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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
Britten to America: Music for Radio and Theatre / Samuel West, Mary Carewe, Jean Rigby, Andrew Kennedy
Britten to America: Music for Radio and Theatre / Samuel West, Mary Carewe, Jean Rigby, Andrew Kennedy

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-01-28

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Ascent of F6, incidental music for female voice, 2 male voices, percussion, ukelele & 2 pianos; An American in England, music for a 6-part radio program, for orchestra; Roman Wa...
Performers: Carewe, Mary [Soprano Vocal]; Cooke, Mervyn; Dickinson, Matthew; Holland, Jonathan; Nockles, Bruce; Walker, Lucy; Watkins, Huw; Woodhouse, Nigel
Conductors: Skidmore, Jeffrey; Elder, Mark; Ogg, Harry
Ensemble: ; Ex Cathedra; Hallé Orchestra

  • The majority of these early and unrecorded works haven't been heard since first performed in the 1940s.
  • The music heard here contains large sections of
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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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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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Thea Musgrave: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge / Jake Gardner, baritone
Thea Musgrave: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge / Jake Gardner, baritone

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2011-09-27

Works: 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

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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...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording NMC 167
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...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2009-06-17&2009-11-14_2009-)....continue...
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NMC 155
The Aeolian Company - Original Compositions and Arrangements for Pianola / Lawson
The Aeolian Company - Original Compositions and Arrangements for Pianola / Lawson

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2008-06-06

Works: Igor Stravinsky: Study for Pianola; Sir Eugene Goossens: Rhythmic Dance, Op. 30; Herbert Howells: Fantasy Minuet, Op. 27; Alfredo Casella: Pieces (3) for Pianola; Gian-Francesco Malipiero: Improvisat...
Performers: Lawson, Rex

In concert halls and recording studios throughout the world, Rex Lawson's name is synonymous with the pianola; not the brash, mechanical variety found in cowboy...continue...
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NMC 136
Britten on Film / Brabbins, et al
Britten on Film / Brabbins, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2007-03-12

Works: 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...
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NMC 112
Lutyens: Trios, Motet, etc / Weeks, Maxwell, et al
Lutyens: Trios, Motet, etc / Weeks, Maxwell, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-11-04

Works: Elisabeth Lutyens: Présages, Op. 53; Motet, Op. 27; Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon, Op. 52; Magnificat and Nunc dimittis; Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 57; Verses of Love; Fant...
Performers: Dussek, Michael; Keen, Helen; Maxwell, Melinda; O'Neill, Robin; Osostowicz, Krysia; Salmon, Jane; Sleigh, James; Van der Wiel, Mark
Conductors: Weeks, James D.E.;
Ensemble: Endymion Ensemble; EXAUDI

"This disc is a welcome reminder of the particular virtues of a kind of music less prominent than it once was. The works included centre...continue...

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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 - Simpson: Symphony no 3, Clarinet Quintet
Ancora - Simpson: Symphony no 3, Clarinet Quintet

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-04-06

Works: Robert Simpson: Symphony no 3; Quintet for Clarinet and Strings
Performers: Humphreys, Sydney; Keenlyside, Raymond; Major, Margaret; Simpson, Derek; Walton, Bernard
Conductors: Horenstein, Jascha;
Ensemble: Aeolian String Quartet; London Symphony Orchestra

A powerful and original symphonist, Simpson was born in 1921 and died in 1997. He worked as Senior Producer at the BBC for 28 years...continue...
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NMC 109
In Sunlight - Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell - Nyman, etc
In Sunlight - Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell - Nyman, etc

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2005-06-04

Works: Michael Nyman: On the fiddle; James MacMillan: Kiss on Wood; A Different World; Brian Elias: Fantasia for Violin and Piano; Nigel Osborne: Taw-Raw; Stephen Montague: Folk Dances for Violin and Piano;...
Performers: Ball, Andrew; Mitchell, Madeleine [violin]
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NMC 098
Tippett: Symphonies no 2 & 4 / Tippett, BBC SO
Tippett: Symphonies no 2 & 4 / Tippett, BBC SO

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2005-03-02

Works: Michael Tippett: Symphony no 2; Symphony no 4
Conductors: Tippett, Michael
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

This recording, from 1993, is the last one made by the conductor and the only time he recorded his performance of these works. Originally featured...continue...
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NMC 104
Remembering Tippett - Recordings from the 1940s
Remembering Tippett - Recordings from the 1940s

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2005-02-07

Works: Michael Tippett: Sonata for Piano no 1; Concerto for Double String Orchestra; Quartet for Strings no 2; Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium
Performers: Sellick, Phyllis
Conductors: Goehr, Walter; ; Tippett, Michael
Ensemble: Morley College Choir; Orchestra; Zorian Quartet
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NMC 103
Bawden: The Sailor's Tale, Two Studies, etc / G. Cheung
Bawden: The Sailor's Tale, Two Studies, etc / G. Cheung

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2004-10-01

Works: 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
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NMC 093
Buller: Proença, Theatre of Memory / Elder, Walker, et al
Buller: Proença, Theatre of Memory / Elder, Walker, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2003-06-06

Works: John Buller: Proença for Mezzo Soprano, Electric Guitar and Orchestra; Theatre of memory
Performers: Walker, Sarah
Conductors: Elder, Mark
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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NMC 081
Bright Future -Chamber Music 2000 Project /Schubert Ensemble
Bright Future -Chamber Music 2000 Project /Schubert Ensemble

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2003-04-05

Works: Joe Cutler: Jiggadybox; Nicola LeFanu: Miniature and canon; Martin Butler: Spring Rounds; Joseph Phibbs: Trio semplice for Violin, Piano and Cello; Rachel Stott: Serendipity and Household Objects; Ju...
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Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
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NMC 080
Musgrave: Helios and Other Works / Van Steen, BBC SO, et al
Musgrave: Helios and Other Works / Van Steen, BBC SO, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2003-04-05

Works: Thea Musgrave: Helios; Night Music; Memento vitae; The Seasons
Performers: Daniel, Nicholas
Conductors: Kraemer, Nicholas; Van Steen, Jac
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra; Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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NMC 074
The Hoxton Thirteen / Wiegold, Composers Ensemble
The Hoxton Thirteen / Wiegold, Composers Ensemble

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2002-02-01

Works: Richard Baker: Los Rabanos; Tansy Davies: Patterning; Jonathan Powell: Saturnine; Mary Bellamy: Constellations; Morgan Hayes: Buoy; Sam Hayden: Partners in Psychopathology; Alison Kay: Rat-race; Jona...
Conductors: Wiegold, Peter
Ensemble: Composers Ensemble
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NMC 076
Tracts - Ferneyhough, Erber, Dench, Barrett, Fox / Ian Pace
Tracts - Ferneyhough, Erber, Dench, Barrett, Fox / Ian Pace

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2001-09-01

Works: Brian Ferneyhough: Lemma-Icon-Epigram; Chris Dench: Topologies; Richard Barrett: Tract; James Erber: You Done Torn Your Playhouse Down; Christopher Fox: lliK.relliK
Performers: Pace, Ian
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NMC 066
Themes & Variations / Jac Van Steen, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Themes & Variations / Jac Van Steen, BBC Symphony Orchestra

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2001-06-03

Works: Imogen Holst: Variations on an Elizabethan Theme; Arthur Oldham: Variations on an Elizabethan Theme; Michael Tippett: Variations on an Elizabethan Theme; Braint (Severn Bridge Variations; Lennox Berk...
Conductors: Steen, Jac van

"...Performances are superb. Sound in the string-orchestra 'Variations on an Elizabethan Theme' is good but a little dry; the two sets for full orchestra are...continue...
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Prime Cuts
Prime Cuts

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2000-09-01

Works: 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...
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NMC 069
Spectrum & Spectrum 2 / Thalia Myers
Spectrum & Spectrum 2 / Thalia Myers

2 CD / NMC Classics / 1999-06-24

Works: Eleanor Alberga: If the Silver Bird could speak for piano; Only a wish away for piano; David Bedford: Toccata for piano; Sunset over Stac Pollaidh for piano; Diana Burrell: Constellations 1 & 2 for p...
Performers: Myers, Thalia

"The idea was marvelous: to commission short piano pieces from 50 prominent British composers, each in the format of a Beethoven bagatelle. The results are...continue...
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Nash: Symphony no 1, Apollinaire Choruses / Brabbins, et al
Nash: Symphony no 1, Apollinaire Choruses / Brabbins, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1999-04-30

Works: Peter Paul Nash: Symphony no 1; Apollinaire Choruses
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn; Joly, Simon
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra

"Nash has many good ideas of his own - long spanning melodic arches in eccentric, unpredictable rhythms; gentle woodwind shimmerings that drift by like clouds...continue...
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Jane Manning sings Weir, Nash, Connolly, Bauld, Elias, et al
Jane Manning sings Weir, Nash, Connolly, Bauld, Elias, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-12-24

Works: Judith Weir: Don't let that horse; Peter Paul Nash: In a walled garden; Justin Connolly: Poems of Wallace Stevens II, Op. 14; Alison Bauld: Farewell Already; Brian Elias: Peroration; Anthony Payne: A...
Performers: Manning, Jane
Conductors: Montgomery, Roger [cond.]
Ensemble: Jane's Minstrels
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NMC 025
K. Norman: London / Katherine Norman, Jonathan Cooper
K. Norman: London / Katherine Norman, Jonathan Cooper

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-12-24

Works: Katharine Norman: London; Trilling Wire
Performers: Cooper, Jonathan; Norman, Katharine
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NMC 034
Jonathan Lloyd: Symphony no 4 / Martyn Brabbins, BBC SO
Jonathan Lloyd: Symphony no 4 / Martyn Brabbins, BBC SO

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-09-28

Works: Jonathan Lloyd: Symphony no 4
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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NMC 046
Panufnik: Cello Concerto / Rostropovich, Wolff
Panufnik: Cello Concerto / Rostropovich, Wolff

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-08-21

Works: Andrzej Panufnik: Concerto for Cello
Performers: Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Wolff, Hugh
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
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NMC 010
Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1983) / Jane's Minstrels
Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1983) / Jane's Minstrels

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-08-21

Works: Elisabeth Lutyens: Chamber Concerto no 1, Op. 8; Valley of Hatsu-Se, Op. 62; Tempi (6) for 10 Instruments, Op. 42; Isis and Osiris, Op 74; Triolet I, Op. 160a; Requiescat; Triolet II, Op. 160b
Performers: Manning, Jane
Conductors: Montgomery, Roger [cond.]
Ensemble: Jane's Minstrels
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NMC 011
Britten: Les Illuminataions, etc /Barbirolli, Pears, Britten
Britten: Les Illuminataions, etc /Barbirolli, Pears, Britten

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-08-21

Works: 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...
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