ARTISTS

Orford, John

John
Orford
bassoon

John Orford studied in Manchester with Charles Cracknell, and at the Royal Manchester College of Music with William Waterhouse where he was awarded the Hiles Gold Medal for Orchestral Playing. After 18 months in the Bournemouth Sinfonietta he joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra, where he remained for eight years.

In January 1982 John was appointed Principal Bassoon with the London Sinfonietta, and in September 1984 he was made Professor of Bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

As well as appearing as principal bassoon with all the major London symphony orchestras, John has performed for many television and film soundtracks, including the bassoon solo on Geoffrey Burgon's soundtrack to the classic TV series Brideshead Revisited. He has performed much solo and chamber music, including the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the London Virtuosi and the Strauss Duo Concertante with Michael Collins and the London Sinfonietta.

Sound Intermedia

Sound Intermedia
electronics

Sound Intermedia - alias Ian Dearden and David Sheppard - is dedicated to realising visionary new art works through live performance and cutting-edge technology. Their trail-blazing initiatives and artistic collaborations continually push past the accepted boundaries of composition, sound design, live sound, music technology and interactive multimedia.

Internationally respected both as composers and performers, they collaborate with many of the world's most influential artists and organizations.

Chapman, Jane

Jane
Chapman
harpsichord

Described as "Britain's most progressive harpsichordist" and "the hippest harpsichordist around", Jane Chapman has revitalised the repertoire for her instrument. Equally passionate about contemporary and baroque music, she has inspired a generation of composers, premiering numerous solo, chamber and electroacoustic works by many of today'sforemost new voices. She is also involved in collaborations with many groundbreaking musicians and visual artists, exploring innovative approaches to performance. Jane is an Honorary Fellow of Dartington College of Arts, and an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music, where she is also Professor of Harpsichord.

Noszferatu

Noszferatu

Noszferatu are a music collective founded in 2000. The members are all established artists in their own right, working across a wide range of genres including contemporary classical, jazz, tango, pop, experimental music and theatre.

Their repertoire is radically diverse, including music by members Joe Cutler, Dave Price and Finn Peters and more than 25 new works written for the group by composers including Laurence Crane, Christopher Fox, Paul Newland, Andrew Poppy, Jonathan Powell, Emily Hall, Howard Skempton, Luke Stoneham, Paul Whitty and Frederic Rzewski who recently wrote two pieces for the group.

Since their debut at Oxford Contemporary Music in May 2001 Noszferatu have performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Cheltenham Festival, frequently at the Warehouse, London and all over the UK. The group has also given concerts in Italy and the Netherlands and have recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3.

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Chris Redgrave

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since its inception in 1930, and as the flagship orchestra of the BBC provides the backbone of the BBC Proms with at least a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights. Strongly committed to twentieth-century and contemporary music, it has given the premiere of more than 1,000 works by composers such as Bartók, Britten, Hindemith, Holst, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and more recently has premiered BBC commissions by Simon Bainbridge, Jonathan Dove, Michael Nyman and Sir John Tavener among others. Its annual season of concerts as Associate Orchestra of the Barbican includes a weekend each January focusing upon a single composer from the twentieth or twenty-first century, most recently James MacMillan, Elliott Carter and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Jiří Bĕlohlávek took up the post of Chief Conductor in July 2006 and David Robertson was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 2005. The BBC SO works frequently with Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Artist-in-Association John Adams. All concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number are televised, giving the BBC Symphony Orchestra the highest broadcast profile of any orchestra in the UK. The BBC SO is committed to innovative education work, with ongoing projects including the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Music Intro, introducing families to concert-going.

The BBC SO has appeared on 34 of NMC’s CDs, including the best-selling recording of Elgar’s Third Symphony.

Chance, Michael

Michael
Chance
countertenor

The British countertenor Michael Chance studied English at King's College, Cambridge where he was also a choral scholar. He is in equal demand as an opera, concert, recital and recording artist. Concerts and recitals have taken him to the Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonie, as well as tours in Japan, Europe and United States. His operatic roles include Orfeo (Gluck), Oberon, Giasone, Giustino, Ottone, Athamas, Andronico, and Apollo (Britten's Death in Venice). He has had roles written specially for him by Sir Harrison Birtwistle (The Second Mrs Kong) and Judith Weir (A night at the Chinese Opera). Operatic engagements have taken him to Sydney, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Glyndebourne, La Scala Milan and Covent Garden. His repertoire ranges from the baroque to contemporary, including many world premieres (Bennett, Goehr, Tavener, Costello) and he has recorded extensively, receiving a Grammy award for his participation in Handel's Semele.

Composers like Richard Rodney Bennett, Alexander Goehr, Tan Dun, Anthony Powers, John Tavener, and Elvis Costello have all written specifically for him, while Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Judith Weir have both created tailor-made operatic roles. He sings regularly with the viol consort Fretwork and also performs in oratorio. Michael Chance is a visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music, and was awarded a CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list.

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DESCRIPTION

NMC explores the rich offerings of its back catalogue in a new mid-price series called New Music Collections: each album introduces different areas of contemporary classical music, with the first four volumes focusing on music written for choir, orchestra, piano and electronics.

REVIEWS

‘New Music Collections: Electronic […] are well worth investigating.’ International Record Review

'Outstanding. This is a very superior sampler ... a survey as representative as it is kaleidoscopic' The Sunday Times
 

‘There was something revelatory about the experience of listening to the 207+ minutes of music contained in these albums. Taken as a whole, they testify to the remarkable breadth of NMC’s output in its 25-year existence, and individually, they illustrate something of the impressive variety to be found in music by British composers. […] Any label whose catalogue includes such diverse figures as Giles Swayne, Michael Finnissy, Christopher Fox, Harrison Birtwistle, Donnacha Dennehy, Roger Smalley, Claudia Molitor, Richard Causton, Hugh Watkins, Richard Rodney Bennett, Simon Holt, Tansy Davies and James Dillon surely has a great deal to boast about. […] What these four albums do best is act as portals, points of departure from which one can take a huge number of entirely different trajectories.’ 5:4

 

 

RECORDING CREDITS

Catalogue number:
NMC D205
Release Date:
31 March 2014