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30 May 2024
Nexus
 

Oscar Whight (trumpet / flugelhorn)
Zeynep Özsuca, Martin Butler (piano)
Michael Whight (clarinet)

The concept of recording this album was born during the uncertain times of the pandemic in 2020, when musicians were facing a great deal of instability and personal connections became restricted. As live music came to a halt in the UK and Europe, trumpeter Oscar Whight found himself taking on the role of Principal Trumpet in the Cairo Symphony Orchestra for a period of 10 months. This unexpected journey became the backdrop for the first piece commissioned for this recording, Winter Journeys by Martin Butler. On his return to the UK,  Oscar collaborated with other renowned British composers and these exciting new works for trumpet and piano are now showcased in this album.
 
This project provided a wonderful opportunity to bring together a diverse programme of fresh and exhilarating music which is uncompromising in its ambition, yet can connect immediately with the listener. The programme encompasses a wide range of styles and techniques, showcasing the trumpet's versatility. From technically demanding passages that push the instrument to its limits, to simple melodies that highlight its inherent vocal qualities, each piece requires a unique approach.
 
The title Nexus not only symbolises the desire to present music that connects, but is also representative of the various connections that brought this CD to fruition. Artistic working relationships create friendships and Oscar was fortunate to collaborate with the talented pianist Zeynep Özsuca for this recording, who also happens to be a neighbour. Two of the composers featured on this recording are contemporaries of Oscar's father Michael: Martin Butler was a member of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra with him, and Mark Anthony Turnage studied at the Royal College of Music at the same time as Michael. The artwork for this disc, titled Pathways, was created by Stuart Hartley, a family friend whose work perfectly complements the theme of connections explored in this album.

£11.16
WHR093CD

Gary Carpenter: Speakeasy

I. Boulevardier

II. Agro Dolce

III. Menhattan

IV. Vesper

V. Forever Young

Martin Butler: Two Winter Journeys

I. Comodo

II. Gentle, lilting

Mark Anthony Turnage: True Life Stories

I. Elegy for Andy

II. William's Pavanne

III. Song for Sally

IV. Edward's Refrain

V. Tune for Toru

 

David Mitcham: Salamandrine

Mark Anthony Turnage: Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano

I. Leap

II. Cradle Song

III. Carnac

IV. Falling Apart

 

Ashley John Long: Mondestrunken

Deborah Pritchard: Yellow-Red-Blue

David John Roche: Heartbreak

Recorded in the Menuhin Hall, Stoke D’Abernon, Surrey, UK on 22nd & 23rd October 2022
Front Cover Painting: Stuart Hartley - Pathways
Booklet Design: Willowhayne Records
Programme Notes by the composers. Mark Anthony Turnage’s biography reprinted with the kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes
Recording Engineering: Michael Whight
Recording Production: Michael Whight (Tracks 1-13 & 18-20), Charlotte Whight & Joy Lisney (Tracks 14-17).
Total Time: 70:44
Release Date: May 2024

Oscar Whight (trumpet / flugelforn)Oscar Whight is a London born trumpet player who previously held the position of Principal trumpet with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he is enjoying a busy freelance career with many of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Philharmonia orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others.

Previously based in Germany, he has performed with the Bremer Philharmoniker, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and Staatsorchester Braunschweig in venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

He achieved a Master of Music from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover, studying with renowned Professor Jeroen Berwaerts. Beforehand, Oscar gained a BMus (Hons) with First Class from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he received a Concert Recital Diploma for an outstanding final recital where he studied with Paul Beniston. In the summer of 2022, he gained a place at Grafenegg-Academy where he worked closely with Håkan Hardenberger and Colin Currie performing works by Varese, HK Gruber, Helen Grime amongst other eminent contemporary composers.

Oscar received his preliminary training at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department, culminating in a special recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. During this time he held the position of Co-Principal Trumpet with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Oscar’s formative years as a musician were spent in Trinity Boy’s Choir, where he was fortunate enough to sing at Glyndebourne Opera, The Royal Opera House, and at the BBC Proms under the baton of Claudio Abbado.

The Turkish pianist Zeynep Özsuca has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber musiciaZeynep Özsuca (pianon and accompanist. Born in Ankara, she began piano lessons at the age of four and continued her studies at Ankara Conservatory of Hacettepe University. After winning Istanbul Symphony’s Young Soloists Competition in 2001, Zeynep moved to the United States to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory under Prof. Peter Takács. She then majored in accompaniment and vocal coaching at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”, Berlin with Prof. Alexander Vitlin and graduated with an MA in 2013. Zeynep currently lives in London and pursues her career as concert pianist and repetiteur.

Zeynep has worked with conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Halsey, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Antonio Pappano, and acted as rehearsal pianist for singers Magdalena Kozená, Rolando Villazón, Gerald Finley, Annette Dasch and Michael Schade, to name a few. She has been working as a repetiteur and orchestra member with renowned opera companies and orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Staatsoper Berlin, Aix-en-Provence Music Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

As a chamber musician, she has performed on prestigious stages including the Berlin Philharmonie, Palau de la Musica Valencia, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as live radio broadcasts on Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio, RBB Kulturradio (Germany), RNE (Spain), BBC Radio 3 and 4 (UK), alongside co-hosting the BBC Young Musician Podcast. She also regularly appears in concert with her duo partners saxophonist Jess Gillam and clarinetist Sacha Rattle, as well as her wind and piano sextet Berlin Counterpoint.

Zeynep has a close working relationship with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she has acted as accompanist, music director of opera scenes and currently as lecturer of the Opera Skills course.

Michael Whight (clarinet)Michael Whight has a varied career as an orchestral player, soloist, chamber musician, engineer and producer, videographer, conductor and teacher.

A former Principal Clarinetist with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he has also played guest Principal with all the London orchestras as well as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors including Giulini, Maazel, Abbado, Levine, Ashkenazy, Sawallich, Sinopoli, Salonen, Sanderling, Svetlanov, and Harnoncourt.

Alongside some 200 orchestral recordings are Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto with Robert Craft and the Philharmonia Orchestra, the concerto by Christopher Gunning (of Poirot fame) and the Mozart Concerto which he directed from the basset clarinet with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He also collaborated with John Adams in performances of his concerto Gnarly Buttons in San Francisco conducted by Kent Nagano.

In chamber music Michael has worked with Gidon Kremer and friends, the Lindsay Quartet, the Medici String Quartet, the Schidlof String Quartet, the Razumovsky Ensemble, the Nash Ensemble, Robert Cohen and Barry Douglas as well as recording the complete chamber music of Richard Strauss with London Winds for Hyperion Records and with the Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for Teldec.

Michael also has a career as a recording engineer, videographer and producer. He has recorded and produced for the Naxos, Toccata Classics and Somm labels and mixed a soundtrack for BFI/Miramax, in conjunction with the Library of Congress, Washington.

WHR093     View Booklet     UPC: 5060742690544

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