Matthew Curtis

(b.1959)

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Another Night Before Christmas and Scrooge

Another Night Before Christmas and Scrooge


Curtis, M:

Christmas Rush - Concert March

Fox, John:

Carol Fantasia

Hewitt Jones, Thomas:

Christmas Cracker

Kelly, B:

Scrooge

Lane, P:

Old Christmas Music

Another Night Before Christmas

Liszt:

The Christmas Tree Suite

orch. G Jacob

Morley, A:

Snowride

Rebikov:

Christmas tree : Waltz

Saunders, A:

Fairytale Sleighride

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b: November (Troika)

orch Lane


The Christmas net is cast wide in this captivating collection of seasonal music.

John Fox has crafted a delightful Carol Fantasia. Bryan Kelly’s Scrooge is an action-packed Dickens compression, brought to visceral life by esteemed actor Simon Callow, who also narrates Philip Lane’s Another Night Before Christmas, an update by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy of the classic poem. Lane’s Old Christmas Music is expressively rich, and spans the centuries. Smaller pieces from Liszt, orchestrated by Gordon Jacob, Rebikov and more recent works, complete a delightful selection.

“Bryan Kelly’s Dickens distillation Scrooge, exuberantly narrated by Simon Callow, is one of the main items here, alongside Philip Lane’s Old Christmas Music, Matthew Curtis’s Christmas Rush and other pieces with a Christmas backdrop.” The Telegraph, 9th December 2011

Naxos - 8572744

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Matthew Curtis: Chamber Works Vol. 1

Matthew Curtis: Chamber Works Vol. 1


Curtis, M:

First Fruits

Memories

Little Pilgrimage

Love of Living


Marie Vassiliou (soprano), Gavin Sutherland (piano)

“Curtis’s music has been categorised as belonging to the British light music tradition and the booklet quotes him as believing that “there remains a great longing for more accessible contemporary classical music among performers and audiences alike”. Hooray for that!” Gramophone Magazine, June 2007

Campion Cameo Matthew Curtis: Orchestral Works - CAMEO2060

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Now Comes Beauty

Now Comes Beauty

commissions from The English Music Festival


Blackford:

Spirited

Owain Arwel Hughes

Carr, P:

Now comes beauty

Suddenly It’s Evening

Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin)

Curtis, M:

A Festival Overture

Lane, P:

Aubade Joyeuse

Lewis, P:

Norfolk Suite

Matthews, D:

White Nights

Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin)

Norris, D O:

Piano Concerto

David Owen Norris (piano)

Pickard:

Binyon Songs

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Wright, C:

Legend


Presented here is a collection of works, all commissioned or premièred by the English Music Festival, of different styles, inspirations and influences, but which all demonstrate a tremendous beauty, individuality and vibrancy. Sparkling and celebratory overtures are provided by Matthew Curtis and Richard Blackford, while Paul Carr provides gorgeous lyricism with Now Comes Beauty and Suddenly It’s Evening ; and Philip Lane’s Aubade Joyeuse bubbles with energy. Both Christopher Wright’s Legend and Paul Lewis’s Norfolk Suite evoke a wonderful sense of atmosphereand David Matthews’s White Nights is full of searing beauty. David Owen Norris’s Piano Concerto is typically idiosyncratic and effervescent; while John Pickard’s Binyon song-cycle combines a terser musical language with some moments of meltingly beautiful lyricism. This disc demonstrates that English music as a genre is currently thriving, with a plethora of composers with new and exciting things to say in accessible and attractive musical languages. The English music tradition, and the legacy of which Vaughan Williams spoke – a chain of tradition passed on from Tallis through to Parry and beyond – is still vivaciously alive.

“A great deal of it is very enjoyable, and perhaps most encouraging of all is the sense that something genuinely new and fresh – rather than just superficially novel – could emerge from this kind of musical ‘back to basics’ attitude. The performances have warmth, polish and conviction, and the recordings are very good too” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ****

“Gavin Sutherland is a master when it comes to this sort of project and it shows throughout, as also does the work of Owain Arwel Hughes. Rupert Marshall-Luck is a most eloquent advocate and his way with these new pieces and indeed with the many rarities he has brought back to thriving life is both moving and admirable.” MusicWeb International, July 2016

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Matthew Curtis: Orchestral Works Vol. 5

Matthew Curtis: Orchestral Works Vol. 5


Curtis, M:

Light Blue Suite

Italian Rhapsody

Lambeth Bridge Ballet Suite

Jubilee Serenade

Dreaming

50 Not Out!

Marching Light


Campion Cameo British Composer Series Matthew Curtis: Orchestral Works - CAMEO2090

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The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas


Curtis, M:

Christmas Spirit

Hewitt Jones, Thomas:

What child is this?

Kelly, B:

Sir Roger de Coverley

A Christmas Celebration

Menotti:

Amahl And The Night Visitors: Introduction, March & Shepherds' Dance

Moore, R:

A Christmas Medley

Saunders, A:

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Joanna Lumley & John Julius Norwich (narrators)

Spratley:

A Christmas Rondel

Thornett:

Festive Overture - The Joy of Christmas

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down


Philip Lane, "The doyen of British Light Music" (James Jolly, Gramophone), has collaborated with Heritage for this Christmas release – orchestral music for the festive season composed by leading figures in the Light Music movement. Most works featured here are based, to a greater or lesser extent, on ‘traditional tunes’, suitably ‘adorned’ for orchestra and the concert hall. Several are entirely original but allude to the Christmas story in their various facets. The recording features several world premieres, indicated below.

Heritage is delighted that Joanna Lumley and John Julius Norwich feature as narrators for Adam Saunders’ new setting of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

“Crisp, energetic performances from both the orchestras and their respective conductors.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2015 ****

“there’s a sprightly “12 Days of Christmas” by Adam Saunders, entertainingly narrated with increasing exasperation by Joanna Lumley, together with excerpts from Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and various medleys and other arrangements that it would be fun to have on in the background.” The Telegraph, 23rd December 2015

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Matthew Curtis: Orchestral Works Vol. 3

Matthew Curtis: Orchestral Works Vol. 3


Curtis, M:

On the Move

Flute Concerto

Five Dances for String Orchestra

Divertimento Concertante

At Twilight

Partita


Jennifer Stinton (flute), Verity Butler (clarinet)

Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Gavin Sutherland

Campion Cameo British Composer Series Matthew Curtis: Orchestral Works - CAMEO2055

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Clarinet Kaleidoscope Vol. 2

Clarinet Kaleidoscope Vol. 2


 

Nostalgia Too

live bonus track arr. Gavin Sutherland

Amstell:

Stick O’Liquorice

Arnold:

Scherzetto for Clarinet and Orchestra from 'You Know What Sailors Are'

Beswick:

Lonely Voyager

Curtis, M:

Irish Lullabye

Fox, John:

Six Sketches for Clarinet and Piano

Gryspeerdt:

Two Pieces, Op. 26

Jacob, G:

Four Short Pieces

Lane, P:

Divertissement

Lloyd Webber, W:

Frensham Pond (Aquarelle) for clarinet and piano (from Country Impressions) (1960)

Lyon, D:

Almost a Waltz

Sutherland, Gavin:

Air fur zwei (1997)

Tomlinson:

Little Serenade

Young, Leon:

Stranger on the Shore

arr. Gavin Sutherland


Verity Butler (clarinet), Gavin Sutherland (piano)

Campion Cameo - CAMEO2058

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Matthew Curtis: Orchestral Works Vol. 2

Matthew Curtis: Orchestral Works Vol. 2


Curtis, M:

Romanza

Little Dance Suite

Irish Lullaby

Graduation Day

Autumn Song

Sinfonietta

Bon Voyage!


Campion Cameo British Composer Series Matthew Curtis: Orchestral Works - CAMEO2035

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British String Miniatures 2

British String Miniatures 2


Curtis, M:

Serenade

Delius:

Air and Dance

Elgar:

Suite from the Spanish Lady, op. 89

Glyn:

Anglesey Sketches

Lane, P:

Serenata Concertante

Purcell:

Set of Act Tunes & Dances

Warlock:

Serenade for the birthday of Frederick Delius


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White Line - CDWHL2136

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Matthew Curtis: Paths to Urbino

Matthew Curtis: Paths to Urbino


Curtis, M:

Amsterdam Suite

Pas de Deux

Paths to Urbino

Two Pieces

Outward bound


Campion Cameo British Composer Series Matthew Curtis: Orchestral Works - CAMEO2015

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