Gemini virtuosic and thrilling as ever...'
Gramophone magazine wrote (2006):
'Philip Grange ... one of the most distinctive minds of his generation ... this is music whose creative instincts are undeniably personal ... Finely prepared performances from Gemini and Ian Mitchell ... Further discs of his music would be welcome.'
Well, a further disc was indeed, some 12 years later, released in Sept. 2019 on Metier. and was chosen for the USA's Art Music Lounge ''What a Performance'' awards as one of the best albums of 2019. Read the review here:
Gemini and Grange
Gemini and Grange have worked together for nearly 30 years, broadcasting, touring, giving 30 performances, recording 2 previous CDs of his music, both chosen as a Critic's Choice for Disc of the Year in Gramophone magazine.
The ensemble wishes to share a major development in his compositional approach used in a large-scale chamber work - Shifting Thresholds - written for them to premiere for his 60th birthday.
The disc's title is 'Homage': the 30-minute sextet Shifting Thresholds is a homage to Samuel Beckett; Tiers of Time for piano quartet is Grange's tribute to his friend and colleague the composer John Casken to mark his retirement from Manchester University; Homage to Chagall is for piano trio and Elegy for solo cello is a homage to the poet Edward Thomas.
The CD is available to purchase via our RECORDINGS page and via divineartrecords.com as well as all usual outlets