DOYLE, ROGER: Charlotte Corday and the Lament of Lous XVI, Passades.
The first, 25 minute, piece is closest to a hörspiel, with clear narrative content employing rich chords of military drums, contemporary melodies, an actress (discretely deployed), a horse drawn carriage and - above all - electronics to invoke the final journey of Louis to the Guillotine and the ghost of the glorious revolution. It's a substantial and satisfying piece. Passades explores the sonic possibilities of software that can slow, freeze-frame and reverse sound in the course of 6 studies which, while being different - and persuasive - share a kind of radiant stasis. A fine collection. L