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Saturday, September 02, 2017

CD Review: Will Butterworth Quartet - The Nightingale and the Rose

Will Butterworth (piano); Seb Pipe (alto); Nick Pini (bass); Pete Ibbetson (drums)
(Review by Lance).
It didn't hit me first time round, nor did it on the second and third! Possibly because I hadn't read Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and the Rose so I wasn't too sure what it was all about.
I googled The Nightingale and the Rose and, lo and behold, the story was there.
This was a whole different ball game.
Reading Wilde's prose and hearing Butterworth's music it all fell into place.
Butterworth has totally captured the essence of Wilde's fantasy. The thrill, the love, the hope, the sadness are all beautifully depicted by the four musicians.
The piano, ever present, expressing the emotion of the peace whilst Pipe's alto soars and sings as surely did the nightingale. Bass and drums add to the depth bringing colour to the rose.
The titles all relate to the story as it unwinds.
1/No red rose in all my garden; 2/The nightingale; 3/What I sing of, he suffers; 4/She swept over the garden like a shadow...; 5/6/ Philosophy and metaphysics, part 1 & part 2; 7/A red rose in my garden; 8/ ...and like a shadow she sailed through the grove; 9/The cold crystal moon leaned down to listen; 10/A love perfected by death.
You may think that this is going to be heavy going but you're wrong. The music floats and stings like a bee, to quote a well-known phrase.
Recommended listening but make sure you read the story as you do so.
5 stars Butterworth.
5 stars Wilde.
Lance.
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