Finch, Douglas

Douglas Finch established an impressive career as a concert pianist after winning several national competitions in Canada, Third Prize in the Washington J.S. Bach International Competition and silver medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition in Brussels. Besides appearing as soloist with conductors including Charles Dutoit, John Avison, Georges Octors, Boris Brott and Uri Mayer, he has performed many recitals internationally with a large 'established' repertoire ranging from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier to Ives’ Concord Sonata, as well as many pieces by living composers. His acclaimed work with The Continuum Ensemble since 1994 (of which he is co-artistic director) has been heard at the Southbank Centre, in festivals including Spitalfields, and on a number of programmes on BBC Radio, championing music by Xenakis, Aperghis, Smalley, Wallen, Dutilleux, Vivier, Bashaw, Carter, Sessions, Ustwolskaya, Rzewski, Rochberg, Ran, Gonneville, Scelsi, Anderson, Cardew, Ligeti and many others.

Continuum Ensemble

Continuum Ensemble
The Continuum Ensemble, one of the U.K.’s leading contemporary music groups, is based in London and dedicated to performing new and neglected music from the 20th and 21st centuries in order to enrich and enhance audiences’ knowledge and enjoyment of modern music. They have earned consistent praise from critics and audiences with performances in concert programmes, operas, festivals, radio and television broadcasts and cd recordings including over 40 world premieres and 35 U.K. premieres of music by leading composers of our time. Led by co-artistic directors Douglas Finch, pianist/composer and Philip Headlam, conductor, the ensemble has performed at the Spitalfields Music Festival, BMIC Cutting Edge, New Iberia Festival, Quebec in Motion Festival, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and at venues including the Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), The Warehouse, Almeida Theatre, The Coliseum, Linbury Studio, St. Gile’s Cripplegate, Union Chapel, Christchurch (Spitalfields), Old Royal Naval College, Blackheath Concert Hall and Wilton’s Music Hall.

Headlam, Philip

Conductor and coach Philip Headlam has conducted in the U.K., Europe and Canada. Past engagements include English Touring Opera (Fidelio), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Linda da Chamounix) and Albert Hall/Gubbay Opera (Madame Butterfly) as well as Batignano Opera Festival, Italy (L’augellin bel verde by Jonathan Dove and I Giganti delle Montagne by Federico Amendola), Vlaamse Opera Studio, Ghent (Liszt and Scelsi) and the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels (Britten, Zemlinsky, Francesconi and Bartholomee.) As a coach and repetiteur, he has worked for the English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, City of Birmingham Touring Opera, English Touring Opera, Music Theatre Wales, BBC Television, Wexford Festival (Ireland), Aldeburgh Festival, Banff Festival (Canada), Musica del Chiostro, Batignano, Italy, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute and the Royal Academy of Music, London.
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The acclaimed Continuum Ensemble and pianist Douglas Finch in a selection of Roger Smalley's recent chamber and solo piano works: the disc includes the Piano Trio, Clarinet Trio, Chopin Variations, and piano quartet Crepuscule, togther with the Chopin mazurka and Brahms intermezzo which provided their inspiration.



"This collection of chamber pieces shows that Smalley has certainly made his peace with the great tradition that he and so many of his contemporaries rejected in their youth... But the result is never tired neo-romanticism, but far more bracing, for Smalley has refracted that harmonic and gestural world through his own principles of organisation, creating a genuine and highly personal tension between that background and his invention."
The Guardian 2004



Recording date: 6-7 July and 17-18 September 2003

Recording venue: St Jude's Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London

Engineer / Producer: David Lefeber 
Editing & mastering: David Lefeber

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 2004 NMC Recordings Ltd

Australian Music Centre
Catalogue number:
NMC D083
Release Date:
6 January 2004