The sensuality … was supplied by music by other composers, most notably Morgan Hayes’s Dark Room – a sexy, very operatic clarinet concerto.
For now, what makes Hayes’s music stand out is its unusually wide expressive range.
Few if any of Hayes’s close British contemporaries have matched this so far-even those who have tried out a wider range of forms and genres than Hayes himself has.
The Musical Times (Read Full Article)
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Tweet from Renaud Machart (The Black Cap)
The commissioned pieces at this year’s Proms have thus far been a mixed bag. But Strip, by the 32-year-old British composer Morgan Hayes, heard at last night’s BBC Symphony Orchestra Prom, was certainly among the more striking. Hayes conjured some interesting sounds – splintered pizzicati, twanging cimbalom, chords that melted into licks of melody, the whole glittery mass bound together by the breathy reediness of the harmonium. But the piece’s real fascination was its teasing suggestion that under all the variety lay just one thing, which was never said out loud. It made me want to hear the piece again, there and then.
The Daily Telegraph
The whole is spare, serious and angular, reminiscent of Kurtág or Ligeti and with a terse brevity recalling Webern. I enjoyed this piece. Jonathan Powell’s playing was steely, clear and controlled. (Elemental 1-3)
None of the new pieces equalled Sciarrino’s for vividness, nor matched the brilliant mix of narration and evocation of the other miniature in the programme, Morgan Hayes’s 2010 E Vesuvio Monte.
The Guardian (Read Full Review)
Morgan Hayes’s piece has the stamp of experience. (Dark Room)
Classical Source (Read Full Review)
… a complexity bringing Hayes’s teacher Michael Finnissy to mind yet in a ‘languid’ stretch of two-part writing also suggesting the rubato ease of a Chopin or Fauré. An engagingly classical use of repeat marks further qualifies the impression of modernist toughness and tautness made by this highly promising score. (Shellac)
The Sunday Times