New Music Show

London Sinfonietta: SINFCD12012

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New Music Show

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15th Oct 2012




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Valentine’s Rhapsody




The Glow and Zig-Zag



MacLeod, D:




Leigh Melrose (baritone)

Nicholas Collon

Paul Silverthorne (viola), Michael Thompson (horn), Enno Senft (double bass) & Sound Intermedia (live electronics)


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World premiere recordings of music created for and performed by the London Sinfonietta, captured live in concert.

Showcasing the music of the most exciting emerging composers in the UK.

Continuing the London Sinfonietta Label’s commitment to introducing the finest new music to a worldwide audience, this disc features a selection of commissions recorded live at the New Music Shows of 2011.

Acclaimed baritone Leigh Melrose opens the CD with Martin Suckling’s sublime Candlebird, an evocative setting of five texts by the Scottish poet Don Paterson. The remaining tracks were generated through the London Sinfonietta’s innovative Writing the Future scheme, in which composers make music in close collaboration with Principal players of the ensemble – three of whom feature here as soloists, in Edmund Finnis Veneer for viola and reverb, Tim Hodgkinson’s The Glow and Zig-Zag for horn, and Duncan MacLeod’s Diesis for double bass.

Two works for quintet complete the line-up: Shiva Feshareki’s Valentine’s Rhapsody, and Zoetrope, Isambard Khroustaliov’s first purely acoustic score.

Martin Suckling: Candlebird


Edmund Finnis: Veneer


Isambard Khroustaliov: Zoetrope


Tim Hodgkinson: The Glow and Zigzag

The Glow and Zigzag

Shiva Feshareki: Valentine's Rhapsody

Valentine's Rhapsody

Duncan MacLeod: Diesis


The Guardian

25th October 2012


“Five out of the six pieces included here were products of the Sinfonietta's Writing the Future scheme...but it's the one piece that did not result from that scheme that provides the best reason for hearing this disc. Martin Suckling's Candlebird is a superbly accomplished cycle of settings for baritone (the ever secure Leigh Melrose) of poems by Don Paterson”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2013

“Candlebird is a song-cycle whose wide range of moods is posited in the contrast between a vocal line of notable restraint and ensemble writing that often threatens to take over the foreground: until, that is, the final song with its sense of an emotional 'coming together' in music of luminous repose. A fine culmination to an absorbing work, eloquently sung by Leigh Melrose and with Nicholas Collon ensuring clarity in even the most intricate textures.”

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