Howard Skempton: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

NMC: NMCD234

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Howard Skempton: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Label:

NMC

Catalogue No:

NMCD234

Discs:

1

Release date:

21st April 2017

Barcode:

5023363023429

Length:

63 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Howard Skempton: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


Skempton:

Only the Sound Remains

Christopher Yates (viola)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Roderick Williams (baritone)


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Perfectly crafted, deceptively simplistic and distinctively individual, Howard Skempton's compositions have a soundworld all of their own. This new full-length album on NMC perfectly displays his experimental, yet sonorous and tonal music.

Skempton takes on Coleridge's epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and brings it to life, using just solo voice (baritone) and small chamber ensemble. The result is a stunning, dark and hypnotic journey led by the almost constant, magnetic presence of Roderick Williams, for whose voice and dramatic capabilities the piece was conceived.

Only the Sound Remains takes its name from the opening line of The Mill-Water by English poet Edward Thomas. The piece is an evocation of loss and decay, where textures, and melodies mysteriously recur, while others simply fade beautifully out of aural reach. It is written for for sixteen players, including solo viola. This is a stunning premiere recording of two recent works by one of Britain's finest living composers.

Howard Skempton: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Howard Skempton: Only the Sound Remains

Only the Sound Remains

Howard Skempton and Roderick Williams in conversation

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