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Judith Weir (b. 1954): The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera / Ailish Tynan, soprano; Anna Stéphany, soprano; Andrew Tortise, tenor; Owen Gilhooly, baritone. BBC SO, Brabbins
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 / 2014-09-09

Works: 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...
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NMC 196
Ben Foskett: 'Dinosaur' - Five Night Pieces for piano; Hornet II; From Trumpet; On From Four; Cinq Chansons a Hurle-Vent / van de Wiel, Eric Lamb, Uttley , Raphaele Kennedy, Becquaert
Ben Foskett: 'Dinosaur' - Five Night Pieces for piano; Hornet II; From Trumpet; On From Four; Cinq Chansons a Hurle-Vent / van de Wiel, Eric Lamb, Uttley , Raphaele Kennedy, Becquaert

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-08-12

Conductors: Collon, Nicholas; Paterson, Geoffrey; Kok, Nicholas
Ensemble: Halle; London Sinfonietta; Psappha

This survey of Ben Foskett's work spans 10 years, from the brooding Five Night Pieces for piano (2002) to Cinq Chansons a Hurle-Vent - a...continue...
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NMC 195
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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Larry Goves: 'Just Stuff People Do' - Trends in Personal Relationships; Terminus Wreck (for solo cello); Things that are Blue ; White; Black / Sarah Nicolls (pno), Oliver Coates (cello), de Ridder, Sound Intermedia electronics
Larry Goves: 'Just Stuff People Do' - Trends in Personal Relationships; Terminus Wreck (for solo cello); Things that are Blue ; White; Black / Sarah Nicolls (pno), Oliver Coates (cello), de Ridder, Sound Intermedia electronics

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-08-12

Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn; Ridder, Andre
Ensemble: London Sinfonietta

Literary references are at the heart of Larry Goves's music: written for regular collaborator Sarah Nicolls and scored for solo piano, electric piano, prepared piano,...continue...
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NMC 198
John Casken (b.1949): Orion over Farne; Concerto for Orchestra; Violin Concerto / Sophia Jaffé, violin
John Casken (b.1949): Orion over Farne; Concerto for Orchestra; Violin Concerto / Sophia Jaffé, violin

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-06-10

Conductors: Stenz, Markus
Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra

Casken's work is often inspired by the Northumberland countryside and coastline where he lives and in the symphonic poem Orion Over Farne (1984-86) he conjures...continue...
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NMC 189
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Undance; Crying Out Loud; No Let Up / UNDANCE Band
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Undance; Crying Out Loud; No Let Up / UNDANCE Band

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-04-29

Works: Mark-Anthony Turnage: Undance, ballet for band; Crying Out Loud, for chamber orchestra; No Let Up, for orchestra
Conductors: Murray, Tim; Hoskins, Paul
Ensemble: ; Rambert Orchestra; UNDANCE Band

Turnage's musical style, with its characteristic pulse, syncopation and rhythm makes it perfect for choreographers and dancers and this release showcases recent collaborations with two...continue...
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NMC 194
New Music Collections, Vol. 3: Orchestral Works by Richard Ayres, Nicholas Maw, Andrzej Panufnik, Hugh Wood, Harrison Birtwistle et al.
New Music Collections, Vol. 3: Orchestral Works by Richard Ayres, Nicholas Maw, Andrzej Panufnik, Hugh Wood, Harrison Birtwistle et al.

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-04-29

Works: Richard Causton: Millennium Scenes; Dominic Muldowney: Oboe Concerto; Nicholas Maw: Life Studies; Richard Ayres: No. 36, NONcerto for Horn; Thea Musgrave: Turbulent Landscapes; Andrzej Panufnik: Conc...
Performers: Carter, Roy [Oboe]; Michael, Robin [Cello]; Rostropovich, Mstislav; Timmermans, Wim
Conductors: Collon, Nicholas; Thomas, Michael Tilson; Marriner, Sir Neville; Kluttig, Roland; Vänskä, Osmo; Wolff, Hugh; Hickox, Richard; Brabbins, Martyn; Steen, Jac van; Knussen, Oliver; Davis, Andre...
Ensemble: ; City of London Sinfonia; ASKO; Hallé Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra

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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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

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New Music Collections, Vol. 4: Piano - works by Philip Mead, Huw Watkins, Stephen Montague and Rolf Hind
New Music Collections, Vol. 4: Piano - works by Philip Mead, Huw Watkins, Stephen Montague and Rolf Hind

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-04-29

Works: Huw Watkins: Four Spencer Pieces; Simon Holt: Black Lanterns, for piano; Julian Anderson: Somewhere near Cluj for piano; Sadie Harrison: Impresa Amorosa; Michael Zev Gordon: On Memory; Diana Burrell:...
Performers: Bradshaw, Susan; Finnissy, Michael; Hind, Rolf; Kawai, Noriko; Losseff, Nicky; Mead, Philip; Montague, Stephen; Myers, Thalia; Pace, Ian; Powell, Jonathan; Sellick, Phyllis; Smalley, Roger; Tan, Melv...

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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

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NMC 204
Richard Causton (b.1971): 'Millenium Scenes' - Chamber Symphony & other works
Richard Causton (b.1971): 'Millenium Scenes' - Chamber Symphony & other works

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2014-04-29

Works: Richard Causton: Millennium Scenes, for orchestra; Notturno, for chamber ensemble; As Kingfishers Catch Fire, for flute, clarinet, harp & string quartet; The Persistence of Memory, for chamber ensemb...
Conductors: Collon, Nicholas; Cornelius, Gerry; Wigglesworth, Ryan
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Hallé Orchestra

Causton is one of the finest of the new generation of British composers. Tim Ashley, The Guardian Richard Causton studied with Param Vir, with Roger...continue...
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NMC 192
Elliott Carter 103rd Birthday Concert, December 8, 2011, New York City - Includes 4 world premieres [DVD]
Elliott Carter 103rd Birthday Concert, December 8, 2011, New York City - Includes 4 world premieres [DVD]

1 DVD Video / NMC Classics / 2014-01-28


  • This DVD features 4 world premieres, with two specially written for this concert - and filmed tributes from leading British composers.
  • 24-page booklet featuring
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Run Time: 83 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English
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NMC 193
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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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]; O'Kane, Brian [Cello]; 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: Eggen, Christian; Christian Eggen, Christia
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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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...
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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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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...
Recording information: Capstone Building, Liverpool Hope University (08/09/2010-08/11/2010)....continue...
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NMC 139
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

The Guardian
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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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

International Record Review
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

The Times
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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Drempel
Drempel

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2010-11-05


From the haunting minimalism of Howard Skempton’s In Tandem and Andrew Poppy’s How the Hammer Felt to the jazz-fueled improvisation of Finn Peters’ The Horses...continue...
Personnel: Finn Peters (flute, saxophone); Ivo De Greef (piano); Dave Price (percussion).

Recording information: Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire (01/05/2009-01/06/2009); Adrian Boul...continue...
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NMC 166
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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Sound Census
Sound Census

2 CD / NMC Classics / 2010-05-01


"The brilliant Endymion" (Sunday Times) was formed in 1979 from a group of outstanding National Youth Orchestra students and retains most of its original players....continue...
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NMC 160
Edwin Roxburgh: Solo and Duos
Edwin Roxburgh: Solo and Duos

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2010-05-01


The diverse activities of performing, conducting and teaching have been constant motivations to Edwin Roxburgh's principal profession, composing. The works on this new release are...continue...
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NMC 161
Peter Maxwell Davies: Taverner,opera / Knussen, Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Peter Maxwell Davies: Taverner,opera / Knussen, Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra

2 CD / NMC Classics / 2009-11-16


To mark Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's 75th birthday NMC issue the long-awaited release of his seminal opera, Taverner. This release is of the landmark 1997...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

Gramophone Magazine
On Memory (2003-04) is the big project here, a 12-movement suite that takes past musics, memories, associations and techniques and gently jumbles them up....continue...
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Unknown Britten
Unknown Britten

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2009-10-06


"A very interesting--and engaging--program that, while not offering any surprising discoveries, nevertheless contains some quite substantial, fully formed entries along with the uncompleted material.....continue...
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Jeremy Dale Roberts: Tristia; Croquis / Kreutzer Quartet
Jeremy Dale Roberts: Tristia; Croquis / Kreutzer Quartet

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2009-10-01


Roberts' 'Croquist' is a fascinating sequence of miniatures for string trio commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to be spaced between programmes across an evening's broadcasting,...continue...
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NMC 151
Richard Barrett: Negatives, etc / Elision Ensemble
Richard Barrett: Negatives, etc / Elision Ensemble

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2009-03-16


Barrett's work encompasses both composition and improvisation, ranging from chamber music to innovative uses of live electronics and collaborations with visual artists. Much of his...continue...
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NMC 143
Wired - Works for Harpsichord and Electronics / Jane Chapman
Wired - Works for Harpsichord and Electronics / Jane Chapman

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2009-03-05


WIRED was developed by the Sonic Art Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University to explore the unique cultural resonance of the timbre of the harpsichord...continue...
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NMC 145
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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