ARTISTS

Exaudi

Exaudi
Since its debut in 2002, EXAUDI has emerged as one of Britain’s leading young contemporary music ensembles. With a repertoire that encompasses Ockeghem and Ferneyhough, Tallis and Xenakis, EXAUDI has performed to great acclaim throughout the UK and in Europe, and established a ground-breaking and much-praised discography on NMC.
 
Founded by James Weeks (director) and Juliet Fraser (soprano), EXAUDI is based in London and draws its singers from among the UK’s brightest new vocal talents. The newest new music is at the heart of EXAUDI’s repertoire, and it has given UK and world premières of Sciarrino, Rihm, Finnissy, Skempton, Richard Ayres, Christopher Fox and James Saunders among many others. EXAUDI is particularly committed to the younger generation of composers currently in their twenties and early thirties, and is proud to champion the work of major emerging voices including Evan Johnson, John Habron, Chung Shih Hoh, Philip Howard, Dorothy Ker, James Weeks and Claudia Molitor.
 
Collaboration with other leading soloists and ensembles is an increasing feature of EXAUDI’s schedule, including appearances with ASKO Ensemble, Apartment House, Anton Lukoszevieze, Rohan de Saram, Irvine Arditti and Fretwork.
 
EXAUDI has appeared at many leading UK venues and festivals, including Vale of Glamorgan, Aldeburgh, Spitalfields and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festivals, Dartington International Summer School and London’s South Bank and National Portrait Gallery. EXAUDI broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3 and has released critically acclaimed recordings of Michael Finnissy, Elisabeth Lutyens and Christopher Fox on NMC.  EXAUDI has twice been shortlisted in the Ensemble category of the RPS Awards, in 2006 and 2007.
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Andrew Post

Endymion

Endymion
ensemble

"The brilliant Endymion" (Sunday Times) was formed in 1979 from a group of outstanding National Youth Orchestra students; since then it has built a secure reputation across a broad and adventurous repertoire, and won a strong following among audiences throughout the UK and abroad. Unusually for a chamber group so well established, Endymion retains most of its original players; these performers now number among the best soloists and chamber musicians in Europe, and Endymion has been described as one of the few chamber groups as at home with Mozart as with Birtwistle. 

Education occupies a central place in Endymion's activities. In addition to the 2009 Sound Census workshops with secondary and primary school children in central London, in 2003-04 it organised the Rising Generation festival at the Southbank Centre, featuring music by thirty young composers.  For five years Endymion played a central part in the BBC Proms Guardian Young Composer of the Year competition, and it has also taken part in several projects with SPNM.

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A tribute to this radical and influential composer in the centenary of her birth, this CD presents a selection of Lutyens' varied and inspirational choral works - including the Motet setting of excerpts of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, and the Chaucer setting The Country of the Stars - with a series of instrumental pieces includng the fearsomely difficult String Trio and the lyrical Presages for solo oboe; it is performed by EXAUDI and Endymion.
 

REVIEWS

A tribute to this radical and influential composer in the centenary of her birth, this CD presents a selection of Lutyens' varied and inspirational choral works - including the Motet setting of excerpts of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, and the Chaucer setting The Country of the Stars - with a series of instrumental pieces includng the fearsomely difficult String Trio and the lyrical Presages for solo oboe; it is performed by EXAUDI and Endymion.

Read The Times's review of this disc

Read The Sunday Times's review of this disc

"The centenary of Elisabeth Lutyens's birth this year has been passing almost unnoticed, just as her stature in British music went unappreciated for much of her composing career. This mixture of a cappella choral and instrumental works from the 1950s and 1960s is a timely and beautifully performed tribute."
The Guardian 2006

 

'Texturally austere and technically awesome ... plenty to marvel at' Gramophone Magazine

RECORDING CREDITS

Recording dates: 4-5, 8 and 12 May 2006

Recording venue: St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead, London

Engineers/ Producers: Andrew Post (choral music), David Lefeber (instrumental works)
Co-producer: Bayan Northcott 
Editing & mastering: 

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 2006 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number:
NMC D124
Release Date:
1 October 2006