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 George Benjamin Conducts

NI5964 Into The Little Hill, Dream of the Song, Flight - Conducted by the Composer

Into The Little Hill is based on the Pied Piper story, allowing audiences an immediate entry point into the opera’s dramaturgy. But Crimp’s re-telling simultaneously updates the story, with its politicians, photographs, and limousines, and opens up further mythic dimensions to the narrative. The drama of Into the Little Hill is concise, clear, and simultaneously ambiguous, even chilling. Benjamin says, ‘Martin’s text is hard-edged, formal, and hyper-condensed’. The reason for its musical and dramatic success is Benjamin’s unerring feeling for expressive characterisation. Each layer of Into the Little Hill’s score is immediately identifiable, from the Crowd’s baying cries of ‘Kill them’ right at the start of the piece, to the rodentine scurrying of the rat’s music, and the Mother’s lamenting grief in the last scene.

Dream of the Song is a mysteriously sensual and sensually strange song-cycle for countertenor, a halo of female voices that are similar in register, but so different in timbre and sound and expression, and orchestra. The counter-tenor sings poems, in English, by Jewish poets of 11th century Andalucia, themselves inspired by Arabic poetry of earlier centuries. There are images of ravishment and wonder here - moonlight, the celestial tent of the sky, a dream of a gazelle, a harp, a flute - but they are always undercut by other ideas. Above all, it’s the gossamer rapier of Benjamin’s music that cuts to the heart of these settings.

Written in his late teens: Flight, for solo flute, whose swooping crests and curlicues are fervently relished in Michael Cox’s performance. Benjamin describes the piece as ‘inspired by the sight of birds soaring and dipping over the peaks of the Swiss Alps’.  Listening to the piece you’ll hear a panoply of songs surfing the musical thermals in the alpine ether: low, long-breathed cries and calls, filigree flocks of ornamentation in the atmospheric heights of the flute’s register, a chorus of vapours conjured by a single instrument.

GEORGE BENJANIN AND NIMBUS


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Martin Jones plays Françaix
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'It was always the heartfelt wish of Jean Françaix that his music should give enjoyment and pleasure to his listeners, and in this 3 CD collection of his music for piano he does just that.' Paul Corfield Godfrey, MusicWeb-international.com

'All the music is played with dazzling wit and style by Martin Jones. Nimbus's sound is excellent throughout. The warmest possible recommendation.' Bryce Morrison, Gramophone, November 2012

'This is a delightful set of discs of some attractive and at times probing music, exceptionally well researched...Really excellent recorded sound and informative notes add to a wholly recommendable issue. An absolute delight and, in repertoire terms, a real find'. Peter Lynan, International Record Review, October 2012

To view more videos of Martin Jones playing Czerny, Gershwin, Grainger, Mompu and Hans Gal, click here

 Martin Jones - Saint-Saëns Piano Duo & Duet Volume 1

 "This collection of original compositions and arrangements is a delight from start to finish...The clarity four hands bring to every note is most  rewarding as is the fact that a second volume has already been announced." Classical Music Magazine

 "... the two pianists are perfectly in tune with one another at all times. This is thoroughly enjoyable and well recorded with some interesting cover  notes. I really look forward to hearing volume 2 … with volumes 3 and 4 to follow, I hope." Jonathan Welsh, MusicWeb-international.com

 To view other recordings by Martin Jones, click here

 

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Mozart: Works for String QuintetThis CD is the final volume of three discs of Mozart’s String Quintets performed by the Chilingirian Quartet. 

“There is little point in my attempting to elucidate the nuances and pleasures of the playing here beyond asserting that I cannot fault it or imagine  it being done better.” Ralph Moore, MusicWeb-international.com

To view other recordings by The Chilingirian Quartet, click here

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 21st Century Violin Concertos

 “… a deeply satisfying and varied programme of music. Two of the works here would not exist without the collaboration between Mackenzie and  the composers. For that and also her flawless musicianship, everywhere in evidence here, we have much to be grateful for. The same extends to  this magnificent orchestra under their conductor Kenneth Woods.

 Christian Morris, Composition Today

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Free Sterling Records CD sampler

Sterling is a Swedish record label containing more than 150 titles specialising in premier recordings from the Romantic era.  This sampler provides a flavour from the catalogue.  This free sampler will be sent out to any customer who orders any title via our website in the next 30 days. It will be included with your order along with a promotional code entitling you to receive a 50% discount on Sterling CD's until the end of June 2017.  

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