Notes & Reviews:
To mark its 20th Anniversary in 2009 NMC Recordings has commissioned the NMC Songbook. Nearly 100 composers, ranging from the country's most highly regarded figures to the younger generation of emerging talents, have each written a song, loosely themed on 'Britain' and scored for single voice or duet and a range of accompanying instruments. The songs have been set to text chosen by the composers and cover a vast array of subjects, from traditional poems by Blake and Byron through to a list of the Kings and Queens of England, extracts from a National Trust brochure, chants from the Leyton Orient terraces, a whisky recipe, and a colorful rant about our consumerist society.
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Martinu: Julietta Orchestra Suite and Fragments / Sir Charles Mackerras, et al
Janacek: From The House of the Dead / Boulez/Mahler Chamber Orch. [DVD]
Purcell: The Food of Love / Paul Agnew, et al
Les Musiques de Louis XIV Vol 1 - Du Salon à l'église
Les Musiques de Louis XIV Vol 2 - Du Ballet à l'Opéra
To Saint Cecilia - Purcell, Handel and Haydn / Marc Minkowski
In Terra Pax - A Christmas Anthem - Finzi, Holst, Vaughan Williams, et al
Beethoven: Piano Concertos no 2 & 3 / Guy, Jordan, et al
Beethoven: Piano Concertos no 1 & 5 / François-Frédéric Guy, Philippe Jordan, Radio France PO