Richard Causton - Millennium Scenes
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Label: NMC Recordings
Cat No: NMCD192
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 3rd March 2014
WorksAs kingfishers catch fire
The persistence of memory
ArtistsBirmingham Contemporary Music Group
Richard Causton studied with Param Vir, with Roger Marsh at the University of York and with Jeremy Dale Roberts at the Royal College of Music. In 1997 he was awarded the Mendelssohn Scholarship, which enabled him to study with Franco Donatoni at the Scuola Civica in Milan.
Causton taught composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire for several years before taking up the newly-created post of Lecturer in Composition at the University of Cambridge in 2012.
The highly energised title track Millennium Scenes is an anarchic, powerful piece scored for large orchestra plus the addition of car horns and whistles evoking a mood of frenzy and unrest. Causton frequently employs unusual instruments - sometimes exotic, sometimes homemade, like the huge steel tube chimes in The Persistence of Memory. It is a work for 12 players exploring unconventional tunings which create dream-like textures (the piece was inspired by sounds the composer experienced while bedridden and delirious in Bangalore).
Notturno explores the night landscapes evoked by poet Salvatore Quasimodo. As Kingfishers Catch Fire exploits the colours of flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet and Chamber Symphony, which closes the disc, juxtaposes ideas of the mechanical and natural, partly inspired by the composer's fascination with the writings of William Blake.
- Millennium Scenes
Hallé / Nicholas Collon
- As Kingfishers Catch Fire
- The Persistence of Memory
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Gerry Cornelius
- Chamber Symphony
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Ryan Wigglesworth
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