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New Music Collections, Vol. 3: Orchestral Works by Richard Ayres, Nicholas Maw, Andrzej Panufnik, Hugh Wood, Harrison Birtwistle et al.

Album Summary

>Causton, Richard : Millennium Scenes
>Muldowney, Dominic : Oboe Concerto
>Maw, Nicholas [Composer] : Life Studies
>Ayres, Richard : No. 36, NONcerto for Horn
>Musgrave, Thea : Turbulent Landscapes
>Panufnik, Andrzej : Concerto for Cello
>Guy, Barry : After the Rain
>Weir, Judith : Forest, for orchestra
>Lutyens, Elisabeth : The Skull
>Holloway, Robin : Second Concerto for Orchestra
>Williams, Grace : Severn Bridge Variations
>Wood, Hugh : Symphony
>Cutler, Joe : Music for Cello and Strings
>Birtwistle, Harrison : Gawain's Journey
>Bennett, Richard R. : The Return of the Soldier
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 first 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.

Sunday Times, 30th March 2014
This is a very superior "sampler"...Outstanding, I kept finding, was the first-movement extract from Wood's Symphony (BBC SO under Andrew Davis): brooding, post-Schoenbergian vehemence with a sweet Wagner quotation nestling in the crags.



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Works Details

>Causton, Richard : Millennium Scenes :: Part 1
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Ensemble: ASKO
  • Notes: Halle St Peter's, Manchester (10/29/2013-10/30/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Muldowney, Dominic : Oboe Concerto :: 1
  • Performer: Roy Carter (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Maw, Nicholas [Composer] : Life Studies :: 3
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Ayres, Richard : No. 36, NONcerto for Horn :: Valentine Tregashian dreams... of the Swiss Girl
  • Performer: Wim Timmermans (Horn)
  • Conductor: Roland Kluttig
  • Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2002

>Musgrave, Thea : Turbulent Landscapes :: Sunrise with Sea Monsters
  • Conductor: Osmo Vanska
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Panufnik, Andrzej : Concerto for Cello :: 2. Vivace
  • Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hugh Wolff
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Guy, Barry : After the Rain :: 9. Antiphon / 10. Refrain
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Weir, Judith : Forest, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Notes: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (11/24/2007-11/25/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Lutyens, Elisabeth : The Skull :: Title Music
  • Conductor: Jac Steen
  • Notes: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (10/07/2002-10/09/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Holloway, Robin : Second Concerto for Orchestra :: 2. Andante
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1979

>Williams, Grace : Severn Bridge Variations :: Variation 4
  • Conductor: Jac Steen
  • Notes: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (03/02/1999-03/25/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Wood, Hugh : Symphony :: 1. Tempesta
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (09/21/1999-09/23/1999)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1980s

>Cutler, Joe : Music for Cello and Strings :: Unstoppable, with flair
  • Performer: Robin Michael (Cello)
  • Conductor: Charles Hazlewood
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Gawain's Journey :: The Journey
  • Conductor: Elgar Howarth
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Bennett, Richard R. : The Return of the Soldier :: 8
  • Conductor: Jac Steen
  • Notes: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London, England (10/07/2002-10/09/2002)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982