellent recording. Overall, a production that one can hardly escape emotionally. - Interpretation: X X X X Sound Quality: X X X X Repertoire: X X X X Booklet: X X X - Jürgen Schaarwächter (Klassik.com)

“This album contains only three of his seven works confronting the sub­ject, and it makes me curious to hear more. These are not some vainglorious, grandiose showy scores, but instead ut­terly personal, introverted creations. His sincerity is always apparent. Sound is full and well balanced in keeping with the urgency of the writing, and Malone's notes are illuminating, although it may be best to allow the music to make its own effect before reading about his methods and processes. There is something obsessive and exacting about his highly structured attempts to confront 9/11. It is not an easy listen ... but I really admire Malone's intricate style and invention.” - Barnaby Rayfield (Fanfare)