1 Magnetite 10'04
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | Andrew Gourlay, conductor
2 Threnos 7'36
Lucy Goddard, mezzo-soprano | Simon Whiteley, bass
3 Mesmerism 18'07
Alexandra Dariescu, piano | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | Andrew Gourlay, conductor
4 Leviathan 13'01
5 Solar 6'21
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra|Andrew Gourlay, conductor
6 Afference 23'15
Elias String Quartet
'A confident, major orchestral debut ... Scientific ideas brilliantly articulated in a score whose shimmering colours and essentially tonal trajectory are easily assimilated' BBC Radio 3 Record Review
Emily Howard’s degree in maths and computer science has informed her work, but, as she stresses, "I’m a composer, not a mathematician. My compositions embrace a diverse range of extra-musical influences including science, mathematics, philosophy, poetry, sport and chess, often simultaneously".
Magnetite (2007) was Howard’s first major orchestral commission for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Magnetite is the oldest known magnetic substance and Howard describes this piece as "a journey deep inside one of these crystals". Continuing a similar theme, Solar (2010) creates a musical image of our sun, using luminous, resonant sonorities and bursts of energy.
Mesmerism (2011) for piano and chamber orchestra is one in a series of works inspired by Ada Lovelace, the pioneering mathematician and daughter of Byron. This piece won a British Composer Award in 2012 with the BASCA judges commenting that 'the harmonic language of the music is lucid and beautiful, sustaining at the heart of the piece a great sense of stillness. This is an original voice'.
Works for smaller forces on this album include Afference (2014) for string quartet; Leviathan (2014-15) for baritone saxophone and percussion and Threnos (2015), a three-part song for bass and soprano voices (including the bass voice in falsetto).
With special thanks to The Ambache Charitable Trust, The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust, Fidelio Charitable Trust and RVW Trust for their support of this recording.
Thank you to the trusts, foundations and individuals who have already invested in NMC's Debut Discs series:
The Astor Foundation
The Boltini Trust
The John S Cohen Foundation
Colwinston Charitable Trust
The Fenton Arts Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Mercers' Charitable Foundation
Stanley Picker Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
Richard Thomas Foundation
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate
The individuals who donated through The Big Give Christmas Challenge December 2011