Staff Picks of the Decade
"It's so difficult to pick a favourite from the last ten years but i'm going to select this striking recent release in our Debut Discs series that I have found myself revisiting a lot this year.
Edmund creates a beautiful, haunting soundworld. I love how he writes for string instruments in particular, exploring all sonic possibilities: delicate, subtle and airy through to bold, cinematic lyricism."
"There’s always been a special place in my heart for Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest. It was one of the first albums we listened to in the office when I started working at NMC, and indeed one of the first new music albums I ever listened to, and I was completely taken aback by it. I find it to be just the right amount of bonkers to be absolutely engaging throughout. When then had the pleasure of having Gerald in the office for a live Twitter Q&A, it was such a fun day and you can definitely see where all the energy in his music comes from."
"I love this album for the sheer exuberance of Errollyn’s writing and the completely committed performances. It has an immediacy which makes it compelling, combining styles and influences effortlessly in music that is completely original and with which the listener is really able to connect. Some years previously we’d had a project proposed to us, to include the Cello Concerto but we’d not been able to realise that. So I was genuinely thrilled when Errollyn approached us with this, the first album devoted to her orchestral work."
"Of the many NMC gems released this decade, Charlotte’s Debut Disc is a firm favourite. With its exceptional performances and colourful programme of exciting music - from the explosive energy of violin concerto Caught in Treetops, to the drama of Replay and intimacy of Oneiroi - there’s something for everyone in this album. The highlight for me is Fire Burning in Snow performed by BCMG and Lucy Schaufer, which really captures the emotion at the heart of the piece and is a great introduction to Charlotte’s musical world."
"Of all the promotional campaigns I’ve worked on in my time at NMC this was definitely one of my favourites. Illusions is the highlight for me. Brilliant music from Philip Venables, excellent playing from London Sinfonietta conducted by Richard Baker and the unforgettable musings of David Hoyle – what’s not to like? Special commendation for being too punk for the classical charts!"
"I have fond memories of listening to this album when I first started at NMC a few months ago, just before it was released! Joanna’s soundscapes are eerie and unsettling yet strangely nostalgic. The combination of just-about-recognisable processed field recordings with sparse instrumentation in slow-moving forms, make for a fascinating exercise in attentive listening."