Ixion was formed in May 1987, and launched with concerts at the BMIC and Dartington; it was from the title of an early Feldman score that the name Ixion was chosen. The purpose in forming this ensemble was to provide an independent platform for composers and instrumentalists. Ixion has had five series of concerts at the Brighton Festival and at Dartington, as well as concerts at the Bergen Festival, Huddersfield Festival, Darmstadt Summer School, various universities and the South Bank - many of these concerts were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Ixion have also been featured on BBC2 and Channel 4 television. Over the last few years, Ixion has also recorded and released several critically acclaimed CDs featuring the music of Andrew Toovey and Michael Finnissy.

Mutter, Charles


Charles was born in 1970, in Sussex. As a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music from 1983 to 1988, he studied violin with Kenneth Piper, piano with John Barstow and composition with Gary Carpenter and Timothy Bond. He gained the ARCM diploma with honours as a pianist in 1988.Rather than attend one of the London music colleges (where he would have been forced to drop one or other instrument) Charles chose to go up to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read Music and English Literature, continuing his instrumental studies with David Takeno and Leslie Howard. His BA thesis on Britten's transformation of short novels into operas won a college prize.

After graduating from Cambridge Charles moved to London, which was to be his work-base until 1999. He toured the world with ground-breaking groups such as the Kreisler String Orchestra, the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Smith Quartet, appeared as soloist and chamber musician at festivals all over the UK & Europe and made numerous broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

Charles was the leader of the Edinburgh Quartet from 2003 to 2006, and their work together attracted much critical acclaim. Charles' extensive overview of a wide variety of musical styles enables him to create programmes that are eclectic, logical, informed and entertaining. The countryside around Loch Shiel is of special interest & inspiration to him.

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The title piece of this striking collection explores the ideas of love and war present in everyone, while Traum des Saengers, inspired by a 19th-century experiment in music and light, contrasts real and imaginary worlds.


"A well-programme and quite outstanding disc, probably the most impressive Finnissy disc available."
Classic CD 1999


Recording date: 12, 13 16 August 1996

Recording venue: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London

Engineer: Mike Clements, Geoff Miles
Producer: Helen Thomas 
Editing & mastering: Geoff Miles

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 1998 NMC Recordings Ltd

Oxford University Press
Catalogue number:
NMC D043
Release Date:
1 August 1998