ARTISTS

Baillie, Alexander

Alexander
Baillie
cello

Alexander Baillie  is an English cellist. Baillie frequently appears as a concerto soloist all around the world. He has been a soloist at the BBC Proms numerous times, having performed the Schumann, Delius and Beethoven Triple Concertos, as well as various premieres of contemporary works. British Orchestras he has performed with include the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He has also directed and performed the Haydn and Boccherini concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra.

He has made a significant contribution to contemporary music, having premiered various works such as Penderecki's Cello Concerto No. 2 in 1992, H. K. Gruber's Concerto, and Andrew MacDonald's concerto. At the BBC Proms, he gave debut performances of Colin Matthew's Concerto in 1984, Henze's Sieben Liebeslieder in 1988 under the composer's direction, and Takemitsu's Orion and Pleiades in 1989. Other works by contemporary composers he regularly performs include Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto, which he has performed twice with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

As well as being a prolific performer, Baillie frequently teaches both privately and in masterclasses. Currently he is Professor of Cello at the Bremen Hochschule in Germany, as well as visiting professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal College of Music. He makes numerous appearances at summer music courses, including Cadenza International Summer School and the Bryanston International Cello Course in the South of England. He is also a regular conductor of the Marryat Players in Wimbledon.

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.

London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Its many activities include an energetic and ground-breaking education and community programme LSO Discovery, a record company LSO Live, a music education centre LSO St Luke's and pioneering work in the field of digital music.

Since its formation in 1904 it has always attracted excellent players from all over the world, many of whom have flourishing solo, chamber music and teaching careers alongside their orchestral work. The LSO draws on an enviable roster of soloists and conductors, including Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev, LSO President Sir Colin Davis, and Principal Guest Conductors Daniel Harding and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Continuing the Orchestra’s long association with film music, the LSO has recently recorded soundtracks for Twilight: New Moon, Tamara Drewe and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 & 2). The orchestra also features on radio, TV, computer games and in-flight music programmes, and has launched the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, the world’s first-ever online orchestra.

Tilson Thomas, Michael

Michael
Tilson Thomas
Conductor

Michael Tilson Thomas is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Born in Los Angeles, he began his formal studies at the University of Southern California, thereafter working with Stravinsky, Boulez, Stockhausen and Copland on premieres of their compositions at Los Angeles' Monday Evening Concerts. During this same period he was the pianist and conductor for Gregor Piatigorsky and Jascha Heifetz.

In 1969, after winning the Koussevitzky Prize at Tanglewood, he was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic from 1971-79 and a Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1981 to 1985. His guest conducting includes appearances with the major orchestras of Europe and the United States.

His recorded repertoire of more than 120 discs includes works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, Prokofiev and Stravinsky as well as his pioneering work with the music of Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, Steve Reich, John Cage, Ingolf Dahl, Morton Feldman, George Gershwin, John McLaughlin and Elvis Costello. He recently finished recording the complete orchestral works of Gustav Mahler with the San Francisco Symphony.

As Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1995, Mr. Tilson Thomas led the orchestra on regular tours in Europe, the United States and Japan as well as at the Salzburg Festival. In London he and the orchestra have mounted major festivals focusing on the music of Steve Reich, George Gershwin, Johannes Brahms, Toru Takemitsu, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the School of St. Petersburg, Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler. As Principal Guest Conductor of the LSO, he continues to lead the orchestra in concerts in London and on tour.

His fifteen-year tenure as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony has been broadly covered by the international press with feature stories in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Times of London and The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung among many others. With the San Francisco Symphony he has presented eight summer festivals including ones devoted to the music of Mahler, Stravinsky, Wagner and American Mavericks. With the San Francisco Symphony he has made numerous tours of Europe, United States and the Far East.

 

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COMPOSER:

DESCRIPTION

This 2-disc Ancora reissue brings together Alexander Baillie's impassioned recording of Matthews' Cello Concerto No.1, the expansive Landscape, and four works commissioned by the LSO - including the riotous Machines and Dreams, an updated 'toy symphony' which includes bird calls, football rattles and video-game sound effects.

Recordings originally released on Collins Classics and Unicorn-Kanchana.

Reissued with funding from Arts Council England.

REVIEWS

"This set offers a rounded portrait of a restlessly questing composer … big architectonic pieces in performances of impressive might under Carewe."

The Sunday Times 2004

FUNDING

The Ancora Series is supported by Arts Council England

RECORDING CREDITS

Disc 1:
Cello Concerto No.1 was recorded at Watford Town Hall on 27-28 August 1985.
Recording Engineer: BOB AUGER
Recording Producer: ANTONY HODGSON

Sonata No. 5: Landscape was recorded for Sender Freies Berlin live at the Grosser Sendesaal on 27th October 1984.
Recording Engineer: GÜNTER GRIEWISCH
Recording Producer: PROFESSOR HANS-LUDWIG FELDGEN

Disc 2:
Machines & Dreams was recorded live at the Barbican Centre on 24 January 1991.
Recording Producer: JUDITH ROLES

All other works on Disc 2 were recorded in Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios London on 19-20 July, 1995.
Recording Engineer: MIKE CLEMENTS
Recording Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS
Remastering: MARIAN TRYGGVASON for Modus Music

Executive Producers: COLIN MATTHEWS, VIRGIL BLACKWELL (for disc 2)

Cover photo by Maurice Foxall
CD & booklet design by Francois Hall

Disc 1: (P) 1993 Unicorn-Kanchana Records
Disc 2: Hidden Variables/ Memorial/ Quatrain (P) 1996 Lambourne Productions Ltd
Machines & Dreams released by arrangement with BBC Worldwide (P) BBC 1991

© 2004 NMC Recordings Ltd 

Publisher:
Faber Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D101
Release Date:
1 February 2004