Debut Discs
NMC supports gifted early-career composers with its Debut Discs series
the canticle of the roseTRACKLISTING

1 Flex 13’48
Alissa Firsova, piano | Joanna Shaw, flute | Marije Ploemacher, violin | Brian O’Kane, cello

Two Songs from Shades of Night
2 Sleep, my body, sleep, my ghost 5’35
3 Hush-a-ba, birdie 2’26
Ben Alden, tenor | Andrew Plant, piano

The Canticle of the Rose
4 Prelude 4’30
5 We are the darkness 5’47
6 Through gilded trellises 2’26
7 A Song at Morning 2’02
8 Interlude 2’06
9 Gold Coast Customs 2’41
10 The Canticle of the Rose 3’11
11 Madam Mouse Trots 4’10
Helen-Jane Howells, soprano | Navarra String Quartet

From Shore to Shore
12 Prelude – Sea Longing 3’13
13 Ship 2’10
14 The River: Part I 2’22
15 Stonefish 1’12
16 Interlude 1’58
17 I dreamed that we were plagued by glassy Seas 2’37
18 The River: Part II 0’54
19 For the Leavers 2’27
Michael Chance, countertenor | James Boyd, guitar
20 Agea 3’52
Navarra String Quartet
21 The Moon’s Funeral 3’38
Michael Chance, countertenor | Andrew Plant, piano


Released 2013


'Phibbs's sheer accomplishment as a composer is unmistakeable here. Every idea is telling, every phrase beautiful'
The Sunday Times


joseph phibbs This recording showcases Joseph Phibbs's writing for voice and chamber groups. The Canticle of the Rose, the centrepiece of this recording, sets a series of poems by Edith Sitwell for soprano and string quartet ranging from the foreboding to the frivolous; it is one of a series for voice with string quartet commissioned by Sir Nicholas Goodison.

From Shore to Shore combines countertenor with guitar, and was commissioned by guitarist James Boyd with funding from the Arts Council National Lottery Fund to broaden the contemporary repertoire for voice and guitar. Premiered at Aldeburgh in 2012, it sets a series of old and new poems on the subject of the sea.

Contrasting with these vocal works are Flex - a vivid work for piano, flute, violin and cello - and the short, frenetic string quartet AGEA.

Visit Joseph Phibbs' composer page for more information



NMC Debut Discs - Joseph Phibbs The Canticle of the Rose



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