The Voice Inside - Lyell Cresswell (4 stars)

The Voice Inside - Lyell Cresswell


Quirky, atmospheric, funny, intense, dramatic are all adjectives which can be used to describe Edinburgh adoptee but New Zealand-born composer Lyell Cresswell’s concerto for violin, soprano and orchestra, The Voice Inside. Settings of seven poems by contemporary writer Ron Butlin, the movements are hugely varied – with influence of Britten in their lyrical flow – in how they explore the ways in which the relationships between the two soloists and orchestra develop. Under British conductor James Judd, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s playing is tautly expressive with mezzo Madeleine Pierard and violinist Vesa-Matti Leppänen both persuasive voices in the solo roles.


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