Geoffrey Poole – Septembral


Catalogue No: MSVCD 92061
EAN/UPC: 5019148627623
Artists: , ,
Release Date: November 2000
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 56:45

Beautifully evocative music by Geoffrey Poole: a two-piano work played by the composer with Joanna Porter, a piece for oboe and piano, presented by Jinny Shaw (oboe) and Anne-Marie Hastings (piano); Septembral itself, a major and intricate chamber work, played by Gemini, and the wonderful yet little-known Third String Quartet, played by the UK’s most famous quartet, the Lindsays.

Track Listing

    Geoffrey Poole:

  1. The Impersonal Touch (9:40)
  2. Septembral (16:40)
  3. I. String Quartet no. 3 – 1 – Ofanverthnott: Morgan (5:20)
  4. II. String Quartet no. 3 – 2- Dael-mael, Mid-daeg (4:20)
  5. III. String Quartet no. 3 – 3 – The Web of Wyrd (2:06)
  6. IV. String Quartet no. 3 – 4 – Ofanverthdagr, etc (4:06)
  7. V. String Quartet no. 3 – 5 – Mid-niht (5:27)
  8. Firefinch (9:02)


The Wire

the highlight is String Quartet No. 3, in a live recording by the Lindsay Quartet… it miraculously convinces. The air of magic and mystery is sustained by a totally original use of form and sonority – menacing rustlings, pizzicato whisperings and col legno clicks. An extraordinary disc.

” —Unknown reviewer
The Sunday Times

This is an impressive showcase for a British composer (b1949) whose interests range from African drumming to old English folk dance.

” —Unknown reviewer
The Observer

athletically performed by Jinny Shaw.

” —Unknown reviewer

Poole’s music in spite of its demands of all sorts is also much concerned with communication which it often achieves through its sheer vitality, no matter how technically complex it may be. All the performances are consistently fine as is the recording quality. This release is most welcome.

” —Hubert Culot