ANDERSON Fantasias, The Crazed Moon & The Discovery of Heaven

“[The Discovery of Heaven] combines the spacious and the frenetic, timelessness and urgency, within an overall sense of luminosity. Fantasias (2009) is a magnificent showpiece for 21st-century orchestra, especially in this terrific performance...This is stunning music, played superbly and captured in good sound.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

“The players sounds as if they are enjoying what is, at the very least, a glittering workout...Neither effete nor vulgar, this might just be the new music you've been waiting for, its wow-factor surface fluency only part of the story. Strongly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 19 March 2011 (The Crazed Moon), 3 December 2011 (Fantasias) and 24 March 2012 (The Discovery of Heaven).

Julian Anderson is one of the UK’s most exciting living composers. He has been described by The Times as ‘a composer to cherish’ and by the Evening Standard as ‘one of the finest composers of his generation’. His work Harmony opened the 2013 BBC Proms and his opera Thebans will be premiered at English National Opera in May 2014. This season he also starts a three-year post as Composer in Residence at Wigmore Hall.

Anderson has been the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer in Residence since 2010. This is the first album of his works performed by the Orchestra, and includes one world premiere performance and two world premiere recordings.

This world premiere performance of The Discovery of Heaven won a 2012 Sky Arts Award in the Classical category.

This disc is conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, the LPO’s Principal Conductor; and young British conductor/composer Ryan Wigglesworth, who is rapidly making a name for himself on the international scene.

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