℗ 2016 NMC Recordings
 

Martin Butler: Dirty Beasts & Other Chamber Works

Martin Butler, Simon Callow, New London Chamber Ensemble, Neyire Ashworth, Robert Manasse, Leon Bosch, Navarra String Quartet

Available in 96 kHz / 24-bit AIFF and FLAC high-resolution audio formats

"... well-balanced recording ... an eloquent showcase of Butler’s music."
- BBC Radio 3

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Dirty Beasts  
1
I. The Pig
Simon Callow; Martin Butler; Simon Callow; New London Chamber Ensemble; Martin Butler
3:38
2
II. The Tummy Beast
Simon Callow; Martin Butler; Simon Callow; New London Chamber Ensemble; Martin Butler
3:22
3
III. The Crocodile
Simon Callow; Martin Butler; Simon Callow; New London Chamber Ensemble; Martin Butler
1:39
Down-Hollow Winds  
4
I. Pesante
Martin Butler; New London Chamber Ensemble
3:33
5
II. Vivace
Martin Butler; New London Chamber Ensemble
2:24
6
III. Lontano
Martin Butler; New London Chamber Ensemble
3:38
7
IV. Energico
Martin Butler; New London Chamber Ensemble
3:57
8
V. Piacevole
Martin Butler; New London Chamber Ensemble
2:20
9
Lovesongs Waltzes
Martin Butler; Neyire Ashworth; Martin Butler
11:22
10
Rumba Machine
Martin Butler; Martin Butler
4:33
11
Fall
Martin Butler; Robert Manasse; Martin Butler
6:05
Préludes inégales  
12
I. Carousels
Martin Butler; Martin Butler
5:52
13
II. Circuits
Martin Butler; Martin Butler
3:45
14
III. Chaméléon
Martin Butler; Martin Butler
3:52
15
Rondes d'Automne
Martin Butler; Leon Bosch; New London Chamber Ensemble; Navarra String Quartet
17:21
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    77:21
"Four Stars ... accompanied by the New London Chamber Ensemble, the lip-smacking Simon Callow is great as the narrator ... just relish the intricacy and colour of Down-Hollow Winds for wind quintet ..."
- The Sunday Times

On this album's intriguing title track Dirty Beasts, pianist Martin Butler sets three verses from Roald Dahl's hilarious collection of poems. The deliciously gruesome but immediately accessible work for speaker, piano and wind quintet is narrated by Simon Callow, who brings to life the stories of the Crocodile, Tummy Beast and Pig with a variety of gloriously ebullient regional accents. Butler's playfully evocative music is wonderfully realized by the New London Chamber Ensemble and members of the Navarra String Quartet. The pianist-composer also performs two solo works and presents a pair of chamber pieces which showcase his lyrical music, strongly influenced by dance form, rhythms, jazz and improvisation.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – NMC Recordings Studio Masters

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