Anthony Payne: Phoenix Mass

Anthony Payne: Phoenix Mass

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Phoenix Mass, written in 1965, was originally intended for school choir, but rapidly turned into a much bigger and more demanding work, incorporating English as well as Latin Mass texts (notably in the Gloria) and mixing spoken phrases with sung; it's scored, similarly to Stravinsky's Mass, for chorus and brass ensemble. Two other early works are The World's Winter - a chilling Tennyson setting written for soprano Jane Manning and the Nash Ensemble - and Paean, a forceful and virtuosic piano work in three sections. These three works are accompanied by Payne's 2006 Horn Trio, commissioned to celebrate a diamond wedding.

Phoenix Mass, Paean and The World’s Winter have been transferred from LP in the absence of the original masters. The Horn Trio was recorded live for BBC Radio 3

BBC Singers
The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble / John Poole
Susan Bradshaw
Jane Manning
The Nash Ensemble / Lionel Friend
Jane’s Minstrels



‘Enjoyable sequence of mostly early works… Phoenix Mass, heard in a vivid 1977 recording with the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble. Paean, for piano (Susan Bradshaw), is fiercely constructivist yet compellingly eloquent’ Sunday Times

'Riveting ... a fascinating collection' BBC Music Magazine

‘Il suo linguaggio musicale appare come un tentativo di gettare un pontre tra I compositori inglesi del primo Novecento (Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frederick Delius, Edward Elgar, Frank Bridge) e l’avanguardia musicale del secondo dopoguerra’ Golem Informazione

'NMC have done their usual elite job on this CD ... a valuable entry in Payne's discography.' Musicweb International



Produced in association with BBC Radio 3
Supported by the Sosland Foundation

Phoenix Mass, Paean and The World’s Winter were recorded with financial assistance from Arts Council England


Phoenix Mass, Paean and The World’s Winter 
Producer: JAMES BURNETT for BBC Transcription Service
Co-ordinator: SYLVIA CARTNER

The Horn Trio was recorded for BBC Radio 3 at the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London on 25 February 2010.
Recording Producer: DAVID PAPP

Digital Editing/ Mastering: ANDREW HALLIFAX

Horn Trio (p) 2010 BBC
(p) & © 2013 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC D159
Release Date: 6 May 2013