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Richard Causton (b.1971): 'Millenium Scenes' - Chamber Symphony & other works

Album Summary

>Causton, Richard : Millennium Scenes, for orchestra
>Causton, Richard : Notturno, for chamber ensemble
>Causton, Richard : As Kingfishers Catch Fire, for flute, clarinet, harp & string quartet
>Causton, Richard : The Persistence of Memory, for chamber ensemble
>Causton, Richard : Chamber Symphony
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Causton is one of the finest of the new generation of British composers. Tim Ashley, The Guardian Richard Causton studied with Param Vir, with Roger Marsh at the University of York and with Jeremy Dale Roberts at the Royal College of Music. In 1997 he was awarded the Mendelssohn Scholarship, which enabled him to study with Franco Donatoni at the Scuola Civica in Milan. Causton taught composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire for several years before taking up the newly-created post of Lecturer in Composition at the University of Cambridge in 2012.The highly energized title track Millennium Scenes is an anarchic, powerful piece scored for large orchestra plus car horns and whistles, evoking a mood of frenzy and unrest. Causton frequently employs unusual instruments - sometimes exotic, sometimes homemade, like thehuge steel tube chimes in The Persistence of Memory: this is a work for 12 players exploring unconventional tunings which create dreamlike textures (the piece was inspired by sounds the composer experienced while bedridden and delirious in Bangalore).Notturno explores the night landscapes evoked by poet Salvatore Quasimodo, As Kingfi shers Catch Fire exploits the colors of flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet and Chamber Symphony, which closes the disc, juxtaposes ideas of the mechanical and natural, partly inspired by the composer's fascination with the writings of William Blake.

Sunday Times
Causton is among our most imaginative composers, and these five works, all substantial, often with flaring brilliance, are almost too much to take in. They will repay many listening.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2014
The composer's huge dyanmic contrasts and complex rhythms obviously pose no problems in performances that stand out for their executional finesse, painstaking balances and commitment.

International Record Review
The first comment to make about this disc is 'not before time'. Richard Causton has been a significant figure in contemporary British music for almost two decades now and [... ] this is the first release devoted entirely to his music. As an overview of his output over some 15 years, [... ] it confirms both the singularity and the consistency of his musical vision. [... ] An invaluable release.



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Works Details

>Causton, Richard : Millennium Scenes, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
  • Notes: Hallé St Peters, Manchester (10/29/2013-10/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Causton, Richard : Notturno, for chamber ensemble
  • Conductor: Gerry Cornelius
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (09/12/2013/09/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Causton, Richard : As Kingfishers Catch Fire, for flute, clarinet, harp & string quartet
  • Conductor: Gerry Cornelius
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (09/12/2013/09/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2007

>Causton, Richard : The Persistence of Memory, for chamber ensemble
  • Conductor: Gerry Cornelius
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (09/12/2013/09/15/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Causton, Richard : Chamber Symphony
  • Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 14 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009
  • Studio/Live: Live