a performance full of life and zest

—MusicWeb International, Stuart Sillitoe

Ritual Incantations

Album cover art for Ritual Incantations

The present collection of Augusta Read Thomas's works spans 18 years, from 1999 to 2017. It juxtaposes the two sides of Thomas that we've already encountered in previous volumes, the large-scale thinker in the cello concerto Ritual Incantations, the piano trio Klee Musings and the recent string quartet Chi, and the miniaturist in the six other works which on this disc act as satellites to the above-mentioned three larger works.

Two sides that, paradoxically, seem to share more similarities than differences. Common to all the works collected here are the sunny, free-wheeling lyricism, luminosity, sense of colour, spontaneity, caprice, playfulness and spirituality which have long been ineradicable characteristics of her nuanced music, all tied up with an irrepressible energy and a sense of irreducible concision no matter how expansive the time frame, of taking all the time in the world to say everything that needs to be said in any given piece, but not a second more than that!

Label: Nimbus Alliance, 2017

Link: https://www.wyastone.co.uk/augusta-read-thomas-ritual-incantations.html

Work: qì (for four percussionists playing two marimbas), by Augusta Read Thomas world premiere performance

always spellbinding to watch live…qì brims with relentless energy
— La Tempestad, Jeremy Glazier —