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USHER, J.: Sacred Physic / A Reed in the Wind / L'isole della Laguna / What is the Price of Experience / Before Light Ends (Usher)

Sacred Physic

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Nikki Bloomfield

alto

Jonathan Price

cello

Janet Simpson

harpsichord

Nikki Bloomfield

oboe/cor anglais

Peter Lawson

piano

Julia Usher

rainstick

John Turner

recorder

John Turner

recorders

Lesley-Jane Rogers

soprano

Venue:

Concert Hall of the University of Manchester

10/11 Jan 2002

Producer:

David Lefeber



Engineer:

David Lefeber



Record Label
Metier

Genre:

Vocal & Song




Total Time - 70:43
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USHER, J.: Sacred Physic / A Reed in the Wind / L'isole della Laguna / What is the Price of Experience / Before Light Ends (Usher)

  SACRED PHYSIC  
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JULIA USHER

 

Sacred Physic (2001)

 
1 I Lament 1 1:48
2 II History 2 2:13
3 III Lament 2 2:44
4 IV Arioso 2:56
5 V Recitative 2:08
6 VI Salutation 1:28
7 VII Aria con Obbligato 1:58
8 VIII Intermezzo 1:19
9 XI Dramatic Quartet 3:31
10 X Trio and Close 3:02
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 John Turner recorders
 Nikki Bloomfield oboe/cor anglais
 Jonathan Price cello
 Janet Simpson harpsichord
 

A Reed in the Wind (1981)

 
11 I Mistral 2:07
12 II Sirocco 2:12
13 III Zephirus 1:55
14 IV Bora 2:29
15 V Khamsin 3:30
16 VI Harmattan 2:15
   
17 

Before Light Ends (2001)

6:00
 Peter Lawson piano
 

Le Isole della Laguna (1984)

 
18 I Torcello 6:51
19 II Merletti di Burano 3:17
20 III San Francesco del Derserto 6:30
 John Turner recorders
 Peter Lawson piano
21 

What is the Price of Experience (2001)

6:35
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 Peter Lawson piano
22 

Invocation: 'Poor Naked Wretches' (2001)

3:55
 Nikki Bloomfield alto
 John Turner recorder
 Jonathan Price cello
 Peter Lawson piano
 Julia Usher rainstick
   


"Sacred Physic" is a dramatic madrigal after Shakespeare, telling the story of King Pericles and Marina. Together with the other works on this album it demonstrates Julia Usher’s individual and highly skilled writing.

“Metier is to be congratulated on producing the first commercial CD of Usher’s music. On the strength of the disc she certainly deserves to be better known and I hope it does well. {The vocal works] show the sensitivity Julia Usher has for the English language and what talent she has for the dramatic situation… showing genuine flexibility with a voice more her own.”

 

John Leeman


“Here is a CD which exemplifies Metier’s unique flair for presenting contemporary British music to best advantage. The vocal texts are of the highest quality. This is an excellent, highly desirable portrait CD of an interesting composer, who has preserved an ever open, enquiring attitude to music and its performance.”

Peter Grahame Woolf
 

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