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Nicholas Maw: Spring Music/Voices of Memory Nicholas Maw


Barcode: 5020926038524

  • Format: CD Album
  • Category: Classical
  • Released: 7th February 2020

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  • Description

    Maw's most fervent desire was to communicate directly with his audiences and produce material which performers would enjoy playing and 'Spring Music', written with the express purpose of diverting and entertaining an audience, finds the composer at his most uninhibited and freely expressive. Fresh, colourful and vibrant, this score has the exotic, openhearted spirit of a curtain-raiser by William Walton or Alan Rawsthorne. In its final, slimmed-down version, it rapidly became one of Maw's favourite pieces among his own output and he once described the long-breathed cello-led melody as one of the best tunes I think I've actually ever written'. In 1995 Maw was commissioned by the BBC to write a work commemorating the 300th anniversary that year of the death of Purcell. Maw soon came to the conclusion that he wanted to round off his tribute piece with an example of a chaconne, a form in which Purcell was pre-eminent. The theme which Maw chose to embellish is derived from the first of his 'Life Studies for 15 solo strings'. Taking his lead from Tchaikovsky, Maw decided that the main title should reflect precisely the reference vocabulary of the piece and so the piece became known for a while as 'Romantic Variations'. Later still the title was altered to its definitive form of 'Voices of Memory: Variations for Orchestra'. Described by Andrew Burn as 'a major contribution to the genre', the 'Sonata for Solo Violin' was requested by Jorja Fleezanis, to whom the work is dedicated. In Maw's 'Sonata for Solo Violin', the constraints of writing for a single stringed instrument in a four-movement, large-scale work are deftly surmounted by the composer's gift for melodic lines and rhythmic invention. Each movement has a vivid sense of colour, formal logic and onward momentum so that the writing, however demanding it may be, never suggests an arid study or a shallow technical exercise.
  • Track listing

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 I. Allegro Brillante BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 2 II. Moderato Con Moto, Sempre Grazioso BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 3 III. A Tempo BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 4 IV. Comodo E Sempre Grazioso BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 5 Theme. Grave E Sostenuto BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 6 Variation 1. Poco Piu Mosso BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 7 Variation 2. Poco Movimento BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 8 Variation 3. Allegro Vivo BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 9 Variation 4. Molto Tranquillo BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 10 Variation 5. Allegro Vigoroso BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 11 Variation 6. Andante Molto Sostenuto BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 12 Variation 7. Vivace Assai BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 13 Variation 8. Solenne, Tempo Giusto BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 14 Variation 9. Movimento E Misterioso BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 15 Variation 10. Finale. Molto Moderato BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Track 16 I. Scena Harriet Mackenzie
    Track 17 II. March-Burlesque Harriet Mackenzie
    Track 18 III. Tombeau Harriet Mackenzie
    Track 19 IV. Flight Harriet Mackenzie
  • Product Details

    Duration 72.4 mins
    No. of discs 1 disc(s)
    Format: CD / Album
    Label Lyrita
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