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Nigel Clarke (b.1960): Music for Thirteen Solo Strings / Sébastien Rousseau, flugel horn; Malene Sheppard Skaerved, speaker

Album Summary

>Clarke, Nigel : Parnassus, for 13 strings
>Clarke, Nigel : The Scarlet Flower, for flugelhorn & 13 strings
>Clarke, Nigel : Dogger, Fisher, German, Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, for speaker, 13 strings & sound design
>Clarke, Nigel : Pulp and Rags, for 13 strings
>Clarke, Nigel : Epitaph for Edith Cavell, for violin
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For three decades the English composer Nigel Clarke (b. 1960) has worked in close collaboration with the violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved and Longbow, Sheppard Skærved's virtuoso thirteen-member string ensemble. Clarke's engaging and energetic music often takes its cue from a dramatic or poetic impulse. Here it features two tributes to Edith Cavell, the British nurse shot in the First World War, one for solo violin, the other for the unusual combination of flugelhorn and strings; two of the other works here are musical portraits of the town of Dover, in the south-east of England, with white cliffs made famous in Vera Lynn's wartime song. Nigel Clarke is Visiting Composer to Middle Tennessee State University Bands and has a long engagement with the symphonic wind-band movement in American universities.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints, East Finchley, London N2 (06/06/2014); All Saints, Tooting, London SW17 (06/06/2014); St Michaels, Highgate, London N6 (06/06/2014); All Saints, East Finchley, London N2 (06/25/2015); All Saints, Tooting, London SW17 (06/25/2015); St Michaels, Highgate, London N6 (06/25/2015); All Saints, East Finchley, London N2 (10/30/2014); All Saints, Tooting, London SW17 (10/30/2014); St Michaels, Highgate, London N6 (10/30/2014).



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>Clarke, Nigel : Parnassus, for 13 strings
  • Conductor: Peter Skaerved
  • Ensemble: Longbow
  • Running Time: 11 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1986-1987

>Clarke, Nigel : The Scarlet Flower, for flugelhorn & 13 strings
  • Performer: Sebastien Rousseau (Flugelhorn)
  • Conductor: Peter Skaerved
  • Ensemble: Longbow
  • Running Time: 16 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2014

>Clarke, Nigel : Dogger, Fisher, German, Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, for speaker, 13 strings & sound design
  • Conductor: Peter Skaerved
  • Ensemble: Longbow
  • Running Time: 29 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012-2014

>Clarke, Nigel : Pulp and Rags, for 13 strings
  • Conductor: Peter Skaerved
  • Ensemble: Longbow
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2012-2015

>Clarke, Nigel : Epitaph for Edith Cavell, for violin
  • Performer: Peter Skaerved (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015