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New Music Collections, Vol. 1: Choral - works by Anthony Payne, Birtwistle, Saxton, Britten, Finnissy, Skempton et al.

Album Summary

>Anderson, Julian : Four American Choruses
>Swayne, Giles : Cry
>Saxton, Robert : I will awake the dawn
>Finnissy, Michael : Descriptive Jottings of London, for chorus
>Bennett, Richard R. : Spells
>Britten, Benjamin : On the Frontier
>Payne, Anthony : Phoenix Mass
>Fox, Christopher : Open the Gate, for chorus
>Goehr, Alexander : The Death of Moses
>Birtwistle, Harrison : Meridian
>Skempton, Howard : The Bridge of Fire, for choir
>Lutyens, Elisabeth : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for choir
>Britten, Benjamin : Coal Face
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

NMC explores the rich offerings of its back catalogue in a new mid-price series called New Music Collections. (See what we did there?) Each album introduces different areas of contemporary classical music, with the fi rst four volumes focusing on music written for choir, orchestra, piano and electronics. These releases, featuring works from emerging and more established composers and performed by world-class ensembles and artists, are a great introduction to New Music from the British Isles from the last 80 or so years.



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>Anderson, Julian : Four American Choruses :: Beautiful Valley of Eden
  • Conductor: Simon Halsey
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta Voices
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002-2003

>Swayne, Giles : Cry :: Sky
  • Conductor: John Poole
  • Ensemble: Bach Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Saxton, Robert : I will awake the dawn :: 4. Flowing, moving onwards
  • Conductor: John Poole
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
  • Notes: Studio 1, Abbey Road, London, England (07/19/1001-07/20/1991)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Finnissy, Michael : Descriptive Jottings of London, for chorus
  • Performers: Michael Finnissy (Piano); Howard Skempton [Composer/Accordion] (Accordion)
  • Conductor: James Weeks
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, London (01/07/2004-01/10/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bennett, Richard R. : Spells :: Spell of Sleep
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1975

>Britten, Benjamin : On the Frontier :: The clock on the wall
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra (Early Music Ens.)
  • Notes: Djanogly Recital Hall, University of Nottingham, England (07/07/2013-07/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Payne, Anthony : Phoenix Mass :: Gloria
  • Conductor: John Poole
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965-1972

>Fox, Christopher : Open the Gate, for chorus
  • Conductor: James Weeks
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Goehr, Alexander : The Death of Moses :: To the man who emanated light
  • Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
  • Notes: King's College Chapel, Cambridge (01/10/1993-01/11/1992)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1992

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Meridian
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London (11/07/1991/11/09/1991)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Skempton, Howard : The Bridge of Fire, for choir
  • Conductor: James Weeks
  • Notes: BBC Invitation Concert at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London, England (01/16/2007-01/17/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lutyens, Elisabeth : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for choir
  • Conductor: James Weeks
  • Notes: Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London (05/04/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Britten, Benjamin : Coal Face :: The shift is finished
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (03/11/2006-03/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935