Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem

Signum: SIGCD368

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Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2014

Finalist - Contemporary

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2014

Label:

Signum

Catalogue No:

SIGCD368

Discs:

1

Release date:

10th Feb 2014

Barcode:

0635212036822

Length:

73 minutes

Medium:

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Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem


Birtwistle:

The Moth Requiem (2003)

Latin Motets (3) from The Last Supper

Carmen Paschale

Lullaby

On the Sheer Threshold of the Night

The Moth Requiem (2012)


Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC Singers & Nash Ensemble, Nicholas Kok

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As 2014 marks the composer’s 80th year, Harrison Birtwistle remains one of the most popular voices in contemporary composition in the UK and beyond. This new collection of premiere recordings draws together recent commissions with older works to mark the occasion, with characteristically flawless performances from the BBC Singers under Nicholas Kok. They are joined on this disc by the Nash Ensemble and baritone Roderick Williams.

This is the fourth in Signum's ongoing series of composer-led releases with the BBC Singers, with past discs featuring the works by Judith Bingham, Richard Rodney Bennett, and most recently Edward Cowie.

Harrison Birtwistle: The Ring Dance of the Nazarene

The Ring Dance of the Nazarene

Harrison Birtwistle: Three Latin Motets from 'The Last Supper'

I. O bone Jesu

II. Pange lingua

III. In supremae nocte cenae

Harrison Birtwistle: Carmen Paschale

Carmen Paschale

Harrison Birtwistle: Lullaby

Lullaby

Harrison Birtwistle: On the Sheer Threshold of the Night

On the Sheer Threshold of the Night

Harrison Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem

The Moth Requiem

The Guardian

20th February 2014

*****

“The centrepiece of this outstanding disc of choral works by Harrison Birtwistle, all recorded for the first time, is one of the beautiful and most intensely personal of his recent scores...It's an important, scrupulously presented collection.”

BBC Music Magazine

May 2014

*****

“This is a wonderful and important release of his powerful and often delicate works. Best, perhaps, to begin with On the Sheer Threshold of the Night, which is a kind of spin-off from The Mask of Orpheus...This disc is the most fitting tribute imaginable to Birtwistle on his 80th birthday.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2014

“I doubt whether anything the year brings for Birtwistle's 80th birthday is going to dim the lustre of this excellent recording of his choral music. Nor surpass it in importance, perhaps.”

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