Neil Thomson conducted the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony  for two recordings: “Earthrise” and “The Prophecies of Merlin”.

The Brussels-based British composer Nigel Clarke is renowned for his virtuosic style, and an uncompromising contemporary musical language that speaks with an authentic voice to today’s audiences.

Nigel Clarke’s symphonic poem ‘Earthrise’ refers to one of the most iconic photographs in history – an image of the Earth rising above the Moon taken by the crew of Apollo 8. This work captures the excitement and expectation that the Apollo 8 mission brought to the world.

The world premiere recording of his symphony for violin and orchestra, ‘The Prophecies of Merlin’, features soloist Peter Sheppard Skaerved and the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien – RSO Wien, conducted by Neil Thomson.

Peter Sheppard Skærved, violin

Neil Thomson, conductor

ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

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