'Entelechy' CD

Review by Matthew Clarke

Entelechy CD

This album is the result of a collaboration between Polish-born Renata Jonscher, a highly accomplished, classically trained vocalist, Patrick Wilson, a Brighton-based musician and composer, and Tim Williams, who wrote the lyrics for this recording.

Renata Jonscher initially trained in Cieszyn (Poland), and later in Strasbourg and London. When she was twenty years old she began her professional career, establishing herself as a vocal soloist with the popular Slask folk ensemble. She has since given hundreds of performances throughout Europe, her repertoire including folk, traditional, religious and classical works. Jonscher has released three previous albums: Die Schönsten Weinachtslieder, a collection of Christmas carols; My Kind of Hymn (2000), recorded with the Exmoor Singers of London, which was particularly enjoyed by Pope John Paul II; and Oplatek dla Mamy (2001), which featured compositions and arrangements by the Polish composer Slanislav Hadyna (1919–1999).

Working in the music business for over twenty years, Wilson has recorded more than seventy albums, which range over an exceptionally wide spectrum of styles, from classical to rock, techno, and world-fusion. His music has been used world-wide in thousands of TV productions and many feature films, including The Simpsons, Dumb and Dumber and Friends, and by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, CNN, MTV, and other major networks. Recently he has been working more on classical compositions, particularly ‘modern oratorios’, which have been attracting considerable acclaim.

This six-track CD (which includes a video-track, Islands of Sorrow, that is currently being broadcast on Classic FM TV) is a remarkable fusion of classical styles and contemporary arrangements. Jonscher’s exquisite mezzo-soprano voice explores Wilson’s original and highly melodic compositions, which employ a choir and the excellent male tenor, Neil Jenkins. Subtle ambient beats underpin sophisticated choral and orchestral arrangements, resulting in very accessible pieces that lose none of the depth of the classical genre. Williams’ lyrics provide a suitably uplifting ambience for the emotional range of Jonscher’s voice. The collaboration of these very experienced musicians has produced an album that is both unusual and original, yet with an appeal to those with an ear for the classical.