Simon Bainbridge: Fantasia for Double Orchestra

Simon Bainbridge: Fantasia for Double Orchestra

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This Ancora re-issue features Simon Bainbridge's Viola Concerto - commissioned by soloist Walter Trampler; the Fantasia for Double Orchestra, scored for two identical 'mirror-image'; orchestras placed to the left and right of the stage; and the energetic Concertante in Moto Perpetuo for ten players, featuring oboist Nicholas Daniel.

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Composers Ensemble
Simon Bainbridge conductor
Walter Trampler viola
London Sinfonietta
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Nicholas Daniel oboe


'Welcome as this reappearance of a fifteen-year-old release most certainly is, it brings home how little of Simon Bainbridge's music — always finely made, always slightly on the edge (and expressive thereby), astonishingly various and yet personal — has made it onto record ... It is the Viola Concerto that makes this record indispensable, and proves Bainbridge did not have to wait for Levi's words to uncover the melancholy and melodic power in his music.' Paul Griffiths


Fantasia for Double Orchestra was recorded at Barking Town Hall on 7 December 1989.

Recording Engineer: MIKE SKEET
Recording Producer: MURRAY KHOURI

The Viola Concerto was recorded at Watford Town Hall on 11-12 May 1982.
Recording Engineer: BOB AUGER
Recording Producer: ANTONY HODGSON

Concertante in Moto Perpetuo was recorded at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead on 16 March 1990.
Recording Engineer: MIKE SKEET

Remastering: DAVID LEFEBER
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS

(P) 2006 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2006 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC D126
Release Date: 1 September 2006