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Jonathan Dean Harvey (1939-2012)

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Harvey, J: Bhakti

Harvey, J: Bhakti


Spectrum, Guy Protheroe

A mystical exploration of the Sanskrit Hymns of the Rig Veda for chamber ensemble and quadrophonic tape by Jonathan Harvey, whose long-standing connections with IRCAM and studies with Pierre Boulez are perfectly demonstrated here.

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...of waters making moan

...of waters making moan


Harvey, J:

Chant

Pesson:

Peigner le vif

Saunders, R:

…of waters making moan

Stroppa:

Il peso di un pensiero

Nous sommes l'air, pas la terre…

Zender:

Ein Wandersmann…zornig


Teodoro Anzellotti (accordion) & Chtristophe Desjardins (viola)

The viola and the accordion are the focus of this recording work, two instruments, which have led a shadows existence for a long time. The viola as a rich timbre in symphonic or chamber music form, the accordion as a global player of popular music with the stable smell of folk music. Despite, or perhaps, due to the previous history, as well as the violin and the accordion were turning to treasured protagonists of the New Music.Teodoro Anzellotti and Christophe Desjardins perform as solist but also in a duo on this album named after the composition “...of waters making moan“ by Rebecca Saunders.

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All The Ends Of The Earth

All The Ends Of The Earth

Contemporary & Medieval Vocal Music


anon.:

Kyrie eleison c. 1000

Vir perfecte 13th century

Gemma nitens 4th century

Stella maris 14th century

Mater ora filium 14th century

Campanis cum cymbalis 14th century

Dunstaple:

Quam pulchra es

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Finnissy:

Stabant autem iuxta crucem

Harvey, J:

O Jesu, Nomen Dulce

Holloway, R:

Sanctus

Agnus Dei (Missa Canonica)

Jackson, Gabriel:

Thomas, Jewel of Canterbury

Northcott:

Salve Regina

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Weeks:

Sint lumbi

Weir:

All the Ends of the Earth


“The vibrant relationship between contemporary sacred British choral music and the music of the medieval era' is what this disc sets out to celebrate, and Judith Weir's All the Ends of the Earth, the opening selection, vividly illustrates that particular symbiosis. ...an interesting programme, performed with a brightness of timbre and attack sometimes missing among fully professional exponents.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2006 ****

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Ascendit Deus: Music for Ascensiontide & Pentecost

Ascendit Deus: Music for Ascensiontide & Pentecost


Dean, B:

Was it a voice? (Music for Ascension Day)

world première recording

Elgar:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me (from The Apostles)

Finzi:

God is gone up, Op. 27 No. 2

Gowers:

Viri Galilaei

world première recording

Grieg:

Pinsesalme, Op. 23, No. 25

Harvey, J:

Come, Holy Ghost

Martin, F:

Mass for Double Choir: Credo

Muhly:

Let all the world in every corner sing

world première recording

Philips, P:

Ascendit Deus

Ross, Graham:

Ascendo ad Patrem meum

world première recording

Stanford:

Coelos Ascendit Hodie, Op. 38 No. 2

Swayne:

God is gone up (A Song for the Ascension)

world première recording

Vaughan Williams:

O Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)

Weir:

Ascending Into Heaven


Peter Harrison, Matthew Jorysz (organ)

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge & The Dmitri Ensemble, Graham Ross

The Feast of the Ascension, celebrated on the 40th day of Easter, is one of the chief feasts of the Christian year, in which the resurrected Jesus was taken up to Heaven in the presence of 11 of his disciples. The Feast of Pentecost, which falls 10 days after Ascension – seven Sundays (50 days, hence the name) after Easter Sunday – commemorates in the Christian church the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Both feasts are rich in imagery and in musical material. Many of the Ascensiontide works in this programme set all or parts of psalm 47, whose fifth verse begins ‘God is gone up with a merry noise’. 'Ascendit Deus' is a 5-part setting of that verse in Latin by the English Renaissance composer Peter Philips, which leads to a triple-time ‘Alleluia’. Ralph Vaughan Williams’s 'O clap your hands', dating from 1920, sets the opening verses of the psalm, performed here in the composer’s expanded version for choir, organ, brass and percussion. Patrick Gowers, an alumnus of Clare College, is known mainly for his film and television scores, but his double- choir setting of 'Viri Galilaei' is much performed and was written for the ordination of the Bishop of Oxford at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1987. Graham Ross’s expanded arrangement for choir, organ, brass and percussion receives its world première recording here, alongside four new works, commissioned by Graham Ross and the Choir of Clare College in 2014, also receiving their world première recordings.

“the famous setting of Ascendit Deus by Peter Philips spurts forward like a colt sprung freshly from a stable, the vocal decorations spinning vertiginously round like Monteverdi. It's a bracing opening salvo...Amid the muscular Christianity there are welcome oases of reflection. Conductor Graham Ross's Ascendo ad Patrem meum is one of them.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ****

“Peter Philips's Ascendit Deus is splendidly bright and vigorous...Nico Muhly's Let all the world, quite unlike the RVW setting, is gentle, almost contemplative; Giles Swayne's God is gone up offers another surprise with its quiet ending. These and the well-known Elgar and Finzi pieces are all beautifully performed by this accomplished choir. Let's hope an Easter disc is on its way.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2015

“This is another very fine and varied album from Clare College. The singing is consistently superb in every respect throughout a demanding programme.” MusicWeb International, 3rd April 2015

“This is a very fine choral disc that will bring enjoyment not just at Ascensiontide and Pentecost but throughout the year. The recordings from three different venues all add a spaciousness and breadth with producer and engineer, John Rutter, knowing just what to achieve with a choral sound. There is a beautifully produced booklet that includes colour photographs of various pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows.” The Classical Reviewer, April 2015

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David Starobin - Newdance

David Starobin - Newdance

18 New Dances for solo guitar


Babbitt:

Danci

Bland, W:

Rag Nouveau

Carter, E:

Shard

Duarte, J W:

Valse en Rondeau

Harvey, J:

Sufi Dance

Jaffe, S:

Spinoff

Johanson, B:

Open Up Your Ears

Lansky:

Crooked Courante

Lavista:

Natarayah

Lennon:

Gigolo

Mackey, S:

San Francisco Shuffle

Morel, Jorge:

Reflexiones Latinas

Nørgård:

Serenita

Paraskevas:

Chase Dance

Ruders:

Chaconne for solo guitar

Sørensen, B:

Angelus Waltz

Starobin, M:

The Snoid Trucks Up Broadway

Wernick:

Da'ase


1999 GRAMMY NOMINATION: BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE 1999 AFIM 'Indie' Winner: BEST SOLO ALBUM

David Starobin’s Newdance is the American guitar virtuoso’s first solo CD in more than 6 years- a disc much anticipated by guitar aficionados. Newdance consists of 18 new dance pieces by 18 leading composers, all composed for Starobin. Newdance presents an inspired and eclectic collection of new guitar music, ranging from rags, waltzes and tangos to chaconnes and courantes, to abstract visions of the dance, all performed brilliantly by the artist that Soundboard Magazine called: "arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th Century."

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Harvey - Works for piano and for flute & piano

Harvey - Works for piano and for flute & piano


Harvey, J:

Natajara

Run Before Lightning for flute and piano

Tombeau de Messiaen

Vers

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Homage to Cage a Chopin und Ligeti ist auch dabei for piano and Digital Audio Tape

Haiku

Four Images After Yeats for piano


Pirmin Grehl (flute) & Florian Howlscher (piano)

Jonathan Harvey is now in constant demand from a host of international organizations, attracting commissions far into the future. His music is extensively played and toured by major ensembles. Tombeau de Messiaen is for piano and Digital Audio Tape.

“…the dazzling interplay of competing energies in Nataraja (1983) is up there with the best of Harvey's string quartets.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2010

“In its volatile vitality, its whiplash piccolo brilliancy, Nataraja, titled after the four-armed dancing god (Shiva), is quintessential Harvey.” Sunday Times, 2nd August 2009 ***

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Jonathan Harvey: Bird Concerto with Pianosong

Jonathan Harvey: Bird Concerto with Pianosong


Harvey, J:

Bird Concerto with Pianosong

Recorded live at the Warsaw Autumn Festival 2009 by Polish National Radio

Hidéki Nagano (piano)

London Sinfonietta, David Atherton

Ricercare una melodia for oboe

Recorded live by BBC Radio 3

Gareth Hulse (oboe) & Sound Intermedia (live electronics)

Other Presences

Recorded live by BBC Radio 3

Paul Archibald (trumpet) & Sound Intermedia (live electronics)

Ricercare una melodia for cello

Recorded live by BBC Radio 3

Tim Gill (cello) & Sound Intermedia (live electronics)


Jonathan Harvey won a Gramophone Award in 2008 for his NMC CD Body Mandala. The works, commissioned by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, explore his fascination with Eastern philosophies.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates the life and work of Jonathan Harvey in two days of concerts, films and talks at the Barbican, London. Total Immersion runs from the 28-29 January 2012.

Harvey’s Bhakti was the first release on NMC in 1989.

Jonathan was invited by Pierre Boulez to work at IRCAM in the early 1980s.

Bird Concerto - Harvey's hommage to Messiaen - is a celebration of the kind of technical advances in electroacoustics which the creator of Oiseaux exotiques and the Catalogue d’oiseaux was never able to explore. Harvey started writing the piece when he was in California and says that ‘indigo bunting, orchard oriole, golden crowned sparrow ... are some of the forty colourful Californian birds whose songs and cries sparked the ignition of this work’. The bird sounds have been innovatively transformed to create a mesmeric dialogue between nature and art. Harvey sets the piano soloist (the work was commissioned by pianist Joanna MacGregor) the challenge of combining piano playing and triggering a sampler/ synthesizer so that the live electronics can be realised in real-time performance. Other works on this disc are Other Presences, for trumpet and multi-loop effects, and two versions of the canonic Ricercare una melodia (1984) originally written for trumpet and quadraphonic tape-delay system, but here performed on oboe and cello, with live electronics from Sound Intermedia.

“Actual (Californian) birdsong opens the half-hour movement; the work proceeds as an ever-alert, ripplingly inventive dialogue between raw nature and musical modernism. Art wins out, of course, but the frame of reference has been fascinatingly shifted. Hideki Nagano’s performance is scintillating.” Sunday Times, 13th November 2011

“The common factor between the three works by Jonathan Harvey on this disc is their use of electronic sampling to extend the range and complexity of the solo instrumental writing...If the technology used in Ricercare is much less sophisticated than in the later works, Harvey still uses it to striking effect” The Guardian, 17th November 2011 ****

“Here is yet another mesmerising disc of music by Jonathan Harvey. Bird Concerto with Pianosong is a work of remarkable, beguiling beauty, in which the sounds of real birds intertwine with the transformations of their song by the soloist and ensemble...Other Presences from 2006 is an involving example of dialogue between solo trumpet and electronics...Strongly recommended.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012 *****

“He meets the implied, self-imposed comparison with Messiaen head-on...In the hands of a lesser composer the result may appear overly literal, even naive...But Harvey has never shirked away from direct expression when it's suited him...this intriguing work offers Harvey's trademark deftness and acoustic stimulation in equal measure.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

“Hideki Nagano renders the exacting solo part [of Birdconcerto] with assurance, the London Sinfonietta sounding no less impressive in the hands of David Atherton...Performances are as authoritative as might be expected from musicians such as Gareth Hulse, Paul Archibald and Tim Gill” International Record Review, January 2012

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - January 2012

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Jonathan Harvey: Deo

Jonathan Harvey: Deo


Harvey, J:

I love the Lord

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis

Toccata for Organ and Tape

Come, Holy Ghost

Praise ye the Lord

Missa Brevis

The royal banners forward go

Laus Deo

The Annunciation


Edward Picton-Turbervill (organ)

St John's College Choir Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha

Read David's exclusive interview with Andrew Nethsingha about the project here.

The Choir of St John's College Cambridge launch their new series of recordings by exploring the close connections between the college and celebrated British composer Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012), in a disc of works for choir and organ. Harvey s music has influenced a generation of composers, described by The Guardian s Tom Service as being 'at once vividly contemporary and timeless'. The Choir's director Andrew Nethsingha reflects on his own experiences and work with the Jonathan Harvey in CD s programme note, in particular as the choir collaborated on what would be Jonathan Harvey s final work for the choir, The Annunciation (2011).

“This album of liturgical choral music pays wonderful tribute to Harvey...Harvey used to describe music coming out of silence and dissolving back into it. It’s a good starting point. The Choir of St John’s tackles all with confidence and clarity.” The Observer, 1st May 2016 *****

“Certainly these are difficult works, including various vocal techniques hardly common in the normal run of church music, but the investment the choir has clearly put into them really gives extraordinary results…this recording is outstanding on every count: remarkable and under-performed repertoire, beautifully performed and recorded” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

“nuanced and exhilarating performances.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2016 *****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2016

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2017

Choral Winner

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Jonathan Harvey - Speakings

Jonathan Harvey - Speakings


Harvey, J:

Scena for violin and ensemble

Elizabeth Layton (violin)

Jubilus for viola and ensemble

Scott Dickinson (viola)

Speakings for large orchestra and electronics


The three works on this disc are centred on the voice or, at least the idea of a vocal presence. Scena is constructed as a series of scenic tableaux that are lived through by the violin-singer. In Jubilus, the voices of plainchant and Buddhist rituals meet in an imaginary poetic universe that goes beyond the simple evocation of one religion in particular. No voice is present, but the solo viola makes heard the transcended expression of the anchorite. Speakings, for orchestra and real-time electronics, is intimately linked to the voice through modelling and formatting. Harvey literally makes the orchestra sing by an incomparable phenomenon of conjuring and astoundingly skilful use of timbres. The three works are based, at least in part, on earlier pieces: the last section of Scena on Lotuses, Jubilus on Chant, and the second part of Speakings on Sprechgesang.

Speakings was commissioned by the BBC and made possible by digital technology developed at Ircam, the underground music research institute. However the initial inspiration was quintessentially Romantic. "I'd been listening to Mahler's Third Symphony, which starts off by describing 'What the Rocks tell me'. I loved the idea of speaking rocks!" says Jonathan Harvey with a laugh.

The gentle, wise and soft-spoken Harvey, among the most respected and revered of British composers, considers that Speakings is "the most complicated and ambitious composition I have ever written". The piece is part of a triptych of compositions written by Harvey for the SSO during his tenure as composer-inassociation to the orchestra. It was premiered during the BBC Proms in 2008 by Ilan Volkov and the BBC SSO, aided and abetted by a team of computer designers and sound engineers. Those same forces gave the first Scottish performance in the City Halls, Glasgow, last year. Speakings receives it’s French première at Festival Agora on 12th June at the Salle Olivier Messiaen, Maison de Radio France. Jonathan Harvey is currently celebrating his 70th year between May 2009 - May 2010, with many dedicated concerts, new recordings, festival focuses and composer portraits. He became only the 3rd British composer to win the Prince Pierre of Monaco Prize in Musical Composition for Speakings in 2009.

“Harvey's three pieces here are based around the notion of instruments simulating not so much the sound as the mannerisms of human voices...As always with Jonathan Harvey, it's an engrossing but challenging process.” The Independent, 25th June 2010 ****

“The theory is immensely complex, but Harvey's musical use of it is often strikingly direct, and the recording reveals the sheer physical impact and strange beauty of his orchestral writing in a way that was never apparent in concert.” The Guardian, 24th June 2010 ****

“Plainchant, Buddhist ritual and magical electronics variously permeate the three works here, written by Harvey between 1992 and 2008. They all centre around the idea of a voice, but without using a singer...As ever with Harvey, the results are both calming and vital.” The Observer, 11th July 2010

“Under Volkov, precise and committed, all the playing is excellent.” Sunday Times, 18th July 2010 ****

“Here is no question of falling back on technology as a substitute for strong emotion. Jonathan Harvey's ability to work with very basic sound-images and to suggest how elemental physical and spiritual qualities can (and should) generate a genuinely contemporary, living musical language have never been more directly perceptible.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

“...a gestural work that, in Elizabeth Layton's crystalline performance, is also unashamedly lyrical...Volkov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra play with immense grace and finesse.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2010 *****

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - Contemporary

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Jonathan Harvey: The Angels, Ashes Dances Back & Marahi

Jonathan Harvey: The Angels, Ashes Dances Back & Marahi


Harvey, J:

The Angels

Kaspars Putninš

Ashes Dance Back

Jonathan Harvey (electronics), Carl Faia (electronics) & Clive Williamson (synthesizer)

Marahi

The Summer Cloud's Awakening

Jonathan Harvey (electronics), Carl Faia (electronics), Clive Williamson (synthesizer), Ilona Meija (flute) & Arne Deforce (cello)


Jonathan Harvey is Britain’s foremost composer of electronic music and has developed a complex and personal musical language for which he is globally recognized. His catalogue of works explores unique sound worlds and imaginative ensembles. The works on this disc, composed within seven years of each other during one of the most productive periods of Harvey’s career, demonstrate the stylistic range of his choral writing and his unique approach to the combination of live performance and electronic sound, as well as his innate sympathy for the voice.

The Latvian Radio Choir have been labelled as the creators of a new choral paradigm: a testament to their diverse range of voices and skilful performances of challenging experimental works. The choir champions the works of many leading Latvian composers and much focus is placed on exploring the capabilities of the human voice. The singers explore their skills by turning to the mysteries of traditional singing, as well as every other vocal utterance, from speech to breath.

They make their Hyperion debut with thrilling performances of Jonathan Harvey’s The Angels, Ashes Dances Back, Marahi and The Summer Cloud's Awakening.

“both Ashes and Awakening are visionary pieces, and have the makings of modern masterpieces. They require, and will undoubtedly repay, repeated listening. A magnificent disc, superbly performed and recorded, and a magnificent argument for the ongoing, cutting-edge relevance of contemporary classical music.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 *****

“the Latvian Radio Choir [is] surely now one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world. Its commitment to Harvey's music seems absolute and technical difficulties seem to hold no terrors for it...This is a highly impressive anthology of often remarkable choral music, sung and recorded to perfection.” International Record Review, May 2011

“The Latvian Radio Choir is evidently unfazed by the demands it encounters, while the sound has an ideal and spaciousness. Warmly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2011

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