UYMP is delighted that Frederick Viner has won the University of York Music Department's STR Music Composition Prize, with his new piece The Annunciation for SATB divisi. The prize is sponsored by Sean Rourke. The Annunciation, the only work to be announced in an otherwise 'mystery' concert programme to be given by The 24 directed by Robert Hollingworth, will be premiered at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall tomorrow evening, February 19th 2020, at 7.30pm. Besides Viner's premiere, the carefully-planned programme will span some fascinating works from the 16th to the 20th centuries. More details at York Concerts. Many congratulations to Fred!
Luis Tinoco’s new CD ‘Archipelago’ on Odradek ODRCD398 has been recommended highly by Radio France’s ‘France Musique’ ‘En Pistes, contemporains’ (Sunday 2nd February, 2020). Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier called it ‘a very good disc produced by the beautiful Odradek’ and said that Luis Tinoco’s music contrasts with some other percussion music written in the 20th/21st centuries - which is often a very easy repertoire and may try to create an impression (which sometimes hides a lack of inspiration). The presenter says ‘But it is not the case with Luis Tinoco, who has not forgotten the melodies at the heart of his universe’.
Hilda Paredes’ work for solo cello Zuhuy Kak, performed by the legendary Rohan de Saram has been released on 15th November 2019 on the CD 20th Century British Works for Solo Celloon First Hand Records (FHR045). The CD has received an excellent review by BBC Music Magazine (November 2019). Helen Wallace writes: 'Saram, former cellist of the Arditti Quartet and a tireless adventurer in new music, marks his 80th birthday with a very personal collection, almost a musical ‘This is Your Life’. Each of the works was written for him by composer friends and colleagues over his six-decade-long career.
UYMP is very excited to announce that Ed Hughes’ work for choral a cappella vocal ensemble SSC-tTBarB, Sun, New Moon and Women Shouting will be performed by I Fagiolini at Kings Palace in London (25th April, 2020).
Tickets for the concert ‘Au Naturel: Nature Unwrapped’, featuring Hughes’ work, can be purchased here and I Fagiolini have also very graciously given permission for their recording of Sun, New Moon and Women Shouting to be featured on Hughes’ website.
Luís Tinoco’s new CD on Odradek has received two great reviews, in Memetaria in the USA by Thomas May and in Pizzicato by Remy Franck. Archipelago is reviewed as a recommended new release by May. He starts by saying: 'Have you heard the wonderful music of Luís Tinoco? I invite you to try out the latest album of his work, Archipelago, recently released on the Odradek label. I first encountered this excellent Portuguese composer and acclaimed radio host — who grew up in the post-revolution generation — in the early Morlot days with Seattle Symphony, when they played FrisLand, a kind of orchestral ode to Bill Frisell. (FrisLand is available, along with such works as Tinoco’s Cello Concerto, on his previous Odradek album, The Blue Voice of the Water).'
Luis Tinoco’s vibrant new CD Archipelago, released in November on Odradek, featured on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review with Andrew McGregor as part of its ‘New Year, New Music’ season last Saturday, 4th January, with compliments to everyone involved in the creation of the music and album. McGregor gives the CD a top rating: ‘It’s one of the best-recorded percussion ensembles I’ve heard in ages’. McGregor conveys the skill of the composer, the virtuousity of the performers and the expertise of the sound engineers when he says that Tinoco’s music is ‘showcased' in this new album by contemporary percussion ensemble Drumming GP’ and goes on to say: ‘Tinoco's music for them is interesting enough in its own right; you get Mind the Gap for solo marimba, his memories of travelling in London, as well as Genetically Modified Fados, reactions to old recordings of Portuguese (Fado) songs. But the recording itself is demonstration class; so vivid, airy and resonant. The album's called Archipelago; it's new from the Odradek label.’