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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: NMCD272
  • Format: CD
  • UPC: 5023363027205
  • Street Date: 01/12/24
  • PreBook Date: 12/08/23
  • Label: NMC RECORDINGS »
  • Genre: Classical
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2023
  • Box Lot: 25
  • Territory: US,CA

 

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Luke Bedford - In The Voices Of The Living

In the Voices of The Living, Bedford's first album release on NMC, brings together a selection of his orchestral and larger-scale chamber works.

Luke Bedford - In The Voices Of The Living
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Luke Bedford (b.1978) is a British composer who, over several decades, has quietly made a significant name among the composers of his generation with a series of award-winning works. Bedford was the first ever composer in residence at the Wigmore Hall in London, and has won numerous prestigious prizes including the Paul Hamlyn Artists Award in 2007, and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Composer's Prize in 2012. In the Voices of The Living, Bedford's first album release on NMC, brings together a selection of his orchestral and larger-scale chamber works that span the past 15 years of his career, performed by some of the most renowned artists in the contemporary classical music world. Music critic and broadcaster Tom Service has written of Bedford's work as being "music of brooding expressive intensity, charged with that indefinable quality that makes a piece sound as if it was written out of sheer necessity." This quite accurately describes the composer's experience when he encountered the catalyst for writing the album's title work; he knew immediately that he must set it to music. The impetus that grabbed Bedford's imagination were the words of American literary historian Stephen Greenblatt which describe his "desire to speak with the dead" through writing. This inspiration became a setting of five texts from across history that are concerned with how the voices of the past speak to us via literature, featuring solo tenor Mark Padmore, with the London Sinfonietta conducted by Geoffrey Paterson. Literary references underpin much of the music on the album, including a line from D.M. Thomas's 1981 novel The White Hotel which inspires the shorter, sensual work Outblaze the Sky, heard here performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with the late Oliver Knussen conducting. Conveying the image of the eponymous hotel as it burns to the ground, Bedford's music reflects the hazy, surreal ambience of the text.

Track Listing

  • Instability
  • Outblaze the Sky
  • In the Voices of the Living: I. Speak With The Dead
  • In the Voices of the Living: II. Transmittunt
  • In the Voices of the Living: III. Hold
  • In the Voices of the Living: IV. Risveglia i morti
  • In the Voices of the Living: V. After The
  • Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra: I. Fast
  • Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra: II. Expressive
  • Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra: III. Explosive
  • Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra: IV. Still
  • Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra: V. Tense
  • Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra: VI. Tender
  

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