The music of Lydia Kakabadse is infused with the traditions of her family roots in Russia, Georgia, Austria and Greece and especially through the influence of Greek Orthodox chant. Her use of the so-called ‘Arabic scale’ also gives a touch of exotic piquancy to her chamber music. The pieces here are scored for the ‘alternative string quartet’ of violin, viola, cello and double bass and include two songs featuring mezzo-soprano Jess Dandy. A varied collection of works which we expect to garner as much praise as her recent choral CD (Cantica Sacra – DDA 25135).
The sound collective personnel on this CD is: Sara Trickey (violin), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), Tim Lowe (cello) and Ben Griffiths (double bass).
‘This charming album is already one of our favourites. Kakabadse is British but has roots in Greece, Austria, Russia and Georgia, and it’s the mixture of cultures that gives this its charm. The music comes from Sound Collective, a group of musicians that works with composers, writers and educators to build new ways of appreciating and promoting chamber music. They’ve certainly succeeded with this.’
– Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)
‘Lydia Kakabadse’s Russian/Georgian as well as Greek/Austrian descent, enriched by Arabian and medieval ideas, give birth to a an inspiring music mix. The Ensemble “sound collective” as well as singer Jess Dandy prove committed and high-class performers.’
– Uwe Krusch (Pizzicato)