Guardian review of This Departing Landscape

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“a superbly produced world premiere on Radio 3, recorded by the BBC Philharmonic and Ilan Volkov just weeks before lockdown. Rounding off a programme of Bax, Rubbra and Vaughan Williams, Martin Suckling’s new orchestral work The Departed Landscape felt like the aural equivalent of a vigorous massage. Emerging from hard-edged shards of sound, its first movement revelled in sudden eruptions of new textures; the second in slowly shimmering chords, changing almost imperceptibly via minute shifts in balance within a general resonance and slipping in and out of “normal” tonality as if someone were twiddling a knob. This was music that left me wanting to step inside my radio for full immersion.” Flora Willson
Period6 Jul 2020