Each of the three works on this second release in the Jerwood series, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, contains a prominent solo role. Morgan Hayes’ Dark Room features the clarinet, the cello is the soloist in Dai Fujikura’s Fifth Station, and two ondes martenots step into the limelight in smear, by Jonny Greenwood.
This release is part of the London Sinfonietta’s 6-volume Jerwood Series, focussing on recent works by young composers working in the UK. The series also celebrates the support the ensemble has given these composers: most of the works were commissioned by or written for the ensemble, and were recorded live at world or London premiere performances.
1 Morgan Hayes: Dark Room
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
2 Jonny Greenwood: smear
Valérie Hartmann-Claverie & Bruno Perrault ondes martenots
3 Dai Fujikura: Fifth Station
Louise Hopkins cello | London Sinfonietta / Martyn Brabbins
CD only (not available as a download)
‘As one would expect from the Sinfonietta, it is all performed with dedication, and the various conductors reveal a keen ear for the kaleidoscopic array of sounds and colours emerging from today’s composers.’ Telegraph
‘We are tremendously grateful for the support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, which has enabled us to release these CDs. A recording is the best possible calling card for young composers, and these works deserve the widest audience.’ - London Sinfonietta
Dark Room was recorded in the QEH by BBC Radio 3 on 14 February 2004. Producer: Andrew Kurowski
smear was recorded in the RFH by BBC Radio 3 on 27 March 2005. Producer: Philip Tagney
Fifth Station was recorded in the QEH by BBC Radio 3 on 14 February 2004. Producer: Philip Tagney
CD mastering by Sound Intermedia
Catalogue no. SINF CD2-2006