Sean Shibe’s softLOUD recording released on Delphian Records has garnered stunning reviews and has been named BBC Music Magazine’s Instrumental Choice.
Featuring an entire sonic journey from ‘soft’ to ‘LOUD’ repertoire, this revelatory programme juxtaposes Jacobean lute music for classical guitar, with electric guitar arrangements of multi-tracked repertoire including US Pulitzer prize winning composer Julia Wolfe’s elegy LAD, (originally written for 9 bagpipes), David Lang’s Killer and Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint.
The reviews are in:
“Bracingly original… the results, like the performances themselves, are spectacular” – Gramophone
“A definitive performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint” – The Guardian
“Surprisingly urgent and thrusting” – BBC Music Magazine
“This disc works on so many levels” – The Arts Desk
“…[it] is the sort of release for which the potential audience is vast” – The Herald
As William Yeoman writes in Gramophone, “Shibe imbues the early Scottish lute pieces with a profoundly moving intensity that carries them far beyond their modest frames” through to where, as The Scotsman has it, “heavy metal collides head-on with the classical avant-garde.”