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MANDALA 3 - music by Nicola LeFanu & David Lumsdaine

Two composers whose careers each stretch over 40 years and have been married for many years too; their music is very different but each derives inspiration in different ways from nature and wildlife. This album features Gemini, an ensemble with longstanding links to both composers and has been issued to celebrate David Lumsdaine's 85th birthday and Nicola LeFanu's 70th.

The album also features soprano Sarah Leonard in two vocal items and pianist Aleksander Szram in Mandala 3.


AUDIO SAMPLE: Mandala 3 - part 2 extract

dealer release date: February 17, 2017





CD program:
Nicola LeFanu:
Invisible Places
Trio II: Song for Peter
David Lumsdaine:
fire in leaf and grass
Mandala 3
review extracts: for full reviews click here

“ Nicola LeFanu's Invisible Places is a magical work. The language is modernistic, but hardly off-putting. There is much in the pages of this score that is quite lovely. David Lumsdaine's ‘fire in leaf and grass' is beautiful. [Song for Peter] explores the words with great effect. It is haunting and quite unforgettable in its impact. There is a powerful enchantment [in Mandala 3]... I feel that it is an important work. The performance of all four works is excellent. This is a fascinating release from Métier... this album is exceptional in the presentation of interesting, moving and often downright gorgeous music. ” - John France (MusicWeb)

“ Well performed by the chamber ensemble Gemini. [Mandala 3] is an eerie, masterful work both with Bach both inside it as it were, and outside of it looking in... it is a joy to hear. "Mandala 3" makes this program very desirable; the other works give much contrasting interest. In all the album provides much pleasure and a good taste of what Lumsdaine and LeFanu have been doing. I am glad to have it to repeat the experience, probably many times. Very recommended.” - Grego Edwards (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music)