The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
English composer Brian Ferneyhough was born in Coventry on 16 January 1943 and studied at the Birmingham School of Music, with Lennox Berkeley at the Royal Academy of Music, Ton de Leeuw in Amsterdam, and Klaus Huber in Basel. For most of his career he has taught in Germany and then the USA. Resident in California since 1987, he is generally considered to be the central figure of the so-called New Complexity movement.
CD Spotlight. Important Women Composers - British music by Ethel Smyth, Susan Spain-Dunk, Constance Warren and Ruth Gipps, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... performances of the highest calibre, combining irrepressible beauty and fragility with technical mastery that brings out all the suavity of these sophisticated creations.'
Bizarre Perception - Alistair Hinton discusses a recent article on English music by David Hamilton
CD Spotlight. An Invaluable Addition - Chamber music by Brian Ferneyhough, heard by Patric Standford. '... strong and committed performances ...'
CD Spotlight. Musical Narrative - Works by Mark Applebaum, reviewed by Carson Cooman. '... complex in surface and generally rhapsodic in feel ...'
New, adventurous and progressive - A profile of the Society for Chromatic Art, by Amanda von Goetz
Life and death - Tess Crebbin writes about 'Shadowtime', Brian Ferneyhough's first opera
Record box. Tour-de-force - Patric Standford listens to recent music for solo flutes, played by Nancy Ruffer