First review in for Sadie Harrison’s The Oldest Song in the World on Métier/Divine Art

Sadie’s new work The Oldest Song in the World for two violas (2018) has been released on Métier/Divine Art, available from June 2019. The piece was written especially for the virtuoso violists Kevin Bishop and Steve Larson from the US ensemble Cuatro Puntos.

The work has had its first review: 'The oldest known written piece of music, found in Syria and dated to 1400 BCE, is arranged by Sadie Harrison for two violas with felicitous results, as a perfect example of respectful reinterpretation that avoids academic reverence.’ (Music Notes, Rafael de Acha)

Metier writes: 'Cuatro Puntos is a multi faceted organization based in Hartford, Connecticut, USA dedicated to intercultural dialogue and universal access through the performance, writing, and teaching of music. Cuatro Puntos oversees a resident chamber music ensemble, a concert series, arts-integration workshops in local schools, the Music Moves Hartford program for those facing homelessness, and a partnership with the Müzikhane Social Music School in Southeastern Turkey. Its recent album ‘Rosegarden of Light’ on Toccata has been widely praised and the ensemble has performed extensively in many parts of the world.

'This album is a musical journey beginning in India, with a work based on traditional raag, through pieces by Iranian composer Reza Vali, to Afghanistan for another piece by Bishop and the area around Syria for a work by Sadie Harrison whose connection with Arabic traditional music goes back many years, through Israel to Egypt for chamber works by Cohen and Farag. As well as being extremely entertaining the album also demonstrates the universality of music in all its different guises as the true universal language.'

The full review can be read here:

(7 Jun 2019)

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