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Songs for Sir John - A Tribute to Sir John Manduell

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An album in tribute of Sir John Manduell - a pivotal figure in British music-making

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Sir John was the first Principal of the RNCM and went on to become a BBC producer and the founder of the European Opera Centre. In honour of his memory, Divine Art Records have released an album of works by contemporary composers which were all #dedicated to him. We think it is a fantastic collection of chambermusic works!

This album in tribute presents works by 16 composers from more than one generation, centred around settings of W.B. Yeats and principally songs with oboe, recorder, violin and cello. The music is varied, rich and wonderfully set to the texts, and yet the textures are always transparent and clear; there is nothing inherently ‘difficult’ for the listener. The performers are among the cream of the Music world of Northern England, and also, in the Robin Walker Nursery Rhymes (the only work not specially recorded for the album), feature the iconic veteran BBC presenter Richard Baker. Many of these artists have starred in several other Divine Art and Metier albums – click their names above for details.

Even without the Manduell connection this is a wonderfully constructed program of new chamber music. In the track list below, the non-vocal works are marked *.

Track Listing

Robin Stevens (b.1958)
       1. Men Improve with the years (2:32)

Elin Pehkonen (b.1942)
       2. Sonnet (5:46)

Martin Bussey (b.1958):
       3. The Cold Heaven (4:00)

Geoffrey Poole (b. 1949):
       4. Reflection (5:41)

Sally Beamish (b.1956):
       5. Yeats Interlude (7:26) *

Michael Ball (b.1946):
       6. Be Still (3:49)

David Horne (b.1970):
       7. Those Images (6:09)

David Matthews (b.1943):
       8. Two Yeats Songs, Op. 23b – I. Lullaby (3:28)
       9. Two Yeats Songs, Op. 23b – II. Sweet Dancer (1:35)

Kevin Malone (b.1958):
       10. Zuzu’s Petals (5:21) *

Gary Carpenter (b.1951):
       11. This Great Purple Butterfly (4:36)

Peter Dickinson (b.1934):
       12. Strings in the Earth and Air (1:40)

Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989):
       13. Three Duets for Two Recorders – I. Moderato (1:37)
       14. Three Duets for Two Recorders – II. Minuet (1:52)
       15. Three Duets for Two Recorders – III. Allegro (1:36)

Robin Walker (b.1953):
       16. Four Nursery Rhymes to texts by Thomas Pitfield – 1. The Shipwrecked Sailor (1:03)
       17. Four Nursery Rhymes to texts by Thomas Pitfield – 2. Lilly Pickle (0:41)
       18. Four Nursery Rhymes to texts by Thomas Pitfield – 3. Staring Moon (1:09)
       19. Four Nursery Rhymes to texts by Thomas Pitfield – 4. Cat and Mouse (0:58)

Jeremy Pike (b.1955):
       20. The Cat and the Moon (4:28)

Nicholas Marshall (b.1942):
       21. Into the Twilight (3:15)

Naji Hakim (b.1955):
       22. The Cloths of Heaven (3:48)

Artists: Benedict Holland, John Turner, Keith Swallow, Laura Robinson, Lesley-Jane Rogers, Nicholas Trygstad, Richard Baker, Richard Simpson, Susie Mészáros
Composers: David Horne, David Matthews, Elis Pehkonen, Gary Carpenter, Geoffrey Poole, Jeremy Pike, Kevin Malone, Martin Bussey, Michael Ball, Naji Hakim, Nicholas Marshall, Peter Dickinson, Robin Stevens, Robin Walker, Sally Beamish, Sir Lennox Berkeley
Release Date: September 2020
Genres: Chamber Music, Vocal/Choral
Periods: Contemporary
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 72:52

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