Padmore, Mark


Mark Padmore has established a flourishing career in opera, concert and recital. His performances in Bach’s Passions have gained particular notice throughout the world. He was the Wigmore Hall Artist in Residence in the 2009/10 Season. As well as his regular collaborators Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Simon Lepper and Andrew West, he works with many internationally renowned chamber musicians including Paul Lewis, Imogen Cooper, Christian Zacharias and Till Fellner, with whom he recently performed the three Schubert Cycles at the Theatre an der Wien and Salle Gaveau, Paris.
Recent opera work includes the leading role in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Corridor at the Aldeburgh and Bregenz Festivals and future plans include Captain Vere in Britten’s Billy Budd for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. In concert he has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonics and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Mark is Artistic Director of the St. Endellion Summer Festival in Cornwall.

Booth, Claire


Claire Booth is rapidly establishing an international reputation both in opera and in concert, in repertoire ranging from the operas of Handel and Mozart to 20th- and 21st-century scores. Recent successes include the world premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Requiem: Songs for Sue, written for her and conducted by the composer with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the BBC Proms.

Claire Booth studied Modern History at Oxford and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, English National Opera Studio’s Baylis Programme, and at the National Opera Studio; she has been awarded prizes including a Susan Chilcott Foundation Scholarship, the Worshipful Company of Musician’s Silver Medal and the Harold Rosenthal Award. She has also been a finalist in both the 2003 Guildhall School of Music and Drama Gold Medal Competition and the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

She made her debuts at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh and Lucerne International Festivals, performing Knussen, John Adams, and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire conducted by Oliver Knussen, Edward Gardner and Pierre Boulez respectively. She performs regularly with the BBC Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Intercontemporain working with Edward Gardner, Zsolt Nagy, Jonathan Nott, Martyn Brabbins, Pierre-André Valade and Oliver Knussen. She has appeared on Radio 2, Radio 3 and BBC 4 in broadcasts from the Aldeburgh Festival, the BBC Proms and the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s studio concert seasons.

In the field of baroque and classical music she has performed on many of the leading European stages, and has given concerts with The King’s Consort, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Opera, the Early Opera Company and the Classical Opera Company. Other operatic performances include 1st Niece in Opera North’s critically acclaimed production of Peter Grimes, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, also for Opera North, and roles for New Chamber Opera.

As a recitalist she made her debut at the Park Lane Group series at the Purcell Room in 2001 singing works by Oliver Knussen and Elliott Carter and has since given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Cheltenham Festival with her regular accompanist Ryan Wigglesworth. She performed for the Walton Foundation at La Mortella in Ischia with Iain Burnside, and at St. John Smith’s Square with Malcolm Martineau.



Founded in Manchester by the pianist and conductor Charles Hallé in 1858, The Hallé is Britain's longest established permanent professional symphony orchestra; its conductors include such distinguished figures as Hans Richter, Sir Hamilton Harty and Sir John Barbirolli.

The Hallé's family of ensembles includes the Hallé Choir - founded alongside the orchestra in 1858 - the Hallé Youth Choir, Children's Choir and Youth Orchestra; its pioneering education programme generates over 60 projects a year.

In 1996, the Hallé moved to its new home, The Bridgewater Hall, where it presents over 70 concerts a year. Making over 40 appearances annually throughout the rest of Britain, the Hallé attracts large and enthusiastic audiences both in Manchester and beyond

Sir Mark Elder became Music Director in 2000. In 2011, the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic were awarded the South Bank Sky Arts Award for their performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony; the Hallé have previously won the South Bank Show Classical Music Award for collaborations with the BBC Philharmonic, the RNCM and the CBSO.

In 2003 the Hallé launched its own CD label: its recordings of Wagner's Götterdämmerung, and Elgar's Violin Concerto with Thomas Zehetmair have both won Gramophone Awards.

Wigglesworth, Ryan


In recent seasons Ryan Wigglesworth has appeared with orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Avanti!, Ensemble Modern and English Touring Opera. His repertoire stretches from the Baroque to the present day, with over forty premieres to date, including works by Birtwistle, Goehr and Carter. During the past year he made his second appearance at the BBC Proms, his debut at the Royal Opera House, appeared as pianist/director in performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17, and conducted Eugene Onegin at the Endellion Festival. Forthcoming concerts include a re-invitation to the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall, returns to the BBCSO and the Britten Sinfonia, and his debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra at the Philharmonie, Berlin.

As a composer, his recent triptych of works for the BBCSO have met with widespread critical acclaim. Sternenfall (2007); The Genesis of Secrecy (2009), commissioned by the BBC Proms and premiered by Sir Andrew Davis; and Augenlieder (2009), an orchestral song cycle written for soprano Claire Booth and premiered under the direction of the composer at the Barbican in November 2009. Augenlieder won the vocal prize at the 2010 British Composer Awards. His most recent work - A First Book of Inventions (2010) - was premiered by the composer with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in November 2010.Upcoming projects include a work for tenor Mark Padmore and the Berlin Philharmonic's Scharoun Ensemble, and a Violin Concerto for Gordan Nikolic and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, as part of his residency with the NCO and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Wigglesworth was educated at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and between 2007-9 was a Lecturer at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

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Benjamin Ealovega

Kelemen, Barnabás


An artist of 'innate musicality' with a technical execution that belongs 'only to the greatest' (The Guardian), Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen has captured the attention of the music world. With a repertoire that ranges from classical to contemporary music, Kelemen gave the Hungarian premieres of the Ligeti and Schnittke Violin Concertos as well as the Hungarian premiere and world premiere of violin works by Gubaidulina and Kurtág.

Barnabás Kelemen collaborates with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, Budapest Festival, Estonian National Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Irish Chamber, London Philharmonic, Münchner Symphoniker, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Netherlands Radio, Philharmonia Auckland and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony. Barnabás Kelemen works with renowned conductors such as Olari Elts, Iván Fischer, Pietari Inkinen, Vladimir Jurowski, Tonu Kajuste, Zoltán Kocsis, Hannu Lintu, Michael Sanderling, Dmitri Slobodeniouk, Masaaki Suzuki, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Krzysztof Urbánski and Ryan Wigglesworth.

In 2010 he founded the Kelemen Quartet, which won the first prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani in 2014. The quartet also received a silver medal, audience prize and the Musica Viva Grand Prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2011.

Barnabás Kelemen’s varied recordings have received various prizes such as Diapason d’Or,  Grand Prix du Disque, German Record Critics’ Award 2011. Most recently the recital CD with Bartók Sonatas with Zoltán Kocsis and Solo Sonata received a Gramophone Award in 2013.

Born in Budapest in 1978, Barnabás Kelemen studied at the Franz Liszt Music Academy. He was a Prize Winner of the 2001 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and received the First Prize at the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis in 2002. He is a professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.

He performs on a Guarneri del Gesú violin of 1742 (ex-Dénes Kovács), generously loaned by the State of Hungary.

Stephen, Pamela Helen

Pamela Helen
mezzo soprano
Stephen studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Opera Theater Center at Aspen, Colorado, and in Toronto. She has sung for all the major British opera companies and for Opera Australia, Los Angeles Opera, Spoleto Festival, the St Endellion and Wexford festivals and in Lisbon, Ludwigsburg, Paris and Amsterdam, among others. She has appeared in concert with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, with many leading European orchestras and at the BBC Proms.
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Benjamin Ealovega


Ryan Wigglesworth - Echo and Narcissus

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Claire Booth soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Barnabás Kelemen violin
Hallé / Ryan Wigglesworth

Ryan Wigglesworth, Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé, conducts his own orchestral works in this first full-length portrait album of his compositions. The album includes the powerful Echo and Narcissus, whose premiere was one of the highlights of the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival. Superbly performed by tenor Mark Padmore and mezzo Pamela Helen Stephen, with a female semi-chorus and the multi-talented Ryan Wigglesworth on piano, this piece sets Ted Hughes' text 'Echo and Narcissus' from his Tales from Ovid.

The poem ‘Keep your eyes open’ by John Berryman is married with poems by Robert Browning, Egon Schiele and Arthur Rimbaud in the song cycle Augenlieder, written for and performed by soprano Claire Booth, with the Hallé. The work receive the vocal prize at the 2010 British Composer Awards.

Locke’s Theatre was commissioned for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Aldeburgh Festival to celebrate Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday. Aware of Britten’s own revival and adoption of English music, Wigglesworth has drawn inspiration from Matthew Locke, the leading English stage composer in the period before Purcell. Wigglesworth presents arrangements of three of Locke's movements,
interspersed with his own musical responses.

Other works on this disc are the Violin Concerto, performed by Hungarian violinist Barnabás Keleman and A First Book of Inventions for chamber orchestra.


"Barnabás Kelemen bringing power and a beauty of tone to the Violin Concerto" BBC Radio 3 Record Review

“Diverse and lyrical, wonderfully performed, this is music you need to hear” – Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

‘Echo and Narcissus’ is een eerlijk en krachtig werk en bezit spanning en schoonheid ... Dit is hedendaagse muziek die gehoord moet worden' Opera Nederland

'Echo and Narcissus provides a broad portrait of Wigglesworth's composition and his literature steeped vocal works make for compelling listening.' Limelight Magazine


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With thanks to The Hinrichsen Foundation for supporting NMC’s Hallé Series through its New Initiatives programme.

This release has been enabled by NMC’s generous Producers’ Circle members and through the support of the Hallé, The RVW Trust and Jonathan Groves. The Hallé is grateful for the support of the The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.


Violin Concerto was recorded live 13 February 2014 at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
STEVE PORTNOI Recording Engineer

Augenlieder, Locke’s Theatre and A First Book of Inventions were recorded 27-28 July 2014 and 30 May 2015 at Hallé St Peter’s, Ancoats, Manchester
JEREMY HAYES Recording Producer
STEVE PORTNOI Recording Engineer

Echo and Narcissus was recorded 26 February 2015 at All Saints Church, East Finchley, London.
DAVID LEFEBER Recording Engineer/Producer

COLIN MATTHEWS Executive Producer for NMC

The works on this album are all published by Schott Music Ltd.
FRANCOIS HALL Graphic design
Cover image: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio Narcissus

Schott Music Ltd
Catalogue number:
NMC D213
Release Date:
16 October 2015