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NMC Recordings featuring the works of
Harrison BIRTWISTLE   ~   David BLAKE

NMC D200 Cover Harrison BIRTWISTLE (b. 1934)_________________NMC D200
Gawain, Opera in 2 Acts
Marie Angel, soprano, Morgan le Fay • Anne Howells, mezzo soprano, Lady de Hautdesert • Richard Greagor, tenor, Arthur • Penelope Walmsley-Clark, soprano, Guinevere • Omar Ebrahim, baritone, The Fool • Alan Ewlng, bass, Agravain • John Marsden, tenor, Ywin • Francois Le Roux, baritone, Gawain • Kevin Smith, countertenor, Bishop Baldwin • John Tomlinson, bass baritone, Th« Green Knight/Bertiltak de Hautdesert • Royal Opera Chorus • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House • Elgar Howarth, conductor
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NMC D156 Cover Harrison BIRTWISTLE (b. 1934)_________________NMC D156
Night's Black Bird
The Shadow of Night • Night’s Black Bird • The Cry of Anubis
Owen Slade, tuba • The Hallé • Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor
'These three relatively recent works could be by nobody else, yet there is manifest development   …The Cry of Anubis is a perfectly plausible tuba concerto, with a superb soloist in Slade.   Wigglesworth admirably brings out key detail from fiendishly complex scores' - The Sunday Times
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NMC D050 Cover Harrison BIRTWISTLE (b. 1934)_________________NMC D050
The Mask of Orpheus
      3 CD Set
Soloists include Jon Garrison, tenor • Peter Bronder, tenor • Jean Rigby, soprano • Anne-Marie Owens, mezzo-soprano • Alan Opie, baritone • BBC Symphony Orchestra • BBC Singers • Andrew Davis, Martyn Brabbins, conductors
'Unquestionably the greatest acheivement by a British composer in our time. Now, with the arrival of this magnificent recording, based upon a semi-staged performance at the Royal Festival Hall, there is at last a chance to explore it carefully … the performance is beyond praise' The Guardian
'This has to be one of the most important recording events of the decade' The Sunday Times

NMC D138 Cover Harrison BIRTWISTLE (b. 1934)_________________NMC D138
Punch & Judy
      ANCORA - 2 CD SET
Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano • Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano • Philip Langridge, tenor • Stephen Roberts, baritone • David Wilson-Johnson, bass-baritone • John Tomlinson, bass • London Sinfonietta • David Atherton, conductor
'This brilliantly sung and played account has a gripping luridness that makes it hard to imagine how the work — a 1960s expressionist masterpiece — could be done differently, never mind better' The Sunday Times
'Still packing a punch after all these years… no CD collection should be without it' Gramophone
Previously available on Decca Headline and Etcetera, it won a GRAMOPHONE AWARD in 1980
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NMC D009 Cover Harrison BIRTWISTLE (b. 1934)_________________NMC D009
Ritual Fragment

Melencolia I • Meridian • Ritual Fragment
Antony Pay, clarinet • Mary King, mezzo-soprano • Michael Thompson, horn • Christopher van Kampen, cello • London Sinfonietta • Oliver Knussen, conductor
'Needless to say, the performances, as one would expect from Oliver Knussen and the London Sinfonietta, arehexemplary… no one should hesitate before acquiring this indispensable disc' Tempo
NMC D148 Cover Harrison BIRTWISTLE (b. 1934)_________________NMC D148
Secret Theatre

Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum • Secret Theatre • Silbury Air
London Sinfonietta • Elgar Howarth, conductor
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NMC D088 Cover Harrison BIRTWISTLE (b. 1934)_________________NMC D088
The Triumph of Time       ANCORA

Gawain's Journey • Ritual Fragment • The Triumph of Time
Philharmonia Orchestra • Erigar Howarth, conductor
'It is good to have [these] excellent recordings of two of the composer's major orchestral works resurrected from their Collins Classics grave by the ever-welcome new-music specialist label NMC' The Daily Telegraph
NMC D129 Cover David BLAKE (b. 1936)_________________________NMC D129
Violin Concerto       ANCORA

In Praise of Krishna • Violin Concerto
lona Brown, violin • Philharmonia Orchestra • Norman del Mar, conductor
'A lyrical and sensuous song-cycle makes a pleasing return to the catalogue … a significant issue on NMC's Ancora imprint' Gramophone
NMC D214 Cover Mark BOWDEN (b. 1979)_______________________NMC D214
Sudden Light

Lyra • Five Memos • Heartland • Sudden Light
Oliver Coates cello • Julian Warburton percussion • BBC National Orchestra of Wales • Grant Llewellyn conductor • Hyeyoon Park violin • Huw Watkins piano
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NMC D202 Cover Charlotte BRAY (b. 1934)_______________________NMC D202
At the Speed of Stillness

At the Speed of Stillness • Fire Burning in Snow • Oneiroi • Replay • Songs from Yellow Leaves • Caught in Treetops
Aldeburgh World Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder conductor • Lucy Schaufer mezzo-soprano • Alexandra Wood violin • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Huw Watkins piano - Oliver Knussen conductor • Claire Booth soprano - Andrew Matthews-Owen piano
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