Music Production CD Reviews

Howard Skempton The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – BCMG / Roderick Williams / Chris Yates / Martyn Brabbins – NMC D234
https://www.nmcrec.co.uk/recording/rime-ancient-mariner

‘Superbly recorded and informatively annotated, this is a valuable addition to Skempton’s expanding discography and welcome acknowledgement of his significance in his 70th year.’

Gramophone

Julian Anderson Poetry Nearing Silence – Nash Ensemble / Martyn Brabbins – NMC D256
https://www.nmcrec.co.uk/recording/poetry-nearing-silence

‘These recordings… are not only technically immaculate, but also demonstrate the Nash Ensemble’s trademark commitment to contemporary repertoire that challenges performers in music blending forcefulness and economy, subtlety and spontaneity, to beguiling effect.’

Gramophone

David Sawer Rumpelstiltskin – BCMG / Martyn Brabbins – NMC D251
https://www.nmcrec.co.uk/recording/rumpelstiltskin

‘This performance by BCMG under Martyn Brabbins – recorded with pin-sharp clarity in Birmingham’s CBSO Centre – could hardly be more vivid.’

Gramophone

Erika Fox Paths – Goldfield Ensemble / Richard Baker – NMC D254
https://www.nmcrec.co.uk/recording/paths

‘The blend of the elegiac and the abrasive is compelling, and very well conveyed by these performers in a recording that catches the evolving interactions of the ensemble with vivid immediacy’.

Gramophone