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Harrison Birtwistle (b.1934): Gawain, opera / Marie Angel, Anne Howells, Francois Le Roux, John Tomlinson. Elgar Howarth, ROH
Harrison Birtwistle (b.1934): Gawain, opera / Marie Angel, Anne Howells, Francois Le Roux, John Tomlinson. Elgar Howarth, ROH

2 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-08-12

Works: Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain, opera
Conductors: Howarth, Elgar
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Orchestra

Birtwistle's fascination with myth and ritual has influenced many of his works and this opera, its libretto by David Harsent, is based on the Arthurian...continue...
Recording information: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (04/20/1994)....continue...
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New Music Collections, Vol. 1: Choral - works by Anthony Payne, Birtwistle, Saxton, Britten, Finnissy, Skempton et al.
New Music Collections, Vol. 1: Choral - works by Anthony Payne, Birtwistle, Saxton, Britten, Finnissy, Skempton et al.

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-04-29

Works: Julian Anderson: Four American Choruses; Giles Swayne: Cry; Robert Saxton: I will awake the dawn; Michael Finnissy: Descriptive Jottings of London, for chorus; Richard Rodney Bennett: Spells; Benjami...
Performers: Finnissy, Michael; Howard Skempton [Composer/Accordion]
Conductors: Halsey, Simon; Poole, John; Weeks, James; Willcocks, David; Skidmore, Jeffrey; Cleobury, Stephen; Knussen, Oliver; Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: ; Bach Choir; BBC Singers; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; Ex Cathedra; Ex Cathedra (Early Music Ens.); London Sinfonietta Voices

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...
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NMC 204
New Music Collections, Vol. 2: Electronic - works by David Lumsdaine, Paul Whitty, Dave Price, Claudia Molitor, Richard Barrett, Harrison Birtwistle et al.
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 / 2014-04-29

Works: 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...
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Philip Cashian (b.1963): The House of Night; Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto / Sarah Nicolls, piano; Darrett Adkins, cello
Philip Cashian (b.1963): The House of Night; Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto / Sarah Nicolls, piano; Darrett Adkins, cello

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2013-11-19

Works: Philip Cashian: Tableaux, for orchestra; Concerto for Cello; The House of Night, for oboe & strings; Dark Flight, for 6 cellos; Piano Concerto
Performers: Adkins, Darrett; Nicolls, Sarah; Redgate, Christopher
Conductors: Zehetmair, Thomas; Weiss, Timothy; Austin, Christopher; Nagy, Zsolt
Ensemble: London Sinfonietta; Northern Sinfonia; Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble; Royal Academy of Music Cello Ensemble; Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists

This new album by Manchester-born composer Philip Cashian showcases his inventive and dynamic soundworld with a selection of orchestral and chamber works written between 2002-2012....continue...
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Alexander Goehr (b.1932): Since Brass Nor Stone; Clarinet Quintet; Manere, Op. 81 / Colin Currie, percussion
Alexander Goehr (b.1932): Since Brass Nor Stone; Clarinet Quintet; Manere, Op. 81 / Colin Currie, percussion

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2013-10-29

Works: Alexander Goehr: Since Brass, Nor Stone..., fantasy for string quartet & percussion, Op. 80; ...around Stravinsky, for violin, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & horn, Op. 72; Quintet for Clarinet and Strings...
Performers: Alberman, David; Brown, Ian [Piano]; Currie, Colin; Hosford, Richard; Hulse, Gareth; Leveaux, Ursula; Power, Lawrence; Samuel, Laura; Thorsen, Marianne; Watkins, Paul [Cello, Conductor]; Watkins, Ric...
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Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet; The Nash Ensemble

This new recording of Goehr's chamber music, written between the years of 2002-2012 and featuring artists critically hailed as 'chamber music royalty' (The Nash Ensemble...continue...
Recording information: St Michael's Church, Highgate, London (03/27/2013-03/28/2013); Studio 2, BBC Maida Vale, London, England (03/27/2013-03/28/2013); West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (03/27/2013-0...continue...
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NMC 187
Joseph Phibbs: The Canticle of the Rose / Helen-Jane Howells, soprano; Navarra Quartet
Joseph Phibbs: The Canticle of the Rose / Helen-Jane Howells, soprano; Navarra Quartet

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2013-07-30

Works: 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; Firsova, Alissa [Piano]; Okane, Brian; Plant, Andrew; Ploemacher, Marije; Shaw, Joanna
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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...
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Anthony Payne (b.1936): Phoenix Mass; The World's Winter; Paean; Horn Trio / John Poole; Jane Manning
Anthony Payne (b.1936): Phoenix Mass; The World's Winter; Paean; Horn Trio / John Poole; Jane Manning

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2013-06-25

Works: Anthony Payne: Phoenix Mass, for chorus & brass ensemble; Paean, for piano; The World's Winter, for soprano & chamber ensemble; Horn Trio, for horn, violin & piano
Performers: Bradshaw, Susan; Manning, Jane
Conductors: Poole, John; ; Friend, Lionel
Ensemble: Jane's Minstrels; Nash Ensemble; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

Phoenix Mass was originally to have been a liturgical setting only for school choir but soon turned into something much bigger and more technically demanding....continue...
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Kenneth Hesketh: Wunderkammer(konzert) / Christoph-Mathias Mueller; Royal Liverpool PO, Clark Rundell
Kenneth Hesketh: Wunderkammer(konzert) / Christoph-Mathias Mueller; Royal Liverpool PO, Clark Rundell

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2013-05-28

Works: Kenneth Hesketh: A Rhyme for the Season, for orchestra; Ein Lichtspiel (after Moholy-Nagy); Graven Image, for orchestra; Wunderkammer, for chamber orchestra; At God speeded summer's end, for orchestra
Conductors: Mueller, Christoph-Mathia; Rundell, Clark
Ensemble: ; Ensemble 10/10; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Described by Temp magazine as "a composer who both has something to say and the means to say it," NMC is delighted to release the...continue...
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Deirdre Gribbin (b.1967): Island People, works for string quartet & voice / Patricia Rozario, soprano; Loré Lixenberg, mezzo-soprano
Deirdre Gribbin (b.1967): Island People, works for string quartet & voice / Patricia Rozario, soprano; Loré Lixenberg, mezzo-soprano

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2013-05-28

Works: Deirdre Gribbin: Merrow Sang, for string quartet; Island People, for soprano, trumpet & string quartet; Crossing the Sea, for mezzo-soprano & string quartet; Anahorish, for soprano, harp & string qua...
Performers: Doris, Clíona; Lixenberg, Loré; O'Keeffe, Mark; Rozario, Patricia [Soprano Vocals]
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Ensemble: RTE Vanbrugh Quartet

This new release features Deirdre Gribbin's works for string quartet with voice. Born in Belfast, the composer's Catholic background, identification with Celtic folk tradition, fascination...continue...
Recording information: Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music, Cork, Irel (03/31/2012-04/02/2012)....continue...
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Music of Memory - works by Nicholas Maw, Joe Atkins, Peter Racine Fricker, Matthew Taylor, Bayan Northcott, Charlotte Bray / Antonis Hatzinikolaou, guitar
Music of Memory - works by Nicholas Maw, Joe Atkins, Peter Racine Fricker, Matthew Taylor, Bayan Northcott, Charlotte Bray / Antonis Hatzinikolaou, guitar

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2013-05-28

Works: Nicholas Maw: Music of Memory, for solo guitar; Little Suite, for guitar; Joseph Atkins: Indian Summer, for guitar; Peter Racine Fricker: Paseo, for guitar, Op. 61; Matthew Taylor: Fantasy for guitar...
Performers: Hatzinikolaou, Antonis

The CD takes its title from Maw's Music of Memory - an intricate set of variations on a theme from Mendelssohn's String Quartet in A...continue...
Recording information: Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Hertfordshire (2012-04-10_2012-04-11&2012-)....continue...
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Richard Barrett: Dark Matter, for 19 players / Deborah Kayser, Carl Rosman
Richard Barrett: Dark Matter, for 19 players / Deborah Kayser, Carl Rosman

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2013-01-29

Works: Richard Barrett: Dark Matter, for ensemble
Conductors: Christian Eggen, Christia; Eggen, Christian
Ensemble: Cikada; Cikada Ensemble; Elision

"Dark Matter", scored for an ensemble of 19 performers plus live and pre-recorded electronics, sets secret Egyptian texts carved on the walls of sarcophagi in...continue...
Recording information: Scene 4, Kunsthogskole, Oslo National Academy of the Ar (08/20/2005-08/21/2005)....continue...
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Oliver Knussen: Autumnal; Choral; Violin Concerto; Requiem; Songs for Sue / Leila Josefowicz, violin; Alexandra Wood; Huw Watkins; Claire Booth
Oliver Knussen: Autumnal; Choral; Violin Concerto; Requiem; Songs for Sue / Leila Josefowicz, violin; Alexandra Wood; Huw Watkins; Claire Booth

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Oliver Knussen: Choral, for band; Autumnal, for violin & piano (Triptych, Part 1); Whitman Settings, for voice & piano, Op. 25; Secret Psalm, for violin; Prayer Bell Sketch, for piano, Op.29; Concert...
Performers: Booth, Claire; Josefowicz, Leila; Knussen, Oliver; Watkins, Huw; Wigglesworth, Ryan; Wood, Alexandra
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver; Wigglesworth, Ryan
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Technophonia brings together cutting edge music interfaces used by Drake Music Scotland, the nation's leading arts organization providing music-making opportunities for people with disabilities. Olive...continue...
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English Violin Duos by Aitchison, McCabe, Moeran, Croft, Matthews & Rawsthorne / Retorica - Philippa Mo & Harriet Mackenzie, violins
English Violin Duos by Aitchison, McCabe, Moeran, Croft, Matthews & Rawsthorne / Retorica - Philippa Mo & Harriet Mackenzie, violins

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-09-25

Works: Jim Aitchison: Syruw; John McCabe: Splendid, for 2 violins; E.J. Moeran: Sonata for 2 violins; William Croft: Sonata for 2 violins, Op. 3/4; David Matthews: Duos (8) for 2 violins, Op. 79; Alan Rawst...
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Ensemble: Retorica

English violin duo Retorica (Philippa Mo and Harriet Mackenzie) were inspired by their long friendships with composers John McCabe and David Matthews to make this...continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (2010-02-04_2010-02-05&2010-)....continue...
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Tansy Davies: Spine / Samuel Boden, Joby Burgess, Simon Haram, Darragh Morgan, Huw Watkins
Tansy Davies: Spine / Samuel Boden, Joby Burgess, Simon Haram, Darragh Morgan, Huw Watkins

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-09-25

Works: Tansy Davies: Iris, concerto for saxophone & 15 instruments; Static, for voice & piano; Dark Ground, for solo percussion; Loure, for solo violin; Falling Angel, for 17 instruments; This Love, for voi...
Performers: Boden, Samuel; Burgess, Joby; Haram, Simon; Morgan, Darragh; Watkins, Huw
Conductors: Austin, Christopher;
Ensemble: Azalea Ensemble; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Concordia (Viol Consort)

This new recording includes make black white, a reconstruction of Dowland's Flow, My Tears performed by viol consort Concordia; the ritualistic Dark Ground for percussion...continue...
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Rob Keeley: Songs, Chimes & Dances, chamber music
Rob Keeley: Songs, Chimes & Dances, chamber music

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-05-29

Works: Rob Keeley: Music for Art and Tom, for saxophone & piano; Bells of Halkis, for piano; Little Trio, for clarinet, cello & piano; Two Ways of Looking at a Spider, for guitar; Trio for horn, violin & pi...
Performers: Dullea, Mary; Holmes, Tim; Keeley, Rob [Composer]; Leathwood, Jonathan [Guitar]; Maxwell, Melinda; Michael, Robin [Cello]; Morgan, Darragh; Sparling, Andrew; Watkins, Richard [Horn]

Rob Keeley was born in Bridgend in 1960. He studied with Oliver Knussen at the Royal College of Music, Magdalen College Oxford under Bernard Rose,...continue...
Recording information: Coombehurst Studio, Kingston University (07/18/2011-07/20/2011); Highgate School, London (07/18/2011-07/20/2011); University of Denver, Colorado (07/18/2011-07/20/2011); Coombeh...continue...
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Alexander Goehr: Colossos or Panic; The Deluge; etc. / Hilary Summers, Clair Booth
Alexander Goehr: Colossos or Panic; The Deluge; etc. / Hilary Summers, Clair Booth

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-05-29

Works: Alexander Goehr: Colossos or Panic, for orchestra; The Deluge, cantata for 2 voices & orchestra, Op. 7; Little Symphony, Op. 15
Performers: Booth, Claire
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: ASKO Ensemble; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Schoenberg Ensemble

To celebrate Alexander Goehr's 80th birthday this year, BBC Radio 3 commissioned a new orchestral work which was premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra on...continue...
Recording information: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (01/31/2010); Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (01/31/2010); Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London, England (01/31/2010); CBSO Centre, Birmingham (04/22/2...continue...
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Michael Finnissy: Second & Third String Quartets / Kreutzer Quartet
Michael Finnissy: Second & Third String Quartets / Kreutzer Quartet

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-04-24

Works: Michael Finnissy: Second String Quartet; Third String Quartet
Conductors:
Ensemble: Kreutzer Quartet

When asked to sum up how he would characterize his two String Quartets - influenced by the sound world of Bruckner and Schoenberg - Michael...continue...
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Oliver Knussen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3; Ophelia Dances; Trumpets Coursing; Cantata
Oliver Knussen: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3; Ophelia Dances; Trumpets Coursing; Cantata

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-04-24

Works: Oliver Knussen: Symphony no 3, Op. 18; Trumpets for soprano & 3 clarinets, Op 12; Ophelia Dances for orchestra, Book 1, Op 13; Coursing for chamber orchestra, Op. 17; Cantata for oboe & string trio (...
Performers: Barry, Elaine; Collins, Michael [Conductor/Clarinet]; Hirst, Linda; Mitchell, Ian; Pillinger, Edward
Conductors: Thomas, Michael Tilson; Knussen, Oliver;
Ensemble: ; London Sinfonietta; Nash Ensemble; Philharmonia Orchestra

"No figure in British contemporary music is more respected than Oliver Knussen" -The Guardian This reissue celebrates composer/ conductor Oliver Knussen's 60th birthday. Works include...continue...
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Jonathan Harvey: Bird Concerto With Pianosong; Ricercare una Melodia, et al.
Jonathan Harvey: Bird Concerto With Pianosong; Ricercare una Melodia, et al.

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-01-31

Works: Jonathan Harvey: Bird Concerto with Pianosong, for piano & orchestra; Ricercare una Melodia, version for trumpet or oboe & tape-delay system; Other Presences, for trumpet & electronics; Ricercare una...
Performers: Archibald, Paul; Gill, Tim [Cello]; Hulse, Gareth; Nagano, Hideki
Conductors: Atherton, David
Ensemble: London Sinfonietta

Bird Concerto - Harvey's hommage to Messiaen - is a celebration of the kind of technical advances in electroacoustics which the creator of Oiseaux exotiques...continue...
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Margan Hayes: Violin Concerto & other works / Keisuke Okazaki, violin
Margan Hayes: Violin Concerto & other works / Keisuke Okazaki, violin

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-01-31

Works: Morgan Hayes: Port Rhombus, for ensemble; Strides, for piano (Book 1); Lucky's Speech, for violin; Concerto for Violin; Puppet Theatre, for piano; Lucky's Dream, for violin; Distressed Surfaces (3), ...
Performers: Okazaki, Keisuke [Violin]; Powell, Jonathan
Conductors: Austin, Christopher
Ensemble: Esbjerg Ensemble

Morgan Hayes' delicate yet manic Violin Concerto forms the center piece to this debut release on NMC. Included are his transcription of Squarepusher's Port Rhombus,...continue...
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Brian Elias: The House That Jack Built / A Talisman / Doubles, Tim Mirfin, bass
Brian Elias: The House That Jack Built / A Talisman / Doubles, Tim Mirfin, bass

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2011-11-15

Works: Brian Elias: The House That Jack Built, for orchestra; A Talisman, for voice, trumpet & orchestra; Doubles, for orchestra
Performers: Holland, Jonathan; Mirfin, Timothy
Conductors: Davis, Andrew; Brabbins, Martyn; Belohlávek, Jirí
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

The bold and dazzlingly inventive The House That Jack Built was inspired by the games and jeers of the playground. It is coupled with the...continue...
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Crossing Ohashi Bridge: works by Geoffrey Poole, Roger Marsh, Anthony Gilbert / Richard Watkins, horn
Crossing Ohashi Bridge: works by Geoffrey Poole, Roger Marsh, Anthony Gilbert / Richard Watkins, horn

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2011-11-15

Works: Geoffrey Poole: Crossing Ohashi Bridge, for ensemble; Roger Marsh: Canto 1, for ensemble; Nicola Lefanu: Amores, songs (5) without words for horn & string ensemble; Anthony Gilbert: Palace of the Win...
Performers: Watkins, Richard [Horn]
Conductors: Layfield, Malcolm
Ensemble: Goldberg Ensemble

This new recording features a collection of works commissioned for and by string group the Goldberg Ensemble. Works include Roger Marsh's haunting Canto 1, based...continue...
Recording information: St. George's Concert Hall, Bristol (02/06/2004)....continue...
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David Lumsdaine: Big Meeting / A collage of voices, speeches, songs, brass bands & electronic transformations
David Lumsdaine: Big Meeting / A collage of voices, speeches, songs, brass bands & electronic transformations

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2011-09-27

Works: David Lumsdaine: Big Meeting
Performers: Lumsdaine, David

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The present work is intrinsically of, while transcending, its time, as vividly as that of its subject. Thus 'a day in the life'...continue...
Recording information: Durham (07/1971).

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The Wire (p.50) - "Lumsdaine's structure is framed with slowed down and processed brass band and cathedral bell tones, occasionally push...continue...
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Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew / BBC Singers
Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew / BBC Singers

2 CD / NMC Classics / 2011-09-27

Works: 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

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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...
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Ed Bennett: My Broken Machines / Garth Knox, viola d'amore; Paul Roe, bass clarinet
Ed Bennett: My Broken Machines / Garth Knox, viola d'amore; Paul Roe, bass clarinet

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2011-09-27

Works: Ed Bennett: Stop-Motion Music, for ensemble; Slow Down, for piano trio; Cartoon Music, for ensemble; Monster, for bass clarinet; for JF, for string quartet; My Broken Machines, for ensemble; Ghosts, ...
Performers: Knox, Garth; Roe, Paul
Conductors:
Ensemble: Decibel (Ensemble); Fidelio Trio

Gramophone Magazine
Listening to the super-smart, conceptually refined Slow Down (2011) - music for piano trio never sounded like this before: violin and cello crawl along...continue...
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Harrison Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird; Shadow of Night; Cry of Anubis / Owen Slade, tuba
Harrison Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird; Shadow of Night; Cry of Anubis / Owen Slade, tuba

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2011-09-27

Works: Harrison Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird, for orchestra; The Shadow of Night, for orchestra; The Cry of Anubis, for tuba (or euphonium) & orchestra
Performers: Slade, Owen
Conductors: Wigglesworth, Ryan
Ensemble: Hallé Choir and Orchestra

"It’s as though Birtwistle, mellowing as he approached 70, had belatedly discovered his inner Elgar. The Hallé, incisively conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth, play with a...continue...
Recording information: Studio 7, BBC Manchester (07/17/2010-07/19/2010)....continue...
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Prism: Music for Basset Clarinet & Piano by Carpenter, Hesketh, Higgins, Turnage et al. / Mark Simpson, clarinet
Prism: Music for Basset Clarinet & Piano by Carpenter, Hesketh, Higgins, Turnage et al. / Mark Simpson, clarinet

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2011-09-27

Works: Gary Carpenter: Marking Time, for basset clarinet & piano; Kenneth Hesketh: Point Forms (after Kadinsky), for basset clarinet & piano; Gavin Higgins: Three Broken Love Songs, for basset clarinet & pi...
Performers: Buckle, Ian; Simpson, Mark [Clarinet]

Established with the aim of recording the best of contemporary British music to the highest artistic and technical standards, NMC Recordings - which celebrated the...continue...
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NMC 139
Peter Wiegold: Earth & Stars
Peter Wiegold: Earth & Stars

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2010-09-06

Works: Peter Wiegold: Kalachakra, for ensemble; Earth, Receive an Honoured Guest, for viola, horn & orchestra; Les Roses, for voice & piano; Earth & Stars, for ensemble
Performers: Beckett, Chris; Butler, Martin; Fraser, Juliet
Conductors: Wiegold, Peter
Ensemble: ; Notes Inégales

Peter Wiegold's first portrait disc features the plaintive, pastoral Earth, receive an honoured guest, for cor anglais and strings, inspired by WH Auden's well known...continue...
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NMC 158
Richard Rodney Bennett: Songs Before Sleep
Richard Rodney Bennett: Songs Before Sleep

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2010-09-06

Works: Richard Rodney Bennett: A Garland for Marjory Fleming, for voice & piano; Songs Before Sleep, for solo voice & piano; A History of the Thé Dansant, for voice & piano; Dream-Songs, for voice & pi...
Performers: Bickley, Susan; Burnside, Iain [Piano]; Coates, Oliver [Cello]; Daneman, Sophie; Hulett, Benjamin; Williams, Roderick [Bass-Baritone Vocal]

This new recording spans five decades of Ricahrd Rodney Bennett's song-writing. It couples some of his most accessible and lyrical pieces - including the melodic...continue...
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NMC 155
David Matthews: Winter Passions / Nash Ensemble
David Matthews: Winter Passions / Nash Ensemble

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2010-07-08

Works: David Matthews: Terrible Beauty, for ensemble; Quartet for Clarinet and Strings; Marina, for ensemble; String Trio no 1; String Trio no 2; Winter Passions, for ensemble
Conductors: Friend, Lionel
Ensemble: Nash Ensemble

"Loges [is] powerfully eloquent...In Terrible Beauty, Matthews vividly juxtaposes seductress evocations by Homer of Hera (sung by Bickley, with harp accompaniment) and Shakespeare of Cleopatra....continue...
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Michael Zev Gordon: On Memory
Michael Zev Gordon: On Memory

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2009-10-06

Works: Michael Zev Gordon: On Memory, for piano; Far Away for piano; High Ground for piano; Crystal Clear, for piano; Laid Bare, for piano; Touch, for piano
Performers: Zolinsky, Andrew

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New Music for Brass Band - Bennet, Hesketh, Wilby, Benjamin, et al / Tovey, Foden's Richardson Band
New Music for Brass Band - Bennet, Hesketh, Wilby, Benjamin, et al / Tovey, Foden's Richardson Band

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2008-10-13

Works: Richard Rodney Bennett: Flowers of the Forest; George Benjamin: Attitude; Kenneth Hesketh: The Alchymist's Journal; Judith Bingham: Prague; Philip Wilby: Shadow Songs
Conductors: Tovey, Bramwell
Ensemble: Foden's Richardson Band

The British style brass band, with its unique and characteristic sound, is one of Britain's greatest musical exports. Much music has been written for the...continue...
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NMC 142
Ancora - Birtwistle: Carmen Arcadiae, Secret Theatre, Silbury Air
Ancora - Birtwistle: Carmen Arcadiae, Secret Theatre, Silbury Air

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2008-10-04

Works: Harrison Birtwistle: Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum; Silbury Air; Secret Theatre
Conductors: Howarth, Elgar
Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
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NMC 148
Cutler: Bartlebooth, Archie, etc / Sparling, Dullea, Leonard, Hazlewood, et al
Cutler: Bartlebooth, Archie, etc / Sparling, Dullea, Leonard, Hazlewood, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2008-09-01

Works: Joe Cutler: Bartlebooth; Archie; Buckley's Hot Licks; Sal's Sax; In Praise of Dreams; Clavinova Music
Performers: Dullea, Mary; Gutman, Stephen; Leonard, Sarah; Michael, Robin; Morgan, Darragh; Sparling, Andrew
Conductors: Hazlewood, Charles
Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra

Joe Cutler's first full-length album demonstrates his multi-faceted style of composition - from the song cycle 'In Praise of Dreams', written for soprano Sarah Leonard,...continue...
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NMC 134
Harvey: Body Mandala / Komsi, Vokov, Solom, BBC Scottish SO
Harvey: Body Mandala / Komsi, Vokov, Solom, BBC Scottish SO

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2008-09-01

Works: Jonathan Harvey: Towards a Pure Land; Timepieces; Tranquil Abiding; Body Mandala; White as Jasmine
Performers: Komsi, Anu
Conductors: Volkov, Ilan
Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

This disc is a culmination of Jonathan Harvey's highly successful residency with BBC SSO and includes the works commissioned during that time. Harvey has a...continue...
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NMC 141
Matthews: Divertimento / Knussen, Brindisi Quartet, Haffner Wind Ensemble, et al
Matthews: Divertimento / Knussen, Brindisi Quartet, Haffner Wind Ensemble, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2008-09-01

Works: Colin Matthews: Quartet for Strings no 2; Quartet for Oboe and Strings no 1; Divertimento for Double String Quartet; Concertinos (5) for Wind Quintet; Triptych
Conductors: ; Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: Brindisi String Quartet; Haffner Wind Ensemble

'Divertimento' was commissioned by and dedicated to Peter Pears for the 1982 Aldeburgh Festival. Colin Matthews is active as administrator of the Holst Foundation, chair...continue...
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NMC 149
Rushton: The Shops / Bailey, Abrahams, Dennis, Cannan, et al
Rushton: The Shops / Bailey, Abrahams, Dennis, Cannan, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2008-06-21

Works: 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...
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NMC 146
Dillon: The Soadie Waste, etc / Arditti Quartet, et al
Dillon: The Soadie Waste, etc / Arditti Quartet, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2008-04-01

Works: James Dillon: Dillug-Kefitsah; Del Cuarto Elemento; Traumwerk; The soadie
Performers: Arditti, Irvine; Kawai, Noriko; Takenouchi, Hiroake
Conductors:
Ensemble: Arditti String Quartet

This is the first appearance on NMC by the world-renowned Arditti Quartet who are among the most influential exponents of contemporary classical music. The Arditti...continue...
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NMC 131
Bulb - Irish Piano Trios / Fidelio Trio
Bulb - Irish Piano Trios / Fidelio Trio

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2008-03-07

Works: Ed Bennett: For Marcel Dzama
Performers: Dullea, Mary; Michael, Robin; Morgan, Darragh
Conductors:
Ensemble: Fidelio Trio

The Fidelio Trio has never been content to accept the piano trio repertory as they found it. Brilliant young soloists in their own right, with...continue...
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NMC 147
Holloway: Violin & Horn Concertos / Kovacic, Tuckwell, et al
Holloway: Violin & Horn Concertos / Kovacic, Tuckwell, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2007-10-01

Works: Robin Holloway: Concerto for Violin, Op. 70; Concerto for Horn, Op. 43
Performers: Kovacic, Ernst; Tuckwell, Barry
Conductors: Bamert, Matthias
Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

"A beautifully-played-and-recorded programThis (re-release) is sensuous, exquisitely lyrical music that brews up an intoxicating mix of late-late-romanticism and prismatic modernismIf you don't know t...continue...
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Skempton: Ben Somewhere, etc / Weeks, et al
Skempton: Ben Somewhere, etc / Weeks, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2007-09-03

Works: Howard Skempton: Ben Somewhere
Conductors: Weeks, James D.E.
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; EXAUDI

This disc contrasts Skempton's choral works - including the dancing, evocative setting of Shelley's The Voice of the Spirits and the spiritual Rise up, my...continue...
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NMC 135
Carpenter: Works for Ensemble / Ensemble 10/10
Carpenter: Works for Ensemble / Ensemble 10/10

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2007-09-03

Works: Gary Carpenter: Da Capo
Conductors: Rundell, Clark

The works on this portrait disc cover his period as composer in residence for the RLPO's specialist new music group, Ensemble 10/10 - described by...continue...
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NMC 111
Birtwistle: Punch and Judy / Atherton, London Sinfonietta
Birtwistle: Punch and Judy / Atherton, London Sinfonietta

2 CD / NMC Classics / 2007-06-02

Works: 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...
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J. Anderson: Book of Hours, Symphony, etc / Oramo, Knussen
J. Anderson: Book of Hours, Symphony, etc / Oramo, Knussen

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-11-04

Works: Julian Anderson: Eden; Imagin'd Corners; American Choruses (4); Symphony; Book of Hours
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn; Oramo, Sakari; Halsey, Simon; Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus

"This, the magnificent follow-up to the recent Ondine Julian Anderson disc (9/06), contains the five works he wrote for Birmingham forces during his years as...continue...
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Stuart MacRae: Violin Concerto, etc / Tetzlaff, Volkov
Stuart MacRae: Violin Concerto, etc / Tetzlaff, Volkov

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-10-07

Works: Stuart MacRae: Concerto for Violin; Scenes (2) from the Death of Count Ugolino; Motus; Stirling Choruses
Performers: Lixenberg, Lore; Tetzlaff, Christian
Conductors: Volkov, Ilan; Mälkki, Susanna
Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

NMC is proud to announce the release of the first disc devoted to the music of the acclaimed young Scottish composer Stuart MacRae, born in...continue...
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NMC 115
Ancora - Bainbridge: Viola Concerto, etc / Trampler, et al
Ancora - Bainbridge: Viola Concerto, etc / Trampler, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-10-07

Works: Simon Bainbridge: Fantasia for Double Orchestra; Concerto for Viola and Orchestra; Concertante in moto perpetuo for Oboe and Chamber Ensemble
Performers: Black, Nigel; Daniel, Nicholas; Edwards, Catherine; Farrall, Joy; Irvine, Robert; Kiernan, Patrick; Lukas, Kathryn; Shave, Jacqueline; Tarlton, Neil; Trampler, Walter; Wilkinson Khoroshunin, Katie
Conductors: Bainbridge, Simon; Thomas, Michael Tilson
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Composers Ensemble; London Sinfonietta

The central work on the disc is the composer's 'Viola Concerto,' commissioned by Walter Trampler who performs here with the London Sinfonietta under the distinguished...continue...
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NMC 126
Barrett: Transmission, Interference, etc / Rosman, Buckley
Barrett: Transmission, Interference, etc / Rosman, Buckley

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-06-03

Works: Richard Barrett: interference; Opening of the Mouth; Basalt for Trombone solo; transmission
Performers: Barrett, Richard [Comp.]; Buckley, Daryl; Marks, Benjamin; Neville, Peter; Pierotti, Susan; Rosman, Carl

Richard Barrett is equally active as a composer and performer, and he is featured on electronics in this release. Equally committed to notated composition and...continue...
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NMC 117
Opera - New Works for Violin and Piano / Morgan, Dullea
Opera - New Works for Violin and Piano / Morgan, Dullea

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-05-04

Works: Joe Cutler: (re)Gaia; Richard Causton: Seven States of Rain; Joseph Phibbs: Fantasia for Violin and Piano; Bryn Harrison: Listenings no 1 for Violin and Piano; Jonathan Powell: Intrecciata; Morgan Ha...
Performers: Dullea, Mary; Morgan, Darragh

NMC is proud to announce the release of this Artists Series disc featuring the talented young duo of Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea. Music on...continue...
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NMC 108
Ancora - Maw: Life Studies;  Bennett / Marriner, Willcocks
Ancora - Maw: Life Studies; Bennett / Marriner, Willcocks

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-05-04

Works: Nicholas Maw: Life Studies; Richard Rodney Bennett: Spells
Performers: Manning, Jane
Conductors: Marriner, Sir Neville; Willcocks, David, Sir
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Bach Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra

NMC is pleased to announce another release in its successful Ancora series of re-issues. The composers and performers on this release make it an important...continue...
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NMC 085
Ferneyhough: Shadowtime / Hempel, Scheidegger, et al
Ferneyhough: Shadowtime / Hempel, Scheidegger, et al

2 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-04-06

Works: 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...
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