Harvey, Boulez and Benjamin Orchestra Music
George Benjamin is one of Europe's most prodigiously gifted composers. A pupil of Messiaen, the Nimbus recording of his first three orchestral works won the 1987 Koussevitsky Award. After a period of research at IRCAM in Paris he was invited by Pierre Boulez to compose a work to mark the institute's 10th anniversary in 1987. The result was Antara — ".....a little masterpiece: perfectly timed variations of pace, strongly profiled melodic ideas, scintillating dance like rhythms and an infallible ear for instrumental sound and texture."
Robert Henderson, Daily Telegraph
"All credit to Nimbus for this splendid contribution to contemporary music recordings, issued within a few months of the London performance of George Benjamin's Antara which it commemorates, and giving us the rare opportunity to hear modem British works alongside those from another country without changing discs. With exemplary performances this is an excellent issue by any standards."
Arnold Whittall, Gramophone