Sally Beamish has matured into one of our most talented and original composers within a remarkably short period of time. It is amazing to think that until around 1990 she devoted most of her time to a career as a freelance violist, although she had in fact been composing since the age of four. The turning point was the birth of her first child, the theft of her viola and her husband, the cellist Robert Irvine, returning from a spell of work in Scotland with the news that there were opportunities north of the border and that they should consider making a move. The move was subsequently made and it turned out ………Christopher Thomas @ musicweb-international.com
Although the Move made barely a ripple in the U.S., they actually did a short tour in fall 1969, marking their only visit to the States. This double CD has live recordings made from their performances at the Fillmore in San Francisco on October 17 and 18 of 1969, most of them coming from the earlier of the two dates. Apparently its appearance was delayed for quite some time owing to concerns about its fidelity, but with the help of "advances in studio technology" trumpeted in the liner notes, it's finally been prepared in a shape deemed acceptable for release. Thank goodness it's passed muster, because the fidelity is more than acceptable, and it's a quite historically interesting document.