Posted on 19 August 2019
"He uses a very individual musical language, as we hear in the opening work - Signals for solo piano - using moments of silence to punctuate a score best described as an enhancement of atonality"
On their website, Naxos have described the new CD as follows:
"Thomas Simaku, whose music has been described as ‘visionary and entirely original’ is one of the most fascinating and important of contemporary composers. His blend of intensity and modernism is exemplified in this selection of chamber and instrumental works, all performed by the dedicatees, each of which reveals different facets of his art. Playfulness of texture can be savoured in Signals, whereas virtuosity is a feature of Capriccioso. The architecture and vocal quality of ENgREnage show the rich variety of contrasts and harmonic colours that Simaku evokes in his music."
In his review, David Denton writes:
"He uses a very individual musical language, as we hear in the opening work—Signals for solo piano—using moments of silence to punctuate a score best described as an enhancement of atonality.’ Titillating the ear with new sounds, the composer states that he has used the title, Capriccioso, to both describe the notation of the score for solo violin, just as much as to its form and shape."