New album release of the music of Steve Marsh
One of Ireland’s leading guitarists, Brian Farrell, has devoted his latest CD to some of my compositions. Titled ‘By Lindisfarne – The Music of Steve Marsh’ the programme ranges from a few of my earliest works written in the 1980’s through to some of my latest ones – including the title track – written in 2014.
Tracks include the 4 movement Callanish Suite, the 7 movement Derbyshire Suite, Nine Micro Studies, Circle’s End, Saudade and By Lindisfarne.
World-renowned classical guitarist Paul Gregory writes of the album: “Charming original miniatures by Steve Marsh, beautifully performed with a deft touch by Brian Farrell. The recording is crystal clear. Very well done.”
The Editor of Classical Guitar Magazine, Blair Jackson wrote the following review: “This most recent release from the talented and prolific Irish guitarist Brian Farrell is devoted entirely to music by Steve Marsh. It's a lovely album from beginning to end, brimming with pleasing and often haunting melodies that manage to sound at once affirmative and mysterious. The first time I listened to the CD, my mind was instantly filled with vivid images of the English countryside -so much of it has a relaxing, pastoral feeling. I looked up some of the places referenced in titles: CALLANISH, an ancient stone circle on a remote Scottish isle; THE DERBYSHIRE SUITE, inspired by scenic spots in the East Midlands of England where Marsh lives; LINDISFARNE, another picturesque island with deep history and mystical connections. Marsh, and his vessel, Farrell, tap into all these places, evoking a wide variety of moods, from bucolic bliss to quiet contemplation to sweet sadness.
The NINE MICROSTUDIES seemingly depart from the composer's concern with 'place', but still feel very much a part of the overall tapestry. And my favourite track may be the lilting final one, CIRCLE'S END, which feels almost like a capstone for the CD's journey. The recording is superb and Farrell's playing sparkles like morning dew throughout."
Available from: http://www.brianfarrell.eu