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Roderick Williams / BBC Singers / Nash Ensemble

Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem

  • Type CD
  • Label Signum Classics
  • UPC 0635212036822
  • Catalog number SIGCD 368
  • Release date 11 April 2014
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About the album

As 2014 heralds the composer’s 80th year, Harrison Birtwistle remains one of the most popular voices in contemporary composition in the UK and beyond. This new collection of premiere recordings draws together recent commissions with older works to mark the occasion, with characteristically flawless performances from the BBC Singers under Nicholas Kok. They are joined on this album by the Nash Ensemble and baritone Roderick Williams. 

"Mr. Birtwistle’s characteristic melodic angularity and rhythmic complexity are duly represented in six pieces written between 1965 and 2012, including two strikingly evocative recent triumphs — the buoyantly mystic “Ring Dance of the Nazarene” and the shadowy, haunting “Moth Requiem” — with all of it sung supremely well." The New York Times

"Recorded after a memorable Proms UK premiere last year, The Moth Requiem is one of Birtwistle's most austerely beautiful works ... The Ring Dance of the Nazarene, featuring a standout contribution from Williams, is similarly striking, as are performances and recording." Classical Music Magazine, 5 Stars, April 2014

 "Best Classical CDs of 2014, No.2" The Guardian, December 2014

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    1
    The Ring Dance of the Nazarene
     
    24:16
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    Three Latin Motets from
     
    03:41
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    Three Latin Motets from
     
    02:50
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    Three Latin Motets from
     
    03:27
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    Carmen Paschale
     
    05:52
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    Lullaby
     
    02:09
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    On the Sheer Threshold of the Night
     
    13:16
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    The Moth Requiem
     
    18:34

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