Nigel’s wind orchestra works `Earthrise’, `Heritage Suite’ (What Hope Saw) and `Their Finest Hour’ have just been released on the Naxos Label performed by the Middle Tennessee Wind Ensemble under the baton of Dr Reed Thomas. Also featured on the disc are works by Jesús Santandreu and Kit Turbull.
Disc details are: Naxos EARTHRISE: Music for Wind Band – 8.573184
Naxos description of the recording is as follows:
This program presents exciting new works by three composers whose backgrounds range from military bands to rock and jazz music. Nigel Clarke’s Earthrise represents the drama of the entire NASA Apollo 8 flight. This contrasts with the Heritage Suite, a representation of the day-to-day life of the historic market town of West Malling in Kent, England. Celebrating the Battle of Britain in 1940, Their Finest Hour uses the actual alarm bell which called the RAF fighter pilots to their planes. In Kit Turnbull’s striking evocation the trombone assumes the rôle of the griot, a poet, storyteller and musician who chronicles West African tribal stories through words, mime and movement. Jesús Santandreu’s Sortes Diabolorum evokes the violence of the Inquisition and the ultimate triumph of common sense over superstition.