1 CD / NMC Classics / 2011-09-27Works: Thea Musgrave: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, radio opera; Green, for 12 strings; Wild Winter 1, lamentations for voices & viols
Performers: Gardner, Jake; Musgrave, Thea
Conductors: Musgrave, Thea;
Ensemble: Fretwork; London Sinfonietta; Scottish Ensemble
Musgrave claims it was conceived as a fully fledged opera and not as "a play with incidental music". But that isn't how it comes...continue...
2 CD / NMC Classics / 2011-09-27Works: Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew, opera
Performers: Bundy, Michael; Cahill, Teresa; Charlesworth, Stephen; Danby, Graeme; Gibbs, Charles; Johnston, Robert; Lodge, Rebecca [Vocals]; Mirfin, Timothy; Murgatroyd, Andrew; Peacock, Adrian; Poole, Elizabeth...
Conductors: de Ridder, André
Ensemble: BBC Singers
This project blew me away...Saxton's tonal (or modal) musical language ranges from the cinematic spectacular to rapt spirituality. And the piece is compellingly delivered...continue...
Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studio 1 (2008-12-18_2008-12-19&2009-)....continue...
1 CD / NMC Classics / 2008-06-21Works: Edward Rushton: The Shops
Performers: Abrahams, Darren; Burkhard, Richard; Cannan, Phyllis; Dennis, Anna; Mott, Louise; Reeves, Paul
Conductors: Bailey, Patrick
Ensemble: The Opera Group
Edward Rushton's 'The Shops', with a libretto by Dagny Gioulami, has been described as "part satire on rampant consumerism, part psychological thriller": its central character,...continue...
2 CD / NMC Classics / 2007-06-02Works: Harrison Birtwistle: Punch and Judy
Performers: Bryn-Julson, Phyllis; DeGaetani, Jan; Langridge, Philip; Roberts, Stephen [baritone]; Tomlinson, John; Wilson-Johnson, David
Conductors: Atherton, David
Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
As a whole the opera loses none of its powerful and sustained impact when compared with Birtwistle's own more mature compositions. If anything, its startling...continue...
2 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-04-06Works: Brian Ferneyhough: Shadowtime
Performers: Hodges, Nicolas; Scheidegger, Mats
Conductors: Hempel, Jurjen
Ensemble: New Vocal Soloists Stuttgart; Nieuw Ensemble
'Shadowtime' is an opera told in seven scenes across 2 CDs and a little over 2 hours of complex and fascinating music. Described as a...continue...
1 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-01-01Works: Judith Weir: Blond Eckbert
Performers: Folwell, Nicholas; Jones, Nerys; Owens, Anne-Marie; Ventria, Chris
Conductors: Edwards, Sian
Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
NMC is pleased to announce the release of this opera by one of Britains most well-known and respected composers, in its Ancora series of re-issues....continue...
2 CD / NMC Classics / 2005-10-07Works: Gerald Barry: The Intelligence Park
Performers: Budd, Jeremy; Clapton, Nicholas; Harrhy, Paul; Jackson, Richard; Richardson, Stephen; Tunstall, Angela; Verona James, Buddug
Conductors: Houlihan, Robert
Ensemble: Almeida Ensemble
The Intelligence Park, recorded in the 1990 Almeida Opera production and setting Vincent Deanes libretto of 18th century Dublin, explores the relationship between an opera...continue...
2 CD / NMC Classics / 2005-05-05Works: John Casken: Golem
Performers: Beswick, Judith; Clarke, Adrian; Cotterell, Stephen; Hall, John; Harrhy, Paul; Hockings, David; Honour, Colin; Irvine, Robert; McFarlane, Belinda; Morris, Richard; Preston, Sophia; Robson, Christophe...
Conductors: Bernas, Richard
Ensemble: Music Projects, London
2 CD / NMC Classics / 2004-10-01Works: Robert Saxton: Music to Celebrate the Resurrection of Christ; I Will Awake the Dawn; Concerto for Violin; In the Beginning; Caritas
Performers: Bell, Galloway; Best, Jonathan; Bryson, Roger; Budd, Bruce; Cookson, Brian; Davies, Eirian; Gwynne, David; Hibberd, Linda; Little, Tasmin; Ormiston, Linda; Ventris, Christopher; Wilson, Paul
Conductors: Bedford, Steuart; Poole, John; Bamert, Matthias; Masson, Diego
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra; English Chamber Orchestra; English Northern Philharmonia; Opera North Chorus
2 CD / NMC Classics / 2001-01-01Works: Judith Weir: A Night at the Chinese Opera
Performers: Chance, Michael; Daymond, Karl; George, Michael [bass]; Grummet, Adey; Lynch, Frances; McCafferty, Frances; Robinson, Timothy; Thomas, Gwion; Thompson, Adrian
Conductors: Parrott, Andrew
Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
1 CD / NMC Classics / 2000-09-01Works: Grace Williams: Severn Bridge Variations; Brian Elias: Songs (5) to Poems by Irina Ratushinskaya; Judith Weir: A Night At The Chinese Opera, opera; Jonathan Harvey: Haiku for piano; Philip Cashian: C...
3 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-07-16Works: Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus
Performers: Allen, Stephen; Angel, Marie; Booth, Juliet; Bronder, Peter; Dames-Longworth, Philippa; Ebrahim, Omar; Folwell, Nicholas; Garrison, Jon; McCormack, Elizabeth; Morgan, Arwel Huw; Opie, Alan; Owens, An...
Conductors: Davis, Andrew, Sir
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra
"...In his operas, the vocal lines sit with remarkable ease on both the voice and the words with none of the chalk-on-blackboard quality that pervades...continue...
2 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-06-27Works: Alexander Goehr: Arianna, Op. 58
Performers: Dawkins, Timothy; Hewitt, Andrew; Hickey, Angela; Philogene, Ruby; Rooke, Stephen; Schiemann, Juliet; Sheffield, Philip; Williams, Jeremy Huw; Zazzo, Lawrence
Conductors: Lacey, William
Ensemble: Arianna Ensemble