12 ensemble Resurrection (LP, £15.75)
The 12 ensemble continue their remarkable rise on the international classical music scene with their stunning debut album ‘Resurrection’. Featuring a new work from Bryce Dessner, the acclaimed composer and guitarist of the band ‘The National’, a commission from boundary-pushing UK composer Kate Whitley and works by Lutosławski and Woolrich, ‘Resurrection’ is a powerful collection of four works for strings that reflect the ensemble’s spirit of bringing new energy and exploration to established sounds and ideas. Always performing without a conductor, the ensemble have developed a reputation across Europe as one of the UK’s leading string orchestras. This debut recording highlights the group’s commitment to intimate music-making that lives and breathes, performed with dazzling energy and an astonishing sound, all based on the principle of putting the music in charge.
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