Debut Discs
NMC supports gifted early-career composers with its Debut Discs series

TRACKLISTINGHelen Grime: Night Songs, Debut Disc

 

1 Virga
Hallé | Sir Mark Elder conductor

2 - 5 Into the faded air
Hallé Soloists | Jamie Phillips conductor

6 - 8 Clarinet Concerto
Lynsey Marsh clarinet | Hallé Soloists | Jamie Phillips conductor

9 - 11 A Cold Spring
Hallé Soloists | Jamie Phillips conductor

12 Everyone Sang
Hallé | Jamie Phillips conductor

13 Night Songs
Hallé | Jamie Phillips conductor

14 Near Midnight
Hallé | Sir Mark Elder; conductor

 

Released 2014


‘Compelling works which all bear the distinctive voice of this young composer, here championed with real commitment and the Hallé (and, indeed, NMC). A strong recommendation’ Gramophone

 

THE SUNDAY TIMES, TOP 100 BEST ALBUMS OF 2014

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE EDITOR'S CHOICE


HELEN GRIME

Helen Grime

Helen Grime's Debut Disc contrasts orchestral works - including her first Hallé commission,the nocturne Near Midnight (2013) - with smaller-scale pieces featuring the Hallé Soloists. The earliest work here, Virga, is a densely-packed miniature, taking its title from precipitation which evaporates before it reaches the ground; its textures are dominated by falling cascades of woodwind droplets. Night Songs was commissioned for the 2012 BBC Proms and premiered by the BBC SO and Oliver Knussen.

Other works include Into the faded air - a string sextet titled after a line from T.S.Eliot’s Four Quartets - the Clarinet Concerto, featuring Hallé principal Lynsey Marsh, and Everyone Sang - inspired by Siegfried Sassoon.

Visit Helen Grime's composer page for more information

 

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With thanks to The Hinrichsen Foundation for supporting NMC’s Hallé Series through its New Initiatives programme, and to The Zochonis Charitable Trust for its support of this series.

NMC is grateful for the support of the Hallé and of Music Sales Ltd in making this recording.

Thanks to the trusts, foundations and individuals who have invested in NMC’s Debut Discs series:
 
The Astor Foundation
The Boltini Trust
The John S Cohen Trust
The Fenton Arts Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Mercers' Charitable Foundation
Stanley Picker Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
The Richard Thomas Foundation
RVW Trust
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate
 
and to the individuals who donated through The Big Give Christmas Challenge December 2011.