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


1- 12 Millennium Scenes: Music for Large Orchestra in Two Parts 16’17      
Hallé • Nicholas Collon conductor
13-15 Notturno for ensemble 11’02
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Gerry Cornelius conductor

16 As Kingfishers Catch Fire for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet 10’46
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Gerry Cornelius conductor
17 The Persistence of Memory for ensemble 14’37
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Gerry Cornelius conductor
18-19 Chamber Symphony 23’42
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

Released 2014


'Causton is among our most imaginative composers, and these five works, all substantial, often with flaring brilliance, are almost too much to take in. They will repay many listenings'  Sunday Times




Richard CaustonMillennium Scenes was written in 1998-99: rather than an empty celebration of the turn of a century, the composer writes that 'I had in mind a series of fleeting images... - a TV commercial, perhaps, a couple arguing, laughter, a dead animal on the road, religious fervour, a child being hit - almost anything, in fact, but all of them real events taking pace around the turn of the millennium.'

By contrast with the massive orchestra of Millennium Scenes, Notturno explores the night landscapes evoked by poet Salvatore Quasimodo, while As Kingfishers Catch Fire exploits the colours of flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet.  Chamber Symphony, which closes the album, juxtaposes ideas of the mechanical and natural, partly inspired by the composer's fascination with the writings of William Blake.

Visit Richard Causton's composer page for more information






This recording has been made with support from King’s College, Cambridge, Trinity College, Cambridge, and with support from the Faculty of Music of the University of Cambridge.
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