ARTISTS

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since its inception in 1930, and as the flagship orchestra of the BBC provides the backbone of the BBC Proms with at least a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights. Strongly committed to twentieth-century and contemporary music, it has given the premiere of more than 1,000 works by composers such as Bartók, Britten, Hindemith, Holst, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and more recently has premiered BBC commissions by Simon Bainbridge, Jonathan Dove, Michael Nyman and Sir John Tavener among others. Its annual season of concerts as Associate Orchestra of the Barbican includes a weekend each January focusing upon a single composer from the twentieth or twenty-first century, most recently James MacMillan, Elliott Carter and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Jiří Bĕlohlávek took up the post of Chief Conductor in July 2006 and David Robertson was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 2005. The BBC SO works frequently with Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Artist-in-Association John Adams. All concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number are televised, giving the BBC Symphony Orchestra the highest broadcast profile of any orchestra in the UK. The BBC SO is committed to innovative education work, with ongoing projects including the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Music Intro, introducing families to concert-going.

The BBC SO has appeared on 34 of NMC’s CDs, including the best-selling recording of Elgar’s Third Symphony.

Brabbins, Martyn

Martyn
Brabbins
Conductor
Artistic Director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music 2005-2007, he was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1994-2005. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, a position which started in September 2009. After studying composition in London and then conducting with Ilya Musin in Leningrad, his career was launched when he won first prize at the 1988 Leeds Conductors' Competition. Since then Brabbins has regularly conducted all the major UK orchestras and is much sought-after in Europe, notably in Germany, Holland, Belgium and Scandinavia.   
 
Brabbins’ symphonic engagements have included appearances at London's  South Bank in subscription with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras, his Tokyo debut, with the Tokyo Metropolitan (where he returns in 2011); and visits to the Netherlands Radio Chamber in the prestigious Matinee series, the Residentie Orkest, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester and Lahti Symphony.  He is a regular guest with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Halle and BBC Philharmonic orchestras, and appears several times each season with the BBC Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras in subscription and at the BBC Proms.
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COMPOSER:

DESCRIPTION

Red Earth reflects the parched landscape of the Central Australian Desert through a haze of string writing, vivid orchestral colours and the drone of didjeridoos, working towards a savage and shocking climax.

REVIEWS

'Finnissy's Red Earth is built from shifting blocks, smears and shocks of sound. It develops through primeval evolutions - eruptions, blossomings, ominous undulations - rather than crafted convolutions, demanding an appreciation of nature's ageless, forbidding beauty.'   Classic CD

'The earth dances here, too, as Finnissy's taut orchestral score, played by an on-form BBC SO, invokes the imposing, ancient beauty of the Australian desert.'   Gramophone

FUNDING

Produced in association with BBC Radio 3

RECORDING CREDITS

Recording date: 5 July 1996

Recording venue: St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London

Engineer: Mike Hatch, Harriet Sims
Producer: Colin Matthews 
Editing & mastering: Geoff Miles

Cover image: Julian Grater: Desert Flesh and Iron III

(P) 1996 NMC Recordings Ltd

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Catalogue number:
NMC D040S
Release Date:
1 November 1996