How music can always offer us something new

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Martin Cullingford writes:

Recently I used this space to praise those who support contemporary music, who ensure that music written today is an integral part of our listening life. The occasion then was that James MacMillan’s Stabat mater was our Recording of the Month. Well, three issues on, and this month we bestow that accolade on another contemporary disc, this time of music by Jonathan Dove.

The disc, released by Signum, features his Piano Quintet, a string quartet and a powerful and poignant setting of poetry about the Syrian conflict. All three works are performed by the Sacconi Quartet, who also commissioned the third work, In Damascus, and are thus another group to add to our list of contemporary-music advocates deserving praise.

But I raise this again because, ......

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