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

TRACKLISTINGVenables cover

 

1-5 The Revenge of Miguel Cotto 13'46
Various artists | Richard Baker, conductor

6 Metamorphoses after Britten : I A Mountain 2'54
Melinda Maxwell, oboe

7-9 Klaviertrio im Geiste 11'35
Phoenix Piano Trio

10 Metamorphoses after Britten: II Fixation 1'33
Melina Maxwell, oboe

11-13 Numbers 76-80: tristan und isolde 14'26
Various artists | Ligeti Quartet | Richard Baker, conductor

14 Metamorphoses after Britten: III Flowers 3'14
Melinda Maxwell, oboe

15 Numbers 91-95 9'11
Various artists

16 Metamorphoses after Britten: IV Fountains 1'47
Melinda Maxwell, oboe

17 Illusions 14'03
David Hoyle, performance artist | London Sinfonietta | Richard Baker, conductor

 

Released 2018

 


PHILIP VENABLES

 

 

Philip Venables

We can think of no better way to kickstart the second series of Debut Discs (NMC’s acclaimed showcase for gifted early-career composers) than this explosive new album by Philip Venables. Venables is best known for his operatic and theatrical works, exploring themes of sexuality, violence and politics. His music has been described as 'brutally effective' (The Times), 'duly playful and occasionally disturbing' (The Guardian), and 'a dark and violent portrait of sexual desire' (SoSoGay.com). He made his Royal Opera debut with 4.48 Psychosis (dir. Ted Huffman) – the first ever permitted adaptation of any of Sarah Kane’s work – which won a UK Theatre Award, a Royal Philharmonic Society Award and a British Composer Award. It was also nominated for both an Olivier Award and a Sky Arts Award.

This album includes The Revenge of Miguel Cotto, a performance piece inspired by two boxers, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, and scored for ensemble, voices, and two punchbags. Four miniatures, each inspired by one of Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe (Melinda Maxwell) and Numbers, set to the poems of Simon Howard and mixing spoken text with chamber music. The brilliant, ferocious and funny Illusions, featuring David Hoyle's impassioned rant about everything from politics and gender to sodomy and revolution, is the perfect showstopping finale to this eclectic release.

Visit Philip Venables's composer page for more information

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FUNDERS

With special thanks to RVW Trust for their support of this recording.

 

 

Thank you to the Trusts, Foundations and individuals who have invested in NMC’s Debut Discs series:

 
The John S Cohen Foundation
Nicholas and Judith Goodison’s Charitable Settlement
The Mercers’ Charitable Foundation

Stanley Picker Trust
The Steel Charitable Trust
Terry Holmes
Robert McFarland
James and Anne Rushton
Martin Staniforth
Judith Weir

The individuals who donated through NMC’s Debut Discs Appeal
 

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