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Benjamin: A Mind Of Winter, Etc / Benjamin, Elder, Et Al


Release Date: 04/11/2000 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 5643   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Benjamin
Performer:  Penelope Walmsley-ClarkPaul ArchibaldRoss PopleGareth Hulse,   ... 
Conductor:  Mark ElderGeorge Benjamin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London SinfoniettaBBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

George Benjamin is a contemporary composer known best among small circles, but with a loyal international following. This recording contains five of his pieces, and they share a common style. Benjamin treats a composition as a landscape: a kind of blank, rolling panorama onto which he affixes musical ideas. His sound is very textured and evocative. 'Ringed by the Flat Horizon,' for example, portrays a storm that overtakes a vast open space. The music begins ominously and contains a variety of created sound effects along with rapid fire crescendos into huge orchestral crashes. 'A Mind In Winter' is contrarily a setting of "The Snowman" (a poem by Wallace Stevens), and yet is built upon the same sort of abstract picture-building and sweeping Read more evocative gestures for the voice. Benjamin's vocabulary is developed from the modern schools of atonality, and his teacher Messiaen is a clear and strong influence on his work. For those attracted to the modern schools of classical composition, they will find a great many layers to be unveiled in this recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. A Mind of Winter by George Benjamin
Performer:  Penelope Walmsley-Clark (Soprano), Paul Archibald (Piccolo Trumpet)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; England 
Date of Recording: 11/1986 
Venue:  St. Giles, Cripplegate, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2. Ringed by the Flat Horizon by George Benjamin
Performer:  Ross Pople (Cello)
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979-1980; England 
Date of Recording: 12/13/1985 
Venue:  Maida Vale Studios, London, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3. At First Light by George Benjamin
Performer:  Gareth Hulse (Oboe)
Conductor:  George Benjamin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; England 
Date of Recording: 11/12/1986 
Venue:  St. Giles, Cripplegate, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4. Panorama by George Benjamin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; England 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Venue:  IRCAM, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5. Antara by George Benjamin
Performer:  Richard Blake (Flute), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Keyboard), Ishiro Nodaira (Keyboard),
Sebastian Bell (Flute)
Conductor:  George Benjamin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Date of Recording: 05/09/1989 
Venue:  Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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