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Martin Butler (b.1960): Dirty Beasts / Simon Callow, narrator; Martin Butler, piano; New London Chamber Ensemble, Navarra String Quartet

Album Summary

>Butler, Martin : Dirty Beasts, for narrator, wind quintet & piano
>Butler, Martin : Down-Hollow Winds, for wind quintet
>Butler, Martin : Lovesongs Waltzes, for clarinet & piano
>Butler, Martin : Rumba Machine, for piano
>Butler, Martin : Fall, for flute & piano
>Butler, Martin : Preludes Inégales, for piano
>Butler, Martin : Rondes d'Automne, for nonet
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"It's true!" I cried. "I swear it, mummy! There is a person in my tummy!" The Tummy Beast The title track Dirty Beasts, for speaker, piano, and wind quintet, is a deliciously gruesome but immediately accessible work which sets three verses from Roald Dahl's hilarious collection of poems. Narrator Simon Callow brings to life the stories of the Crocodile, Tummy Beast and Pig with a variety of gloriously ebullient regional accents, while Martin Butler's playfully evocative music is wonderfully realised by the New London Chamber Ensemble. Martin's music is lyrical and strongly influenced by dance form, rhythms, jazz and improvisation. Rondes d'Automne for small ensemble explores the playing styles, textures and modal harmonies of American folk music. Fall for flute and piano and Lovesongs Waltzes for clarinet and piano have hints of delicate jazz and dance rhythms. Composer-pianist Martin Butler performs two solo works on this album: Rumba Machine - a virtuosic fanfare-like piece - and Prelude Inégales, exploring ways in which material that has its roots in improvisation can be captured and worked on in more formal and strategic compositional ways.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (2015-02-06&2015-02-12_2015-).



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Works Details

>Butler, Martin : Dirty Beasts, for narrator, wind quintet & piano
  • Performer: Martin Butler (Piano)
  • Ensemble: New London Chamber Ensemble
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (2015-02-06&2015-02-12_2015-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Butler, Martin : Down-Hollow Winds, for wind quintet
  • Ensemble: New London Chamber Ensemble
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (2015-02-06&2015-02-12_2015-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1991

>Butler, Martin : Lovesongs Waltzes, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Neyire Ashworth (Clarinet); Martin Butler (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (2015-02-06&2015-02-12_2015-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1997

>Butler, Martin : Rumba Machine, for piano
  • Performer: Martin Butler (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (2015-02-06&2015-02-12_2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Butler, Martin : Fall, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Martin Butler (Piano); Robert Manasse (Flute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (2015-02-06&2015-02-12_2015-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Butler, Martin : Preludes Inégales, for piano
  • Performer: Martin Butler (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (2015-02-06&2015-02-12_2015-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Butler, Martin : Rondes d'Automne, for nonet
  • Performers: Leon Bosch (Double Bass); Magnus Johnston (Violin); Brian O'Kane (Cello); Simone Van Der Giessen (Viola)
  • Ensemble: New London Chamber Ensemble
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (2015-02-06&2015-02-12_2015-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010-2011