Our Music NMC Recordings Nature | Tansy Davies With music that is 'sleek, hot, earthy, and physical', Tansy Davies's first orchestral album, Nature, brings together four exuberant works from the last decade. In a piece which questions the very nature of a piano concerto, pianist Huw Watkins shows off the physicality of the piano in Nature, with it transforming into an 'athletic figure, running fearlessly through dense forest at night, invoking spirits.' Coupled with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group led by Oliver Knussen, here is music that sets 'the heart and mind in motion.' The Telegraph Re-Greening hands-over control to the 164 teenage musicians of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, who sing and play, create and shape the sound without a conductor's guiding hand. Commissioned by NYOGB, this celebration of youth and Spring loosely follows the Shamanic Wheel of the Year, an annual cycle consisting of the year’s most prominent solar events (solstices and equinoxes) and the midpoints between them. Distilled from Davies' Between Worlds ('a musically superb meditation on grief and transcendence', TimeOut), the suite What Did We See? weaves together material from the opera into four orchestral movements, becoming a 'highly charged realisation of the poetic drama we created in response to the events of 9/11.' Tansy Davies. The Norweigan Radio Orchestra with Karen Kamensek also features in Davies's Dune of Footprints. Inspired by the Cave of Niaux in southwestern France, this piece searches out spaces in 'tunnels of slowly shifting harmony' as Davies says, creating an organic ebb and flow. 'Sudden cascades dive down into deep darkness, where flinty textures emerge from shadows, then forming small cells that push to resume the forward motion.' Tansy Davies Norwegian Radio OrchestraBirmingham Contemporary Music GroupNational Youth Orchestra of Great BritainKaren Kamensek conductorOliver Knussen conductorHuw Watkins piano GRAMOPHONE'S 'ESSENTIAL NEW ALBUM' "...the glinting, melodically fragmented Davies piano concerto that gives the album its title is another showstopper." The New York Times "On this new release, Dune of Footsteps and the suite What Did We See? – performed by The Norwegian Radio Orchestra – display the sweep, fluency and textural subtleties that have become increasingly evident as Tansy Davies’s compositional voice has matured." The Wire Buy Now NMC Recordings is an award-winning record label with charitable status. They believe that new music is a dynamic and engaging art-form and seek to inspire and challenge audiences.