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The Wonder of Christmas - incl. My Dancing Day, Away in a  Manger, O Holy Night, I Wonder as I Wander, The First Nowell et al. / Elora Festival Singers
The Wonder of Christmas - incl. My Dancing Day, Away in a Manger, O Holy Night, I Wonder as I Wander, The First Nowell et al. / Elora Festival Singers

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2014-11-11

Works: Henry John Gauntlett: Once in Royal David's City, carol; Christmas Traditional: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English); What Child Is This? (Greensleeves); The Holly and the Ivy (English); Ding D...
Performers: Bloss, Michael [Organ]
Conductors: Edison, Noel
Ensemble: Elora Festival Singers

The Toronto-based Elora Festival Singers, conducted by their founder and internationally acclaimed director Noel Edison, are one of the most exciting of contemporary choirs. Their...continue...
Recording information: St. John's Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada (05/09/2014-05/11/2014).

Canada's acclaimed chamber choir the Elora Festival Singers lend their dulcet voices to this 2014 colle...continue...

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My Beloved's Voice: Sacred Songs of Love inspired by the songs of Solomon /  Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, Mark Williams
My Beloved's Voice: Sacred Songs of Love inspired by the songs of Solomon / Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, Mark Williams

1 CD / Signum Records / 2014-08-12

Works: Antoine Brumel: Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas for 4 voices; Robert Walker: As the apple tree, for chorus; Patrick Hadley: My Beloved Spake, anthem for chorus & organ (or orchestra); Maurice Duruflé:...
Performers: Austin, Alasdair [Treble]; Corr, Declan [Tenor Vocal]; Dixon, Robert; Matthews, Katie [Soprano Vocal]; Mofidian, Michael [Baritone (Vocal)]; Morris, Benjamin [Organ]
Conductors: Williams, Mark
Ensemble: Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge

Mark Williams leads the Choir of the Jesus College Cambridge through an evocative selection of choral works inspired in different ways by the songs of...continue...
Recording information: Chapel of Jesus College Cambridge (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)....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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Advent at Merton - Magnificat antiphons by seven contemporary composers / Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Advent at Merton - Magnificat antiphons by seven contemporary composers / Choir of Merton College, Oxford

1 CD / Delphian Records / 2013-10-08

Works: Matthew Martin: Ecce concipes, for chorus; O Rex Gentium, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons); David Blackwell: Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming, for chorus; William Byrd: Rorate caeli de...
Performers: Steppler, Anna [Organ]; Tann, Emily; Watson, Christopher
Conductors: Nicholas, Benjamin; Phillips, Peter
Ensemble: Choir of Merton College Oxford

The beginning of Advent is celebrated with particular solemnity at Merton College. For its second recording, the school's choir explores the musical riches that adorn...continue...
Recording information: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (04/14/2012-04/16/2012)....continue...
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Carols Contemporary & Medieval: Into This World This Day Did Come
Carols Contemporary & Medieval: Into This World This Day Did Come

1 CD / Delphian Records / 2013-08-01

Works: Diana Burrell: Creator of the Stars of Night, for chorus, cor anglais & organ; Christo Paremus; Seth Bingham: Annunciation, for organ; Stuart MacRae: Adam lay y-bounden, for chorus; Anonymous, Englis...
Performers: Bagnall, Rachel; Ballantyne, David; Coburn, Aidan; De Minckwitz, Edward; Dollins, Christopher; Fletcher, Matthew [Organ]; Kanter, Nina; Nell, Tempe; Ogilvie, Charles; Ralph, Matthew; Webber, Geoffrey...
Conductors: Webber, Geoffrey
Ensemble: Choir of Gonville

Recording information: St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast (07/03/2009-07/05/2009)....continue...
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A Doll's House - works by Fitkin, Skempton, Montague, Bedford, Hayes, McGarr, Copeland / Ensemble Bash percussion ensemble
A Doll's House - works by Fitkin, Skempton, Montague, Bedford, Hayes, McGarr, Copeland / Ensemble Bash percussion ensemble

1 CD / Signum Records / 2012-01-01

Works: Graham Fitkin: Shard, for percussion ensemble; Howard Skempton: Slip-stream, for percussion ensemble; Stephen Montague: Rimfire, for percussion ensemble; David Bedford: Bash Peace, for percussion ens...
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Ensemble: Ensemble Bash Percussion Ensemble

Formed in 1992, the British percussion quartet ensemble bash has forged a reputation as one of the world's most innovative and groundbreaking chamber ensembles. Using...continue...
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Standing Wave: New Music for Guitar / Tom Kerstens, guitar
Standing Wave: New Music for Guitar / Tom Kerstens, guitar

1 CD / British Guitar Society / 2011-11-08

Works: Graham Fitkin: Skirting, for guitar; Joby Talbot: Standing Wave, for guitar; Edward McGuire: Amazonia, for guitar; Howard Skempton: Five Miniatures, for guitar; Bruce MacCombie: Lyric Variations for ...
Performers: Harris, Sophie; James, Abigail; Kerstens, Tom; Metcalfe, John

A collection of new music for guitar, specially commissioned from the most exciting composers writing today....continue...
Recording information: Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University College (2002-02-??&2003-04-??&2004-)....continue...
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BGS 110
Zapateado: Homage to Joaquin / Tom Kerstens, Guitar
Zapateado: Homage to Joaquin / Tom Kerstens, Guitar

1 CD / British Guitar Society / 2011-11-08

Works: Joaquín Rodrigo: Tiento antiguo - J. Rodrigo; Sonata giocosa, for guitar; En los trigales - J. Rodrigo; Pastoral for guitar (arranged by Romero, Pepe); Piezas (3) españolas, for guitar; Zar...
Performers: Kerstens, Tom

This disc celebrates the centenary of the birth of the greatest Spanish composer of the 20th century with recordings of his work as well as...continue...
Recording information: Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University College (2000-09-??&2001-02-??&2001-)....continue...
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A Year at York / Robert Sharpe, Choir of York Minster
A Year at York / Robert Sharpe, Choir of York Minster

1 CD / Regent Records / 2011-10-17

Works: Edward Woodall Naylor: Vox Dicentis, motet for treble & tenor soloists & mixed voices; Paul Comeau: Audi coelum, for chorus; John Joubert: There Is No Rose, for chorus, Op. 14; Andrew Carter: The Mag...
Performers: Pipe, David

This journey in music through a year at York Minster features a number of works written for the Choir together with other well-loved music charting...continue...
Recording information: York Minster, York, North Yorkshire, England (1011-01-12_2011-01-13&2011-)....continue...
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Danza! Works by Brouwer, Falla, Piazzolla, Skempton, et al. / Tom Kerstens, guitar
Danza! Works by Brouwer, Falla, Piazzolla, Skempton, et al. / Tom Kerstens, guitar

1 CD / British Guitar Society / 2011-10-11

Works: Leo Brouwer: Danza del Altiplano, for guitar; Guajira criolla, for guitar; Danza Caracteristica for guitar; Astor Piazzolla: Las estaciones porteñas (4); Heitor Villa-Lobos: Chôro no 1 fo...
Performers: Kerstens, Tom

The debut recording of phenomenal British guitar trio Appassionata showcases highly accessible new compositions for three guitars, all making their first appearance on CD in...continue...
Recording information: The Michael Tippett Centre, Newton Park, Bath (2003-02-??&2003-04-??&2003-)....continue...
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Black Venus - New Music for Guitar Vol 1 / Tom Kerstens, guitar
Black Venus - New Music for Guitar Vol 1 / Tom Kerstens, guitar

1 CD / British Guitar Society / 2011-10-11

Works: Giles Swayne: Solo for guitar, Op. 42; Errollyn Wallen: Three Ships, for guitar; Howard Skempton: Preludes (5), for guitar; Terry Riley: Barabbas, for guitar (from "The Book of Abbeyozzud"); Leo Brou...
Performers: Kerstens, Tom
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The Christmas Story / Paul Hillier, Theater of Voices
The Christmas Story / Paul Hillier, Theater of Voices

1 Super Audio CD / Harmonia Mundi / 2011-09-13

Works: Gregorian Chant: Rorate caeli desuper, introit in mode 4 for the 4th Sunday in Advent; Puer natus est nobis, introit; Videntes stellam Magi, Magnificat antiphon; Herodes iratus, antiphon (Mode 1); Ch...
Conductors: Hillier, Paul

Inspired by the much-loved service of Nine Lessons and Carols given every Christmas Eve in England, this recording presents the Nativity story told through plainchant,...continue...
Recording information: Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark (01/2011)....continue...
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British! Piano Music: Skempton, Emsley, Finnissy / Steffen Schleiermacher, piano
British! Piano Music: Skempton, Emsley, Finnissy / Steffen Schleiermacher, piano

1 CD / MD&G / 2011-08-16

Works: Richard Emsley: for piano 1; finnissys fifty, for piano; for piano 2; Howard Skempton: Notti Stellate a Vagil, for piano; Starlight, for piano; After Image, for piano; Eirenicon 4, for piano; Even te...
Performers: Schleiermacher, Steffen

The country that gave us the Beatles plays a rather secondary role in new music circles. Steffen Schleiermacher spirits his fans away to a largely...continue...
Recording information: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (03/27/2010/09/07/2010)....continue...
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MDG 6131634
Songbook: The Trebles of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum
Songbook: The Trebles of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum

1 CD / Delphian Records / 2011-08-01

Works: Roger Quilter: Music, When Soft Voices die for voice & piano, Op. 25/5; Love's Philosophy, for voice & piano, Op. 3/1; Arvo Pärt: Vater unser, for boy soprano or unison children's chorus & piano...
Performers: Etherington, Carleton; Nicholas, Benjamin
Conductors: Nicholas, Benjamin
Ensemble: Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum

This 'songbook' is unique to the Schola Cantorum choristers of Tewkesbury Abbey - essentially, it's a showcase for the Abbey trebles. This is evident most...continue...
Recording information: Merton College Chapel, Oxford (07/05/2010-07/07/2010)....continue...
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DELP 34097
Skempton: Bolt from the Blue
Skempton: Bolt from the Blue

1 CD / Mode Records / 2010-10-25

Works: Howard Skempton: Starlight, for piano; Swedish Caprice, for piano; Horham, for piano; Lyric Study, for piano; Liebeslied, for piano; Memorial Prelude, for piano; Five Poems of Mary Webb, for chorus; ...
Performers: Becker, Daniel [Piano]; Doyle, Julia; Fraser, Juliet; Saunders, Jonathan

Howard Skempton's music strikes a chord with many listeners through its deceptive simplicity, beauty and accessible nature. A student of Cornelius Cardew, Skempton was greatly...continue...
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The Wire (p.56) - "[T]his is music that wears its heart very much on its sleeve....The final setting of Yeat's 'He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven' is simply exquisite."...continue...
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Noszferatu
Noszferatu

1 CD / HBDirect Imports / 2010-10-19

Works: Jonathan Powell: Drempel, for ensemble; Andrew Poppy: How the Hammer Felt, for flute, piano & percussion; Dave Price: Lee's Game, for ensemble; Paul Newland: Trance, for ensemble; Howard Skempton: In...
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Sunday Times
Powell's arresting Drempel, first of the eight items by different hands, combines jazz and the busy figuration of "new complexity" with witty fluency. Andrew...continue...
Recording information: Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, England (2008-08-26_2008-08-28&2009-)....continue...
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Bach+
Bach+

2 CD / Metier / 2009-12-08

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007; Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008; Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009; Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E f...
Performers: Heinen, Ulrich

The cellist Ulrich Heinen was born in Germany and studied at the Cologne Conservatoire and the Juilliard School. He won several national and international competitions...continue...
Recording information: CBSO Centre, Birmingham, England (2008)....continue...
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MTI 28511
Greatest Hits of All Time
Greatest Hits of All Time

1 CD / Metier / 2009-08-01

Works: Roger Redgate: Quintet for Oboe and Strings; Éperons, for oboe & percussion; Michael Finnissy: Greatest Hits of All Time, for oboe & ensemble; Ceci n'est pas une forme, for oboe, violin & ensemb...
Performers: Carey, Bridget; Michael, Robin [Cello]; Redgate, Christopher; Redgate, Roger; Warburton, Julian
Conductors: Redgate, Roger
Ensemble: Ensemble Exposé

The works for oboe and strings on this recording, while in many ways being part of the great tradition of music for this ensemble, offer...continue...
Recording information: Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Hertfordshire, England....continue...
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MTI 28513
Scotland at Night: Choral settings of Scottish poetry
Scotland at Night: Choral settings of Scottish poetry

1 CD / Delphian Records / 2009-07-27

Works: Scottish Traditional: Dream Angus; Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon, folk song; Tom Cunningham: Scotland at Night, for chorus; The Painter's Eye, for chorus; Arvo Pärt: My Heart's in the Highla...
Performers: Bradley, Michael; Laing-Reilly, Thomas [Organ]; Mackay, Beth; Swayne, Lisa
Conductors: Brewer, Mike
Ensemble: Laudibus

These collaborations between noted Edinburghians Alexander McCall Smith and Tom Cunningham appear on disc here for the first time in a program of Scottish poetry...continue...
Recording information: Colinton Parish Church, Edinburgh (01/03/2009-01/05/2009)....continue...
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DELP 34060
NMC Songbook [Box Set]
NMC Songbook [Box Set]

4 CD / HBDirect Imports / 2009-04-07

Works: David Sawyer: The Source, for 2 voices & tubular bells; Luke Bedford: Upon St. George's Hill, for voice & guitar; Anthony Powers: Shining Plain, for voice & piano; Gary Carpenter: Interlude, for voic...
Performers: Atherton, Elizabeth; Ball, Andrew; Barry, Gerald; Bickley, Susan; Booth, Claire; Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Burnside, Iain [Piano]; Chance, Michael; Chapman, Jane [Harpsichord]; Ebrahim, Oma...
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Skempton: Pigs could fly, Alice is one;  Britten, Tavener, Bliss, Rutter, etc / Corp, Wells, et al
Skempton: Pigs could fly, Alice is one; Britten, Tavener, Bliss, Rutter, etc / Corp, Wells, et al

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2008-11-25

Works: Howard Skempton: Pigs could fly, for chorus; Alice is one, for chorus; Benjamin Britten: Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ; May, song for unison chorus & piano; Ronald Corp: Gi...
Performers: Wells, Alexander

"Here's an essential recording for fans of music for treble choir--and for listeners who may never have experienced the highest standard of children's choir singing...continue...
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The Cloths of Heaven - Howard Skempton / Owens, Exon Singers
The Cloths of Heaven - Howard Skempton / Owens, Exon Singers

1 CD / Delphian Records / 2008-08-26

Works: Howard Skempton: Upon my lap sovereign sits, for voice; O Saviour of the World, for chorus; Locus iste, motet for chorus; The Song of Songs, for men's chorus; O Life!, for voice & organ; Nature's Fir...
Performers: Akers, James; Lawrence, Bartholomew; Mackay, Beth; Makinson, Jeffrey; Owens, Matthew
Conductors: Owens, Matthew
Ensemble: Exon Singers
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DELP 34056
Roth: Romantic Residues, etc;  Britten, Skempton, etc / Gilchrist, Nicholls, Martin
Roth: Romantic Residues, etc; Britten, Skempton, etc / Gilchrist, Nicholls, Martin

1 CD / Hyperion / 2008-08-12

Works: Alec Roth: From California, for voice, flute & harp; Romantic Residues, for voice & harp; Benjamin Britten: Folksongs (7), Volume 1; Folksongs (7), Volume 3; Welsh Traditional: Bugeilio'r gwenith gwy...
Performers: Gilchrist, James [Tenor Vocal]; Mart?n, Jaime; Martin, Jaime; Nicholls, Alison

James Gilchrist is now considered "unsurpassed among lyric tenors in sweetness and technical security, and for his musical intelligence" (The Independent, UK). For his first...continue...
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Howard Skempton: Ben Somewhen - Choral & Chamber Music
Howard Skempton: Ben Somewhen - Choral & Chamber Music

1 CD / HBDirect Imports / 2007-09-04

Works: Howard Skempton: Chamber Concerto, for 15 players; Quintet for Clarinet and Strings; The Voice of the Spirits, for choir; The Bridge of Fire, for choir; Suite from Delicate, for 2 cellos & percussion...
Performers: Heinen, Ulrich; Jenkinson, Richard; Warburton, Julian
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Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
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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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Song of Songs / Mike Brewer, Laudibus
Song of Songs / Mike Brewer, Laudibus

1 CD / Delphian Records / 2007-07-02

Works: William Walton: Set me as a seal upon thine heart; Guillaume Bouzignac: Surge, amica mea, motet for 6 voices; Howard Skempton: Rise up, my love, for choir; Gabriel Jackson: I am the Rose of Sharon, f...
Conductors: Brewer, Mike

The 'Song of Songs' stands apart from its biblical surroundings as one of the supreme love poems of world literature, a celebration of erotic love...continue...
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New French Song
New French Song

1 CD / Metier / 2005-08-01

Works: Tarik O'Regan: Saint ("A la fenêtre recelant..."), for voice & piano; Sadie Harrison: ...Issu stellaire... ("Born of the stars"), for voice & piano; Will Todd: Le Pont Mirabeau ("Sous le pont Mi...
Performers: Durran, Katharine; Smart, Alison
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MTI 92100
Songs of Heaven & Earth - Britten, Vaughan Williams, et al
Songs of Heaven & Earth - Britten, Vaughan Williams, et al

1 CD / Guild / 2003-10-01

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Hearts Music, song for chorus; Valiant for Truth, motet for chorus (with piano or organ ad lib); Choral Hymns (3) for baritone or tenor, chorus & orchestra; Brian Brockless: C...
Performers: Hayes, Samuel
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GUI 7265
A White Room - Weir, Matthews, et al / Schubert Ensemble
A White Room - Weir, Matthews, et al / Schubert Ensemble

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2001-05-01

Works: Judith Weir: Arise, Arise! You slumbering sleepers; Elena Firsova: Frozen Time; Howard Skempton: La Gora di Mulino; Philip Cashian: Music for the Night Sky; Piers Hellawell: A White Room
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Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
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NMC 075
Flight of Song - Skempton, Weir, Harvey, Tippett
Flight of Song - Skempton, Weir, Harvey, Tippett

1 CD / Guild / 2001-02-26

Works: Howard Skempton: We who with songs; Opportunity; Rose-Berries; Song at the Year's Turning; Flight of Song; To Bethlem did they go; He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven; Judith Weir: Ascending into Heav...
Performers: Steynor, Matthew
Conductors: Weeks, James D.E.
Ensemble: Queen's College Choir, Cambridge
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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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Skempton: Lento for Orchestra / Wigglesworth, BBC SO
Skempton: Lento for Orchestra / Wigglesworth, BBC SO

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-12-25

Works: Howard Skempton: Lento for Orchestra
Conductors: Wigglesworth, Mark
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
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Mary Wiegold's Songbook / Wiegold, Muldowney, et al
Mary Wiegold's Songbook / Wiegold, Muldowney, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-12-24

Works: John Dowland: Complaint, P 63; Galliard to Lachrimae, P 46; Lachrimae; Judith Weir: The Romance of Count Arnaldos; Colin Matthews: Cantata on the Death of Antony; Strugnell's Haiku; Simon Bainbridge:...
Performers: Wiegold, Mary
Conductors: Muldowney, Dominic; Tippett, Michael
Ensemble: Composers Ensemble
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NMC 003
Finnissy, Weir, Newman, Skempton / Michael Finnissy
Finnissy, Weir, Newman, Skempton / Michael Finnissy

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-08-21

Works: Michael Finnissy: Reels for Piano; Short, but....; Freightrain Bruise; Autumnall; Kemp's Morris; Stanley Stokes, East Street 1836; Chris Newman: Grooving through Old Tombs; News of My Own; Le repos s...
Performers: Finnissy, Michael
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Surface Tension - Howard Skempton / Leonard, HCD Productions
Surface Tension - Howard Skempton / Leonard, HCD Productions

1 CD / Mode Records / 1998-06-16

Works: Howard Skempton: passing fancy, for piano; Drum Canon 2; Bends, for cello; Call, for clarinet & piano; Fire, for soprano voice & clarinet; Saltaire Melody, for piano; Recessional, for any instrument ...
Performers: Bocker, Eva; Corbett, John H.; Dickel, Werner; Howard Skempton [Composer/Accordion]; Kretzschmar, Hermann; Leonard, Sarah; Romer, Rainer; Wiesner, Dietmar

With their distinctly English vocabulary, witty turns, and spare yet memorable melodies, 'Surface Tension' offers a survey of Skempton's music in solo through quintet settings...continue...
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