ONE OF THE SUNDAY TIMES 10 RECORDS FOR CHRISTMAS 1998
This disc is a good introduction to the work of a composer (b 1955) who is both an interesting conceptualist and a craftsman well able to realise his ideas in an aurally satisfying way. More Light (1988) is a subtle, 23-minute unfolding, during which repeated ideas steadily alter their shapes – a homage to Morton Feldman and indirectly to Cage abnd Monet. Prime Site works on the opposite principle of avoiding repetition altogether. More things in the air than are visible (1994) is a three-part structure using taped sounds (mechanistic and atmospheric, repectively) in the outer sections. There the pianist is confined to detached chords, but is given his head in the florid middle part. Also included are two brief tributes: Paired off (1995), built on the musical letters of Erik Satie’s name, and Complimentary Forms (1996), built on those of Michael Finnissy’s. Pace plays with clarity and fervour throughout.