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FROM THE OLD WORLD TO THE NEW WORLD
THE GREEN AND PLEASANT BAND

From the pen of celebrated Theater composer Philip Henderson comes a concept album based on the true story of his father's journey in the 1930s from rural Kent to New York. Expressed in music that follows the story, from pastoral string ensemble, to the excitement and bustle of an Atlantic cargo vessel, to the buzz of Broadway where our hero, represented by a cor anglais, plays against the now-synthezised strings of the city.

Featuring:
Bollywood actress and producer Pia Sukanya (vocal on New York Sing Me!) *
West End singing star Paul Baker
George Strickland (cor anglais)
Jacob Shaw (cello)

* to be released as a digital single in November 2016

CD DURATION:  78:13

AUDIO SAMPLE: The Tally-Man (extract)




dealer release date: September 9, 2016
BUY IN THE UK:

£12.00


BUY IN THE USA:

$15.99


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CD program:
The Hop-picker's Daughter (suite):
The Hop-picker's Daughter
The Vine-puller's Boy
The Tally-Man
The Magic Wood (suite):
The Magic Wood by Day
The Magic Wood by Night
Dream Dance
Song of the Trees
After Rainfall
Sea Voices (suite):
Tilbury Docks
Galley Boy
Gathering Storm
Atlantic
New York Sing Me!
An English Horn in New York (suite):
Manhattan
Brooklyn Bridge by Night
Central Park Stroll
Staten Island Ferry
Play Broadway
Farewell New York
review extracts: for full reviews click here

“ The music mixes classical, minimalistic and other modern techniques in a very artistic way. Henderson's piece is fun and the performers take much pleasure in their exquisite interpretation in 78 minutes of pleasant listening.” - Remy Franck (Pizzicato, Luxembourg)

There's an osmotic connection between ambient pop and classical music and this excellent CD is most definitely the pop side in places. Henderson wrote the music for shows such as The Far Pavilions and this awareness of what the masses wants infuses this easy-on-the-ear classical album. It's unsurprisingly an evocative album and [Henderson] creates mental images of the places the music goes. Fans of gentle classical music and theatre music will love it, but we'd suggest that fans of electronic music and the likes of Mike Oldfield would find much to like. Most excellent” – Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)

“The music has a kind of folk-like archaicism in parts, a post-modern down-to-earth quality and ultimately a couple of defining songs, especially "New York Sing Me!" as done by Pia Sukanya... the suite pulls together music of enchantment. Philip Henderson gives us something unexpected, original and filled with homespun charm. It is easy on the ears yet singular enough to gain and keep the attention of the more musically demanding among us. Bravo!” - Grego Edwards (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music)

“Philip Henderson's programmatic release begins with what may be the strongest work. The Hop-Picker's Daughter is a beautiful, energetic piece of music filled with character and excitement. It tells its story so well that my mind's translation of the music was actually what was declared in the liner notes. It has an energy often found in musical theater granted by tonal shifts and dramatic pacing. Sea Voices embodies this excited energy as well.” – Kraig Lamper (American Record Guide)