Flux: new music - new dance | NMC Recordings NMCD232

Flux: new music - new dance

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Label: NMC Recordings

Cat No: NMCD232

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th May 2017

Contents

Artists

Eloisa-Fleur Thom (violin)
Asher Zaccardelli (viola)
Quinta (violin, electronics)
Fidelio Trio
Onyx Brass
Rambert Orchestra

Conductor

Paul Hoskins

Works

Bowden, Mark

Airs No Oceans Keep

Frances-Hoad, Cheryl

The Madness Industry

Higgins, Gavin

Atomic Cafe

Quinta (Katherine Mann)

Themistocles is Captured

Whitley, Kate

Duo for violin and viola

Artists

Eloisa-Fleur Thom (violin)
Asher Zaccardelli (viola)
Quinta (violin, electronics)
Fidelio Trio
Onyx Brass
Rambert Orchestra

Conductor

Paul Hoskins

About

This album showcases five works by past Rambert Fellows. Gavin HigginsAtomic Cafe performed by the Rambert Orchestra explores the horror of nuclear Armageddon and is inspired by a 1982 public information film which gave practical, yet in all likelihood quite useless, advice on surviving a nuclear attack. The starting point for Mark Bowden’s piano trio Airs No Oceans Keep was Emily Dickinson’s poem ‘I Think that the Root of the Wind is Water’. Exploring the theme of oceanic weather, the piece blends airy sounds, melodic flurries and sudden crashes. Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s The Madness Industry for brass quintet was inspired by Jon Ronson’s best-selling book The Psychopath Test. She mimics psychopathic characteristics with frequent changes of time signature, violent outbursts, and a relentless pace. Quinta (stage name of composer Katherine Mann) is a frequent collaborator with Radiohead’s Philip Selway. Her otherworldly piece Themistocles is Captured is in three short movements and is performed by the composer on violin, electronics and a Magnetic Resonator Piano (an acoustic piano with a series of electro-magnets set along its strings). Also on this album, fresh from her debut full-length album on NMC, is Kate Whitley’s Duo for Violin and Viola, written for a choreography inspired by a sculpture called 'Wrestlers' by Henri Gaudier Brzeska.

“When I thought up the idea of a Rambert Music Fellowship in 2009, I had nothing more than a hunch that Rambert could be an interesting and inspiring place for a composer to be for a year. Since then, the five composers featured on this album have helped to make the fellowship what it is today: a scheme widely admired for the way it supports new music and new dance, and facilitates connections between artists in different fields.”
- Paul Hoskins, Rambert Music Director

Reviews

The days of new ballet scores transferring quickly to the concert hall are long gone, but Rambert has been so good at selecting the recipients of its annual music fellowship that perhaps this will change. This disc showcases five dance works by recent fellows… I bet the one you will most want to see danced is Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s The Madness Industry, a succinct piece played by Onyx Brass with perfectly balanced wit and melancholy.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 1 June 2017

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