Ben Foskett - Dinosaur | NMC Recordings NMCD195

Ben Foskett - Dinosaur

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Label: NMC Recordings

Cat No: NMCD195

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 23rd June 2014

Contents

Artists

Eric Lamb (flute)
Jean-Francois Becquaert (saxophone), Raphaele Kennedy (soprano)
Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)
Richard Uttley (piano)
Psappha
London Sinfonietta
Halle

Conductors

Geoffrey Paterson
Nicholas Collon
Nicholas Kok

Works

Foskett, Ben

Chansons a Hurle-Vent (5)
Dinosaur
From Trumpet
Hornet II
Night Pieces (5)
On from four

Artists

Eric Lamb (flute)
Jean-Francois Becquaert (saxophone), Raphaele Kennedy (soprano)
Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)
Richard Uttley (piano)
Psappha
London Sinfonietta
Halle

Conductors

Geoffrey Paterson
Nicholas Collon
Nicholas Kok

About

Ben Foskett studied with Edwin Roxburgh and Simon Bainbridge at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music respectively. He has been commissioned by, amongst others, the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Psappha.

Foskett has worked with the dance company Thresh for a number of years, with performances in New York, London and Portugal, culminating in 2008 with a large scale piece, 'The Absent Lover', which was premiered in Chennai, India. He has also written a full length narrative ballet for the London Children's ballet.

This survey of Ben Foskett's work spans 10 years, from the brooding Five Night Pieces for piano (2002) to Cinq Chansons a Hurle-Vent - a deceptively simple setting of poems by French writer Laure Salama, written from the point of view of different characters in Wuthering Heights, for soprano and saxophone.

Between these come the orchestral From Trumpet, built up from a single rhythmic cell; the elegaic On from Four, commissioned for Manchester ensemble Psappha for the 400th anniversary of Hatfield House; and Hornet II, a virtuoso showpiece for clarinettist Mark van de Wiel and London Sinfonietta.

Finally, and written specially for this album, Dinosaur for solo flute was inspired by Gilad Visotsky's idiosyncratic cover design.

Contents:
- Five Night Pieces
Richard Uttley (piano)

- Hornet II
Mark van de Wiel (clarinet), London Sinfonietta / Geoffrey Paterson

- From Trumpet
Hallé / Nicholas Collon

- On From Four
Psappha / Nicholas Kok

- Dinosaur
Eric Lamb (flute)

- Cinq Chansons à Hurle-Vent
Jean-François Becquaert (soprano saxophone), Raphaële Kennedy (soprano)

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