Judith Weir (b. 1954): The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera / Ailish Tynan, soprano; Anna Stéphany, soprano; Andrew Tortise, tenor; Owen Gilhooly, baritone. BBC SO, Brabbins
2 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-09-09Works: Judith Weir: The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera
Performers: Alcantara, Lynette; Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Bowen, Christopher; Curievici, Paul Haas [Vocals]; Gilhooly, Owen; Goater, Edward; Lemalu, Jonathan; Menna, Sian; Murgatroyd, Andrew; Price...
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Judith Weir's opera, commissioned by Glasgow District Council for the 1990 City of Culture celebrations, takes three Scottish folktales, all concerned with disappearance: The Inheritance...continue...
Recording information: Barbican Concert Hall, London, England (01/19/2008)....continue...
New Music Collections, Vol. 2: Electronic - works by David Lumsdaine, Paul Whitty, Dave Price, Claudia Molitor, Richard Barrett, Harrison Birtwistle et al.
1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-04-29Works: Roger Smalley: Pulses; Richard Barrett: Transmission 2, for guitar & electronics; Anna Meredith: Axeman, for bassoon & electronics; Rajmil Fischmann: Dreams of Being, for electronics; Claudia Molitor...
Performers: Barrett, Richard; Birtwistle, Harrison [Composer]; Buckley, Daryl; Chance, Michael; Chapman, Jane [Harpsichord]; Collins, Sarah; Dennehy, Donnacha; Ficarra, Evelyn; Fischmann, Rajmil; Harvey, Jonatha...
Conductors: Bernas, Richard; Christian Eggen, Christia; ; Protheroe, Guy
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Cikada Ensemble; Elision; Noszferatu; Sound Intermedia; Spectrum
NMC explores the rich offerings of its back catalogue in a new mid-price series called New Music Collections. (See what we did there?) Each album...continue...
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: Ridder, André de
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...
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...
1 CD / NMC Classics / 2007-03-12Works: Benjamin Britten: Night Mail; The Tocher; The King's Stamp; Negroes; The Way to the Sea; Telegrams; Peace of Britain; Men behind the Meters; Coal Face; When you're feeling like expressing your affect...
Performers: Auchincloss, Daniel; Beale, Simon Russell; Carewe, Mary [soprano]; Green, Adam [Baritone]; Wilson, Malcolm
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Birmingham King Edward's School Choir; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
- The first ever comprehensive collection of music written by Britten, working with WH Auden, for 1930's information films made by the GPO Film Unit...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
1 CD / NMC Classics / 2005-05-05Works: Michael Finnissy: Maldon; Palm Sunday; Vertue; Forget-Me-Not; Descriptive Jottings of London; Anima Christi
Performers: Davies, Iestyn; Finnissy, Michael; Howard, Philip; Jackson, Richard; Mulroy, Nicholas; Skempton, Howard
Conductors: Weeks, James D.E.
1 CD / NMC Classics / 2004-10-01Works: Rupert Bawden: Studies (2) for Orchestra; The Donkey Dances; The Sailor's Tale
Performers: Grove, Alexander; Heggie, Andrew; McIntosh, Flora
Conductors: Bawden, Rupert; Cheung, Gary
Ensemble: Alderman Peel High School Children's Choir; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Creakes Sinfonia; Nash Ensemble
1 CD / NMC Classics / 2003-11-01Works: Nigel Osborne: I Am Goya; Concerto for Flute; Remembering Esenin; The Sickle
Performers: Dobing, Duke; Hill, Peter; Kitt, Florian; Manning, Jane; Varcoe, Stephen
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
"Nigel Osborne's academic career and his work in musical reconstruction in the Balkans have kept him from composing as much as he used to, but...continue...
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 / 2000-02-22Works: Francis Burt: Und Gott der Herr sprach
Performers: Davidson, Cheyne; Ely, Dean
Conductors: Edlinger, Richard
Ensemble: Antifonia Choir
1 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-07-16Works: Colin Matthews: The Great Journey, for baritone & 8 players; Fuga for chamber ensemble; Night's Mask for soprano & chamber ensemble
Performers: Kwella, Patrizia; Wilson-Johnson, David
Conductors: Friend, Lionel
Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
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