‘Trio Derazey brings a commendable vivacity and lyricism to McDowall’s powerful, imaginative works’.

The Deux-Elles label has released a disc of Cecilia McDowall’s chamber works (DXL 1171)

Cavatina at Midnight 11.42 (violin, cello and piano) Hofmeister-Musikverlag
Colour is the Keyboard 5.32 (piano) Gemini Publications
Strange violin, are you following me? 10.18 (violin and piano) Hofmeister-Musikverlag
Anaphora 6.08 (solo violin) Gemini Publications
Falling Angels 8.10 (cello and piano) Oxford University Press
Shades of Solace 4.01 (piano) Hunt Edition
Colour of Blossoms 13.33(violin, cello and piano) Hofmeister-Musikverlag
Exaudi 4.39 (violin and piano) Gemini Publications
The Night Trumpeter 12.30 (trumpet, violin, cello, clarinet, bassoon, piano)                                                                                                       Gemini Publications

‘The disc’s most substantial work, The Night Trumpeter (2004) explores the idea of the trumpet as a ‘conveyor of information’. The work’s particularly mesmerising first movement –  by turns eerie lullaby and fractious fanfare – is inspired by Rose Tremain’s novel Music and Silence, where a ‘night trumpeter’ is commissioned to stand watch over a sleeping baby (the future King of Denmark) and sound the alarm should the baby awake.’