Maxwell, Melinda


Melinda Maxwell read music at York University and studied in Germany with Ingo Goritzki and Helmut Winschermann. She has performed as soloist at many major UK and European festivals, and is frequently heard in recital and on BBC Radio 3. Numerous works have been written especially for Melinda, by composers including Nicholas Maw, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Simon Holt. Melinda is also an accomplished composer herself.

In addition to her work as a recitalist, Melinda is principal oboe of the Endymion Ensemble and BCMG, and performs regularly as principal with the London Sinfonietta.

She has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College in London and has been giving master-classes at the Dartington International Summer School since 1992. She also coaches at the Britten-Pears and NYO summer courses, and is Consultant in Woodwind Studies at RNCM in Manchester.

Her numerous recordings include Melinda Maxwell in Manchester: Music for Oboe from the RNCM, Birtwistle's 26 Orpheus Elegies and Pulse Sampler for NMC.

Fraser, Juliet


Soprano Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. In new music, she has performed as a guest soloist with Klangforum Wien, Asko | Schönberg, Talea, Remix Ensemble, ICTUS, Plus-Minus, We Spoke: New Music Company and London Sinfonietta. She is also a core member of EXAUDI vocal ensemble, which she co-founded with composer/conductor James Weeks in 2002. Juliet has premiered well over 100 works, many of which have been written for her, and has worked particularly closely with composers Rebecca Saunders, Michael Finnissy, Bernhard Lang, Matthew Shlomowitz, Andrew Hamilton and Cassandra Miller. Her solo discography includes Morton Feldman's Three Voices (on Hat Hut Records) and Bernhard Lang's The Cold Trip, part 2 (on Kairos) with pianist Mark Knoop.

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Dimitri Djuric

notes inegales

notes inegales

notes inégales was created by Peter Wiegold and David Purser, and consist of some of the finest new music players in Britain devoted equally (or unequally) to improvisation as well as written music, and to working collaboratively with composers and other artists. notes inégales refers to the swung, jazz-like, rhythmic inflections in French baroque music.

Projects have included Hot - an Infernal cabaret with performance poet Murray Lachlan-Young, which went from Donatoni to Miles Davis, Shuffle  based around Christian Marclay's card-based 'Shuffle' and  '..brew - the Miles Davis Project at the ICA in 2008 where leading composers were invited to send postcards from Miles Davis as a basis for improvisation.

Southbank Sinfonia

Southbank Sinfonia

Southbank Sinfonia is internationally recognised as a leading orchestral academy, each year bringing together 33 of the world’s most promising graduate musicians to provide a much-needed springboard into the profession. Its annual fellowship provides unparalleled opportunities to gain crucial orchestral experience and the skills that 21st century musicians need to thrive, often in partnership with leading performing arts organisations including the Royal Opera and Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

From their Free Rush Hour Concerts at St John’s Waterloo to taking centre-stage in the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of Amadeus, the musicians bring their own exploratory impulse to classical music, asking anew what orchestras have the power to communicate in the modern world. By virtue of their youth, energy and excellence, Southbank Sinfonia players not only bring fresh resonance to the stage but are also ideally placed to act as role-models who inspire many younger musicians on the Southbank and beyond.

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Peter Wiegold’s first portrait disc features the plaintive, pastoral Earth, receive an honoured guest, for cor anglais and strings, inspired by WH Auden’s well known elegy for WB Yeats; the elemental Kalachakra for large ensemble, using Tibetan bells and brass, depicting the creation of the universe; and the bittersweet, Viennese Earth and Stars, commissioned for the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death and featuring four harmonicas to represent an ancient funeral band, dug up from the soil by future generations. It is completed by Wiegold's witty setting of Jo Shapcott's poems, Les Roses.


Melinda Maxwell cor anglais
Juliet Fraser soprano
Martin Butler piano
notes inégales
South Bank Sinfonia
Peter Wiegold conductor


'The music has a visceral immediacy ... Performances are unfailingly attuned to the music's balance between precision and intuition.'

Gramophone, 2010


'Composer, conductor, animateur, professor, Peter Wiegold has long been a vital contemporary-musical presence, and this disc is a fine showcase for his talent. Kalachakra, performed by his ensemble notes inegales, is a punchy and substantial, bitingly coloured movement founded on the arcana of Tibetan Buddhism.'

The Sunday Times, 2010


This recording has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. NMC is also grateful to the RVW Trust for its support.


Earth, receive an honoured guest was recorded at the church of St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London on 27 March 2009. All other works were recorded at Coombehurst Studio, University of Kingston, Kingston-upon-Thames, on 8-10 September and 28 November 2009.

Recording Engineer      CHRIS LEWIS
Producer             RICHARD BARRETT
Digital Editing & Mastering     CHRIS LEWIS
Executive Producer     COLIN MATTHEWS

Cover image, CD & booklet design by FRANCOIS HALL

(P) 2010 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2010 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number:
NMC D158
Release Date:
6 September 2010