Concerto by Andrew Downes
I am very honoured to have had this concerto written for me. Andrew was not only a gifted composer with a distinct voice, but one of the kindest and most generous musicians I have had the privilege of meeting.
With its profusion of melodies and ideas that come one after another, this concerto has a forward momentum that rarely looks back. Over the course of the three movements, there is a transition from tension to resolution, chaos to peace, darkness to light. This is music with a soul; captivating and immensely moving. In a world that is increasingly frenetic and time-bound, this concerto manages to find a calmness and stillness that I find restorative and life-affirming. There are moments when time itself seems to be suspended. Yet, at other times, the piece is alive with pulsating energy, rhythmic playfulness and vitality.
You can read my full programme note on Andrew Downe’s website.
My sincere thanks to conductor Anthony Bradbury and the wonderful Central England Camerata, and their leader Anna downes, as well as Paula Downes for the beautiful accompanying film.
Sponsored by Lynwood Music, This recording was made on April 16th, 2023 and is being released as part of the “Andrew Downes Year of Remembrance” following his death on January 2nd, 2023.