Reflected Images


by Colin Matthews

Colin Matthews: Reflected Images
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, USA, 2-4 October (world premiere)
San Francisco SO/Michael Tilson Thomas
‘… the whole piece seems to exist on its own terms. Interesting music, this, and I think likely to last.’
Michelle Dulak (San Francisco Classical Voice), 4 October 2003

‘… a crisply evocative performance, and there was no denying the British composer's mastery of the orchestra and of a certain fragrant, Debussyan sensitivity… Reflected Images unfolds in four brief, connected movements: a shadowy, distant waltz followed by a shadowy, distant march, then a somewhat more urgent recitative for strings and a quick, light-footed finale. The writing is terse, elegant and shapely, especially in Matthews' ability to conjure up elusive fog banks of sound from which individual details -- the oom-pah-pah rhythms of the ghostly waltz, for instance -- emerge fleetingly. In the march movement, tiny snippets of melody burst forth from the woodwinds before subsiding, like dark, slender logs sticking above the surface of a placid lake.’
Joshua Kosman (San Francisco Chronnicle), 4 October 2003

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