In 2013 the first public performance took place at Cratfield of a new song cycle we commissioned from Elena Langer for two high voices (Anna Dennis soprano and William Towers countertenor) with baroque ensemble, to texts by distinguished British poet Lee Harwood (1939-2015). This was also supported by the Haskel Family and Peter Moores Foundations and by the estate of our long-term supporter Irene Horwood, who died in 2012.
Recording the cycle, Landscape with Three People, and other works by Langer, then took place at Tom Southern’s initiative, supported by Blyth Valley Chamber Music and other trusts and individuals, including many of our regular concertgoers. The recording took place in the Britten Studio at Snape in 2014 and the CD, dedicated to the memory of our Founder Patrons, David and Linda Holmes, was released commercially by Harmonia Mundi USA in 2016. Click here for a four-star review on the Guardian website. The CD includes the two original singers, as well as Nicholas Daniel – who plays in the first 2016 Cratfield concert – in the important oboe part in Landscape.
The release of the CD coincided with the first public performances of Langer’s new opera Figaro Gets a Divorce by Welsh National Opera; in Cardiff, it was in repertoire with The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville.
Copies of the CD can be bought from Tom at a discounted price of £10 (+ £1.50 p&p, or collect from Aldeburgh). Phone him on 01728 452695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.