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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’  
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David Matthews (b.1943)
2. ‘WHITE NIGHTS’ †  
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Paul Carr (b.1961)
3. ‘NOW COMES BEAUTY’  
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Paul Lewis (b.1943)
‘NORFOLK SUITE’
4. ‘Castle Rising’  
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5.

‘Wymondham Abbey’  
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6. ‘Ranworth Broad’  
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7. ‘Norwich Market’  
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John Pickard (b.1963)
‘BINYON SONGS’ ‡
8. ‘Nature’  
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9. ‘Sowing Seed’  
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10. ‘Autumn Song’  
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11. ‘When all the World is hidden’  
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12. ‘The Burning of the Leaves’  
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CD2

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