Gavin’s debut album of chamber music, Ekstasis, has received a positive critical reception.
Gramophone Magazine says the works on the album ‘confirm a fastidious and arresting compositional voice’…’Those drawn to music whose contemporaneity does not exclude accessibility should certainly investigate.’ Planet Hughill said the ‘music constantly intrigues and fascinates with its combination of sophisticated instrumental writing and magical textures’… ‘The music of the sextet is full of remarkable moments and striking incident. Throughout, Higgins is in terrific control of his forces, using the six strings to create some magical and intriguing moments.'[★★★★★]
BBC Music Magazine states, ‘The different works on this album are a testament to Higgins’s imaginative, wide-reaching approach to composition. Within each piece, there’s a darkness and murkiness. it’s an arresting programme, handled with dexterity and panache by these chamber musicians'[★★★★], whilst Limelight Magazine called the album ‘remarkable’… the four pieces ‘reveal Higgins as an artisan craftsman of tightly threaded textures loosely, lyrically woven.’ [★★★★1/2]
You can purchase the album from Amazon or stream on Apple Music or Spotify: