Linda Catlin Smith Mia Cooper Joachim Roewer William Butt
Compact Disc (Audio)
11th Dec 2020
Louth Contemporary Music
the Arts Council and financially supported by Create Louth
Ian Power review Meadow in Tempo:
Meadow contains not a single gimmick, trick, conceit or ‘A ha’; it is music that never encourages you to do anything other than continue listening to it, and I did, over and over. It is my favourite release of 2020, and I may not have adequately fulfilled the descriptive function of a review, but I will fulfil the teaser function: run, don’t walk and go and listen to this for yourself. You really must.
Mia Cooper (violin), Joachim Roewer (viola) and William Butt (cello) play with a tactful reserve that serves to highlight the occasional moments of glowing warmth or severe discordant tension in this deeply meditative work.
Michael Dervan The Irish Times
Linda Catlin Smith: Meadow (Louth CMS)
Any new recording of Linda Catlin Smith’s music is to be welcomed, but this issue of Meadow, released by Louth Contemporary Music Society near the very end of the year (launch event on 11 December here) feels very special. A 30-minute string trio, Meadow scrapes a little deeper into the influences of early music that frequently run beneath the surface of Smith’s music: like a Dufay motet it conveys an atmosphere of melody and polyphony without constraint, but also of contemplation and extraordinary warmth. If Höstman caught the end of the pre-pandemic world, maybe her Canadian contemporary points to a future after it.
Releases of 2020
Alex Ross’ Notable Recordings of 2020
Linda Catlin Smith, “Meadow”; Mia Cooper, Joachim, Bill Butt (Louth Contemporary Music Society)
Steve Smith For the Record Album of the Week 11 December 2020
Melody that never ends
Tension melts away
Meadow calms the roil inside
Let it fill you up
This, another treasure from
Linda Catlin Smith.