The acclaimed ensemble Counterpoise brings its groundbreaking repertoire to CD for the first time with two of its most successful commissions for spoken narrator and ensemble. In John Casken's Deadly Pleasures, Donald Maxwell tells the story of nights of passion and subsequent forfeits at Cleopatra's court, while in David Matthews' Actaeon, Eleanor Bron narrates Ovid's tale of Diana and Actaeon in Ted Hughes' vibrant translation. Britten's jazz-inflected Cabaret Suite and the Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, played on the soprano saxophone, complete the programme.
Deadly Pleasures
with narration by Eleanor Bron and Donald Maxwell

DXL 1151
Playing Time: 66 mins


Deadly Pleasures - John Casken
ensemble, narrator, text by D.M. Thomas after Pushkin
1 Cleopatra's Challenge; Flavius, the Old Soldier; Kriton,
the Youthful Musician; A Nameless Man 29:59
Play Clip
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid - Benjamin Britten
soprano saxophone
2 Pan 2:43
3 Phaeton 1:22
4 Niobe 2:48
5 Bacchus 1:57
6 Narcissus 3:43
7 Arethusa 3:07
Play Clip
Actaeon - David Matthews
ensemble, narrator, text by Ted Hughes after Ovid
8 Actaeon encounters Diana; Metamorphosis; The Hunt;
Epilogue 14:14
Play Clip
Cabaret Suite - Benjamin Britten, arr. Iain Farrington
9 The Spider and the Fly 3:28 Play Clip
10 Funeral Blues 2:40 Play Clip
11 Boogie-woogie 2:27 Play Clip
12 When you're Feeling Like Expressing your Affection 1:21 Play Clip