Meadow by Linda Catlin-Smith is the first in a series of recordings released by the Louth Contemporary Music Society under the title “…out of silence” following their commissioning of the work for the 2019 Louth Contemporary Music Festival.
The “… out of silence” series, put together under the exceptional conditions of the pandemic, lets listeners eavesdrop on music-making of extraordinary care and intimacy – Ideal conditions for the very finely balanced music of Linda Catlin-Smith.
As Eamonn Quinn, the driving force behind Louth Contemporary Music Society tells us, the series recordings features world-renowned composers attuned to the intricacies of silence as much as sound, with performances by musicians of equal sensitivity and expertise.
“A meadow”, the composer has said, “is a simple place, with elements that are there quite naturally; it’s not a spectacular garden, but if you look closely there are many different types of plants and tiny flowers. It is a place of infinite variation”.
This is how the music goes, weaving a meadow, weaving through a meadow, in stray fragments of tune that will be repeated until they dissolve or give way to something else, through chord sequences that move slowly but inexorably.
Listeners are drawn into this gentle but alert music by three outstanding Irish string players: Mia Cooper on violin, Joachim Roewer on viola and Bill Butt on cello.
There is no hurry, no need to hurry. To quote Linda Catlin Smith again, “I like to sit with things for a while, to dwell in the material, to have a chance to listen.” This is the kind of experience she provides in Meadow.Eamonn, at Louth Contemporary Music Society
Contemporary music author and critic Tim Rutherford-Johnson places Meadow amongst the very best releases of 2020:
A 30-minute string trio, Meadow scrapes a little deeper into the influences of early music that frequently run beneath the surface of Smith’s music: like a Dufay motet it conveys an atmosphere of melody and polyphony without constraint, but also of contemplation and extraordinary warmth.Tim Rutherford-Johnson
The CD is available from Proper Music, also for streaming on all major platforms. We look forward to publishing the music in due course.