Music of the Spheres
Mozart’s 41st and final symphony, ‘Jupiter’, and the world premiere recording of Max Richter’s ‘Journey (CP1919)’
Introit: The Music of Gerald Finzi
The British choral composer, Gerald Finzi’s classic works reimagined.

Simon Holt: a table of noises
This fourth, full-length album of music by multi award-winning composer Simon Holt on NMC showcases his highly narrative orchestral compositions. Nicholas conducts the Hallé Orchestra in witness to a snow miracle which depicts the story of the life, and particularly gruesome death, of St Eulalia of Merida, while a table of noises is inspired by Holt’s memories of a great uncle who was a one-legged taxidermist and limits the instrumentalist to the instruments they can fit on a table.

Haydn and Ligeti Concertos and Capriccios
Shai Wosner has established himself as one of today s leading Schubert interpreters. He is also equally at home in Classical, Romantic and Contemporary repertoire, often in unusual combinations which are both thought provoking: Brahms and Schoenberg for example, or delightfully quirky, as on this new recording for ONYX, featuring Nicholas conducting the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Frederick Delius: Violin Concerto/Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto/Robin Milford: The Darkling Thrush
Violinist Philippe Graffin couples his recording of Britten’s bittersweet Violin Concerto with Delius’s Violin Concerto, the latter given special resonance by being played from the perspective of Albert Sammons’s extensively marked playing copy of the solo part. To both works, Graffin brings a personal view and warmly expressive playing. The programme is completed by a world premiere recording of Robin Milford’s delightful The Darkling Thrush for violin and orchestra, a sort of wintertime Lark Ascending after a Thomas Hardy poem. Dating from 1928, this gloriously atmospheric piece proves to be a worthwhile discovery that all enthusiasts for inter-war English orchestral music will want to explore.

Insomnia is the second Warner Classics album from Aurora Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon. In a typically colourful themed programme it explores the night, its thoughts and dreams and the hazy space between waking and sleeping. Britten’s Nocturne – with tenor Allan Clayton – and Brett Dean’s Pastoral Symphony are juxtaposed with music by Couperin, Ligeti, Gurney, The Beatles and R.E.M.

Music from America, by Adams, Copland, Ives, Nico Muhly
Sam Amidon & Dawn Landes (vocalists)
Aurora Orchestra

Colin Matthews / ‘No Man’s Land’ and ‘Aftertones’
Ian Bostridge (tenor) and Roderick Williams (baritone)
Halle Orchestra
Halle Choir

Ben Foskett / From Trumpet
Halle Orchestra

Richard Causton / Millennium Scenes
Halle Orchestra
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Humet: Niwa
London Sinfonietta
Nicholas Collon
Ramon Humet

Michael Morpurgo: The Mozart Question
Children’s author Michael Morpurgo is perhaps best known for his book War Horse, which has enjoyed success as a film and on the West End stage. Here the former Children’s Laureate narrates his equally touching book The Mozart Question, an eloquent and ultimately uplifting story charting a small boy’s discovery of his love for the violin, and of his parents’ traumatic past in a concentration camp during the Second World War.Featuring Michael Morpurgo and Alison Reid (narrators); Nicholas Collon (conductor); Jack Liebeck (violin) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The story’s narration is interleaved with music by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Messiaen and J Strauss.

New Music Show
A CD of new commissions from some of the most exciting emerging composers of our time, including a selection of works generated through the Writing the Future scheme, captured live in concert.
1. Martin Suckling Candlebird
2. Edmund Finnis Veneer, for viola and reverb
3. Isambard Khroustaliov Zoetrope
4. Tim Hodgkinson The Glow and Zig-Zag, for horn
5. Shiva Feshareki Valentine’s Rhapsody
6. Duncan MacLeod Diesis, for double bass and live electronics
Leigh Melrose (baritone)
Nicholas Collon (conductor)
Paul Silverthorne (viola)
Michael Thompson (horn)
Enno Senft (double bass)
Sound Intermedia (live electronics)
London Sinfonietta

Muhly: Seeing Is Believing
Thomas Gould
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon

David Campbell
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon