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Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Publisher: Chester Music

Tales of the the Invisible (2019)
Commissioned by the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts. First performed by Rozenn Le Trionnaire (clarinet) and the Albion Quartet on 24th August 2019 at St Andrew's Church, Presteigne.
Chester Music Ltd
Small Ensemble (2-6 players)
Year Composed
14 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)

★★★★ Far from any basking in the collegiate warmth of Mozart and Brahms’s clarinet quintets, Frances-Hoad’s has the chill of unspoken hostility as well as a certain humanity. It should prove a good foil for the classic works.
Rian Evans, The Guardian,26/08/2019
Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s impressive clarinet quintet, Tales of the Invisible (the title after Gazmend Kapllani). The work’s stimulus came from Nicholas Murray’s meditative travel book, Crossings, exploring personal boundaries between sanity and madness, night and day, as well as geographical borders. The three movements evolve from unearthly string murmurings and a benign clarinet through to an uneasy accommodation between the two protagonists, variously troubled and calm, a nomadic harmonic language allied to a battleship-grey background, resolution kept at bay. Played with assurance and penetrating insight, Frances-Hoad’s enigmatic piece bewitches and bewilders.
David Truslove, Classical Source,24/08/2019
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