Mark R. Bannister
Orchestral & Instrumental
for Film, TV & Theatre
"Your mind has been filled with such terrible imaginings.
Because that's what it is,
you see ... imagination."
David Duff, a director at the Richmond Shakespeare
Society renowned for his excellent productions, approached me in December 2005
asking if it was possible for me to compose a string quartet for his production
of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, in the style of Shostakovich, a composer whom he
greatly admired. Of course I rose to the challenge, if I couldn't do
as well as Shostakovich, I'd have a damn good try!
The production demanded music that was tense,
emotional and inexorable in its drive and attack. The music I wrote demanded
a performance from a group of string players that could convey the right amount
of anguish and drama, and yet hold back and inject beauty in the moments where
it was needed. I was very lucky to be introduced to the Anima
String Quartet of Muswell Hill, London, and very happy to have had the
opportunity to work with them, and record them in July 2006, two months before
the performances in Twickenham.
Anima brought this composition to life, and I
am very grateful to them indeed. In this recording, Clare Renwick and David
Goodall play violins, Carolyn Ichinose plays viola, with Peter Freyhan on cello.
Ghosts String Quartet