NMC's second disc devoted to the music of Simon Holt brings together one of his earliest major works - the glittering Kites, depicting a Japanese kite fight - and the recent Emily Dickinson setting Boots of Lead, recorded at its premiere conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and commissioned by BCMG's Sound Investment scheme. It is joined by Feet of Clay, written for BCMG's cellist Ulrich Heinen. The disc is completed by the ethereal eco-pavan, for piano and ensemble, and the dark, frenetic Lilith.

Ulrich Heinen cello

Rolf Hind piano

Rinat Shaham mezzo-soprano

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Simon Rattle conductor

Martyn Brabbins conductor

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