The Jerwood Series 1: Davies and MacRae
This release launches the London Sinfonietta’s 6-volume Jerwood Series, focussing on recent works by young composers working in the UK. The series also celebrates the support the ensemble has given these composers: most of the works were commissioned by or written for the ensemble, and were recorded live at world or London premiere performances.
Stuart MacRae’s Interact is a trumpet concerto written for John Wallace and the London Sinfonietta. The virtuosity of the solo line is mirrored in the writing for the ensemble, in particular for the brass players who have prominent solos of their own. Of her work neon, Tansy Davies says: ‘neon consists of boxes. Each box contains a pattern or a groove: some are bright and shiny, others dark and grimy. All of the boxes can be fitted together, to interlock with each other in numerous ways.’ A heavy 70s-influenced clavinet sound on the synthesizer emphasizes the funky, dance-influenced soundworld.
Gillian Moore, London Sinfonietta Artistic Director said: ‘We are tremendously grateful for the support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, which has enabled us to release these CDs. A recording is the best possible calling card for young composers, and these works deserve the widest audience.’
‘… overview of music from the younger generation of composers offering a tantalising perspective on creative talents still in the making. A notable beginning to an important series, with future instalments keenly to be anticipated.’ Gramophone
'May there be many more discs like this ilk to come!' Fanfare
1 Tansy Davies: neon
London Sinfonietta / David Porcelijn
2 Stuart MacRae: Interact
John Wallace trumpet | London Sinfonietta / HK Gruber
Cat # SINF CD1-2006
neon was recorded in the QEH by BBC Radio on 19 February 2005. Producer: Philip Tagney
Interact was recorded in the QEH by Sound Intermedia for the London Sinfonietta on 10 May 2003.
CD mastering by Sound Intermedia