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Emily Howard: Magnetite

Elias String Quartet, scapegoat, Alexandra Dariescu, Lucy Goddard, Simon Whiteley, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Gourlay

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Emily Howard; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Gourlay
Emily Howard; Lucy Goddard; Simon Whiteley
Emily Howard; Alexandra Dariescu; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Gourlay
Emily Howard; scapegoat
Emily Howard; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Gourlay
Emily Howard; Elias String Quartet
Total Playing Time    78:24
"Four Stars ... the results are delicate, detailed and rigourous. This is an engaging introduction to Howard’s music, expertly played."
- The Guardian

The Elias String Quartet, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Andrew Gourlay dedicate this album to composer Emily Howard, showcasing the title piece Magnetite, Howard’s first major commission for the orchestra. Magnetite is the oldest known magnetic substance and Howard describes the work as "a journey deep inside one of these crystals." Continuing a similar theme, Solar creates a musical image of the sun, using luminous, resonant sonorities and bursts of energy. Mesmerism for piano and chamber orchestra is one in a series of compositions inspired by Ada Lovelace, the pioneering mathematician and daughter of Byron. This piece won a British Composer Award in 2012 for its lucid and beautiful harmonic language, sustaining at its heart a great sense of stillness. The programme also features selections for smaller forces, with guest soloists mezzo-soprano Lucy Goddard, bassist Simon Whiteley, pianist Alexandra Dariescu and experimental saxophone and percussion duo scapegoat.
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Solar, Magnetite and Mesmerism were recorded on September 8 and 9, 2015 at Liverpool Friary, Church of St Mary of the Angels, Liverpool
Afference was recorded on May 1, 2015 at Menuhin Hall, Yehudi, Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey
Threnos was recorded on December 1, 2015 at All Saints East Finchley, London
Recording producer and engineer: David Lefeber
Leviathan was recorded on November 22, 2015 at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Recording producer and engineer: Stephen Guy

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