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New Music Collections, Vol. 4: Piano - works by Philip Mead, Huw Watkins, Stephen Montague and Rolf Hind

Album Summary

>Watkins, Huw : Four Spencer Pieces
>Holt, Simon : Black Lanterns, for piano
>Anderson, Julian : Somewhere near Cluj for piano
>Harrison, Sadie : Impresa Amorosa
>Gordon, Michael Zev : On Memory
>Burrell, Diana : The Little Bear for piano
>Harvey, Jonathan : Haiku for piano
>Payne, Anthony : Paean
>Bennett, Richard R. : Taking a line for a walk for piano
>Barrett, Richard : Tract 2
>White, John : Sonata for Piano no 76
>Hayes, Morgan : Three Distressed Surfaces
>Barry, Gerald : Triorchic Blues, for piano
>Davies, Tansy : Loopholes & Lynchpins
>Britten, Benjamin : Variations for Piano
>Dillon, James : The Book of Elements, Vol. 3
>Weir, Judith : Michael's Strathspey
>Montague, Stephen : Headless Horseman, for piano
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Variations for Judith
>Tippett, Michael : Fantasy Sonata
>Alberga, Eleanor : If the Silver Bird could speak for piano
>Finnissy, Michael : Freightrain Bruise
>Knussen, Oliver : Ophelia's Last Dance, for piano, Op. 32
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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.



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Works Details

>Watkins, Huw : Four Spencer Pieces :: Shipbuilding on the Clyde
  • Performer: Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (01/28/2011-01/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Holt, Simon : Black Lanterns, for piano
  • Performer: Rolf Hind (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (07/27/2008-07/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Anderson, Julian : Somewhere near Cluj for piano
  • Performer: Thalia Myers (Piano)
  • Notes: Challow Park, Wantage (02/15/1999-02/16/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1997

>Harrison, Sadie : Impresa Amorosa :: Labyrinth
  • Performer: Nicky Losseff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Michael Zev : On Memory :: A tango there was
  • Performer: Andrew Zolinsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003-2004

>Burrell, Diana : The Little Bear for piano
  • Performer: Thalia Myers (Piano)
  • Notes: Challow Park, Wantage (02/15/1999-02/16/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1997

>Harvey, Jonathan : Haiku for piano
  • Performer: Thalia Myers (Piano)
  • Notes: Challow Park, Wantage (02/15/1999-02/16/1999)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1997

>Payne, Anthony : Paean :: Toccata
  • Performer: Susan Bradshaw (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Bennett, Richard R. : Taking a line for a walk for piano
  • Performer: Thalia Myers (Piano)
  • Notes: Challow Park, Wantage (02/15/1999-02/16/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1997

>Barrett, Richard : Tract 2 :: The light gleams
  • Performer: Ian Pace (Piano)
  • Notes: Chapel Studio, Tilburg, Netherlands (09/01/1997-09/02/1997)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>White, John : Sonata for Piano no 76
  • Performer: Roger Smalley (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hayes, Morgan : Three Distressed Surfaces :: Flaking yellow stucco
  • Performer: Jonathan Powell (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Barry, Gerald : Triorchic Blues, for piano
  • Performer: Noriko Kawai (Piano)
  • Notes: Banff Centre For The Arts, Canada (07/24/1993-08/06/1993)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Davies, Tansy : Loopholes & Lynchpins :: Loophole 1
  • Performer: Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Britten, Benjamin : Variations for Piano :: 6. Quick
  • Performer: Rolf Hind (Piano)
  • Notes: The Sage Gateshead (05/22/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1965

>Dillon, James : The Book of Elements, Vol. 3 :: 5
  • Performer: Noriko Kawai (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (12/09/2003-12/11/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Weir, Judith : Michael's Strathspey
  • Performer: Michael Finnissy (Piano)
  • Notes: Charterhouse College, Surrey (07/31/1989-08/01/1989)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Montague, Stephen : Headless Horseman, for piano
  • Performers: Philip Mead (Piano); Stephen Montague (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Variations for Judith :: Bist du bei mir, oder...?
  • Performer: Melvyn Tan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Tippett, Michael : Fantasy Sonata :: Presto
  • Performer: Phyllis Sellick (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936-1942

>Alberga, Eleanor : If the Silver Bird could speak for piano
  • Performer: Thalia Myers (Piano)
  • Notes: Chapel Studios, Tilburg, Netherlands (05/26/1997-05/27/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Finnissy, Michael : Freightrain Bruise
  • Performer: Michael Finnissy (Piano)
  • Notes: Charterhouse College, Surrey (07/31/1989-08/01/1989)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Knussen, Oliver : Ophelia's Last Dance, for piano, Op. 32
  • Performer: Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (04/04/2012-04/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010