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EMR CD037–38

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NOW COMES BEAUTY | Commissions from The English Music Festival

 

BBC Concert Orchestra
Gavin Sutherland (cond.) | * Owain Arwel Hughes (cond.)
† Rupert Marshall-Luck (vn) | ‡ Roderick Williams (bar.)
§ David Owen Norris (pf)

 

EAN 5 060263 500384

The English Music Festival has been in the privileged position of having some of Britain’s foremost composers writing works specifically for it, and EM Records is proud to collaborate with the BBC Concert Orchestra in bringing these exhilarating works to new audiences in a double-disc set. Sparkling and celebratory overtures are provided by award-winning composer Richard Blackford and Matthew Curtis, while Paul Carr provides gorgeous lyricism with his Now Comes Beauty and Suddenly It’s Evening; and Philip Lane’s Aubade Joyeuse lives up to its name. Both Christopher Wright’s Legend and Paul Lewis’s Norfolk Suite evoke a wonderful sense of atmosphere, while David Matthews’ White Nights is full of searing beauty. Much-loved baritone Roderick Williams contributes to the disc in a performance of John Pickard’s Binyon Songs; while David Owen Norris is the soloist in his own effervescent Piano Concerto.

 

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO SAMPLES

CD1

Matthew Curtis (b.1959)
1. A FESTIVAL OVERTURE  
       
David Matthews (b.1943)
2. WHITE NIGHTS †  
       
Paul Carr (b.1961)
3. NOW COMES BEAUTY  
       
Paul Lewis (b.1943)
NORFOLK SUITE
4. Castle Rising  

5.

Wymondham Abbey  
6. Ranworth Broad  
7. Norwich Market  
       
John Pickard (b.1963)
BINYON SONGS ‡
8. Nature  
9. Sowing Seed  
10. Autumn Song  
11. When all the World is hidden  
12. The Burning of the Leaves  

CD2

Richard Blackford (b.1954)
1. SPIRITED *  
       
Paul Carr (b.1961)
2. SUDDENLY IT’S EVENING †  
       
Philip Lane (b.1950)
3. AUBADE JOYEUSE  
       
Christopher Wright (b.1954)
4. LEGEND  
       
David Owen Norris (b.1953)
PIANO CONCERTO §
5. I. Allegro  
6. II. Andante serioso  
7. III. Allegro molto