ARTISTS

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK's oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra and has been at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life since 1840. The Orchestra gives approximately 70 concerts each season in its home, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as well as concerts in venues across the city, including Liverpool’s two cathedrals.

The Orchestra tours regularly throughout the UK and world-wide and has an extensive discography featuring many critically acclaimed recordings.
Their contemporary music group, Ensemble 10/10, also award-winning, is at the cutting edge of classical music, commissioning and performing new music by many of today’s leading composers.

Its Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, joined the RLPO in 2006 and is committed to stay with the Orchestra till 2015. Born in 1976, he is recognised as one of the exceptional musicians of his generation.


 

Thames, Jeanine

Jeanine
Thames
soprano
Soprano Jeanine Thames recently appeared in New York City, singing the role of Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring with the Gotham Chamber Opera. During the same season she sang the title role in La traviata with Ontario Opera and performed the role of the Old Nun in Glimmerglass Opera’s world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good. Her concert engagements include Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony with the Norwalk Symphony, Haydn’s Creation with the Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, a concert of Mozart arias with the Acadiana Symphony, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Monterey Symphony. She has also toured to Tokyo and Osaka with the Prague State Opera, where she was heard as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
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London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta's mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today's culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent.

The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with headquarters at Kings Place, and continues to take the best contemporary music to venues and festivals across the UK and worldwide with a busy touring schedule. Since its inaugural concert in 1968 - giving the world premiere of Sir John Tavener's The Whale - the London Sinfonietta's commitment to making new music has seen it commission over 300 works, and premiere many hundreds more.
The core of the London Sinfonietta is 18 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. The ensemble has just launched its Emerging Artists Programme, which will give professional musicians at the start of promising and brilliant careers the opportunity to work alongside those Principal Players on stage across the season.

The London Sinfonietta's recordings present a catalogue of 20th-century classics, on numerous prestigious labels as well as the ensemble's own London Sinfonietta Label. Most recently, a performance of Philip Cashian's Piano Concerto was released on NMC.

Knussen, Oliver

Oliver
Knussen
Conductor

Born in Glasgow in 1952, Knussen grew up near London, where his father was principal double bass of the London Symphony Orchestra. It was with the LSO that he made his debut in April 1968, conducting his First Symphony in London and in Carnegie Hall, New York.  In 1970 he was awarded the first of three fellowships to Tanglewood, where he studied with Gunther Schuller. During this time he completed several works which were subsequently widely performed on both sides of the Atlantic and established his early reputation. In 1975 Knussen returned permanently to the UK.

From 1983 till 1998, Knussen was an Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival, and also held posts at the Tanglewood Music Center and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 1992, with Colin Matthews, he established the Contemporary Composition and Performance courses at the Britten-Pears School in Snape.

After many years of close collaboration with the London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen became Music Director in 1998, and in 2002 was made Conductor Laureate. In 2006 he was appointed Artist in Association with the BCMG. Among his many awards are Honorary Memberships of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Royal Philharmonic Society, an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and the 2004 Association of British Orchestras Award. In 2006 he was named the second recipient of the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize from Northwestern University, USA.

He has guest-conducted in many parts of the world, including in the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan. As a conductor he has recorded more than thirty CDs of contemporary music, several of which have won international awards - these include Robin Holloway's Concerto for Orchestra No.2, which won NMC's first Gramophone Award, and Maxwell Davies' opera Taverner.

He became a CBE in the 1994 Birthday Honours.

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COMPOSER:

DESCRIPTION

Goehr's neo-classical works - Bach tribute ...a musical offering (JSB 1985)... and Sinfonia - plus the dazzling coloratura aria Behold the Sun, the Romanza for cello and orchestra, and the vivid variation-set Metamorphosis/ Dance.

Originally released on Unicorn-Kanchana in 1981.

REVIEWS

'Moments of ear-catching, rarefied beauty'  BBC Music Magazine

FUNDING

The Ancora Series is supported by Arts Council England

RECORDING CREDITS

Metamorphosis, Romanza:

Recording date: 21-22 June 1981
Recording venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Engineer:  Bob Auger
Producer: Antony Hodgson

a musical offering, Behold the Sun, Lyric Pieces, Sinfonia:

Recording date: 15-16 February, 17 & 23 March 1990
Recording venue:  All saints Church, Petersham
Engineer:  Marian Tryggvason
Producers: Tryggvi Tryggvason, Oliver Knussen


Editing & mastering: Marian Tryggvason 

Cover image: Photo: Malcolm Crowthers

(P) 1990 and 191 Unicorn-kKanchana Records

Publisher:
Schott Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D095
Release Date:
1 November 2003