Brian Noyes
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Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor
St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra | Vladimir Lande, conductor

Journeys after..., the debut release on Navona Records by Welsh composer Brian Noyes, features two orchestral works that reference the life and works of John Clare-a Northamptonshire peasant-poet from the early 19th Century.

Inspired by Clare's Journey Out of Essex - a poignant account of his escape from a mental asylum and his 80-mile walk home looking for his imaginary love, Noyes has sought to reflect the poet's real and illusionary worlds as depicted in his evocative text.

The first composition, Points of Decision, exuberantly portrays the poet's gamut of moods starting his flight from imprisonment, while Shadows of Memory seeks to portray the elation, exhaustion, and difficulties of his progress. Noyes describes the music as "the shadowy reflection...seen as a somewhat distant dream-like shadow of Clare's sad and poignant text."

Journeys after... features performances by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. The works on the album show Noyes' affinity for John Clare, the man and artist: "For me it was his poetic, yet steely, character...that became the impetus for many of my compositions. I felt a certain kinship with his artistic aspirations," says Noyes.

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