Ryan Latimer’s ‘Chloe’ for solo violin has been chosen for the forthcoming release by RMN Classical amongst 12 pieces for solo instrument. The piece, first performed by Garth Knox at the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham in November 2011, is to be released on the label in autumn this year.
Its title, Chloe, refers firstly to the novel, Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino. The story centres upon an explorer, Marko Polo, and an emperor, Kublai Kahn. Kahn employs Polo to describe to him in detail all the cities he has passed through on his travels; one of which being the city of Chloe. However, since they do not speak the same language as one another, Polo must use the objects surrounding him to help depict the fantastically diverse and exotic cities that he has visited. It later occurs to Kahn however, that these cities only really exist through his imaginative interpretation of Polo’s gestures and he therefore realises that each of the cities Polo is depicting could in fact be the same city, or indeed, the city of which he is emperor. “I found this notion of presenting a single idea in vastly contrasting and imaginative ways extremely interesting,” adds Ryan.