Sensations of Travel, Nigel Osborne Chamber Music

Release date: 22nd February

Hebrides Ensemble, Delphian Records

Gramophone Magazine ****

...But Osborne’s travels have become a kind of pilgrimage in search of relevance and responsibility that deserves serious attention, and these well-crafted recordings offer many different facets of an arrestingly contemporary musical voice.”

Herald Scotland ****

At once homogeneous and remarkably eclectic, the chief thing to say about the third album that cellist Will Conway’s Hebrides Ensemble has recorded for Delphian is that it is a beguilingly lovely listen. The full sextet (completed by pianist Philip Moore, violinist Zoe Byers, Catherine Marwood on viola and Rachael Clegg and Maximiliano Martin on oboe and clarinet) is assembled on none of the 20 tracks, although all bar Clegg play on the most recent music, written especially for the group. Preludio y cancion is derived from an opera-in-progress Osborne is writing with Ariel Dorfman and if all the music is as beautiful as this we are in for a treat.”

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