September 22, 2023

Out today: Wonderland

We are delighted to present our latest album on Signum Classics, Wonderland, which is now available to stream and purchase.

Our 3rd album this year features commissions from across our 55 years, telling magical, mystical, folk stories through music. All bound together by Ligeti’s 'Nonsense Madrigals'.

Purchase and stream the album HERE

“It’s an eclectic line-up, showing off the group’s stylistic range, as well as their technique…all the madrigals are crisp and right in the groove- a pretty flawless set of sonic experiments and wisecracks” – Gramophone

From just over 50 years ago, the fairytale 'The Musicians of Bremen' (1972) – set to music by the Australian composer and Master of the Queen’s Music Malcolm Williamson sits alongside 'Time Piece' (1972) by Paul Patterson, which tells an eccentric alternative creation story. These myth-based works have recent companions such as Judith Bingham’s extended work 'Tricksters' (2019), which unearths what could happen if miscreants from different world mythologies could come together for the first time, and Ola Gjeilo’s 'A Dream within a Dream' which questions the very nature of perception and reality.

The album also features the legendary Japanese film and game composer Joe Hisaishi’s first ever choral work, 'I was there' (2022), focussing on the cultural memory of tragic events such as 9/11 and the 2011 Japan Earthquake. Themes of hope and positivity, centred on the natural world, emerge in Makiko Kinoshita’s 'Ashita no uta' (Song for tomorrow) (2020) and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers’ 'Alive' (2022).

Watch our music video for 'The Alphabet' (No.3 from 'Nonsense Madrigals') by György Ligeti. Enjoy trying to spot all the different items hidden in the illustrations, each beginning with the letter being sung!