V.A. Factory Classical: The First 5 Albums

Factory | Item No: 971035
5CD | 2023 / UK – Original | New
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Factory Benelux presents a box set collection of the first five albums released by the celebrated Factory Classical imprint in 1989, featuring modern classical works composed by Benjamin Britten, Elliott Carter, Paul Hindemith, Theodore Lalliet, Gyorgy Ligeti, Steve Martland, Olivier Messiaen, Francis Poulenc, Dmitri Shostakovich and Michael Tippett.

The new Factory Benelux clamshell box set includes a 24 page booklet featuring the original Factory commissioned liner notes from 1989, as well as a contemporary essay by writer Stuart Huggett and an interview with Tony Wilson. Each individual CD is housed in a card wallet which reproduces the original artwork by designers Peter Saville, Trevor Key, Ben Kelly, Mark Farrow, Neville Brody and Trevor Johnson.

The 5 CDs have been newly re-mastered in 2022 by Peter Beckmann at Technology Works.

Curated by Durutti Column viola player John Metcalfe, the performers include the Kreisler String Orchestra, German pianist Rolf Hind, The Duke Quartet and oboist Robin Williams, with Steve Martland’s material performed by Residentie Orkest Den Haag and pianists Gerard Bouwhuis and Cees Van Zeeland.

Explained Factory founder Tony Wilson: ‘The idea I had in mind was people like Peter Saville, the Factory designer, and his girlfriend - art school kids brought up with Bowie and Roxy Music, into punk, maybe they find acid house interesting, but they’re looking for something else. For people like them or younger, there is no easy way into classical music, because it’s all quite exclusive. They’re scarcely likely to read Gramophone magazine, or make head or tail of it if they did.’

‘I was a relatively angry young man at that time,’ adds Metcalfe, ‘and chose to channel some of that into a rather naïve disapproval of standard classical industry practices. The white tie and tails and very, very boring, reproductions of Constable paintings on album covers, all that stuff. So I had a chat with Tony and he said, “Off you go, fill your boots”.’

Largely drowned out by relentless Acid House beats and faddish Madchester guitar rock in 1989, the bold, contrarian Factory Classical catalogue is now ripe for re-appraisal by much the same audience identified by Wilson. Indeed since 1989 Metcalfe has worked as an arranger for artists such as Peter Gabriel, U2, Blur, Coldplay and Bat for Lashes, as well as performing and recording with the Max Richter Ensemble. Sadly contemporary composer Steve Martland passed away in 2013.
Item Details
Item No: 971035
Artist: V.A.
Title: Factory Classical: The First 5 Albums
Label: Factory
Catalog No: FBN276CD
Format: 5CD, CD
Pressing: UK – Original
Release Date: 2023
Genre: Classical Music
Style: Classical Music
Available since: 2023-03-14
Condition: New
Price: 24,99 €
Weight: 500g (plus 250g Packaging)
01 Benjamin Britten - Boisterous Bouree (Simple Symphony - Cd1: Kreisler String Orchestra 276)
02 Benjamin Britten - Playful Pizzicato
03 Benjamin Britten - Sentimental Sarabande
04 Benjamin Britten - Frolicsome Finale
05 Zoran Eric - Cartoon (Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge)
06 Benjamin Britten - Introduction & Theme
07 Benjamin Britten - Adagio
08 Benjamin Britten - March
09 Benjamin Britten - Romance
10 Benjamin Britten - Aria Italiana
11 Benjamin Britten - Bouree Classique
12 Benjamin Britten - Weiner Waltz
13 Benjamin Britten - Moto Perpetuo
14 Benjamin Britten - Funeral March
15 Benjamin Britten - Chant
16 Benjamin Britten - Fugue & Finale
17 Johannes Brahms - 'wir Wandelten'
01 Francis Poulenc - Elegie (Sonata - Cd2: Robin Williams 236)
02 Francis Poulenc - Scherzo
03 Francis Poulenc - Deploration
04 Benjamin Britten - Pan (Six Metamorphoses)
05 Benjamin Britten - Phaeton
06 Benjamin Britten - Niobe
07 Benjamin Britten - Bacchus
08 Benjamin Britten - Narcissus
09 Benjamin Britten - Arethusa
10 Paul Hindemith - Munter (Sonata)
11 Paul Hindemith - Sehr Langsam
12 Theodore Lalliet - Prelude & Variation
01 Dimitri Shostakovich - Largo (String Quartet No 8, Opus 110 - Cd3: Duke String Quartet 246)
02 Dimitri Shostakovich - Allegro Molto
03 Dimitri Shostakovich - Allegretto
04 Dimitri Shostakovich - Largo
05 Dimitri Shostakovich - Largo
06 Michael Tippett - Grave E Sostenuto - Allegro Moderato (String Quartet No 3)
07 Michael Tippett - Andante
08 Michael Tippett - Allegro Molto E Con Brio
09 Michael Tippett - Lento
10 Michael Tippett - Allegro Comodo
01 Gyorgy Ligeti - Desordre (Etudes Book 1 - Cd4: Rolf Hind 256)
02 Gyorgy Ligeti - Cordes Vides
03 Gyorgy Ligeti - Touches Bloquees
04 Gyorgy Ligeti - Fanfare
05 Gyorgy Ligeti - Arc-En-Ciel
06 Gyorgy Ligeti - Automne A Varsovie
07 Steve Martland - Kgakala
08 Oliver Messiaen - Le Courlis Cendre
09 Elliot Carter - Maestoso (Piano Sonata)
10 Elliot Carter - Andante
01 Steve Martland - Part One (Babi Yar - Cd5: Steve Martland 266)
02 Steve Martland - Part Two
03 Steve Martland - Part Three
04 Steve Martland - Part Four
05 Steve Martland - Epilogue
06 Steve Martland - 1st Movement - Slow (Drill)
07 Steve Martland - 2nd Movement - Fast
08 Steve Martland - 3rd Movement - Fast
09 Steve Martland - 4th Movement - Fast
10 Steve Martland - 5th Movement - Fast
11 Steve Martland - 6th Movement - Fast
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