ARTISTS

Shaham, Rinat

Rinat
Shaham
mezzo-soprano
Israeli born mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham has received accolades for her operatic and concert performances at the most prestigious theaters throughout the world. Internationally recognized as one of today’s finest interpreters of Bizet’s Carmen, she first performed the role at the 2004 Glyndebourne Festival. Ms. Shaham has since portrayed Carmen in Vienna, Rome, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Cologne, Baden Baden, Lisbon, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, and the United States.

Hind, Rolf

Rolf
Hind
Piano
Rolf Hind has worked closely with living composers across a broad range of styles: from John Adams and Tan Dun to Ligeti and Lachenmann, Xenakis and Messiaen to George Benjamin and Judith Weir.
 
Born in London and now living there after studies at the Royal College of Music and in Los Angeles, his career has many facets. He appears regularly at new music festivals throughout Europe, he is in demand as a soloist with all the major BBC orchestras and plays regularly with the London Sinfonietta. Further afield he has made numerous appearances with, amongst others, the Baltimore Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, South West German Radio Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Slovenian Radio Philharmonic and Oslo Sinfonietta. As a performer he has had a number of concertos written for him, by Unsuk Chin, Poul Ruders,  Bent Sorensen, Simon Holt  and David Sawer and he has worked with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Andrew Davis, Markus Stenz, Oliver Knussen, David Robertson and Franz Welser-Möst.
 
His appearances overseas include tours of Korea, Taiwan and Cuba, and recitals and concertos at Perth and Wellington Festivals, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. Rolf has also worked with some of the world’s greatest dancers and choreographers, including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker at Rosas, Richard Alston, and the London Contemporary Dance Theatre.
 
In recent years Rolf has developed a growing reputation as a composer. His piano pieces and chamber works have been broadcast by the BBC and played widely throughout Europe. Recent commissions include Eye of Fire, which he played with The Duke Quartet, and Sunnata for five pianos and one honky-tonk.  He premiered his piano concerto Maya-Sesha, commissioned by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Martyn Brabbins in 2008. He is published by Ricordi London.
 
Rolf is in demand as a teacher, holding a professorial post at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (teaching composition and the piano); he teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and is a regular guest at Dartington International Summer School.

Heinen, Ulrich

Ulrich
Heinen
cello
In 1984 Ulrich Heinen settled in England, at Sir Simon Rattle’s invitation to become principal cellist and section leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In 1987 he co-founded the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), which subsequently became one of Britain’s most important ensembles for contemporary music. He has appeared with BCMG in many festivals in Britain and abroad, both as member of the ensemble and as soloist. He has recorded Mark Anthony Turnage’s ‘Kai’, which was written for him, for EMI and Bach’s Cello Suites together with cello solo pieces by Howard Skempton, Gerald Barry, Simon Holt, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Hans Werner Henze for METIER (Divine-Arts).
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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

BCMG

BCMG
BCMG was formed in 1987 from within the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and is established as one of Europe’s leading ensembles.   Sir Simon Rattle is the Group’s Founding Patron and has conducted BCMG in the UK, on tour in Europe and America, and on several EMI recordings. The Group has strong relationships with its two Artists-in-Association Oliver Knussen and John Woolrich, and also with Thomas Adès who conducts the Group during 2006/07 in Birmingham, London, Cologne and Paris, and with whom BCMG is invited to Carnegie Hall, New York in 2008. BCMG was awarded The Arts Ball 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award and has also won prestigious Prudential, Royal Philharmonic Society, Gramophone and PRS Millennial awards. In May 2005, BCMG was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Audience Development for its popular Rural Tours programme.
 
The core of BCMG's work is the performance of new music, and the Group has premiered over 100 new works by leading UK and overseas composers. Most have been commissioned with the help of a large number of individuals through BCMG’s ground-breaking Sound Investmentscheme. The Group regularly tours nationally and internationally. Recent UK engagements have included appearances at the Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals, and at the BBC Proms with Birmingham Opera Company for Benjamin Britten’s CurlewRiver.  In April 2006, the Group toured the UK with New York-based jazz trumpeter, Dave Douglas, performing Blue Latitudes, a piece commissioned through BCMG’s Sound Investment scheme. Previous projects have included a European tour with Sir Simon Rattle in 2000, a tour of India in 2002 with Judith Weir and Indian storyteller Vayu Naidu and visits to the Berlin, Radio France Présences and Vienna’s Wien Modern Festivals, Denmark, Sweden and Portugal.   
 
BCMG is committed to engaging the widest possible range of people with its work, and runs extensive learning and audience-building programmes in pursuit of this aim. Projects with young people in and out of school and with adults in a range of community settings are complemented by free performance projects such as the Group’s popular ‘Rural Tours’, Late-Night performances and Meet-the-Composer days. BCMG broadcasts often on BBC Radio, has made TV programmes for BBC and Independent Television, and numerous CD recordings.  The relationship with NMC is particularly strong, with the recent launch of a new CD of Britten’s film music and several more discs planned.

Rattle, Sir Simon

Sir Simon
Rattle
Conductor
Sir Simon Denis Rattle OM CBE (born 19 January 1955) is an English conductor. He rose to international prominence during the 1980s and 1990s, while Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1980–98). He has been principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, and plans to leave his position at the end of his current contract, in 2018. It was announced in March 2015 that Rattle would become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra from September 2017.

Brabbins, Martyn

Martyn
Brabbins
Conductor
Artistic Director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music 2005-2007, he was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1994-2005. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, a position which started in September 2009. After studying composition in London and then conducting with Ilya Musin in Leningrad, his career was launched when he won first prize at the 1988 Leeds Conductors' Competition. Since then Brabbins has regularly conducted all the major UK orchestras and is much sought-after in Europe, notably in Germany, Holland, Belgium and Scandinavia.   
 
Brabbins’ symphonic engagements have included appearances at London's  South Bank in subscription with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras, his Tokyo debut, with the Tokyo Metropolitan (where he returns in 2011); and visits to the Netherlands Radio Chamber in the prestigious Matinee series, the Residentie Orkest, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester and Lahti Symphony.  He is a regular guest with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Halle and BBC Philharmonic orchestras, and appears several times each season with the BBC Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras in subscription and at the BBC Proms.
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NMC's second disc devoted to the music of Simon Holt brings together one of his earliest major works - the glittering Kites, depicting a Japanese kite fight - and the recent Emily Dickinson setting Boots of Lead, recorded at its premiere conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and commissioned by BCMG's Sound Investment scheme. It is joined by Feet of Clay, written for BCMG's cellist Ulrich Heinen. The disc is completed by the ethereal eco-pavan, for piano and ensemble, and the dark, frenetic Lilith.

REVIEWS

"This is music of unmistakable visceral intensity, played with exactly the right uncompromising vividness by the members of the BCMG."
The Guardian 2004

RECORDING CREDITS

Boots of Lead:

Recording date: Recorded ive on 27 October 2002
Recording venue: CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Engineer:  Steve Portnoi for BBC Live Music
Producer: Chris Wines for BBC Live Music

Other works on the disc:
Recording date: 26-27 June 2003 (eco-pavan), 5 April 2004
Recording venue: CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Engineer:  Mike Clements
Producer: Andrew Keener (eco-pavan), Colin Matthews


Editing & mastering: David Lefeber (Boots of Lead), Emma Stocker

Cover image: Bruce Nauman: Feet of Clay from Eleven Color Photographs (1966-7/1970)

(P) 2001 NMC Recordings Ltd

Publisher:
Chester Novello
Catalogue number:
NMC D094
Release Date:
1 October 2004