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...
1 CD / NMC Classics / 2013-07-30Works: Joseph Phibbs: Flex, for violin, cello, flute & piano; Songs (2), for tenor & piano (from "Shades of Night"); The Canticle of the Rose, for soprano & string quartet; From Shore to Shore, for countert...
Performers: Alden, Ben; Boyd, James; Chance, Michael [Counter Tenor Vocals]; Firsova, Alissa [Piano]; O'Kane, Brian [Cello]; Plant, Andrew; Ploemacher, Marije; Shaw, Joanna
Ensemble: Navarra String Quartet
The Canticle of the Rose, the centrepiece of this recording, sets a series of poems by Edith Sitwell for soprano and string quartet ranging from...continue...
Recording information: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey (2013-01-07_2013-01-08&2013-)....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...
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 / 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
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 / 2004-02-06Works: Alexander Goehr: Sing, Ariel, Op. 51; The Mouse Metamorphosed into a Maid, Op. 54; The Death of Moses, Op. 53
Performers: Chance, Michael; Hulse, Eileen; Leonard, Sarah; Rangarajan, Gautam; Richardson, Stephen; Shelton, Lucy
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver; Cleobury, Stephen
Ensemble: Cambridge University Music Society
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 / 1998-08-21Works: Benjamin Britten: Les illuminations, Op. 18; Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, Op. 22
Performers: Britten, Benjamin; Pears, Peter, Sir
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Barbirolli, John, Sir
Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra; New York Philharmonic
Britten's only rival as an interpreter of his own music on record is Stravinsky, yet in his Aspen Award speech of 1964, he stated that...continue...
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