Raymond Yiu: The World Was Once All Miracle

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Andrew Wattscountertenor

Roderick Williamsbaritone

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis, Edward Gardner, David Robertson


Resident in the UK since his late teens, Hong Kong-born composer Raymond Yiu has over the last twenty years developed a sophisticated yet defiantly eclectic style, heard to its best advantage here on his debut portrait disc, with an all-star line-up of performers. The BBC Symphony Orchestra – appearing for the first time on Delphian – is joined by baritone Roderick Williams in a song-cycle specially commissioned to mark the centenary of the writer Anthony Burgess, while Andrew Watts’ countertenor voice brings an unforgettable human dimension to Symphony, written for the BBC Proms. Questions of identity, disguise and belonging are never far below the surface in Yiu’s music, whose playful surface has profound truths to tell about a life lived between continents.

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"Yiu is an outstanding and distinctive voice in British music – all the more so for his Asian origins, which throw up issues of identity that he explores productively as well as playfully in what he writes"

Recorded live in Barbican Hall (tracks 1–7) and at the Royal Albert Hall, London (tracks 8–13)

Producer: Anthony Sellors (track 1), Ann McKay (tracks 2–13)

Engineer: Philip Burwell (tracks 1 & 8–13), Neil Pemberton (tracks 2–7)

24-bit digital editing: Jennifer Howells

24-bit digital mastering: Paul Baxter

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