An Eventful Morning in East London: 21st-Century Violin Concertos | Nimbus - Alliance NI6295

An Eventful Morning in East London: 21st-Century Violin Concertos


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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6295

Barcode: 0710357629525

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 2nd June 2017



‘This recording was inspired by my long-term working relationships with and respect for these composers. Contemporary music has always interested me. It is exhilarating to receive a score, often unseen by anyone else other than the composer. What is wanted? What is possible? Each piece a new discovery – a voyage into uncharted territories. When one is able to collaborate directly with the composer on a premiere it is a particularly heady mix.

‘The five composers represented here are all now based in Britain, but there is a colourful tapestry of different ethnicities, cultures, interests and influences between them. I feel so lucky and privileged to have worked with each one of these composers with their unique and powerful voices. My hope is that this disk will bring more attention to their work. Each one of these works is a premiere recording, and I am thrilled that the composers were all present for the sessions. The new-ness of these pieces is a wonderful addition to the long-standing reputation and tradition of the ESO, an orchestra which has done so much to champion new and unknown British music for nearly forty years, including their associations with Tippett, McCabe, Maw and Joubert. Now, under the leadership of Kenneth Woods, I am proud that these works are part of that tradition.’

– Harriet Mackenzie


The recording’s title is a tease. An Eventful Morning in East London is the name (almost) of Robert Fokkens’s violin concerto, one of five 21st-century concertos played by the indefatigably adventurous violinist Harriet Mackenzie on this superb release. However, although Mackenzie is a Londoner, Fokkens is South African. So his East London,in the Eastern Cape, is 6,000 miles south of Shoreditch. ... Mackenzie’s playing is rivetingly incisive throughout, and the conductor Kenneth Woods obtains exemplary accompaniments from the English String Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra.  Richard Morrison
The Times 9 June 2017

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