NMC Sampler
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NMC Sampler

1 April 2012

£7.90 (VAT included if applicable)
Song Title Artist
Rise Up, My Love: I Rise Up, My Love Exaudi / James Weeks, Director
The Tocher (Rossini Suite): I Allegro brillante Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Choir of King Edward's School / Martyn Brabbins, conductor
El Rey de Francia Schubert Ensemble
After the Rain: Chorale City of London Sinfonia / Richard Hickox, conductor
American Rounds: I Schubert Ensemble
Cartoon Music Decibel
Severn Bridge Variations: Malcolm Arnold BBC Symphony Orchestra / Jac van Steen, conductor
Jonathan Harvey: Ah! Sun-flower Claire Booth, soprano / Huw Watkins, piano
Midnight Sun Philip Mead, Piano
Tansy Davies: Inside Out [rout]

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 April 2012
  • Label: NMC
  • Copyright: 2012 NMC Recordings
  • Total Length: 31:18
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B007GN6W06
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,139 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a listen even if not all the tracks appeal. 6 April 2012
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Whilst some of this music is not to my taste, I appreciate the opportunity to download the sampler for free. I have now started to investigate the composers and find out more about their music and that is surely partly what a sampler is about. Hence the 4 stars.

I am not sure whether all the pieces can really be described as contemporary though - if that was the intention (a proper description is not really given as far as I can see). For example Track 2 is an arrangement by Benjamin Britten of a piece by Rossini and which Britten originally used as part of the soundtrack for a film called 'The Tocher'. This was in 1938 so hardly contemporary. It is a fun piece though and worth a listen - it later became part of the suite Britten called 'Soirées Musicales'.

I didn't know the Malcolm Arnold 'Severn Bridge Variations' (track 7) but guessed this was also rather unlikely to be contemporary. It turns out to be one of a series of variations written as a collaborative venture by Arnold, Alun Hoddinott, Nicholas Maw, Daniel Jones, Grace Williams and Michael Tippett and written in 1966 according to Wikipedia. I found the 1 min 39 secs track a bit frustrating, being so short - but perhaps that will encourage me to listen to the whole work!

'American Rounds' by Martin Butler was written in 1998 and commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble and I found it quite appealing and will try to hear more of this piece - I found information about it on the OUP music website if anyone else is interested.

I shall spend some time looking into the other pieces/composers I am unfamiliar with but I wonder how many people will bother to do this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK 26 Dec 2012
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Easy listening - I only chose it as it was free, but I enjoyed it.
It isn't what I usually listen to, but worth a freebie!
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1.0 out of 5 stars How did anyone get this free? 16 Oct 2012
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There's obviously something going on here... why £7.49 if it should be free? Is there a secret password to be used or a discount code?
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