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  • Performer: Antony Pay, Helen Tunstall, Mary King, Michael Thompson
  • Orchestra: London Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta Voices
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Composer: Harrison Birtwistle
  • Audio CD (28 Jan. 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: NMC
  • ASIN: B000027J0Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Melencolia IAntony Pay, clarinet/ London Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen, conductor 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Melencolia IAntony Pay, clarinet/ London Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen, conductor 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Melencolia IAntony Pay, clarinet/ London Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen, conductor 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Melencolia IAntony Pay, clarinet/ London Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen, conductor 5:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Melencolia IAntony Pay, clarinet/ London Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen, conductor 6:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ritual FragmentLondon Sinfonietta11:33Album Only
Listen  7. MeridianLondon Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen, conductor 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. MeridianMary King, mezzo/ Michael Thompson, horn/ Christopher van Kampen, cello/ Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. MeridianMary King, mezzo/ Michael Thompson, horn/ Christopher van Kampen, cello/ Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. MeridianMary King, mezzo/ Michael Thompson, horn/ Christopher van Kampen, cello/ Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. MeridianMary King, mezzo/ Michael Thompson, horn/ Christopher van Kampen, cello/ Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. MeridianMary King, mezzo/ Michael Thompson, horn/ Christopher van Kampen, cello/ Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen 1:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. MeridianMary King, mezzo/ Michael Thompson, horn/ Christopher van Kampen, cello/ Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. MeridianMary King, mezzo/ Michael Thompson, horn/ Christopher van Kampen, cello/ Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. MeridianMary King, mezzo/ Michael Thompson, horn/ Christopher van Kampen, cello/ Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. MeridianMary King, mezzo/ Michael Thompson, horn/ Christopher van Kampen, cello/ Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
All three works on this disc are essential Birtwistle. Oliver Knussen is one of best conductors in the world. The London Sinfonietta needs no introduction. And NMC is one of the great independent labels. What else do you need?
Well, I know Birtwistle's music alienates some people, and in its way it is more radical than anything 50/60s Darmstadt serialism could offer. But it is perhaps also the most interesting, often in a extra-musical way.
Birtwistle, perhaps like Michel Foucault, seems to engage with forgotten areas of history (both musical and cultural, especially that of Britain). He makes history seem a strange, different, and incomprehensible world; he stresses its difference, and thus makes us re-exmaine our current position and cultural acrtivity. Like Stravinsky's Agon, his music problematises a notion of linear and progressive development. It is a critique of the rationalism and humanism of the Modern world, and the goal-orientated music that 'accompanied' it. Witness his interogation of pulse and clock time in Silbury Air (on Etcetera), narrative and the idea of character in the Mask of Orpheus (NMC), and, again somewhat like Foucault, his privileging of the sensous, pre-rational world of Archaic/early Classical Greece (eg, Tragoedia (Decca Britain)).
It is primeval music, yet could not have been written at any other time. In a cultural, not musical, sense, it perhaps exhibits, at the very least lays the foundations for, a radical postmodernity (Musical discussion of the modern and postmodern seems to revolve around whether so-and-so's music has a melody or not!)
The best description for all his music is probably Mechanical Pastoral.
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Some essential Birtwistle 23 Aug. 2001
By Dizaner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
All three works on this disc are essential Birtwistle. Oliver Knussen is one of best conductors in the world. The London Sinfonietta needs no introduction. And NMC is one of the great independent labels. What else do you need?
Well, I know Birtwistle's music alienates some people, and in its way it is more radical than anything 50/60s Darmstadt serialism could offer. But it is perhaps also the most interesting, often in a extra-musical way.
Birtwistle seems to engage with forgotten areas of history (both musical and cultural, especially that of Britain). He makes history seem a strange, different, and incomprehensible world; he stresses its difference, and thus makes us re-exmaine our current position and cultural acrtivity. Like Stravinsky's Agon, his music problematises a notion of linear and progressive development. It is a critique of the rationalism and humanism of the Modern world, and the goal-orientated music that 'accompanied' it. Witness his interogation of pulse and clock time in Silbury Air (on Etcetera), narrative and the idea of character in the Mask of Orpheus (NMC), and his privileging of the sensous, pre-rational world of Archaic/early Classical Greece (eg, Tragoedia (Decca Britain)).
It is primeval music, yet could not have been written at any other time. In a cultural, not musical, sense, it perhaps exhibits, at the very least lays the foundations for, a radical postmodernity (Musical discussion of the modern and postmodern seems to revolve around whether so-and-so's music has a melody or not!)
The best description for a lot of his music is probably Mechanical Pastoral. Both modern and old, simple yet ellusive, robotic but sadly human, intergorrative and submissive, foreign yet instantly recognisable, his is the music I often have to struggle with the most to begin to comprehend. I don't understand the half of it, but that's what I love about it.
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