This 2-disc Ancora reissue brings together Alexander Baillie's impassioned recording of Matthews' Cello Concerto No.1, the expansive Landscape, and four works commissioned by the LSO - including the riotous Machines and Dreams, an updated 'toy symphony' which includes bird calls, football rattles and video-game sound effects.
Recordings originally released on Collins Classics and Unicorn-Kanchana.
Alexander Baillie cello
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
John Carewe conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
'This set offers a rounded portrait of a restlessly questing composer … big architectonic pieces in performances of impressive might under Carewe' The Sunday Times
The Ancora Series is supported by Arts Council England
Cello Concerto No.1 was recorded at Watford Town Hall on 27-28 August 1985.
Recording Engineer: BOB AUGER
Recording Producer: ANTONY HODGSON
Sonata No. 5: Landscape was recorded for Sender Freies Berlin live at the Grosser Sendesaal on 27th October 1984.
Recording Engineer: GÜNTER GRIEWISCH
Recording Producer: PROFESSOR HANS-LUDWIG FELDGEN
Machines & Dreams was recorded live at the Barbican Centre on 24 January 1991.
Recording Producer: JUDITH ROLES
All other works on Disc 2 were recorded in Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios London on 19-20 July, 1995.
Recording Engineer: MIKE CLEMENTS
Recording Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS
Remastering: MARIAN TRYGGVASON for Modus Music
Executive Producers: COLIN MATTHEWS, VIRGIL BLACKWELL (for disc 2)
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Catalogue number: NMC D101
Release Date: 1 February 2004