Richard Causton's new Piano Quintet praised by critics

Richard Causton

Composer and King's Fellow Richard Causton's latest work, Piano Quintet, has received warm praise from critics. The work was premiered by the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall, London on 18 March.

What the critics say

"In the first half [of Richard Causton's Piano Quintet] the upper strings detached themselves spatially and emotionally from the piano and cello. The latter duo supplied dark, sepulchral, drone-like sounds, while the upper strings sprinted through fast, angular medieval-style chords. This complete disconnect was 'healed' by a second half of unified timbres and moods - but only to produce a bleak, static landscape of ghostly harmonics. Not a jolly piece, but strikingly imaginative."
- Richard Morrison, The Times, Friday 20 March 2015

"The first of the world premières opened the concert – Richard Causton’s Piano Quintet. The Nash’s vigour was there right from the beginning, as the trio of upper strings battled with the duo of cello and piano; the first swirling high, homophonic tonal harmony, the second low, atonal jumps....[then] the piece shifted into hypnotic territory. Tim Horton brought a lullaby-like quality to his piano trilling interjections as the ensemble invoked a shimmering night sky, ending with plucked piano strings wonderfully mimicking the tolls of early morning bells."

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26 March 2015