Craig Ogden, Daniel Browell, Ulster Orchestra & Sinead Hayes – Greg Caffrey: Orchestral Works (2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Craig Ogden, Daniel Browell, Ulster Orchestra & Sinead Hayes – Greg Caffrey: Orchestral Works (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 58:48 minutes | 593 MB | Genre: Classical
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Introducing “Environments,” from acclaimed composer Greg Caffrey, a poignant journey through landscapes both physical and emotional. Recorded in the heart of Belfast at the historic Townsend Street Church, this album captures the essence of a city marked by its tumultuous history and resilient spirit. Caffrey’s compositions, brought to life by the renowned Ulster Orchestra, reflect his own personal journey from the streets of West Belfast to international acclaim.

Opening the album is “Aingeal,” a deeply personal work written in tribute to a loved one. Set against a backdrop of strings and percussion, the music captures the raw emotions of grief and loss, offering solace and catharsis in its haunting melodies.

Environments I and II,” are two pieces born from Caffrey’s residencies in Paris, showcasing his mastery of orchestral composition. From the grandeur of a full symphony orchestra to the intimacy of chamber music, these works explore a range of rich sonic landscapes. Each note is imbued with the composer’s profound connection to his surroundings, offering a window into his creative process.

“A Terrible Beauty,” the centrepiece of the album, unfolds over three movements inspired by the poetry of WB Yeats. Caffrey’s response to the poetry is both evocative and introspective, weaving together themes of beauty, pain, and resilience. With each movement, the music transports listeners on a visceral journey through the depths of human experience, culminating in a profound exploration of the human spirit.

Through “Environments,” Greg Caffrey invites listeners to reflect on their own environments, both internal and external, and discover the beauty in life’s most poignant moments.

Conducted by Sinead Hayes with soloists Craig Ogden (guitar) and Daniel Browell (piano).

Tracklist:
01. Craig Ogden, Daniel Browell, Ulster Orchestra & Sinead Hayes – Caffrey: Aingeal II (09:21)
02. Craig Ogden, Daniel Browell, Ulster Orchestra & Sinead Hayes – Caffrey: Environments II (12:22)
03. Craig Ogden, Daniel Browell, Ulster Orchestra & Sinead Hayes – Caffrey: A Terrible Beauty: I. These Are the Clouds About the Fallen Sun (07:40)
04. Craig Ogden, Daniel Browell, Ulster Orchestra & Sinead Hayes – Caffrey: A Terrible Beauty: II. Things Fall Apart; the Centre Cannot Hold (04:43)
05. Craig Ogden, Daniel Browell, Ulster Orchestra & Sinead Hayes – Caffrey: A Terrible Beauty: III. …For Peace Comes Dropping Slow (07:49)
06. Craig Ogden, Daniel Browell, Ulster Orchestra & Sinead Hayes – Caffrey: Environments I (16:50)

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