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David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

Born and musically educated in England, David Coleman spends much of his time in central Europe, most of the works on this disc written for German musicians. Stylistically it is a very personal voice that often marries tonality and atonality, the opening track, Zwiegesprach, for solo viola, finding that mix working perfectly. Starry Night, which gives the disc its name, is scored for piccolo, piano and ten instruments, and falls into the world of hard-core serialism with fleeting moments of melody. Fanfare and Palimpsest is a rather unusual title for a short piece of transparent delicacy, the disc ending with the pleasing Three Character Pieces scored for viola and piano. The release has been assembled from recordings made between 2002 and 2012, the two most extended scores conducted by Coleman. There are many soloists, including outstanding contributions from Igor Begelman’s clarinet and Felix Schwart’s viola, the sound amazingly consistent in ambience when recorded in so many locations, and as an introduction to Coleman it is an admirable release. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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