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In Time of Daffodils
John Metcalfe

Jeremy Huw Williams / Thomas Bowes / Gerard McChrystal

In Time of Daffodils

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212010327
Catnr: SIGCD 103
Release date: 01 September 2007
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212010327
Catalogue number
SIGCD 103
Release date
01 September 2007
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About the album

World renowned Welsh composer, John Metcalf presents his new work, In Time of Daffodils. A song cycle, originally set for voice & piano, Metcalf has extended his own work into an orchestral masterpiece, setting the words of much loved poets to the six concluding songs of the cycle.

Metcalf drew on material from 12 years of creative work to produce the three works which appear on his latest release. Metcalf emphasises the connections in the way the movements were conceived; originating as a whole or in part as works with piano. Metcalf embraced the pan-diatonic or ‘white note’ style when composingParadise Haunts and Three Mobiles encompassing a sense of minimalism in each, yet the movements are both distinctive; Three Mobiles has a larger rhythmic complexity than the more sublime former.

The BBC National Orchestra perform beautifully with Thomas Bowes and Gerard McChrystal interweaving with leading lines on violin and saxophone. The final movement, In Time of Daffodils is a collection of beautiful songs performed by Jeremy Huw Williams, (baritone). The songs are based on texts from 7 poems by poets including William Wordsworth and Amy Lowell, based around the central theme – and emblem of Wales – the daffodil.

Artist(s)

Thomas Bowes (baritone)

“In everything he played, Bowes revealed an exacting and deeply felt musicianship.” Los Angeles Times “The playing was superb: brilliant, authoritative, free, passionate, totally committed, and powerfully projected. Bowes’ tone is intense, variable and pure; his identification with every style was complete,…” Strings Magazine USA The product of many years of steady growth, the playing of Thomas Bowes is now fast gaining international recognition. Not a child prodigy, or an early developer, Bowes has spent many years developing an unusually deep and expressive musical personality. In concerto repertoire Bowes has featured British composers. He has played the Elgar concerto in the USA and Germany as well as in the UK, most recently with the Hallé and Mark Elder. With the...
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“In everything he played, Bowes revealed an exacting and deeply felt musicianship.” Los Angeles Times “The playing was superb: brilliant, authoritative, free, passionate, totally committed, and powerfully projected. Bowes’ tone is intense, variable and pure; his identification with every style was complete,…” Strings Magazine USA The product of many years of steady growth, the playing of Thomas Bowes is now fast gaining international recognition. Not a child prodigy, or an early developer, Bowes has spent many years developing an unusually deep and expressive musical personality. In concerto repertoire Bowes has featured British composers. He has played the Elgar concerto in the USA and Germany as well as in the UK, most recently with the Hallé and Mark Elder. With the Britten concerto he made a dramatic German debut with the Bremen Philharmonic, stepping in at less than 24 hours notice for performances BIOGRAPHIES with Sian Edwards in 2003. Bowes also has a deep knowledge of that other glory of the English violin concerto, that by Walton. In 2004, he spent 3 weeks at the invitation of Lady Walton studying the work at the composer’s home on Ischia. He performed it in Oxford in 2005 in collaboration with the late Vernon Handley: “First up was Walton’s highly passionate Violin Concerto, handled with immense skill by Thomas Bowes… The result is an extraordinary fusion of the player and the music, in which Bowes seems to engage totally with the composer’s emotions and intentions…And all this was combined with Bowes’s own musicianship, technical mastery and tonal purity to produce a performance of rare quality.” Oxford Times. Bowes has excelled with the sensual and still little played Szymanowski concertos, making a specially recorded broadcast of No.2 for the 1998 BBC Proms season with the Ulster Orchestra and Takou Yuasa. Future plans include the concertos of Bartók and Schoenberg.
Bowes is an enthusiastic champion of contemporary music and made his debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the world premiere of John Metcalf’s concerto “Paradise Haunts…”. He has recorded the work for Signum Classics with the BBC NOW and Grant Llewellyn. In 2001 he premiered the concerto of Eleanor Alberga with the SCO and Joseph Swensen to a flourish of rave reviews. The work was an SCO commission. Plans for a second Alberga concerto are taking shape. Born in Hertfordshire and graduating from the masterclass of Bela Katona at Trinity College of Music in 1982, Bowes joined the London Philharmonic in 1985 and a year later the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. In 1987 he gave his London recital debut and between 1988 and1992 was the founding leader of the Maggini String Quartet. In 1989 he was invited to become the leader of the London Mozart Players, making a BBC Proms debut with them and Jane Glover in 1991. Still in demand as a guest leader, Bowes has led many of the UK’s finest orchestras – LSO, Philharmonia, RPO, London Sinfonietta, SCO, BBC Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, and in France, L’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Bowes has also concert-mastered plenty of film scores, working closely with many eminent film composers. But it is as a solo artist, both as recitalist and concerto player, that he has made the greatest impression since 1993. Forming, in 1995, the duo “Double Exposure” with his wife, the composer and pianist Eleanor Alberga, the Duo toured regularly and extensively in the USA until 2000. They made a ground breaking trip to five Chinese cities in 1997 as well as broadcasting and concertising in the UK. The repertoire was adventurous and featured commissions and first performances from Alberga herself as well as a host of US and UK composers. A New York recital at Carnegie in 2000 was extensively and tellingly reviewd by the distinguished writer Paul Griffiths in the New York Times.
In 2003 Bowes became the Artistic Director of the Langvad Chamber Music Jamboree in northern Denmark and more recently with Eleanor Alberga founded the chamber music festival Arcadia in north Herefordshire.

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Gerard McChrystal (saxophone)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) is one of the UK’s most versatile orchestras, with a varied range of work as both a broadcast orchestra and national sym- phony orchestra of Wales. The orchestra’s adventurous programming is driven by principal conductor Thomas Søndergård and conductor laureate Tadaaki Otaka; the Welsh composer Huw Watkins is the orchestra’s composer-in-association. Generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, and part of BBC Wales, BBC NOW is orchestra-in-residence at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall, and performs a busy series of live concerts throughout Wales and the UK, with almost all of its performances heard on the BBC. BBC NOW appears biennially at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and annually at the BBC Proms....
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The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) is one of the UK’s most versatile orchestras, with a varied range of work as both a broadcast orchestra and national sym- phony orchestra of Wales. The orchestra’s adventurous programming is driven by principal conductor Thomas Søndergård and conductor laureate Tadaaki Otaka; the Welsh composer Huw Watkins is the orchestra’s composer-in-association.

Generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, and part of BBC Wales, BBC NOW is orchestra-in-residence at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall, and performs a busy series of live concerts throughout Wales and the UK, with almost all of its performances heard on the BBC. BBC NOW appears biennially at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and annually at the BBC Proms. Autumn 2015 saw one of its most ambitious tours as the orchestra visited South America, including a community residency celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia.

The orchestra’s home is BBC Hoddinott Hall, a world-class concert hall and recording studio based in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, where BBC NOW continues its work as the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestra.


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Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

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01.
Paradise Haunts
25:13
(John Metcalf) Thomas Bowes, Gerard McChrystal, Jeremy Huw Williams, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
02.
Three Mobiles:: Mobile I
02:58
(John Metcalf) Thomas Bowes, Gerard McChrystal, Jeremy Huw Williams, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
03.
Three Mobiles:: Mobile II
08:01
(John Metcalf) Thomas Bowes, Gerard McChrystal, Jeremy Huw Williams, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
04.
Three Mobiles:: Mobile III.
03:11
(John Metcalf) Thomas Bowes, Gerard McChrystal, Jeremy Huw Williams, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
05.
In Time of Daffodils:: The Lent Lily
04:01
(John Metcalf) Thomas Bowes, Gerard McChrystal, Jeremy Huw Williams, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
06.
In Time of Daffodils:: Daffodils
05:48
(John Metcalf) Thomas Bowes, Gerard McChrystal, Jeremy Huw Williams, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
07.
In Time of Daffodils:: White and Green
01:46
(John Metcalf) Thomas Bowes, Gerard McChrystal, Jeremy Huw Williams, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
08.
In Time of Daffodils:: Interlude
01:42
(John Metcalf) Thomas Bowes, Gerard McChrystal, Jeremy Huw Williams, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
09.
In Time of Daffodils:: To Daffodils
03:41
(John Metcalf) Thomas Bowes, Gerard McChrystal, Jeremy Huw Williams, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
10.
In Time of Daffodils:: A Thing of Beauty
07:39
(John Metcalf) Thomas Bowes, Gerard McChrystal, Jeremy Huw Williams, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
11.
In Time of Daffodils:: To an Early Daffodil
02:29
(John Metcalf) Thomas Bowes, Gerard McChrystal, Jeremy Huw Williams, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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