Lydia Kakabadse: Ithaka

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The Choir of Royal Holloway, accompanied by alumna Cecily Beer on harp present Lydia Kakabadse's Odyssey amongst other works on this new album. 

British composer Lydia Kakabadse (with roots in Greece, Austria, Russia and Georgia) reflects her cultural heritage in music that has western and Mediterranean influences, is demonstrated through the use of modal intonation. This album includes a work written for the choir that was commissioned by the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London. A wide variety of styles are used to mirror not only the composer’s roots, but also the approach of Hellenism. Odyssey, for choir and harp, uses both to glittering effect, with pleasing melodies and rich harmonic turns.

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Odyssey is a very appealing work and it’s extremely well served here by Rupert Gough and his excellent choir. The singing is fresh, eager and full of vitality. There are a number of important solos taken by members of the choir. All are excellent. (NewReview)

Divine Art, February 2019

All Hallows’, Gospel Oak, London

Released: November 2018

Catalogue No. dda 25188