Featuring members of Ten Tors Orchestra conducted by Simon Ible.
Includes DVD Dartmoor Symphony Film created by Nigel Shaw and Chris Chapman.
This album is a very special work that offers the opportunity to hear Nigel’s music performed within a live orchestral context. It forms part of a trilogy of compositions that directly draw inspiration from the Dartmoor landscape.
Dartmoor Symphony is a profound expression of the extraordinary beauty and power of these ancient hills, drawn from many years of intimate connection with the moors and a constantly evolving journey into how the voices of nature can be expressed through traditional, classical and indigenous instruments. Echoing some of the themes and melodies from his previous works, Dartmoor Journey and Dartmoor Roundhouse, Nigel has developed the music into a richly textured symphonic composition that describes the landscape and our human relationship to it. A sense of journeying, yearning, returning, and belonging are central to the feeling of this work as it travels through the Overture and four movements of Stone, Wood, Water and Sky.
For this project Nigel handcrafted a unique set of Dartmoor yew wood flutes, which are woven constantly through the music. Each movement also includes instruments made from the raw materials and elements of the land, including granite grinding rocks, wooden bells, water bowls and air chimes. Also featured are traditional whistles, small pipes, fujara, overtone flutes, piano, harp, celeste and other percussion. Vocal parts are sung by Carolyn Hillyer. The string parts are performed by members of Ten Tors Orchestra, conducted by Simon Ible, a professional chamber orchestra based in southwest England; many of these musicians play with leading national ensembles.
This double album includes the DVD of an exquisitely beautiful film, shot by Dartmoor photographer and film maker Chris Chapman, edited and produced by Nigel, the film is a journey through all the seasons in the Dartmoor landscape, moving from close abstract images of wild nature to the expansive open hills; a symphony of images and a visual reflection on the composition that flow seamlessly alongside the music. Thus this music may be enjoyed with the film or as an audio experience alone.
TRACKS: Overture, Stone, Wood, Water, Sky.
Album length: each album is one hour. Double album: CD (music) and DVD (music & film together)
Also available as an mp3 dowload. See Music Download page.
Extracts from the Dartmoor Symphony film.