Buxton Orr: Songs

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Buxton Orr: Songs



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24th Feb 2017




72 minutes


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Buxton Orr: Songs

Orr, B:

The Painter’s Mistress


The Ballad of Mr & Mrs Discobbolos

Ten Types of Hospital Visitor

Songs of a Childhood

Nicky Spence (tenor), Iain Burnside (piano), Jordan Black (clarinet) & Nikita Naumov (double bass)

Members Of The Edinburgh Quartet



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Read our exclusive interview with Nicky Spence about Buxton Orr here.

When Nicky Spence was first shown the score to ‘The Boy in the Train’, the last of Buxton Orr’s Songs of a Childhood, he was transported to the late 1980s – his own childhood in Scotland. ‘Something about Buxton’s sense of humour, excitement and honesty resonated with me,’ Spence says, ‘and fed my desire to discover more about his work. On contacting his widow, I was led to a treasure trove of unrecorded works for voice.’ Sometimes thrillingly complex and always beautiful, and given character and verve by Orr’s delightful setting of the Scots language, this rich body of work has finally found a worthy modern-day advocate. In his sensitive and intelligent curating of this programme, Spence has brought together artists from Delphian’s roster – pianist Iain Burnside and members of the Edinburgh Quartet enjoy themselves in music that is firmly ‘home ground’.

Buxton Orr: The Painter's Mistress

The Painter's Mistress

Buxton Orr: Canzona

I. When they him fand, and gude Wallace him Saw

II. And therewith kest I doun mine eye Again

III. Tibbie Fowler o' the Glen

IV. When first I came to be a Man

Buxton Orr: The Ballad of Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos

The Ballad of Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos

Buxton Orr: 10 Types of Hospital Visitor











Buxton Orr: Songs of a Childhood

No. 1. Aince upon a Day

No. 2. Auld Mrs. Murdy

No. 3. One-Man Band

No. 4. Munebrunt

No. 5. Shy Geordie

No. 6. The Boy in the Train

BBC Music Magazine

June 2017


“There’s no denying the virtuoso deftness of Orr’s settings for voice and solo double-bass (about the most technically difficult medium any composer could opt for)...and the performances here are consistently fine; tenor Nicky Spence has a lot of words to get through, does so with nicely pointed fluency, and conjures a pretty decent Scots accent also.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2017

“Performances are first-rate. Tenor Nicky Spence sings with unstinting eloquence and receives characteristically immaculate support from Iain Burnside. The other instrumental contributions are also of the highest quality. Everyone involved with this rewarding release can be very proud of their efforts.”

Herald Scotland

17th February 2017

“The diversity of his art songs is quite astonishing...Beautifully captured at Crear in Argyll by Delphian's Paul Baxter...a superb showcase for Buxton Orr.”

The Guardian

2nd March 2017

“Nicky Spence is the first singer to record a full disc of his songs and it’s a revelation. Imagine a gentler, quirkier Britten with dabblings in 12-tone technique and old Scots poems set to generous vocal lines and off-piste instrumentation...Spence himself sounds terrific throughout – nimble, direct, deftly playful and expressive with the text.”

The Times

10th March 2017


“Orr’s music has heavy tints of Britten, but has its own quirky colour and, sometimes, a harder edge...[it is] can have a brittle and rather relentless quality, but it is humanised by Spence’s emotional honesty and warmth of expression.”

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