Endymion: Sound Census

Endymion: Sound Census

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Endymion celebrates its 30th anniversary with a survey of new commissions from composers who have worked with the ensemble, from senior figures in British music – such as Anthony Payne, Simon Bainbridge and Simon Holt - to younger composers including Morgan Hayes, Dai Fujikura and Joanna Bailie.

Quentin Poole conductor



'It is typical of Endymion, that marvellous champion of new (and old) chamber music, that the ensmeble's 30th birthday prompted no retrospective but a look to the future. ...

Several of these miniatures suspend notions of passing time, not least Melinda Maxwell's hauntingly beautiful Singla Rock, and the mesmirising timbral transformations of A Study in Daylight by Christopher Fox. ...

It almost goes without saying that the Endymion players are first-rate advocates for these works. Like The NMC Songbook, there is a diversity of approach from composers young and not so young here, suggesting British music is in a state of vibrant health.'

Performance ★★★★★
Recording ★★★★

BBC Music Magazine

'One piece that stands out is Joanna Bailie’s Axis, music with a Feldmanesque combination of faintness and resolution. ... Also exceptional, and altogether different, is Simon Holt’s Disparate, a title to be understood in two languages, English and Spanish ... Yet another treat is Morgan Hayes’s Shatner’s Bassoon. ... The playing is lively and beautiful throughout.' Paul Griffiths


Sound Census was made possible by the generosity of the following funders:

Kings Place Music Foundation
The Foyle Foundation
The PRS Foundation
The Golsoncott Foundation
The Worshipful Company of Mercers
The Radcliffe Trust
The Marina Kleinwort Trust
The Golden Bottle Trust


The works in this album were recorded live in Hall One, Kings Place, London on 4–6 June 2009.
DAVID LEFEBER Recording Engineer/Producer/Digital Editing

Catalogue number: NMC D160
Release Date: 19 April 2010