Philip Henderson - From the Old World to the New World | Divine Art DDA25141

Philip Henderson - From the Old World to the New World

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Label: Divine Art

Cat No: DDA25141

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 9th September 2016

Contents

Artists

Pia Sukanya (vocals)
Paul Baker (vocals)
George Strickland (cor anglais)
Jacob Shaw (cello)
The Green and Pleasant Band

Works

Henderson, Philip

An English Horn in New York (suite)
Sea Voices (suite)
The Hop-Picker's Daughter (suite)
The Magic Wood (suite)

Artists

Pia Sukanya (vocals)
Paul Baker (vocals)
George Strickland (cor anglais)
Jacob Shaw (cello)
The Green and Pleasant Band

About

The name of English composer Philip Henderson is most closely associated with the stage and the West End (he was composer of the popular musical The Far Pavilions) but his works have been played globally, most recently on a tour of China. This concept album tells the story of a young lad (actually the composer’s father) leaving rural England in the 1930s, seeking a menial job on a ship and arriving to a new world of colour and glitz in New York. Both the musical style changes (from lyrical but minimalist string pieces to Broadway-style numbers) and also the recording technique, moving from ‘natural’ to ‘studio’ to emphasize the two different and yet co-related worlds.

The composer intends to produce this music as a ballet, as it is strongly suggestive of modern dance and stage musicals. Vocalists Paul Baker (London) and Pia Sukanya (Mumbai, India) are leading figures in their respective countries’ theatre and movie worlds.

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