Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Tovey's career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective. His tenures as Music Director with the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras have been characterized by his expertise in operatic, choral, British and contemporary repertoire.
An esteemed guest conductor, Tovey has worked with orchestras in the UK and Europe including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Bournemouth, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, and the North Netherlands Symphony. In North America, along with his work with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Tovey has made guest appearances with the orchestras of St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal
- 01. Richard Rodney Bennett: Flowers of the Forest - Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song14'25"
- 02. Kenneth Hesketh: The Alchymist's Journal12'25"
- 03. George Benjamin: Altitude8'35"
- 04. Judith Bingham: Prague - St Wenceslas Chapel3'18"
- 05. Judith Bingham: Prague - Rabbi Low creates the Golem2'43"
- 06. Judith Bingham: Prague - Charles Bridge4'11"
- 07. Judith Bingham: Prague - Wenceslas Square2'33"
- 08. Philip Wilby: Shadow Songs9'59"
- 09. Michael Tippett: Variations on a Theme of Tippett - Processional0'55"
- 10. Bramwell Tovey: Variations on a Theme of Tippett - Danse des Amis1'44"
- 11. Edward Gregson: Variations on a Theme of Tippett - Midsummer Song2'58"
- 12. Michael Ball: Variations on a Theme of Tippett - Scherzettino1'30"
- 13. Elgar Howarth: Variations on a Theme of Tippett - Collage3'12"
- 14. Philip Wilby: Variations on a Theme of Tippett - Birthday Fugue and Finale4'26"
New music for brass band including: Altitude - one of George Benjamin's earliest works; Richard Rodney Bennett's lament Flowers of the Forest; Judith Bingham's dark tone-poem Prague; Kenneth Hesketh dramatic Alchymist's Journal; variations on a theme from Tippett's A Midsummer Marriage. Curated by Paul Hindmarsh (who commissioned some of the works), it is performed by the Foden's Richardson Band conducted by Bramwell Tovey.
British Bandsman CD of the Year 2008 · 4 Bars Rest CD of the Year · Brass Band World Brass Band World 'CD of the Month' & Award Nomination 2008
“It is difficult to put into words just how good this disc is … surely one of the finest brass band discs ever produced. Not only must it be one of the front runners for the CD of the Year, this reviewer can only imagine that a CD of the Decade award might be handed to it in two years time too!” British Bandsman
"This is unquestionably the most important brass band CD release of 2008." 4 Bars Rest
“The combination of Tovey and Foden’s is simply irresistible … [this CD] not only demands a place in the collections of all devotees of the brass band genre but would be also of great interest to musicians in the wider musical world.” Brass Band World
"A fascinating set of variations, brilliantly dispatched." The Sunday Times
Faber Music: Altitude, The Alchymist’s Journal and Variations on a Theme of Tippett
Novello & Co. Flowers of the Forest
Maecenas / Peters Edition: Prague and Shadow Song
The works on this disc were recorded on 3-5 May 2008 at King’s School, Macclesfield.
Producer: PAUL HINDMARSH
Engineer and editor: TONY WASS
Digital mastering: NINTH WAVE AUDIO
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS
Design: FRANCOIS HALL
Cornet photo: ELEANOR WILSON
(P) 2008 NMC Recordings Ltd