An art house DVD from the Delta Saxophone Quartet with music by Finnissy, Searby, Goss, Barry & Ewers. Films directed by Frank Millward, audio mixed and mastered by John Winfield. DVD includes interviews with composers and performers. Disturbingly reassuring.
Uneasy Dreams DVD
Chris Caldwell with the Delta Saxophone Quartet (2011)
Uneasy Dreams: for Saxophone Quartet and Moving Images
Uneasy Dreams takes its title from the first sentence of Kafka's Metamorphosis. "As Gregor Sansa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed on his bed, into a gigantic insect!" This programme combines five of the Delta Saxophone Quartet's commissions form some of the British Isles moat esoteric composers interspersed with the quartet's own soundscape improvisations. The whole experience is enriched by Frank Millward 's own moving image designs created specifically for this project.
The works presented here are: Gerald Barry Before the Road (1997), Tim Ewers On the Edge (2006), Mike Searby Ghosts and Arias (2007), Michael Finnissey Selected Movements of Great Masters (1996), Steve Goss Uneasy Dreams (2006).
The dreamer travels through swarms of fireflies into a land of quarter tones where a variety of emotions arise; from nervousness through excitement to euphoria, no respite exists where the echoes of Xenakis, Ligeti and Lutoslawski reside. Interruptions marked "volatile", "chugging", "sad" and "vicious" appear without rhyme or reason. What next? The mad hatter's tea party? Meet Spohr tugging at his forelock, Schubert brushing his teeth and Beethoven blowing his nose... The final resting place is the sanctity of a blues for Sam Lowrey which dissolves softly to a distorted and half remembered chorale that drws on a chord sequence from Wagner's Parsifal. Wachet Auf!