ARTISTS

Maxwell, Melinda

Melinda
Maxwell
oboe

Melinda Maxwell read music at York University and studied in Germany with Ingo Goritzki and Helmut Winschermann. She has performed as soloist at many major UK and European festivals, and is frequently heard in recital and on BBC Radio 3. Numerous works have been written especially for Melinda, by composers including Nicholas Maw, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Simon Holt. Melinda is also an accomplished composer herself.

In addition to her work as a recitalist, Melinda is principal oboe of the Endymion Ensemble and BCMG, and performs regularly as principal with the London Sinfonietta.

She has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College in London and has been giving master-classes at the Dartington International Summer School since 1992. She also coaches at the Britten-Pears and NYO summer courses, and is Consultant in Woodwind Studies at RNCM in Manchester.

Her numerous recordings include Melinda Maxwell in Manchester: Music for Oboe from the RNCM, Birtwistle's 26 Orpheus Elegies and Pulse Sampler for NMC.

Fraser, Juliet

Juliet
Fraser
soprano

Juliet was educated at the Purcell School as a first-study oboist and then at Cambridge University where she read Music and History of Art. She is principal soprano and managing director of EXAUDI, the acclaimed contemporary music vocal ensemble which she founded in 2002 with composer/director James Weeks.

Specialising in repertoire at opposite ends of the canon, principally that of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and that of the late twentieth century to the present day, Juliet is much in demand as a consort singer and soloist. She made her BBC Proms solo début in 2007 performing in the Guardian Young Composers' Prom with Endymion, and returned the following year with the Aurora Orchestra. She has also taken solo roles with the London Sinfonietta in Larry Goves' Springtime, the CBSO in Stravinksy's Threni, Ensemble Risognanze in Stefano Gervasoni's Godspell for Milano Musica festival, and with Ensemble Intercontemporain in Enno Poppe's Interzone for Festival d'Automne, Paris. She is also a member of the soloists of Collegium Vocale Gent, directed by Philippe Herreweghe.

Image Credit: 
William Pascall

notes inegales

notes inegales
ensemble

notes inégales was created by Peter Wiegold and David Purser, and consist of some of the finest new music players in Britain devoted equally (or unequally) to improvisation as well as written music, and to working collaboratively with composers and other artists. notes inégales refers to the swung, jazz-like, rhythmic inflections in French baroque music.

Projects have included Hot - an Infernal cabaret with performance poet Murray Lachlan-Young, which went from Donatoni to Miles Davis, Shuffle  based around Christian Marclay's card-based 'Shuffle' and  '..brew - the Miles Davis Project at the ICA in 2008 where leading composers were invited to send postcards from Miles Davis as a basis for improvisation.

Southbank Sinfonia

Southbank Sinfonia
ensemble

Southbank Sinfonia (SbS) is an orchestra of young professionals founded in 2002; it is firmly established as Britain's orchestral academy, providing the most talented musicians with a much-needed springboard into the profession.

SbS presents over 60 performances each year which include concerts and festivals across the UK and Europe and an annual residency in Tuscany. A distinctive and integral part of the programme is the free, informal Thursday Rush Hour series at the orchestra's home, St John's Waterloo, London. The breadth of repertoire performed by SbS is also unique, ranging from opera and ballet to Baroque, contemporary, core classical and light music. Southbank Sinfonia's co-production of Tom Stoppard and André Previn's Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre typifies its commitment to extending the boundaries of the orchestral world.

Alongside SbS's public performances the orchestra works in conjunction with many leading performing arts organizations: it has performed with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. The orchestra has also worked with many acclaimed conductors and artists including Patrons Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sir Thomas Allen, Barry Wordsworth, Michael Collins, Raphael Wallfisch, Tasmin Little, Philip Dukes and Sally Matthews.
 

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COMPOSER:

DESCRIPTION

Peter Wiegold’s first portrait disc features the plaintive, pastoral Earth, receive an honoured guest, for cor anglais and strings, inspired by WH Auden’s well known elegy for WB Yeats; the elemental Kalachakra for large ensemble, using Tibetan bells and brass, depicting the creation of the universe; and the bittersweet, Viennese Earth and Stars, commissioned for the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death and featuring four harmonicas to represent an ancient funeral band, dug up from the soil by future generations. It is completed by Wiegold's witty setting of Jo Shapcott's poems, Les Roses.

Artists:

Melinda Maxwell cor anglais
Juliet Fraser soprano
Martin Butler piano
notes inégales
South Bank Sinfonia
Peter Wiegold conductor
 

REVIEWS

'The music has a visceral immediacy ... Performances are unfailingly attuned to the music's balance between precision and intuition.'

Gramophone, 2010

 

'Composer, conductor, animateur, professor, Peter Wiegold has long been a vital contemporary-musical presence, and this disc is a fine showcase for his talent. Kalachakra, performed by his ensemble notes inegales, is a punchy and substantial, bitingly coloured movement founded on the arcana of Tibetan Buddhism.'

The Sunday Times, 2010

FUNDING

This recording has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. NMC is also grateful to the RVW Trust for its support.

RECORDING CREDITS

Earth, receive an honoured guest was recorded at the church of St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London on 27 March 2009. All other works were recorded at Coombehurst Studio, University of Kingston, Kingston-upon-Thames, on 8-10 September and 28 November 2009.

Recording Engineer      CHRIS LEWIS
Producer             RICHARD BARRETT
Digital Editing & Mastering     CHRIS LEWIS
           
Executive Producer     COLIN MATTHEWS

Cover image, CD & booklet design by FRANCOIS HALL


(P) 2010 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2010 NMC Recordings Ltd
 

Catalogue number:
NMC D158
Release Date:
6 September 2010