Spiritus is a collection of four pieces taken from Andrew Keeling's recorded classical output. Stretching from 1993 to 2006, it demonstrates Keeling's lyrical bias: something explored in the recent albums by his alt-rock band Otherworld and subsequently developed in such works as the opera, Get Weaving (2016) commissioned by the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and Coniunctio (2015) commissioned by pianist Clare Hammond. On the present disc the Piano Trio, Unquiet Earth conveys the atmosphere of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights while O Ignis Spiritus - here performed by the Hilliard Ensemble - are settings of Hildegard of Bingen, Blake and Wordsworth chosen for their close connection between spirit and nature. The Piano Quartet Reclaiming Eros is a key work for its intense energy combined with a direct melodic warmth contrasted with the six short pieces for piano, Blue Dawn, which may be regarded as an essay in static textures.
01 Unquiet Earth i) Alla Fantasia
02 Unquiet Earth ii) Alla Danza
03 O Ignis Spiritus
04 Piano Quartet
05 Blue Dawn i) Caella
06 Blue Dawn ii) The House of Eros
07 Blue Dawn iii) Kindertotenlied
08 Blue Dawn iv) Mana
09 Blue Dawn v) Hymn Blue Dawn
10 Blue Dawn vi) Forget me Not
1 - 2) Unquiet Earth - Piano Trio - The Valen Trio
Ricardo Odriozola, violin - John Ehde, cello - Einar Rĝttingen, piano
From Unquiet Earth (Spaceward SRS102). Recorded in Bergen, Norway by Jan Oywind Hannevik, 2010.
Mastered by Simon Heyworth and Andy Miles at Super Audio Mastering, Chagford, Devon.
3) O Ignis Spiritus - Hilliard Ensemble
David James - Rogers Covey-Crump - John Potter - Gordon Jones
From Quickening the Dead (Riverrun Records, RVRCD 55). 'Live' recording.
4) Reclaiming Eros - Piano Quartet - The Storr Quartet
Olga Wojciechowska, violin - Ricardo Odriozola, viola -
Sebastian Dörfler, cello - Torleif Torgersen, piano
From Reclaiming Eros (Burning Shed Deluxe CD-R). Recorded at Grieg Academy, Bergen, Norway by Steinar Bakkemo, 2005. Mastered by Dill Katz at Katz's Kitchen, London, 2005.
5 -10) Blue Dawn - for piano - Steven Wray
From Blue Dawn (Burning Shed Deluxe CD-R). Recorded at Westminster School, London by Dill Katz. Mastered by Dill Katz at Katz's Kitchen, 2007.
Spiritus was compiled by Dave Cottrell at Studio 410, Rufford, during 2015
Mark Graham - design
Andrew Keeling - photography
"There's an intimate, discursive quality to the way Keeling manipulates his chosen compositional elements, the urgent rhythmic motifs and triadic tone structures, particularly in the more reflective passages of "Unquiet Earth"."
Andy Gill, the Independent July 7th 2012