Anna Meredith: Tripotage Miniatures - Aurora Orchestra
Alexander Goehr: after the Waking - Nash Ensemble Martyn Brabbins conductor
Colin Matthews: Postludes - Britten Sinfonia Nicholas Daniel oboe
Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London
Three influential and varied British composers across three generations have been paired with three leading British ensembles on this album of new chamber works, commissioned as part of The Radcliffe Trust's Tercentenary and recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London.
Composer Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described as uncategorisable and genre-defying and her music has been performed everywhere from the BBC Last Night of the Proms to rock and pop festivals. Tripotage Minatures is, as the title suggests, about messing about with things (Anna says jiggery pokery is her favourite translation of the French term). Sounds change and stutter and tonal colours drain and become murky. Instruments interrupt and sound like they are trying to trip one another up.
Postludes by Colin Matthews is dedicated to his good friend, the composer Oliver Knussen, who died whilst the piece was being written in 2018. Matthews' says he had Knussen's Cantata for oboe quartet in his mind from the start, and this piece – written for oboe quartet plus string quartet - has a poignant, elegiac feel and the atmosphere of after-event with which the title accords.
Alexander Goehr's after The Waking is named after a poem by Theodore Roethke, which the composer has previously set to music for two voices. This quintet, performed by the Nash Ensemble, is a fantasia in five movements on material that Goehr explains wouldn't let me go from the earlier work.
Anna Meredith: Tripotage Miniatures
1. Lanolin 01'54
2. 40 Watt 02'03
3. Moth 02'22
4. Buzzard 03'23
5. Scrying 01'49
6. Majolica 03'33
Alexander Goehr: after the Waking
Nash Ensemble Martyn Brabbins conductor
7. I. 05'25
8. II. 03'41
9. III. 03'25
10. IV. 02'37
11. V. 04'38
Colin Matthews: Postludes
Britten Sinfonia Nicholas Daniel oboe
12. Prelude 07'19
13. Elegiac Intermezzo 01'50
14. Barcarolle 03'34
15. Epilogue 04'19
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