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Harrison Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem

Birtwistle / Bbc Singers / Nash Ensemble
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 368   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Harrison Birtwistle
Performer:  Roderick WilliamsPhilippa DaviesCharles GibbsStephen Jeffes,   ... 
Conductor:  David HillNicholas Kok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This vital new collection of choral works offers a handsome snapshot of one of England’s foremost living composers, Harrison Birtwistle, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in July. Mr. Birtwistle’s characteristic melodic angularity and rhythmic complexity are duly represented in six pieces written between 1965 and 2012, including two strikingly evocative recent triumphs — the buoyantly mystic 'Ring Dance of the Nazarene' and the shadowy, haunting 'Moth Requiem' — with all of it sung supremely well." – The New York Times "This vital new collection of choral works offers a handsome snapshot of one of England’s foremost living composers, Harrison Birtwistle, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in July. Mr. Birtwistle’s characteristic melodic angularity and rhythmic complexity are duly represented in six pieces written between 1965 and 2012, including two strikingly evocative recent triumphs — the buoyantly mystic 'Ring Dance of the Nazarene' and the shadowy, haunting 'Moth Requiem' — with all of it sung supremely well." – The New York Times Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The Ring Dance of the Nazarene, for baritone, tombak, chorus & chamber ensemble by Harrison Birtwistle
Performer:  Roderick Williams ()
Conductor:  David Hill,  Nicholas Kok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003 
Venue:  BBC Studios Maida Vale 
Length: 24 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2. Three Latin Motets, for chorus (from the opera "The Last Supper") by Harrison Birtwistle
Performer:  Roderick Williams ()
Conductor:  David Hill,  Nicholas Kok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1999 
Venue:  BBC Studios Maida Vale 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3. Carmen Paschale, motet for chorus & organ by Harrison Birtwistle
Performer:  Roderick Williams (), Philippa Davies (Flute)
Conductor:  David Hill,  Nicholas Kok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Written: 1965 
Venue:  BBC Studios Maida Vale 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4. Lullaby, for 2-part soprano chorus by Harrison Birtwistle
Performer:  Roderick Williams ()
Conductor:  David Hill,  Nicholas Kok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006 
Venue:  BBC Studios Maida Vale 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5. On the Sheer Threshold of Night, madrigal for 4 soloists & chorus by Harrison Birtwistle
Performer:  Charles Gibbs (), Roderick Williams (), Stephen Jeffes (),
Emma [Soprano Vocal] Tring ()
Conductor:  David Hill,  Nicholas Kok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1980 
Venue:  BBC Studios Maida Vale 
Length: 13 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6. The Moth Requiem, for 12 female voices, 3 harps & flute by Harrison Birtwistle
Performer:  Hugh Webb (Harp), Philippa Davies (), Helen Tunstall (Harp),
Philippa Davies (Flute), Roderick Williams (), Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Conductor:  David Hill,  Nicholas Kok
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Venue:  BBC Studios Maida Vale 
Length: 18 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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