This CD was recorded during our first years recidency at the Town Hall, Birmingham. It contains the chamber version of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony originally arranged for Chamber Ensemble by Schonberg’s pupil Erwin Stein and reconstructed here by conductor Alexander Platt, and a Premiere Recording of Berlioz’s Nuits d’Été, arranged for voice and Chamber Ensemble (with mezzo soprano Heather Shipp) by composer David Matthews.
Recorded: 25 March 2009 in Birmingham Town Hall
Released: October 2011 with Somm Records (SOMMCD245)
Carmen, Opera North.
Financial Times (January 2011)
‘Heather Shipp’s slim-and-sexy Carmen makes a powerful centrepiece… she gives the part her considerable all’.
Independent on Sunday
‘Breasts and teeth bared, nose bloodied, her light voice stripped and twisted into a mocking, cooing delivery, Heather Shipp’s Carmen shivers and buckles with masochistic joy’.
Observer on Sunday
‘Heather Shipp’s highly physical Carmen has dark allure’.
‘Heather Shipp has created the most complete Carmen.. Independent, as free as a bird and yet thoughtful and touchingly ordinary, a sort of girl next door Carmen. The voice has an attractive timbre, light and flexible;’ but with ample power to cut across the orchestra.
The Arts Desk.com
‘Heather Shipps’ vibrant Carmen… Shipp is a wonderful actress, completely in thrall to Kramer’s conception of the piece… The love scene in Act Two sounds marvellous’.