Very pleased to see that Richard Craig’s recital disc Inward has been longlisted for the Scottish Music Industry Association’s inaugural Scottish Album of the Year Award.
I went a bit potty about this disc when it came out a year ago, but it still sounds magnificent.
There may have been a time, in the late 70s/early 80s, when Ferneyhough’s Unity Capsule sounded like an unrepeatable new benchmark for modern flute writing. Yet programmed among works by Dominik Karski, Evan Johnson, Malin Bång, John Croft and Richard Barrett, even this radical classic seems to breathe the air of an older planet.
If you’ve not heard it yet, the whole album will be available to stream for free sometime on or after 16 April for 24 hours. Then on 14 May the longlist is opened up to a public vote, the results of which will contribute to the 10-strong shortlist that will go to the judging panel.