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Track Listing
MATTHEW CURTIS (b.1959): A Festival Overture
DAVID MATTHEWS (b.1943): White Nights for violin and orchestra
PAUL CARR (b.1961) : Now Comes Beauty
PAUL LEWIS (b.1943): Norfolk Suite 38
JOHN PICKARD (b.1963): Binyon Songs for baritone and orchestra
RICHARD BLACKFORD(b.1954): Spirited
PAUL CARR(b.1961): Suddenly it’s Evening for violin and orchestra
PHILIP LANE(b.1950): Aubade Joyeuse
DAVID OWEN NORRIS(b.1953): Piano Concerto
Various Composers
Now Comes Beauty - BBC Concert Orchestra (2CD
EM Records
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• Presented here is a collection of works, all commissioned or premièred by the English Music Festival, of different styles, inspirations and influences, but which all demonstrate a tremendous beauty, individuality and vibrancy. Sparkling and celebratory overtures are provided by Matthew Curtis and Richard Blackford, while Paul Carr provides gorgeous lyricism with Now Comes Beauty and Suddenly It’s Evening ; and Philip Lane’s Aubade Joyeuse bubbles with energy. Both Christopher Wright’s Legend and Paul Lewis’s Norfolk Suite evoke a wonderful sense of atmosphereand David Matthews’s White Nights is full of searing beauty. David Owen Norris’s Piano Concerto is typically idiosyncratic and effervescent; while John Pickard’s Binyon song-cycle combines a terser musical language with some moments of meltingly beautiful lyricism. This disc demonstrates that English music as a genre is currently thriving, with a plethora of composers with new and exciting things to say in accessible and attractive musical languages. The English music tradition, and the legacy of which Vaughan Williams spoke – a chain of tradition passed on from Tallis through to Parry and beyond – is still vivaciously alive.


• BBC Concert Orchestra conductor Gavin Sutherland
Also Available By - Various Composers