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2019 Release Highlights
16 December 2019

NMC Release Highlights 2019

The Air, Turning EDMUND FINNIS: THE AIR, TURNINGOfficial Charts

'An intriguing disc of a composer to watch' Gramophone

'Edmund Finnis invites rather than demands attention - and the more it is given, the more its gifts unfold.' BBC Music Magazine  ★★★★★Classic FM

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra | Ilan Volkov conductor | Eloisa-Fleur Thom violin | Birmingham Contemporary Music Group | Richard Baker conductor | London Contemporary Orchestra | Robert Ames conductor | Mark Simpson clarinet | Víkingur Ólafsson | Benjamin Beilman violin | Britten Sinfonia | Andrew Gourlay conductor

 

 

PathsERIKA FOX: PATHSOfficial Charts

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 BEST ALBUMS OF 2019

THE DAFFODIL PERSPECTIVE'S TOP 10 CLASSICAL RECORDINGS OF 2019

'An intriguing introduction to the vivid soundworld of Erika Fox ... her moment, overdue, has at last come' Guardian

'Full of both kinds of extremes, emotionally and musically ... the music sings of traditions old and new and is utterly Erika Fox's own' BBC Radio 3

Goldfield Ensemble | Richard Uttley piano | Richard Baker conductor

 

 

 

Philharmonia VARIOUS: PHILHARMONIA COMPOSERS ACADEMY

 ‘Freya Waley-Cohen’s Ink is a compelling listen with just the right amount of intrigue and spikiness to hook me in’ throughlygood.me

 

 

 

 

 

Rands

Bernard Rands BERNARD RANDS: CHAINS LIKE THE SEA

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 BEST ALBUMS OF 2019

'A brilliant, terrific disc' Classical Music Magazine ★★★★★

'[The Recordings] provide striking proof of the vividness of Rands' orchestral writing'. The Guardian ★★★★

 

 

PanopticonDAVID FENNESSY: PANOPTICONPanopticon

'What we like we call real while what we don’t like we call intrusion. David Fennessy shows us the impossibility of separation, the beauty of both.' The Herald

'ironic and clever … a polysemous delight to hear' The Wire

 

 

 

Many VoicesVARIOUS: MANY VOICES

'A most welcome initiative … Colin Matthews’ Ghost Story, an object lesson in conjuring up atmosphere from the most basic means .. or the most testing of all, Tansy Davies’s Hawk, and action-packed two and a half minutes of vertiginous dynamics' The Sunday Times

 

 

 

 

CaskenJOHN CASKEN: THE DREAM OF THE ROOD

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 BEST ALBUMS OF 2019

'Four male voices, precise and pure to the nth degree, topped off with a countertenor shining like a lighthouse beam over polyphony ancient and modern... a commanding performance' The Times

'A powerfully imaginative meditation on Christ's crucifixion' World Magazine

 

 

Rumpelstiltskin

RumpelstiltskinDAVID SAWER: RUMPELSTILTSKIN

'These three dance-related scores embody a deep compositional deftness' Sunday Times

'unusual and creative... the music is striking' The Art Music Lounge

 

 

 

BailieJOANNA BAILIE: ARTIFICIAL ENVIRONMENTSBailie

'There's ingenuity and a keen musical instinct here' BBC Radio 3 Record Review

'This is a fascinating recording; Bailie's imagination knows few bounds.' BBC Music Magazine

 

 

 

Official Charts

Julian AndersonJULIAN ANDERSON: POETRY NEARING SILENCE

SEQUENZA21/ BEST RECORDINGS OF 2019

'Poetry Nearing Silence compellingly meditates on Tom Phillip's book The Heart of Humument... Anderson responds equally brilliantly to wider-ranging external stimuli' Sunday Times

 

 

 

Sam HaydenSAM HAYDEN: SUBSTRATUM

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 BEST ALBUMS OF 2019

'The title piece is a large-orchestral unfolding that unites compelling turbulence with rarest detail' The Sunday Times

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