Animal Heaven features 6 Scottish and Scottish-based composers writing for soprano and instrument(s). While the combination of recorder, cello and harpsichord might suggest the hughes of a baroque continuo ensemble, in the hands of Harper, Leighton, Williams and Johnson, this trio provides a vivid spectrum of timbral colour.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
Compilation Animal Heaven 4.00 out of 5 stars CD
Villa-Lobos Comments:
Lights Out (1993) - Edward Harper (1941-)
Prayer to appease the Spirit of the Land - Lyell Cressewell (1944-)
Animal Heaven (1980) - Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)
Four Findrinny Songs (1998) - Sally Beamish 1956-
Oh! Mr Lear! (1998) - Roger Williams (1943-)
God, Man and the Animals (1983-1988) - David Johnson (1942-)

Alison Wells, particularly well known from her appearances with ensembles in the music of Birtwistle, Barraqué and others, emerges as a chamber musician of utmost subtlety and flexibility, delivering the poems of Edward Thomas, Walt Whitman, Edward Lear and others with clarity and passion.