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Kenneth Hesketh: Wunderkammer(konzert) / Christoph-Mathias Mueller; Royal Liverpool PO, Clark Rundell

> A Rhyme for the Season - A Rhyme for the Season
> Ein lichtspiel (after Moholy-Nagy) - Ein lichtspiel (after Moholy-Nagy)
> Graven Image - Graven Image
> Wunderkammer - I. The Grand Ordo of Hephaestus' Children
> Wunderkammer - II. Karakuri in the Temple of Athene
> Wunderkammer - III. Escapements within the Cartesian Machine
> At God Speeded Summer's End - At God Speeded Summer's End

Album Summary

>Hesketh, Kenneth : A Rhyme for the Season, for orchestra
>Hesketh, Kenneth : Ein Lichtspiel (after Moholy-Nagy)
>Hesketh, Kenneth : Graven Image, for orchestra
>Hesketh, Kenneth : Wunderkammer, for chamber orchestra
>Hesketh, Kenneth : At God speeded summer's end, for orchestra
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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 first full-length CD devoted to the music of Kenneth Hesketh. The Sunday Telegraph praised his At God Speeded Summer's End for "knowing just when to relax tension and when to tighten the screw again."

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Born in 1968, Kenneth Hesketh studied with Dutilleux, Bolcom, and Albright; among his many accomplishments is a transcription of the Aphex Twin composition Polygon Window. This fact belies the composer's range. Hesketh's music is beautiful, complex, and restless - it's scarcely surprising that it was championed early on by Knussen. His responses to musical form are particularly remarkable, owing, as they sometimes do, to relationships with words. the short concert-opener Rhyme for the Season finds musical analogs for various sorts of rhymes, while Wunderkammer(konzert) refers to wunderkammer - collections of objects owned by rulers and aristocrats between the 16th and 18th centuries - and the virtuosic (concerto) writing for the musicians: here he constructs what he calls a "private collection of musical objects, ciphers, and quotations". The colorful orchestration and palpable verve in the individual gestures and large-scale construction make me want to return to them again and again. The performances are committed and expert in every way. I hope to hear more of Hesketh's work.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2013
Although Hesketh (b.1968) might not always manage the haunting uncanniness found in British contemporaries such as Oliver Knussen, George Benjamin or Thomas Ades, he rarely lapses into mere exoticism.

MusicWeb International, 5th July 2013
The considerable surface complexity of his elaborate rhythmic is unfailingly refracted through a remarkably acute ear for sonority and colour allied with an obsessive preoccupation with textural transparency...a compelling panorama of Kenneth Hesketh's works for major instrumental forces.



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Works Details

>Hesketh, Kenneth : A Rhyme for the Season, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Christoph-Mathia Mueller
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hesketh, Kenneth : Ein Lichtspiel (after Moholy-Nagy)
  • Conductor: Clark Rundell
  • Ensemble: Ensemble 10/10
  • Running Time: 12 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hesketh, Kenneth : Graven Image, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Christoph-Mathia Mueller
  • Running Time: 15 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hesketh, Kenneth : Wunderkammer, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Clark Rundell
  • Ensemble: Ensemble 10/10
  • Running Time: 21 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hesketh, Kenneth : At God speeded summer's end, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Christoph-Mathia Mueller
  • Running Time: 10 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary