‘Night Seasons’ – Guy Johnston’s latest recording out now

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Hailed by Classic FM as “one of today’s most exciting young composers” Rebecca Dale is a London based composer, working most often with large orchestral and choral forces in the worlds of cinema and theatre. Night Seasons is an album about hope, looking for the light in difficult times, written during a time of personal difficulty while her father was terminally ill. The album features the eponymous ‘Night Seasons’ with soloist Guy Johnston.

“It’s essentially a concerto for cello and choir and a conversation between the two. The spotlight is not always on the cello, unlike most concertos, and I think Rebecca manages to navigate the dialogue between the choir, cello and orchestra admirably. There are moments when the cello is in the foreground and at other times less so. Ralph Kirshbaum used to say a phrase that works quite well in collaboration, ’You’re first among equals here.’ I think this is part of the balancing act of the piece, to give everyone their say.”

An extract from an article Guy Johnston has written about his experience preparing and recording ‘Night Seasons’ in The Strad.

Night Seasons is out now on streaming sites and can be pre-ordered from Signum Classics.

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