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An Eventful Morning in East London: 21st Century Concertos / Mackenzie, Woods


Release Date: 06/02/2017 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 6295  
Composer:  Paul PattersonDeborah PritchardDavid MatthewsRobert Fokkens,   ... 
Performer:  Harriet MackenziePhilippa Mo
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String OrchestraEnglish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Harriet Mackenzie writes: This recording was inspired by my long-term working relationships with and respect for these composers. Contemporary music has always interested me. It is exhilarating to receive a score, often unseen by anyone else other than the composer. What is wanted? What is possible? Each piece a new discovery – a voyage into uncharted territories. When one is able to collaborate directly with the composer on a premiere it is a particularly heady mix. The five composers represented here are all now based in Britain, but there is a colourful tapestry of different ethnicities, cultures, interests and influences between them. I feel so lucky and privileged to have worked with each one of these composers with their unique and Read more powerful voices. My hope is that this disk will bring more attention to their work. Each one of these works is a premiere recording, and I am thrilled that the composers were all present for the sessions. The newness of these pieces is a wonderful addition to the long-standing reputation and tradition of the ESO, an orchestra which has done so much to champion new and unknown British music for nearly forty years, including their associations with Tippett, McCabe, Maw and Joubert. Now under the leadership of Kenneth Woods, I am proud that these works are part of that tradition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Allusions, Op. 99 by Paul Patterson
Performer:  Harriet Mackenzie (Violin), Philippa Mo (Violin)
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
2.
Concerto for Violin "Wall of Water" by Deborah Pritchard
Performer:  Harriet Mackenzie (Violin)
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
3.
Romanza for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 119 by David Matthews
Performer:  Harriet Mackenzie (Violin)
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
4.
Concerto for Violin "An Eventful Morning Near East London by Robert Fokkens
Performer:  Harriet Mackenzie (Violin)
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: South Africa 
5.
Falling Still by Emily Doolittle
Performer:  Harriet Mackenzie (Violin)
Conductor:  Kenneth Woods
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Scotland 

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