Mark Simpson - Night Music | NMC Recordings NMCD225

Mark Simpson - Night Music

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Label: NMC Recordings

Cat No: NMCD225

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 20th May 2016

Contents

Artists

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
Alexei Grynyuk (piano)
Mercury Quartet
Richard Uttley (piano)
Mark Simpson (clarinet)
Ian Buckle (piano)
Vikingur Olafsson (piano)
Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Guy Johnston (cello)
Ensemble 10/10
Jonathan Small (oboe)

Conductor

Clark Rundell

Works

Simpson, Mark

Ariel
Barkham Fantasy
Echoes and Embers
Lov(escape) for clarinet and piano
Night Music
Nur Musik
Un Regalo
Windflower

Artists

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
Alexei Grynyuk (piano)
Mercury Quartet
Richard Uttley (piano)
Mark Simpson (clarinet)
Ian Buckle (piano)
Vikingur Olafsson (piano)
Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Guy Johnston (cello)
Ensemble 10/10
Jonathan Small (oboe)

Conductor

Clark Rundell

About

This recording of chamber music pieces by 27-year-old composer Mark Simpson features works spanning ten years. All are performed by the musicians and ensembles for whom they were originally written.

Mark Simpson's works are most often inspired by dark tones and atmospheres of loss, dreams, hauntings, intimacy and passion and, as with Night Music and Echoes and Embers, often embrace ambiguities of emotion and attitude with extremes of quietude and agitation, of fragility and power. His pieces are also his own musical response to poetry (Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, Ted Hughes’s Tales from Ovid for Windflower) or the mysteries and resonances of place (Barkham Fantasy whose genesis harks back to an eerie farmhouse on Dartmoor, and Nur Musik written during a stay in Berlin).

Mark's earliest work on this album, Un Regalo (2004), was written to celebrate the 300th birthday of Guy Johnston's cello and he wrote Love(escape) (2006) for his semi-final recital for the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

Track listing:
1. Night Music (2014)
Leonard Elschenbroich cello, Alexei Grynyuk piano
2. Ariel (2009)
Mercury Quartet
3. Barkham Fantasy (2009)
Richard Uttley piano
4. Echoes and Embers (2012)
Mark Simpson clarinet, Víkingur Ólafsson piano
5. Lov(escape) (2006)
Mark Simpson clarinet, Ian Buckle piano
6. Un Regalo (2004)
Guy Johnston cello
7. Windflower (2013)
Nicholas Daniel oboe
8. Nur Musik (2008)
Jonathan Small oboe, Ensemble 10/10, Clark Rundell conductor

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