Milne, Lisa


Scottish soprano Lisa Milne studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Her operatic roles have included  Pamina  (Die Zauberflöte) and Susanna (Le nozze di  Figaro) at  the  Metropolitan Opera New York and Pamina,  Marzelline  (Fidelio), Micäela (Carmen) and the title roles in both Rodelinda and Theodora at the Glyndebourne Festival.  She also appears regularly at ENO, WNO and with Scottish Opera.

A  frequent guest at the major festivals, her many concert engagements have included appearances with Boston Symphony Orchestra and James Levine, Berlin Philharmonic with Sir Simon Rattle, the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, Dresden Staatskapelle with Robin Ticciati and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Harding.

Committed to new music, she has given world premieres of works including James MacMillan's Parthenogenesis(with the CBSO); the role of Sian in MacMillan's opera The Sacrifice for WNO; Joseph Phibbs's The Canticle of the Rose at the Wigmore Hall; and Simon Holt's Sunrise' Yellow Noise, also with the CBSO.

A renowned recitalist, she has appeared at the Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh and City of London Festivals, the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, and the Schumannfeste in Düsseldorf. She is a regular guest at London's Wigmore Hall.

She was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2005.

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Glennie, Evelyn

One of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today, Dame Evelyn Glennie is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion. She has commissioned 150 new works for solo percussion from many eminent composers; she also composes and records music for film and television, her first drama score being nominated for a BAFTA award.

Evelyn gives more than 100 performances a year worldwide; the range of her collaborators includes Nana Vasconcelos, Kodo, Bela Fleck, Björk, Bobby McFerrin, Sting, Emmanuel Ax, Kings Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Fred Frith. Of her 25 recordings to date, her first disc, Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion won her a Grammy in 1988, and two further Grammy nominations have followed – as have a best-selling autobiography, Good Vibrations, a collaboration with film director Thomas Riedelsheimer, two series of her own television programme Soundbites for the BBC, and regular TV appearances across the world.

Evelyn's activities also include successfully lobbying the Government on issues such as music education. After 20 years in the music business she has also begun teaching privately, which allows her to explore the art of teaching and the world of sound therapy as a means of communication.

In 1993 Evelyn was awarded the OBE; this was extended in 2007 to Dame Commander for her services to music, and to date she has received over 80 international awards.


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Daniel, Nicholas

Nicholas Daniel’s distinguished career began when, at the age of 18,  he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. At his debut at the BBC Proms in 1992 the Sunday Times described him as one of the greatest exponents of the oboe in the world. Today one of the UK's most distinguished soloists as well as an increasingly successful conductor, he has become an important ambassador for music and musicians in many different fields.
Nicholas has been heard on every continent, and has been a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. A champion of contemporary music, he has premiered works by many distinguished composers including Thea Musgrave, John Tavener, Henri Dutilleux and Harrison Birtwistle.    Nicholas is a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet; he gives regular recitals and plays chamber music with many distinguished instrumentalists and ensembles.

As a conductor, Nicholas has worked with orchestras in the UK and abroad, and is Associate Artistic Director of the Britten Sinfonia.  He is also Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival and teaches in the UK and in Germany, where he is Professor of Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik,  Trossingen.

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1935 by Scottish composer and conductor Ian Whyte, the BBC SSO’s repertoire ranges from highly complex modern scores to the classics, from music by Scottish composers to film and TV scores. Its concert performances and recordings are broadcast exclusively on BBC Radio and television. Its innovative programmes and acclaimed recordings have made it the recipient of numerous awards, including two Gramophone Awards (including NMC D141) and a Grammy nomination. The Royal Philharmonic Society presented the BBC SSO with its award for Best Orchestra in 2002, and its Chief Conductor, Ilan Volkov with the prize for Best Young Artist in 2004.
The BBC SSO is especially active in commissioning and promoting new music, having worked with many leading composers over the years from Britten and Shostakovich to Kurtág and Tan Dun: it is especially proud of its support for Scottish composers – including Stuart MacRae, whose music the orchestra has recorded to great acclaim for NMC (on NMC D115).
The BBC SSO regularly tours Europe, and in recent years has visited China, the USA and South America. It appears annually at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival, and is in demand at festivals including Cheltenham, Huddersfield and St. Magnus in Orkney. The orchestra takes live music to towns and cities across Scotland every season, and is increasingly involved in the community, with its learning programme, dedicated to bringing the inspiration of great music to people of all ages and backgrounds.

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.

Vänskä, Osmo

Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra for over a decade, Osmo Vänskä is recognised for his compelling interpretations of repertoire from all ages, passionately conveying the authentic message of the composer’s score. Recent and upcoming performances include Vänskä’s return to the Chicago and San Francisco symphony orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He regularly conducts the London Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and has developed strong relationships with the Helsinki Philharmonic, New World Symphony and the Mostly Mozart Festival, New York. Last season he led the Minnesota Orchestra in a historic first visit by a major US orchestra to Cuba since the normalisation of relations between the two governments. He also became Principal Guest Conductor of Iceland Symphony Orchestra, having previously held the position of Music Director. As one of the most renowned interpretors of Sibelius’ music, he continues to celebrate the composer’s 2015 anniversary – at the BBC Proms and with the São Paulo, Lahti and Yomiuri Nippon symphony orchestras.

Bĕlohlávek, Jiří

The renowned Czech maestro Jiří Bĕlohlávek took up the position of Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in July 2006. He was Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony (1977-89) and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic (1990-1992).  He founded, and is now Music Director Laureate, of the Prague Philharmonia and has undertaken many tours with this ensemble, including a televised appearance at the Proms in 2004.
He appears regularly with major orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic and NHK (Tokyo) Symphony. In North America, he conducts the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Dallas, WashingtonD.C., St. Louis and Minnesota. In his homeland, Jiří Bĕlohlávek was appointed President of the Prague Spring Festival in 2006.
recent highights include appearances at the Royal Opera House in a production of Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, his debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, and appearances at the Opera de Paris (The Bartered Bride), The Metropolitan Opera (Eugene Onegin and Rusalka) and Glyndebourne Festival Opera for a new production of Dvorák Rusalka.
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This disc brings together three powerful perfomances recorded live at the BBC Proms: the dramatic Turbulent Landscapes, inspired by Turner's seascapes; Songs for a Winter's Evening, setting Robert Burns' poems of a young woman's life and loves, with soloist Lisa Milne; and the double concerto Two's Company, composed for percussionist Evelyn Glennie and oboist Nicholas Daniel.




"This latest disc, featuring a triptych of Thea Musgrave's works in wonderful performances from all concerned, is typical of what makes the [NMC] label important" BBC Music Magazine


"[Musgrave is] a wonderful and dramatic melodist"  Wire


'captures the grand power and fluidity of Turner's paintings, superbly played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra' Gramophone


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


 Thea Musgrave’s music is published by Novello & Co. and Chester Music.


Turbulent Landscapes was recorded on 20 July 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall, London as part of the BBC Proms.

Producers: ANN MCKAY (concert), NIGEL WILKINSON (editing)
Engineers: SIMON HANCOCK (concert), SUSAN THOMAS (editing)
Songs for a Winter’s Evening was recorded on 2 August 1998 at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
BBC SSO soloists: Leader ADRIAN ADLAM, Piccolo (Song III) EWAN ROBERTSON
Producer: SIMON LORD
Two’s Company was recorded on 31 August 2007 at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Producers: ANDREW TRINICK (concert), NIGEL WILKINSON (editing)
Engineers: PHILIP BURWELL (concert), SUSAN THOMAS (editing)
Mastering: DAVID LEFEBER for Metier
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS

Produced in association with BBC Radio 3

Cover photo © JEFF GYNANE with the istockphoto agency

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Catalogue number:
NMC D153
Release Date:
16 June 2009