Nash Ensemble release Anderson chamber disc

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Following NMC’s 2007 Gramophone Award-nominated Anderson portrait disc Book of Hours, in September the company will release a disc of chamber pieces performed by the Nash Ensemble. The album will include The Colour of Pomegranates for alto flute and piano, Another Prayer for solo violin, The Bearded Lady for clarinet and piano, and the violin-duo version of Ring Dance, alongside three works originally composed for the Nash players: the viola solo Prayer, and two works for chamber ensemble, Van Gogh Blue and Poetry Nearing Silence.



Composed in 1997, Poetry Nearing Silence is a collection of eight engagingly quirky miniatures inspired by the work of artist Tom Phillips. In this work, commissioned by the Nash Ensemble, the highly contrasted, often bizarre, juxtapositions of Phillips’s The Heart of a Humument – which sees him ‘treating’ an obscure late Victorian novel by selecting certain words and phrases, and then painting over the rest of each page – are mirrored in vividly imagined music whose pithy energy creates a playful, virtuoso tour de force for all seven instruments.

Find out more at the NMC website.


Ondine disc shortlisted for award
Meanwhile, a new disc from Ondine, featuring premiere recordings of Julian Anderson’s Heaven is Shy of Earth and The Comedy of Change has been shortlisted for a Gramophone Award. Susan Bickley joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the oratorio whilst the London Sinfonietta perform the ballet score. Both works appear in live recordings conducted by the much-missed Oliver Knussen.