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Edward ELGAR   ~   Brian ELIAS   ~   Brian FERNEYHOUGH   ~   Michael FINNISSY

NMC D052 Cover Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)__________________NMC D052
Sketches for Symphony No.3       ARCHIVE

Anthony Payne, narrator • David Owen Morris, piano - Robert Gibbs, violin • BBC Symphony Orchestra • Andrew Davis, conductor
This companion CD to the complete work (NMC D053) documents all of the sketches left by Elgar which Anthony Payne employed in order to elaborate the Third Symphony. Orchestral drafts, passages for which Elgar wrote out a violin part to be played by his friend W H Reed with himself accompanying, and sketches laid out as piano score, all contribute to the rich material Elgar left behind at his death in 1934. They are brought back to life by pianist David Owen Norris, Robert Gibbs playing Reed's own violin and the BBC Symphony Orchestra with a commentary from Anthony Payne.
NMC D053 Cover Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) elaborated by Anthony PAYNE______NMC D053
Symphony No.3       ARCHIVE

BBC Symphony Orchestra • Andrew Davis, conductor
'A triumph… Payne has caught the composer's instantly recognisable palette to perfection and Davis demonstrates his own faith in the work in the sense of control he brings to his performance' BBC Music Magazine
'It sounds like Elgar. It feels like Elgar. But the most important thing is that it has the powerful impact of new Elgar, living and breathing as his Third Symphony might have done if he had survived to complete it.' The Daily Telegraph
ClASSIC CD AWARD WINNER 1998 • GRAMOPHONE AWARD NOMINATION 1998 • BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE CRITICS' CHOICE 1998 • THE INDEPENDENT PICK OF 1998. THE TIMES PICK OF 1998
NMC D064 Cover Brian ELIAS (b. 1948)_______________________NMC D064
Laments

Five Ratushinskaya Songs • Laments
Mary King, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-sopranos • BBC Singers • BBC Symphony Orchestra • Martyn Brabbins, Tadaaki Otaka, conductors
These are two serious and involving song-cycles of and for our time' International Record Review
'A musical language of unabashed expressive intensity' BBC Music Magazine
NMC D173 Cover Brian ELIAS (b. 1948)_______________________NMC D173
The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built • A Talisman • Doubles
Tim Mirfin, bass-baritone • BBC Symphony Orchestra • Jiri Belohlávek, Martyn Brabbins, Sir Andrew Davis, conductors
'Purely as psychodrama, The House is gripping.   But what makes it really memorable is the clarity and vigour of Elias's orchestral writing. …' - The Times

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NMC 235 Cover Brian ELIAS (b. 1948)_______________________NMC D235
Electra Mourns

Geranos • Meet me in the Green Glen • Once did I breathe another's breath • Electra Mourns
Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano • Roderick Williams, baritone •Iain Burnside, piano • Nicholas Daniel, cor anglais • Psappha, Nicholas Kok conductor • Britten Sinfonia, Clark Rundell conductor

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NMC D123 Cover Brian FERNEYHOUGH (b. 1943)_____________NMC D123
Shadowtime       2 CD Set

Nicolas Hodges, piano • Mats Scheidegger, guitar • Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart • Nieuw Ensemble • Jurjen Hempel, conductor
'This inventive score, vividly performed under Jurjen Hempel, amply rewards exploration' The Observer
'This is the best possible recording of Shadowtime that one could wish for and with a clarity of detail within all aspects of the perfomance that aids understanding more of the libretto than anticipated: not just the fantastic rhythmic narration of that extraordinary pianist Nicolas Hodges, but the complex vocal settings' Classical Source
NMC D110 Cover Michael FINNISSY (b. 1946)_________________NMC D180
Second and Third String Quartets

Second String Quartets • Third String Quartets
Kreutzer Quartet

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NMC D110 Cover Michael FINNISSY (b. 1946)_________________NMC D110
Maldon

Anima Christi • Descriptive Jottings of London • Forget-me-not • Maldon • Palm-Sunday • Vertue
EXAUDI • James Weeks, director
'An enthralling disc… this music grips heart, mind and imagination alike. Finnissy's choral works are essentially an exploration of collective memory, drawing on a rich mixture of influences, sources, evocations and archetypes. EXAUDI are stunning advocates… the soloists are outstanding. This is compulsive listening for admirers of Finnissy, and will win many converts to his music' BBC Music Magazine
NMC D043 Cover Michael FINNISSY (b. 1946)_________________NMC D043
Mars + Venus

Enek • Mars+Venus • Traum des Sängers • WAM
IXION • Michael Finnissy, conductor
'A vital addition to the catalogue and perhaps the best possible introduction to the music of one of Britain's most distinctive compositional talents' Gramophone
'An outstanding disc, probably the most impressive Finnissy disc available' Classic CD
GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE
NMC D040 Cover Michael FINNISSY (b. 1946)_________________NMC D040S
Red Earth       CD SINGLE

BBC Symphony Orchestra • Martyn Brabbins, conductor
'On one level it is an evocation of the vast spaces of the Australian desert… on another it is a metaphysical journey through the emotions… First and foremost, though, it is a hugely impressive feat of orchestral writing' BBC Music Magazine
'Finnissy's Red Earth is built from shifting blocks, smears and shocks of sound. It develops through primaeval evolutions eruptions, blossomings, ominous undulations rather than crafted convolutions, demanding an appreciation of nature's ageless, forbidding beauty' Classic CD
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