Composers’ Academy: Hollie Harding, Joel Järventausta, Jocelyn Campbell; Philharmonia Orchestra, Patrick Bailey; NMC Recordings
Reviewed 7 October 2022, (★★★★½)
Three works from the Philharmonia’s 2019/20 Composers’ Academy; three refined, imaginative, evocative works every conjuring a special temper
Composers Hollie Harding, Joel Järventausta and Jocelyn Campbell, took half within the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2019/20 Composers’ Academy and the 2019/20 Royal Philharmonic Society Composers programme. On this disc from NMC Recordings, Patrick Bailey conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Hollie Harding’s What was scattered, Joel Järventausta’s Pilgrim and Jocelyn Campbell’s CLUBLAND: X-TREME EUPHORIA.
Hollie Harding has been Affiliate Head of Composition (UG) on the Guildhall College of Music and Drama since 2020. She was 2017 Composer in Residence with CoMA, subsequently led workshops on their Summer time College in Orkney, and had items carried out at their 2018 and 2020 Festivals of Up to date Music for All. Her 2019 piece, Melting, Shifting, Liquid World was the primary composition to include using open-ear, bone-conduction headsets alongside stay acoustic and amplified devices to create a multi-layered sonic atmosphere for the viewers to maneuver round and inside.
What was scattered was accomplished throughout what the composer calls a troublesome interval of lockdown, she sees the work having an underlying sense of longing and looking colouring the piece, because it colored the world round me on the time.
The work begins delicately, and all through the piece the readability and transparency of the writing is notable, a way of particular person threads coming collectively but we’re all the time conscious of their separation. Although fluid and flowing, it feels as if the music circles spherical, exploring materials from completely different angles. Because the work progresses there’s a higher sense of construction, however the entire unwinds and blows away. Harding has a beautiful sense of color and timbre, the work’s multi-layered clear orchestration impressing tremendously.
Finnish composer Joel Järventausta is a synesthete, so colors, shapes and imagery play an vital position in his music which is usually impressed by extra-musical sources and different artwork varieties. He studied on the Royal Faculty of Music and on the College of York. At King’s Faculty, London, he studied beneath Sir George Benjamin and Prof. Silvina Milstein, supported by the Arts & Humanities Scholarship.
In 2022, Joel’s orchestral work Sunfall obtained 4 performances by the London Symphony Orchestra, carried out by François-Xavier Roth in London’s Barbican Centre, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Dortmund’s Konzerthaus and Aalborg’s Musikkens Hus. Joel’s choral work There’ll come tender rains was given a number of performances in Finland by Helsinki Chamber Choir, carried out by Nils Schweckendiek.
Of Pilgrim, he feedback that the ‘gradual, contemplative – even ritualistic – nature of the music, appeared to me very similar to that of a solitary pilgrimage’. It begins quite spare and delicate, with a hanging use of silence. Although there’s a sense of development, motion, the ambiance continues to be considerate and contemplative. At occasions, there have been distant hints of Copland’s Appalachian Spring. A extra intense part results in music with actual drama and rigidity, however issues evaporate, and the work unwinds with a return to the opening type but with underlying disturbances.
Born in South-West London, Jocelyn Campbell’s formative coaching started at an early age on the double bass, however they rapidly turned desirous about pop, various and digital music all through secondary college, first taking part in in bands after which turning into desirous about music manufacturing. All of those multifarious disciplines stay of their work right this moment.
Jocelyn studied at Middlesex College, turning into desirous about composing for movie in addition to for the live performance corridor. Each of their subsequent post-graduate levels have been accomplished at King’s Faculty London. Firstly, finding out beneath Silvina Milstein for an MMus after which beneath Sir George Benjamin for a PhD in composition, which was awarded in June 2019. As a composer of music for movie Jocelyn has not too long ago labored with Julien Temple on the unique scores for his feature-length documentaries Ibiza: The Silent Film and Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane McGowan.
Jocelyn Campbell feedback that trance music was one of many first kinds of music they tried to make as a youngster. They describe CLUBLAND: X-TREME EUPHORIA as an ode to Trance compilations reminiscent of ‘Traditional Euphoria’, ‘Clubland: Excessive’ and ‘Excessive Euphoria’.
Now, I’ve to admit that I’ve no actual concept about Trance music, my dancing days had been restricted to homosexual disco. So, I come to this piece merely from the viewpoint of listening to a up to date classical work. The opening is considerably shocking, the vitality is simple and there’s a beautiful transparency to the orchestral writing. All through the work, there’s a feeling of fragments coming collectively, merging into one another, evoking Trance as if from a distance. There are extra rhythmic moments, extra intense ones and extra structured ones, however the entire has a dream-like really feel, not a transcription however a distant evocation and emotional response. The result’s a surprisingly refined and finely judged work.
Hollie Harding – What was scattered (2021) [14:19]
Joel Järventausta (born 1995) – Pilgrim (2021) [12:36]
Jocelyn Campbell – CLUBLAND: X-TREME EUPHORIA (2021) [11:59]
Patrick Bailey (conductor)
Recorded at Wathen Corridor, St Paul’s College, London on 22 October 2021
NMC RECORDINGS NMC DL3049 1CD [38:54]
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