Harrison Birtwistle (1934 - 2022)
19th April 2022News NMC Recordings
Colin Matthews pays tribute to a giant of contemporary music and great friend of NMC, Harrison Birtwistle.
It’s not easy to find adequate words for the life of Harrison Birtwistle. A giant of contemporary music, with a uniqueness of musical voice which speaks for itself, wonderfully individual and always unmistakable.
Perhaps the most appropriate thing one can say of him is that he never compromised: his vision remained constant, with an extraordinary grasp of structure and a dramatic flair matched by very few. We are very proud to have been associated with him since the early days of NMC, and that he has been a constant presence ever since.
The Mask of Orpheus stands central in every respect: such a significant work in Birtwistle’s output, an outstanding contribution to the world of contemporary opera, and an exceptional part of our catalogue. He will be greatly missed.