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NMC Debut Disc released

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Mark's debut solo album Sudden Light was released in September 2016 by NMC. Available worldwide in all formats the disc displays Mark’s passion for orchestral writing and exploring its enormous timbral range.
The intoxicating Lyra for cello and orchestra was described 'as a richly allusive work of considerable scope and ambition' by Seen and Heard International and was Mark’s first commission, as resident composer, for BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The solo cello part calls for a blistering technique and was written for Oliver Coates, who performs on this recording.

Heartland, also commissioned by BBC NOW, was created as both a standalone percussion concerto and a ballet score for the National Dance Company Wales. The Times said that the work 'bubbles with fluid, spicy rhythms and pretty celestial ruminations ... watching Julian Warburton play it was a fascinating show in itself’.

Sudden Light was inspired by Marcus du Sautoy’s book The Music of the Primes and explores the play of consonance and dissonance through the overtones of the harmonic series.

As a contrast to the orchestral works on this album, Five Memos is a light, airy interplay between violin and piano, performed beautifully by Hyeyoon Park and Huw Watkins.

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