Erika Fox – Paths (CD Review)

Erika Fox Paths Goldsfield Ensemble, Richard Baker, conductor NMC Recordings Once one hears Paths, the octogenarian Erika Fox’s first CD, their first reaction may mirror mine: one of incredulity. How is it possible that a composer this talented with such a distinctive and assured musical voice had to wait so long for a monograph recording? ToContinue reading “Erika Fox – Paths (CD Review)”

Tarik O’Regan on NMC (CD Review)

Tarik O’Regan A Celestial Map of the Sky Hallé Hallé Youth Choir The Manchester Grammar School Choir Jamie Phillips conductor Sir Mark Elder conductor NMC Recordings CD   Tarik O’Regan’s music has appeared upon some thirty recordings, but NMC’s CD, A Celestial Map of the Sky, is the first entirely devoted to his orchestra music.Continue reading “Tarik O’Regan on NMC (CD Review)”

Errollyn Wallen – Photography (CD Review)

Errollyn Wallen Photography Matthew Sharp cello Orchestra X / Nicholas Kok conductor The Continuum Ensemble, Ensemble X / Philip Headlam conductor Quartet X Tim Harries bass guitar Errollyn Wallen voice NMC Recordings NMC D221 A composer, vocalist, and pianist, Errollyn Wallen wears many hats and works in a plethora of styles. Photography, a disc devoted to her orchestra music, demonstratesContinue reading “Errollyn Wallen – Photography (CD Review)”

James Wood: Cloud-Polyphonies (CD Review)

James Wood Cloud-Polyphonies; Tongues of Fire MDR Leipzig Radio Choir; Ear Massage Percussion Quartet, James Wood, conductor; Yale Percussion Group, Robert Van Slice, Director NMC Recordings CD/DL Composer/conductor James Wood has long been one of the “go-to” British musicians when it comes to percussion writing. For a number of years, he led Darmstadt’s percussion courses. He’s alsoContinue reading “James Wood: Cloud-Polyphonies (CD Review)”

Charlotte Bray: “At the Speed of Stillness”

At the Speed of Stillness Charlotte Bray NMC Recordings CD NMC D202 Claire Booth, soprano; Lucy Schaufer, mezzo-soprano; Alexandra Wood, violin; Andrew Matthews-Owen, piano; Huw Watkins, piano; Aldeburgh World Symphony, Sir Mark Elder, conductor; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Oliver Knussen, conductor   Charlotte Bray’s music displays steely determination and an expansively colorful textural palette. Her NMCContinue reading “Charlotte Bray: “At the Speed of Stillness””

Helen Grime Portrait CD on NMC

Helen Grime Night Songs Lynsey Marsh, clarinet; Hallé Orchestra and Hallé Soloists; Sir Mark Elder and Jamie Phillips, conductors NMC Recordings NMCD 199 Helen Grime is Associate Composer of the Hallé Orchestra. The ensemble has given her a generous portrait CD on NMC with excellent performances of both chamber and orchestral works, all composed inContinue reading “Helen Grime Portrait CD on NMC”

Elliott Carter’s 103rd Birthday Concert (DVD Review)

  Elliott Carter  – 103rd Birthday Concert 92nd Street Y December 8, 2011, New York City NMC Recordings DVD Elliott Carter (1908-2012) knew how to throw a musical party. His 103rd birthday concert – held at the 92nd Street Y in New York City – featured twelve compositions, all but one written since his ninetiethContinue reading “Elliott Carter’s 103rd Birthday Concert (DVD Review)”