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Errollyn Wallen (b.1958): Photography - Orchestral Works / Errollyn Wallen, voice; Quartet X; Orchestra X, Nicholas Kok; Continuum Ensemble, Philip Headlam

Album Summary

>Wallen, Errollyn : Concerto for Cello
>Wallen, Errollyn : Hunger, for orchestra
>Wallen, Errollyn : Photography, for string orchestra
>Wallen, Errollyn : In Earth, for orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Erollyn Wallen (b. 1958) was born in Belize, but moved to London when she was a young child. She was the first black woman to perform at The Proms. Her compositions reflect inspiration by avant-garde classical music, as well as contemporary songwriting. This release features Wallen's orchestral works. Performers include Orchestra X, conducted by Nicholas Kok, Continuum Ensemble, conducted by Philip Headlam, and the composer herself is a featured vocalist.

The Guardian, 24th March 2016
Her writing sounds instinctive. Moods are blatant, gestures are unambiguous, she pinches from baroque, jazz, film, romantic and minimalist idioms and wears those influences bright and proud on her sleeve.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
The English pastoral tradition appears [with] the extended opening soliloquy of her 2007 Cello Concerto rising and hovering like a lark ascending. Snippets of Bachian figuration, Britten-ish pizzicato, Tippett-like blueseyness, all come together in the richly expressive playing of Matthew Sharp, for whom this virtuosic single-movement pieces was written.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/08/2015); Potton Hall, Suffolk (07/08/2015); Soundhouse Studios, London, England (07/08/2015); Henry Wood Hall, London (10/08/2001); Potton Hall, Suffolk (10/08/2001); Soundhouse Studios, London, England (10/08/2001); Henry Wood Hall, London (10/19/2015); Potton Hall, Suffolk (10/19/2015); Soundhouse Studios, London, England (10/19/2015).



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Works Details

>Wallen, Errollyn : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Matthew Sharp (Cello)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Kok
  • Ensemble: Orchestra X
  • Running Time: 22 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2007

>Wallen, Errollyn : Hunger, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Philip Headlam
  • Ensemble: Ensemble X
  • Running Time: 23 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1996

>Wallen, Errollyn : Photography, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Nicholas Kok
  • Ensemble: Quartet X
  • Running Time: 12 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2007

>Wallen, Errollyn : In Earth, for orchestra
  • Performers: Tim Harries; Errollyn Wallen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral