Harrison Birtwistle: Melencolia- Ritual Fragment

Harrison Birtwistle: Melencolia- Ritual Fragment

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This album couples two major works composed in the 1970s, Melencolia I and Meridian, a setting of love poetry, with Ritual Fragment, written in 1989. The works display Birtwistle's distinctive and forceful voice and range in mood from austere introspective journeying to moments of unbearable intensity.

Antony Pay clarinet
Mary King mezzo-soprano
Michael Thompson horn
Christopher van Kampen cello
London Sinfonietta Voices
London Sinfoniatta
Oliver Knussen conductor



'Needless to say, the performances, as one would expect from Oliver Knussen and the London Sinfonietta, are exemplary ... no one should hesitate before acquiring this indispensable disc.' Tempo 


Recording date: 7 & 9 November 1991 (Meridian), 20 November 1991(Melencolia), 21 November 1991 (Fragment)

Recording venue: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead (Meridian, Fragment), St Augustine's Church, Kilburn (Melencolia)

Engineers: Tryggvi Tryggvason, Andrew Hallifax, Geoffrey Miles for Modus Music 
Producers: Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews 
Editing & mastering: Marian Freeman for Modus Music

Catalogue number: NMC D009
Release Date: 1 January 1993