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WISEMAN, D.: Different Voices (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiseman)

Composer(s):Wiseman, Debbie
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572022
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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‘“How about composing a new Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra?” suggested Ian Maclay, the General Manager of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I’ve always loved composing for full symphony orchestra, so this was a challenge that simply had to be met! I conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the first live performance at London’s Cadogan Hall with Hayley Westenra adding her special touch to the song and Stephen Fry narrating in his own inimitable fashion. The result of that live performance is this CD. It was a truly memorable and exciting experience, and I hope you enjoy listening to Different Voices as much as I enjoyed composing the piece.’ – Debbie Wiseman


Review By Anna Britten,Classic FM,January 2009

As in its inspiration, Peter and the Wolf, the characters in this new work—imagined by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's Ian Maclay and realised by leading British composer Debbie Wiseman—are played by orchestral instruments. There's a flute for gutsy young heroine Ellie, violin for her free spirit pal Jo, and percussion to illustrate the catastrophic 'redevelopment' of their beloved park (this story's big bad wolf) that the pair battle to prevent. Stephen Fry narrates the eco-fable with his usual avuncular gravitas.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,October 2008

Will Different Voices become that much needed modern alternative to Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra?



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