These are the two sea monsters from Greek mythology guarding each side of the Strait of Messina. Odysseus and his sailors navigated this notorious stretch of water they had to steer a middle path between the monsters to avoid coming too close to the shore and in doing so, risking losing their lives.
“Choosing between Scylla and Charybdis is a metaphor which means »opting for the lesser of two evils«. The composer of today steers a similarly precarious path, facing questions such as: embracing or renouncing tradition; use of tonal centres or atonality; adhering to pre-conceived musical forms or use of narrative forms; allowing one instrument to dominate, or integrating them. In my mind the vision of the perilous and deadly Scylla and Charybdis mirrors these and other dilemmas facing composers, where possible danger may lie in store for those siding too closely with one extreme or the other.“ Graham Waterhouse
The result is an impressive album: Fast-paced and lyrical, melancholic and mysterious, festive and hymnal. Music, in short, that delights in reconciling opposites.
Graham Waterhouse about his music and the new CD release
Classical Music Sentinel
If you enjoy chamber music and are looking to hear something compelling, innovative and yet well blueprinted, this is something I highly endorse. Jean-Yves Duperron, February 2021
… Skylla und Charybdis [...], dazzling music is of lasting effect. The performances are committed and of high musical quality. Those who wish to expand their horizons of contemporary chamber music will find here easily accessible yet very refined, varied and rhetorical music. Remy Franck, 31/01/2021