Jane Manning was born in Norwich and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and in Switzerland. In her long career she has covered an exceptionally wide repertoire and has sung at many of the world’s leading Festivals and concert halls, appearing regularly in USA, Australasia and all over Europe as well as London, her home since 1965.Her engagements have included Bach under Karl Richter, Salieri under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, major operatic roles by Mozart, Purcell, Lully, Britten and Kurt Weill and countless BBC broadcasts of the whole range of recital repertoire, as well as many Promenade Concerts .
She is of course especially renowned as an interpreter of contemporary music and has given more than 350 world premieres, working closely with composers such as Bennett, Birtwistle, Boulez, Cage, Carter, Maxwell Davies, Knussen and Weir. Her extensive discography includes, as well as pieces by many British composers, major works by Messiaen, Satie, Berg, Dallapiccola, Schoenberg, and Ligeti.
Led by its Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia has a pioneering approach to the role of the modern-day symphony orchestra, reaching new audiences and participants through audience development, digital technology and learning and participation programmes. Based in London, but with residencies in cities throughout England and a thriving international touring programme and global digital reach, the Philharmonia engages with a world-wide audience.
- 01. Maw: Life Studies - I6'47"
- 02. Maw: Life Studies - II9'32"
- 03. Maw: Life Studies - III3'58"
- 04. Maw: Life Studies - IV1'41"
- 05. Maw: Life Studies - V4'42"
- 06. Maw: Life Studies - VI2'36"
- 07. Maw: Life Studies - VII3'12"
- 08. Maw: Life Studies - VIII7'23"
- 09. Bennett: Spells - Spell against sorrow6'31"
- 10. Bennett: Spells - Spell of safekeeping5'14"
- 11. Bennett: Spells - Spell to bring lost creatures home4'21"
- 12. Bennett: Spells - Spell of sleep4'07"
- 13. Bennett: Spells - Love spell8'44"
- 14. Bennett: Spells - Spell of creation7'09"
NMC's Ancora series continues with a joint 70th birthday tribute to Nicholas Maw and Richard Rodney Bennett:
Life Studies, written for the virtuoso players of The Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields (the performers on this recording), is a series of vibrant character studies which range from the intensity of Penderecki and lyricism of Britten to a jazzy double bass solo (in Study V).
Richard Rodney Bennett's dramatic cantata Spells sets a sequence of haunting invocations by Kathleen Raine; it is performed by its dedicatee, soprano Jane Manning, with The Philharmonia Orchestra, Bach Choir and Sir David Willcocks.
Originally released on Continuum Records in 1992.
"Maw treads a completely resolved path in his Life Studies between Bergian reserve and Tippett-like buoyant ecstasy... This is sheerly brilliant writing and the Academy trounces the challenge. [Jane Manning in Spells] is in splendid voice - try the Spell of Safekeeping - where she is at her wonderful best. Two brilliant retrievals from the fearsome mid-1970s."
Recording date: 1978
Recording venue: Walthamstow Town Hall
Engineers: Stan Gooddall, Colin Moorfoot (Life Studies), Stan Goodall, John Pellowe (Spells)
Producers: James Mallinson (Life Studies), Chris Hazell (Spells)
Editing & mastering: David Lefeber
Cover image: Photo of Nicholas Maw by Maurice Foxall; photo of Richard Rodney Bennett by Malcolm Crowthers
(P) 1991 CL Continuum Ltd