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Symphony No. 1 (PFCD136) £6.50

Composed by Michael Csányi-Wills
Performed by Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra - Conductor Mark Eager

1. Andantino 8.10
2. Scherzo 5.44
3. Sarabande 12.38
4. Con Moto 8.51

Symphony No. 1

Prima Facie is pleased to announce the third release in its collaboration with Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mark Eager. The disc features the world premiere of Michael Csányi-Wills’ moving and masterly Symphony No. 1, commissioned by Mark Eager for performance with this orchestra.

Award winning composer and pianist Michael Csányi-Wills has written works ranging from chamber, choral and orchestral music to scores for a wide range of of successful films. He has been composer in residence with the Welsh Sinfonia since September 2013. His recent orchestral works have been widely performed throughout the UK, while regular commissions have given him an international audience in Europe, Australia and the USA.

This symphony is a significant, large scale work - brilliantly orchestrated, and a wonderful showcase for the talented students of Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra. In his collaboration with Prima Facie, conductor Mark Eager is keen to promote both new music by notable contemporary composers and hitherto forgotten music by the great figures of the past. His previous disc of Debussy premieres with the same orchestra attracted particular praise from Geoff Brown in The Times: "The novelty that really made me excited this week was Debussy's Chinese ballet score No-ja-li, another unfinished work, originally earmarked for a 1914 London stage revue, more recently restored to life in a brilliantly effective reconstruction by Robert Orledge. Its premiere performance by the excellent Cardiff University forces is the highlight of City of Light: New Discoveries."

Recorded and mastered by Phil Hardman 1-2 February 2020 at Cardiff University Concert Hall
Produced by Michael Csányi-Wills, assisted by Lisa Logan
Cover Painting 'Turmoil' by Nunziatina Del Vecchio
Executive production Helen Conway and Steve Plews

Read Michael Csányi-Wills and Mark Eager in extracts from the sleeve notes here

More CDs by Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra on Prima Facie:

City of Light CD Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra

Michael Csányi-Wills

Michael Csányi-Wills
Michael Csányi-Wills has written many works of varying sizes, ranging from solo instrumental pieces, to Jazz crossover concept albums to over 35 film scores. He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2012 and was composer in residence with the Welsh Sinfonia from 2013-2016. His orchestral works have been widely performed throughout the UK with various commissions taking him around Europe, Australia, China and the USA, where his violin concerto was performed by Tatiana Berman, conducted by Jose Luis Gomez for the Constella Arts Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Toccata Classics released a disc of his orchestral songs to critical acclaim, recorded in 2015 which were performed by Nicky Spence, Jacques Imbrailo and Ilona Domnich, conducted by Mark Eager. One of these songs, The Last Letter has been performed numerous times across the USA, Australia, Canada, and Europe. His “Nocturne for Yodit Tekle” recorded by the Ukrainian Festival Orchestra, conducted by Paul Mann, will also be released by Toccata Classics in December 2019.

Recent works include 2 song cycles “The Long Lost Songs” and "12 Songs On Horizons Far” which form the basis of a collaborative project with James Robinson-May funded by the Arts Council/National Lottery. The aim of the project is to introduce both classical art song and concepts of autism in music to schools and centres of further education across the country. Also written in 2019, a feature length original score for the film Sideshow Starring Les Dennis and Anthony Head, to be released in 2020.

Michael was appointed head of composition at the World Heart Beat Academy in London in 2012 which supports talented young musicians of all backgrounds, awarding scholarships and bursaries to many children who would otherwise have no access to music. In addition to teaching and composition, Michael also conducts the WHB academy orchestra, and is associate conductor with the BBC Ariel Orchestra. Michael has also produced and engineered several classical discs for Naxos, Nimbus and Toccata Classics.