Anthony Gilbert: On Beholding a Rainbow

Anthony Gilbert: On Beholding a Rainbow

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Gilbert's entrancing violin concerto, On Beholding a Rainbow, is performed by Anthony Marwood (violin) and Garry Walker (conductor) with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, and coupled with Unrise and ...Into the gyre of a madder dance – two new works written for the wind ensemble of the Royal Northern College of Music, where Gilbert was for many years Head of Composition. The disc is completed by the haunting song-cycle Certain Lights Reflecting, which sets evocative texts by Tasmanian poet Sarah Day; it is heard here in a live recording by mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis.

Anthony Marwood violin
Susan Bickley mezzo soprano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davies conductor
RNCM Symphony Orchestra
Garry Walker



'The second NMC disc devoted to Gilbert's music is dominated by the giant, lyrical violin concerto On Beholding A Rainbow ... The violinist Anthony Marwood give a beautiful reading.' The Sunday Times

'a first-class recording' New Classics


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


Certain Lights Reflecting
Recording date: 9 January 1992
Recording venue: BBC Studio 1 Maida Vale, London
Engineer: Michael Lucock
Producer: Stephen Plaistow

On Beholding a Rainbow
Recording date: 14 May 1999
Recording venue: Concert Hall, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Engineer: Philip MacBean

Unrise/ in the gyre...
Recording date: 25 June 2004
Recording venue: Concert Hall, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Engineer / Producer: David Lefeber

Editing & mastering: David Lefeber

Certain Lights Reflecting (P)2005 BBC
Other works (P) 2005 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC D105
Release Date: 1 March 2005