Sringara Chaconne recorded by Musikfabrik

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Long-standing supporters of Harvey’s music, ensemble Musikfabrik have recently released the premiere recording of his last work for ensemble: Sringāra Chaconne for 15 players (2009).

This 14-minute work – full of ravishing, glittering textures conjured from four gentle chords which rise slowly through many transmutations – is a typical example the composer’s fusion of Western culture and Eastern philosophy. There are a number of more objective events which repeat – like the chaconne of the title – whilst Sringāra is an Indian rasa (‘flavour/mood’) signifying a love-essence which, according to Hindu belief, is at the beginning of all art.

‘Sringāra Chaconne glows and shimmers in a graceful exploration of Hindu notions of erotic love.’

The Guardian (Kate Molleson), 11 February 2016