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Three University of Southampton musicians make list of top 100 albums of 2009

Published: 14 December 2009

Three musicians from the University of Southampton are included in The Times Top 100 Albums of 2009.

Composer Michael Finnissy’s ‘Greatest Hits of All Time’ and fellow composer Michael Zev Gordon’s album ‘On Memory’ appear in the Contemporary category. A version of Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’, co-directed by Southampton’s Elizabeth Kenny, is listed in the Classical music section.

The University’s Head of Research in Music, Professor Mark Everist, comments, “Having one colleague in such a prestigious listing is a major achievement – three such successes is real testimony to the music department’s significant impact on the arts world.”

From top: Elizabeth Kenny, Michael Finnissy, Michael Zev Gordon
List of top 100 albums of 2009

The Southampton academics appear alongside world famous names ranging from rock and pop bands, to the cream of classical music. They are in the company of the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Madness, Bob Dylan, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Senior Lecturer in Music, Dr Michael Zev Gordon’s album ‘On Memory’ (played by Andrew Zolinsky) reflects on the nature of memory. Professor of Composition, Michael Finnissy’s ‘Greatest Hits of All Time’, draws on Beethoven piano sonatas, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, as well as Korean music. Head of Early Music, Elizabeth Kenny, uses her research into professional theatrical practice to provide a compelling fresh reading of Henry Purcell's opera ‘Dido and Aeneas’.



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