Release Date: May 1, 2013
Catalog #: NV5915
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Stage Works

Torrid Nature Scenes

Nicholas Vines composer

Callithumpian Consort | Stephen Drury conductor
Eliot Gattegno saxophones
Adrienne Pardee soprano
Jessi Rosinski flute/piccolo
Derek Mosloff viola
Franziska Huhn harp
Paula Downes soprano
Thea Lobo mezzo-soprano

TORRID NATURE SCENES, an album of chamber works from Australian composer Nicholas Vines, presents a series of musical landscapes that instill both anxiety and ebullience in the listener. Through his innovative use of woodwinds, voice, and chamber ensemble, Vines – a composer lauded for his “crackling style” (NewMusicBox) and called “compellingly original” (Boston Phoenix) and “both humorous and unsettling” (WGBH) – asks us to consider representations of nature fueled not by a passing glance of a wondrous vista, but by a series of creative engines wracked with self-burning energy, profound fury, and breath-filled life.


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Artist Information

Nicholas Vines


Described as “exquisite” (Gramophone), “riveting” (The New York Times), “arresting” (The Boston Globe), “compellingly original” (Boston Phoenix), “full, extravagant and wild” (Sydney Morning Herald), and “edgy, bright and entertaining as hell” (NewMusicBox), the works of Nicholas Vines (b.1976, Sydney) have been performed by the likes of Alarm Will Sound, BMOP, Ensemble Offspring, the Schola Cantorum Gedanesis Chamber Choir, the BT Scottish Ensemble and the Australian Piano Quartet. He has been commissioned by organisations around the world, such as Acacia Quartet, Callithumpian Consort, Firebird Ensemble, mmm…, Guerilla Opera, ChamberMade Opera, Ensemble Apex, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and various Sydney schools.