Simon Holt: Boots of Lead

Simon Holt: Boots of Lead

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Release Date: 1 October 2004 

NMC's second disc devoted to the music of Simon Holt brings together one of his earliest major works - the glittering Kites, depicting a Japanese kite fight - and the recent Emily Dickinson setting Boots of Lead, recorded at its premiere conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and commissioned by BCMG's Sound Investment scheme. It is joined by Feet of Clay, written for BCMG's cellist Ulrich Heinen. The disc is completed by the ethereal eco-pavan, for piano and ensemble, and the dark, frenetic Lilith.

Ulrich Heinen cello
Rolf Hind piano
Rinat Shaham mezzo-soprano
Simon Rattle conductor
Martyn Brabbins conductor


'This is music of unmistakable visceral intensity, played with exactly the right uncompromising vividness by the members of the BCMG.' The Guardian


Boots of Lead was recorded live on 27 October 2002 at CBSO Centre, Birmingham
STEVE PORTNOI for BBC Live Music Recording Engineer 
CHRIS WINES for BBC Live Music Recording Producer

All other works on the album were recorded between 26-27 June 2003 (eco-pavan) and 5 April 2004 at CBSO Centre, Birmingham
MIKE CLEMENTS Recording Engineer
ANDREW KEENER (eco-pavan) & COLIN MATTHEWS Recording Producer

DAVID LEFEBER (Boots of Lead) & EMMA STOCKER Editing & mastering 

(P) 2004 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2004 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC D094
Release Date: 1 October 2004