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Nico Muhly: Seeing Is Believing / Thomas Gould, Nico Muhly, Nicholas Collon

Audio Samples

>Muhly, Nico : Seeing Is Believing, concerto for electric violin & orchestra
>Byrd, William : Cantiones sacrae, Book 2
>Muhly, Nico : Motion, for orchestra
>Gibbons, Orlando : This is the record of John
>Muhly, Nico : By All Means, for orchestra
>Byrd, William : Civitas sancti tui
>Muhly, Nico : Step Team, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Muhly, Nico : Seeing Is Believing, concerto for electric violin & orchestra
>Byrd, William : Cantiones sacrae, Book 2
>Muhly, Nico : Motion, for orchestra
>Gibbons, Orlando : This is the record of John
>Muhly, Nico : By All Means, for orchestra
>Byrd, William : Civitas sancti tui
>Muhly, Nico : Step Team, for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Influenced by the great minimalists, early English choral music and the latest electronic fusions, Nico Muhly has been called the poster boy of contemporary classical music. Decca's third album of music by Muhly is a collection of his orchestral works including the concerto for six-string electric violin 'Seeing Is Believing' with soloist Thomas Gould. 'Seeing Is Believing' was written for the Aurora Orchestra - a relatively new, young British ensemble who recorded it under contemporary music specialist Nicholas Collon, in a recording produced by John Rutter.

BBC Music Magazine
You can hear Stravinsky here - not so much as a direct influence on Muhly, but more as a kindred spirit who drew from the past in order to create a unique contemporary style...It is hard to imagine performances more assured and expressive than these by Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra. One of the most ear-catching discs to come my way in a long time.

bbc.co.uk - Charlotte Gardner
If Muhly is a new name to you, then this beautifully performed disc is the one to get hold of. His music is clever, young, complex and multi-faceted. It's also capable of beguiling listeners of all ages, classical 'experts' and newcomers alike. You can't ask for more than that.

Gramophone Magazine
[Gould] evinces undoubted empathy with the instrument

Sunday Times
His idiom is rooted in minimalism, but wildly inclusive. He roves back sensitively through styles, arriving at the unlikely bedrock of Tudor church music...The title piece, a 24-minute concerto for six-string electric violin, brilliantly handled by Gould, is powerfully inventive.

The Guardian
Like so much of Muhly's music, [Seeing is Believing] is immediately engaging and fresh, with some delicious sounds and striking moments...[Step Team] propels itself on the dislocated motor rhythms of neoclassical Stravinsky...Motion is built out of fragments of a Gibbons anthem, while By All Means attempts a teasing reconciliation between a Weelkes motet and Webern's Op 24 Concerto.

The Independent
Brittle percussion and isolated woodwing "insect music" alternates with passages of pulsing minimalist figures akin to Reich and Adams, with other phrases bringing to mind the entire history of 20th-century American composition, from Ives and Copland through Bernstein.

The Independent on Sunday
Nico Muhly's music is all-American, all now. So why do I keep hearing Vaughan Williams? "Seeing is Believing", the title track of the AO's all-Muhly disc, opens like a 21st-century "Lark Ascending", with violinist Thomas Gould soaring in ecstatic innocence..."Step Team", the least nostalgic work, is the most convincing, with a phenomenal bass trombone solo.

The Observer
his music [is] stylishly and wilfully obdurate when it comes to classification. Seeing is Believing, which features the Aurora Orchestra and is graced by the exquisite solo playing of Thomas Gould on electric six-string violin, gives a taste of Muhly in what might be called his "English music mode", with his own delicate arrangements of Byrd and Gibbons alongside beguiling original compositions.

The Telegraph
This recording of Muhly's violin concerto is shrewdly timed, given the controversy around the composer's opera Two Boys. Thomas Gould handles his six-string electric violin with panache, and the Aurora Orchestra makes a lovely sound.

The Times
I love [Muhly's] open mind - the way his music fuses minimalist chatter, adventurous rock and the cadences of Tudor church music...Thomas Gould, the soloist in the title concerto for six-string electric guitar, ferrets out some amazing sounds, from a dirty bass buzz to a celestial shimmer...And the CD is a wonderful calling card for Collon's Aurora Orchestra. The CD lasts 73 minutes and 23 seconds, and they dazzle in every one of them.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh (10/19/2010/10/20/2010).



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Works Details

>Muhly, Nico : Seeing Is Believing, concerto for electric violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Thomas Gould (Violin)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Running Time: 24 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Byrd, William : Cantiones sacrae, Book 2
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Muhly, Nico : Motion, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gibbons, Orlando : This is the record of John
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1611

>Muhly, Nico : By All Means, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Byrd, William : Civitas sancti tui
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1589

>Muhly, Nico : Step Team, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Nicholas Collon
  • Running Time: 17 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary