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.

Elias String Quartet

Elias String Quartet

The Elias String Quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where they worked closely with the late Christopher Rowland. They spent a year studying at the Hochschule in Cologne with the Alban Berg quartet; other mentors in the Quartet’s studies include Hugh Maguire, György Kurtág, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Henri Dutilleux and Rainer Schmidt.

The quartet have been chosen to participate in BBC Radio 3's prestigious New Generation Artists’ scheme and are the recipients of a 2010 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. In 2010, their disc of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert on the Wigmore Hall Live label was given the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer Award.  
They have performed alongside artists such as Michael Collins, Jonathan Biss, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Ralph Kirshbaum, Alice Neary, Ann Murray, Joan Rogers, Mark Padmore, Roger Vignoles, Michel Dalberto, Peter Cropper, Bernard Gregor-Smith, Ettore Causa, Timothy Boulton, Robin Ireland, Adrian Brendel, Anthony Marwood and with the Endellion, Jerusalem and Vertavo Quartets.

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Benjamin Ealovega

The Nash Ensemble

The Nash Ensemble

Artistic Director: Amelia Freedman CBE FRAM

The Nash Ensemble has built up a remarkable reputation as one of Britain's finest chamber groups and, through the dedication of its founder and artistic director Amelia Freedman and the virtuosity of its players, has gained a similar reputation all over the world. The repertoire is vast and the imaginative, innovative and unusual programmes are as finely architectured as the beautiful Nash terraces in London from which the group takes its name. Not that the Nash Ensemble is classically restricted; it performs with equal sensitivity and musicality works from Mozart to the avant-garde, having given first performances of over 255 new works to date. These include 150 commissions especially written for the Group, providing a legacy for generations to come. An impressive collection of recordings illustrates the same varied and colourful combination of classical masterpieces, little-known neglected gems and important contemporary works.

The Nash makes many foreign tours: concerts have been given throughout Europe and the USA, and in South America, Australia and Japan. The group is a regular visitor to many British music festivals and can be heard on radio, television, at their renowned annual series at Wigmore Hall as well as at the Southbank Centre and the BBC Proms, and at music clubs throughout the country. The ensemble has won the Edinburgh Festival Critics' music award 'for general artistic excellence', and two Royal Philharmonic Society awards in the small ensemble category 'for the breadth of its taste and its immaculate performance of a wide range of music'.

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Ibragimova, Alina


Born in Russia in 1985, Alina studied at the Moscow Gnesin School before moving with her family to the UK in 1995 where she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music. Alina's teachers have included Natasha Boyarsky and Christian Tetzlaff. She has been the recipient of awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2010, Borletti-Buitoni Trust and a Classical BRIT, and was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme 2005-7.

With regular recital partner Cédric Tiberghien and in solo and chamber music Alina has appeared at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Mozarteum, Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Palais des Beaux Arts, Vancouver Recital Series, and at festivals including Salzburg, Verbier, MDR Musiksommer, Manchester International, Lockenhaus and Aldeburgh.

As soloist/director Alina has toured with the Kremerata Baltica, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Alina appears by kind permission of Hyperion Records.

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Sussie Ahlburg


NMC Debut Discs - Huw Watkins In My Craft or Sullen Art

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Mark Padmore, tenor
Elias String Quartet
Paul Watkins, cello
The Nash Ensemble
Alina Ibragimova, violin
Huw Watkins, piano


The centrepiece of this disc sets Dylan Thomas's defiant In my craft or sullen art for tenor and string quartet.  Huw's brother Paul is soloist in the lyrical Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments; while there are echoes of Britten and Berkeley in the beautifully wrought Three Auden Songs, sung by tenor Mark Padmore, accompanied by Huw Watkins on piano.  Alina Ibragimova excels in the virtuosic Partita for solo violin, which Watkins describes as a 'very fast, relentless gigue’.

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‘Splendid portrait disc in NMC’s new strand of debuts…’ BBC music magazine

'pungent and confrontational... In My Craft or Sullen Art, show Watkins’ rather Brittenesque approach to word setting; his instrumental writing is more immediate, more characterful, though' The Guardian

'…music with a depth of thought and subtlety of execution that continues to reward more deeply on each successive listening' Tempo Magazine
'Lyricism flourishes, and tonal echoes are exposed alongside chromatic scrunches and abrasive textures ... a splendid portrait disc in NMC's stand of debuts' BBC Music Magazine


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


With thanks to the trusts, foundations and individuals
who have invested in NMC’s Debut Discs series:
The Astor Foundation
The John S Cohen Foundation
The Fenton Arts Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Mercers' Charitable Foundation
The Stanley Picker Charitable Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
RVW Trust
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate
& the individuals who donated through
The Big Give Christmas Challenge December 2011



Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments was recorded at the Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey on 27 October 2010. Four Spencer Pieces, Three Auden Songs and In my craft or sullen art were recorded in the same venue on 28-29 January 2011.

DAVID LEFEBER Recording Engineer/ Producer

Partita for solo violin was recorded by BBC Radio 3 on 15 October 2007 at St Silas Church, Kentish Town, London.

LINDSAY KEMP Recording Producer
MARTIN APPLEBY Recording Engineer

DAVID LEFEBER Digital Editing/Mastering
COLIN MATTHEWS Executive Producer

FRANCOIS HALL Graphic design

Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments is published by Faber Music as a Millennium Series commission.

Four Spencer Pieces, Three Auden Songs, In my craft or sullen art, Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments (P) 2012 NMC Recordings Ltd
Partita for solo violin (P) BBC 2012
(C) 2012 NMC Recordings Ltd

Schott Music
Faber Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D164
Release Date:
11 June 2012