This release features a selection of commissions recorded live at the New Music Shows of 2011. Acclaimed baritone Leigh Melrose opens the album with Martin Suckling’s sublime Candlebird, an evocative setting of five texts by the Scottish poet Don Paterson. The remaining tracks were generated through the London Sinfonietta’s innovative Writing the Future scheme, in which composers make music in close collaboration with Principal players of the ensemble – three of whom feature here as soloists, in Edmund Finnis Veneer for viola and reverb, Tim Hodgkinson’s The Glow and Zig-Zag for horn, and Duncan MacLeod’s Diesis for double bass. Two works for quintet complete the line-up: Shiva Feshareki’s Valentine’s Rhapsody, and Zoetrope, Isambard Khroustaliov’s first purely acoustic score.
1 Martin Suckling: Candlebird
Leigh Melrose baritone | London Sinfonietta / Nicholas Collon
2 Edmund Finnis: Veneer
Paul Silverthorne viola
3 Isambard Khroustaliov: Zoetrope
4 Tim Hodgkinson: The Glow and Zig-Zag
Michael Thompson horn
5 Shiva Feshareki: Valentine’s Rhapsody
6 Duncan MacLeod: Diesis
Enno Senft double bass | Sound Intermedia electronic
Candlebird, Veneer and The Glow & Zig-Zag were recorded live (World Premieres) on 29 May 2011 at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Candlebird is published by Faber Music Ltd .
Zoetrope and Valentine’s Rhapsody were recorded live (World Premieres) on 5 November 2011 at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
Diesis was recorded live (World Premiere) on 21 October 2011 in Kings Place, London by David Wells.
Engineered & Produced by Ian Dearden of Sound Intermedia
Catalogue number: SINFCD1-2012