CD: Marin Alsop conducts Macmillan, Adès and Higdon
James Macmillan b 1959 The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Thomas Adès b 1971 Chamber Symphony, Op 2
Jennifer Higdon b 1962 Percussion Concerto GRAMMY AWARD WINNER 2010
These live recordings of three modern classics reflect the London Philharmonic Orchestra's commitment to contemporary composers. The first two are breakthrough works from 1990 by British composers Thomas Adès and James Macmillan, the third a spectacular concerto by Jennifer Higdon, one of America's most successful composers. Marin Alsop and Colin Currie give impassioned performances revealing the full range of emotions contained in the music.
£9.99 1 Audio CD
Available as mp3 downloads.
Higdon Percussion Concerto excerpt
GRAMMY AWARD WINNER 2010 in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition category for the Jennifer Higdon.
JAMES MACMILLAN The Confession of Isobel Gowdie THOMAS ADÈS Chamber Symphony, Op 2 JENNIFER HIGDON Percussion Concerto European première performance; Première recording
'vivid accounts of visceral, career-launching contemporary works'. Gramophone Magazine February 2009
MARIN ALSOP conductor COLIN CURRIE percussion LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Pieter Schoeman leader
Colin Currie performs the cadenza of the Higdon Concerto as an encore in Seoul.
Macmillan and Adès recorded live at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 30 January 2006. Higdon recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, 15 December 2007, by BBC Radio 3.
Publishers Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd (Macmillan); Faber Music Ltd (Adès); Lawdon Press (Higdon)
Total playing time 60:29 DDD stereo Released October 2008