The NMC Songbook

Release Date: 3/31/2009
Label: NMC Records
Catalog Number: NMCD150
Number of Discs: 4

Physical Format:

CD
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$39.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
To mark its 20th Anniversary in 2009 NMC Recordings has commissioned The NMC Songbook. Nearly 100 composers, ranging from the country’s most highly regarded figures to the younger generation of emerging talents, have each written a song, loosely themed on ‘Britain’ and scored for single voice or duet and a range of accompanying instruments.

The songs have been set to text chosen by the composers and cover a vast array of subjects, from well-known poems by Blake and Byron through to a list of the Kings and Queens of England, extracts from a National Trust brochure, chants from the Leyton Orient terraces, a whisky recipe, and a colourful rant about road rage.

Recorded at Kings Place in the autumn of 2008 The NMC Songbook will be launched as a 4-CD box set in April simultaneously with the first public performances of the songs at Kings Place, London spread over four days of concerts and curated by composer and Executive Producer of NMC, Colin Matthews.

Composers involved include Julian Anderson, Harrison Birtwistle, Tansy Davies, Gavin Bryars, Gordon Crosse, Peter Maxwell Davies, James Dillon, Michael Finnissy, Alexander Goehr, Emily Hall, Jonathan Harvey, Robin Holloway, Simon Holt, Anna Meredith, Thea Musgrave, Anthony Payne, David Sawer, Howard Skempton, Errollyn Wallen, Judith Weir, Luke Bedford, John Woolrich and many more....

Singers include Elizabeth Atherton, Claire Booth, Ailish Tynan, Susan Bickley, Jean Rigby, Lore Lixenberg, James Bowman, Michael Chance and Daniel Norman, accompanied by Iain Burnside, Andrew Ball, Huw Watkins and Andrew Plant (piano), Jane Chapman (harpsichord), Lucy Wakeford (harp), Antonis Hatzinikolaou (guitar) and Owen Gunnell (percussion).

Reviews:

"This is the kind of release that repays investment time and time again; in years to come, when certain composers have faded, and certain others have emerged, The NMC Songbook will remain as a vital document of song composition at a particularly interesting point of development for British music, a point in which the songbook itself will have played no little part."

-- Stephen Graham, MusicalCriticism.com

"This extraordinary project confirms the robust health and endlessly varied landscape of Britain's new music. There is no other document anywhere that has given such a snapshot of an artistic community that, while comprised of a hundred different ways of expressing itself, is of one voice when it comes to creative energy."

-- John Adams
Works on This Recording
1. The Source by David Sawer
Performer: Owen Gunnell (Percussion), Claire Booth (Soprano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
2. Upon St George's Hill by Luke Bedford
Performer: Ben Hulett (Tenor), Antonis Hatzinikolaou (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
3. Shining Plain by Anthony Powers
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Andrew Kennedy (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
4. Interlude by Gary Carpenter
Performer: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano), Jane Chapman (Harpsichord)
Period: 20th Century
5. tss-k-haa by Jonathan Cole
Performer: Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
6. Those Fenny Bells by Anthony Gilbert
Performer: Loré Lixenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Owen Gunnell (Percussion), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Period: 20th Century
7. The sun's great eye by Philip Cashian
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), David Stout (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
8. The Bourne by Nicola LeFanu
Performer: Lucy Wakeford (Harp ), Elizabeth Atherton (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
9. Maiden in the moor by Nicholas Sackman
Performer: Owen Gunnell (Percussion), Ben Hulett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
10. Houses and Gardens in the Heart of England by John White
Performer: Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
11. This Silence before Light by Harrison Birtwistle
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Huw Watkins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
12. Blist's Hill by Julian Philips
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
13. Fin like a Flower by anna Meredith
Performer: Lucy Wakeford (Harp ), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Period: 20th Century
14. Cease Sorrows Now by Joe Duddell
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), George Mosley (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
15. Titania's Song by Alison Bauld
Performer: Andrew Ball (Piano), Elizabeth Atherton (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
16. Swift's Epitaph by Donnacha Dennehy
Performer: Owen Gunnell (Percussion), Andrew [ctr tenor] Watts (Countertenor)
Period: 20th Century
17. Nobody Comes by Helen Grime
Performer: Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano), Huw Watkins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
18. A Cat by John McCabe
Performer: Loré Lixenberg (Mezzo Soprano), Antonis Hatzinikolaou (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
19. Galliard by Thomas Morley
Performer: Andrew Ball (Piano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Renaissance
20. Outside Fort Tregantle by Michael Finnissy
Performer: Michael Finnissy (Piano), Richard Jackson (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
21. Blaze of Noon by Phillip Neil Martin
Performer: Andrew Ball (Piano), Claire Booth (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
22. Bands by Joe Cutler
Performer: Andrew Ball (Piano), Daniel Norman (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
23. Mouth of the Dumb by James MacMillan
Performer: Lucy Wakeford (Harp ), Sam Harris (Treble), Andrew Swait (Treble)
Period: 20th Century
24. Stanzas 1814 by Jonathan [Piano] Powell
Performer: Jonathan [Piano] Powell (Piano), Loré Lixenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
25. Galliard by Thomas Morley
Performer: Lucy Wakeford (Harp ), Jane Chapman (Harpsichord), Owen Gunnell (Marimba), Antonis Hatzinikolaou (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance
26. Easter by Hugh Wood
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Andrew Kennedy (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
27. Dirge from Cymbeline by Gordon Crosse
Performer: Lucy Wakeford (Harp ), David Stout (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
28. A curious thirsty fly by David Horne
Performer: Andrew Ball (Piano), Daniel Norman (Tenor)
29. Out of Town by Rachel Leach
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Ailish Tynan (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
30. English Encouragement of Art by Richard Causton
Performer: Owen Gunnell (Percussion), Claire Booth (Soprano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
31. A Swallow by David Blake
Performer: Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano), Huw Watkins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
32. The beach in winter: Scratby by Robert Saxton
Performer: Stephan Loges (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
33. Lucretius by Julian Anderson
Performer: Owen Gunnell (Percussion), Claire Booth (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
34. Upon the cloudy night by James Dillon
Performer: Andrew Ball (Piano), Andrew [ctr tenor] Watts (Countertenor)
Period: 20th Century
35. Easter Zunday by Sadie Harrison
Performer: Andrew Ball (Piano), Ben Hulett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
36. Labyrinth to Light by Peter Maxwell Davies
Performer: Andrew Swait (Treble), Andrew [Piano] Plant (Piano)
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2008 ;
37. With my Whip by Edward Rushton
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), George Mosley (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
38. Raju Raghuvanshi is a Ghost by Simon Holt
Performer: Omar Ebrahim (Baritone)
39. A Winter's Morning by Thea Musgrave
Performer: Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
40. Galliard by Thomas Morley
Performer: Lucy Wakeford (Harp ), Jane Chapman (Harpsichord), Owen Gunnell (Marimba), Antonis Hatzinikolaou (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance
41. Darkness Visible by Tarik O'Regan
Performer: Lucy Wakeford (Harp ), Ben Hulett (Tenor), Andrew [ctr tenor] Watts (Countertenor)
Period: 20th Century
42. A Simple Neo-Georgian Summer by Emily Hall
Performer: Stephan Loges (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
43. A Cause for Wonder by Peter Wiegold
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Andrew [ctr tenor] Watts (Countertenor)
44. Wild Clematis in Winter by Emily Howard
Performer: Huw Watkins (Piano), Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano)
45. Poet and Star by Bayan Northcott
Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano), Daniel Norman (Tenor), Andrew Ball (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
46. Vocalise "Loch Lurgainn in the Sunshine" by Rupert Bawden
Performer: Huw Watkins (Piano), Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
47. A Coat by Roderick Williams
Performer: Roderick Williams (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
48. Know Thy Kings and Queens by Julian Grant
Performer: Iain Burnside (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
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