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Skylla und Charybdis

Graham Waterhouse

Recorded at the Kupferhaus Planegg, 2019


  • Compositions & first recordings by Graham Waterhouse

  • Rhapsodie Macabre for piano and string quartet
  • Bei Nacht, op. 50 for piano trio
  • Trilogy for piano quintet
  • Bells of Beyond for piano trio
  • Kolomyjka, op. 3a for piano quartet
  • Skylla und Charybdis for piano quartet

  • Katharina Sellheim (piano)
  • David Frühwirth (violin)
  • Namiko Fuse (violin)
  • Konstantin Sellheim (viola)
  • Graham Waterhouse (violoncello)
  • Scylla and Charybdis

    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

    Press review

    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