© 2008 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2008 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd (tracks 1-5); BBC (track 6)
MacMillan and Adès recorded live at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on 30 January 2006; Higdon recorded by BBC Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, on 15 December 2007
Publishers: Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd (MacMillan); Faber Music Ltd (Adès); Lawdon Press (Higdon)
Total playing time 60:29
DDD Stereo
Released October 2008

CD: Alsop conducts MacMillan, Adès & Higdon

LPO conducted by Marin Alsop

James MacMillan The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Thomas Adès Chamber Symphony, Op. 2
Jennifer Higdon Percussion Concerto (European premiere performance; premiere recording; Grammy Award Winner 2010)

Marin Alsop conductor
Colin Currie percussion
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader

These live recordings of three modern classics reflect the London Philharmonic Orchestra's commitment to contemporary composers. The first two are breakthrough works from 1990 by British composers Thomas Adès and James MacMillan, the third a spectacular concerto by Jennifer Higdon, one of America's most successful composers. Marin Alsop and Colin Currie give impassioned performances revealing the full range of emotions contained in the music.

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'Vivid accounts of visceral, career-launching contemporary works ... Marin Alsop, moreover, has its [Macmillan’s The Confession of Isobel Gowdie] measure far more than Sir Colin Davis, while the LPO give everything in an account that should convince those hearing the piece for the first time.'
Gramophone, February 2009

'These live LPO recordings are the best possible advert for new classical music … Thanks to Alsop’s flair the MacMillan has unrivalled intensity, the Adès goes with a swing and Higdon’s flimsy concerto sounds like a joyride.'
Financial Times, 1 November 2008


Colin Currie performs the cadenza of the Higdon Concerto as an encore in Seoul:

CD-0035 video

Colin Currie performs Higdon

Colin Currie performs the cadenza from the Higdon Percussion concerto as an encore in Seoul


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