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Chamber Music, page 64

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London Love - Ensemble Rossignol

London Love - Ensemble Rossignol
ID: ACDBH050-2
CDs: 1
Type: SACD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Ensemble Rossignol, a leading recorder and theorbo ensemble, perform works from the master composers in the shadow of Hanel.

Pieces by Loeillet, Axel D. Ruoff, Babell, Bach, Geminiani and Handel himself all in celebration of the city that played host to Handel's music and became his creative home.

London was an exceptionally prosperous city in the 18th century, which was reflected by its lively musical society.Handel, a German by birth, played a dominant role in this. Although he travelled extensively, he spent most of his life in this city and was even officially made a British subject in 1727. Although he was primarily known for his brilliant operas and oratorios, with their treasure trove of splendid arias, he was also a composer of lovely and sophisticated chamber music works. At this time, composers from all different countries travelled to London in the hope of launching a successful career there. However, this proved a difficult venture indeed for most of them, as they remained firmly overshadowed by Handel.
Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, born in Ghent, moved to London in 1705 after he completed his studies. He started as principal oboist of the Queen’s Theatre and later at the Opera, making a name for himself as a virtuoso flute player. He was also known as the first composer of recorder music of renown in England and thanks to his efforts the instrument gained substantial popularity. John Walsh published his music in London under the name: John Loeillet of London.
The British composer William Babell spent his entire life in London. His work is strongly influenced by Handel, whom we can presume to have been one of his teachers. The exceptionally virtuoso ornamentation in the slow movements of his sonatas has been written out meticulously.
In the first half of the 18th century Handel enjoyed even greater fame than his contemporary Johann Sebastian Bach. Although both composers were born in 1685 within a distance shorter than 200 km of each other - Handel in Halle en Bach in Eisenach - the two never met. Bach’s solo sonatas for cello lend themselves exceptionally well to the theorbo.
The Italian violin prodigy Francesco Geminiani was born in Lucca. In 1714 he too left for London, where he gained a formidable reputation as a violinist and teacher of the violin. His best-known work is The Art of Playing on the Violin (1731), one of the earliest treatises on the technical aspects of the instrument. The aria What shall I do to show how much I love her from Purcell’s opera Dioclesian was originally set for flute and harpsichord.
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Deep in My Soul - Lisa Friend, flute - Rodney Friend, violin

Deep in My Soul - Lisa Friend, flute - Rodney Friend, violin
ID: SIGCD199
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Flute

Lisa Friend started the flute age five. At sixteen she studied in New York with flautist Renee Siebert of the New York Philharmonic. She was awarded a flute Scholarship to study with Julius Baker in Connecticut. At seventeen, Lisa won a Scholarship to the Royal College of Music. Twice winning the Martin Music Scholarship enabled her to study at the Paris Conservatoire with Alain Marion and Ida Ribera.
As soloist, Lisa has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, the Liverpool Philharmonic and toured throughout the UK, France, Germany, Japan, China and the USA. Other solo appearances include BBC ChildLine, a concert for Royal Family at Buckingham Palace as soloist with the late Yehudi Menuhin, the Britten theatre with the late Sir George Solti and for Steven Spielberg after writing and performing a track for his foundation SHOAH. Lisa was also soloist for the Bill Kenwright production Music 2000. She has given live recitals for Classic FM and Radio 3. Live television has included Brandenburg 5th Concerto in Spain with her father the International violinist Rodney Friend.
An enchanting collection of Romantic classics and new arrangements, performed by leading UK flautist Lisa Friend - with accompaniment from pianist Mark Kinkaid, cellist Martin Radford and violinist Rodney Friend.
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The Soul Rests Eternal - Mike Sheppard - Caroline Dale - English Chamber Orchestra - Steve Sidwell

The Soul Rests Eternal - Mike Sheppard - Caroline Dale - English Chamber Orchestra - Steve Sidwell
ID: SIGCD232
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Cello

A close brush with his own mortality eighteen months ago was the driving force behind Mike Sheppard's decision to focus solely on his composing, putting aside his other commercial interests as a music publisher and producer. The Soul Rests Eternal marks the first fruits of this new direction.
The works take the listener on a journey exploring the emotional landscape of grief, bereavement and loss, but also hope, optimism and a celebration of life. Seen through the twin perspectives of the composer's eyes and a more global view, the album takes an emotional journey from the immediate to the eternal; the banal to the sublime. A 'radio-friendly' collection of three to six minute works, Classic FM have confirmed playlisting for the album upon its release in November.
Performances on the disc come from internationally renowned cellist Caroline Dale and the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by the emmy-award nominated musican Steve Sidwell.

The Soul Rests Eternal is a unique new album of powerful, emotive music that has multi-faceted depths and an interesting human-interest story at every turn. 14 new works for solo cello and orchestra take the listener on a journey exploring the emotional landscape of grief, bereavement and loss, but also hope, faith, optimism and a celebration of life.
Caroline Dale (cello soloist on Dario Marianelli’s oscar-winning score to the film ‘Atonement’) was an instinctive choice as soloist, capturing the intensely soulful voice of the cello and exploiting fully the vast range of emotions encountered here. As Principal cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra, this CD presented another opportunity for the ECO to record again on Signum Classics, following their recent recording with harpist Claire Jones.
Conceived as an arts initiative, this album breaks new ground in that it offers an inspired way for the arts, charity and business sectors to work together, in this case serving to promote the Child Bereavement Charity, with which the composer had previously been involved.
This arts/charity/business initiative sees 20% of the music publishing rights assigned to CBC. This means the charity will not only benefit from record sales, but also from live performances, radio & TV broadcasts and sheet music sales as well as whenever the music gets used in film or TV. And because the charity will own its share for life of copyright, CBC will go on benefitting for 70 years after the composer's death. The charity will also enjoy a raised profile through the publicity generated by the album.
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Towards Silence - Sir John Tavener - Medici Quartet - Finzi Quartet - Cavaleri Quartet - Fifth Quadrant

Towards Silence - Sir John Tavener - Medici Quartet - Finzi Quartet - Cavaleri Quartet - Fifth Quadrant
ID: SIGCD221
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: World Premiere Recording

World Premiere Recording

This premiere recording of John Tavener's Towards Silence, written for four string quartets and a large Tibetan bowl, explores the nature of consciousness and the process of dying. Tavener had long wanted to write the work and persuaded Professor Paul Robertson (leader of the Medici Quartet and Co-Founder of the Music Mind Spirit Trust) to perform it. However, shortly after the manuscript was completed both men became critically ill and close to death themselves.

By August 2008 Robertson had recovered sufficiently to resuscitate the project, which had now taken on a profound significance for himself and for Tavener. The members of the Medici Quartet immediately agreed to reform and identified young professional string quartets with whom to perform and to act as musical mentors.

Tavener's vision was for all four quartets to be positioned high up in the cathedral dome, invisible to the audience, and arranged in the shape of a cross, bringing the Christian, Bhuddist and Hindu religions together. This sense of space has been captured in the recording, which is an SACD hybrid that can also be enjoyed on a surround sound setup.
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THE EIGHT SEASONS - SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE - Jonatan Morton, violin

THE EIGHT SEASONS - SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE - Jonatan Morton, violin
ID: SIGCD231
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Violin

A unique disc from one of Scotland's most dynamic and versatile groups - the Scottish Ensemble is a tight-knit band of outstanding string players from around Europe who perform regularly together under Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton. This disc - one of their first solo releases following acclaimed discs with artists such as Alison Balsom and Toby Spence - contrasts Vivaldi's timeless Four Seasons with Piazzolla's tango-inspired The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Combining Vivaldi and Piazzola together like this underlines the meteorological and cultural differences between Mediterranean Europe and the heart of South America. To have them performed side by side creates a fascinating programme of similarities and contrasts.
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Rachmaninov - Music for Piano - Jeremy Fisell, piano

Rachmaninov - Music for Piano - Jeremy Fisell, piano
ID: SIGCD230
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano

Jeremy Filsell is one of very few performers to have established a virtuoso concert career as both a Pianist and Organist on the international stage. This recital disc explores Filsell’s lifelong love of Rachmaninov’s piano music, surveying selections from preludes and sonatas as well as two song transcriptions.
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FiddleSticks - Madeleine Mitchell, Ensemble Bash

FiddleSticks - Madeleine Mitchell, Ensemble Bash
ID: SIGCD111
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Violin

On first hearing Lou Harrison’s violin concerto, Madeleine Mitchell was entranced by the colourful array of percussion and its juxaposition with the violin’s innate lyricism. Indeed, this description could fit almost all the works featured on this lively, multi-rhythmic disc. Both string and percussion blend in a unique mix of styles from early Andalucian music to a Stravinsky inspired piece, Fragments from a Gradual Process. Complex rhythms from the Ensemble Bash who use rhythms of West African drumming as the core of their playing, combined with Madeleine’s interweaving lines often catch the listener in a moment of surprise.
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The English Romantics - World Premiere Recordings by Lloyd, Howells & Hurlstone

The English Romantics - World Premiere Recordings by Lloyd, Howells & Hurlstone
ID: CC0023
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Music for Clarinet

Clarinet Classics is proud to present an important and fascinating collection of chamber works from the turn of the century.
Trio for Clarinet, Basson and Piano

Howells: A Near-Minuet for clarinet and piano / Minuet - Grace for a Fresh Egg
Hurlstone: Four Characteristic Pieces for clarinet & piano / Trio in G minor for Clarinet, Bassoon & Piano
Lloyd, C H: Trio for clarinet, bassoon & piano

Victoria Soames Samek (clarinet), Laurence Perkins (bassoon), John Flinders (piano)
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The Fall of Narcissus - Chamber Music for Clarinet by Thea Musgrave Vol. 2

The Fall of Narcissus - Chamber Music for Clarinet by Thea Musgrave Vol. 2
ID: CC0039
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Music for Clarinet

A companion disc to CC0038, this CD completes, to date the smaller chamber works written by Thea Musgrave featuring the clarinet. The main work here is the impressive Wind Quintet.

All the works on this CD receive their Premiere Recordings.

An important documentation of works with notes by the composer.

Musgrave: Narcissus (clarinet & digital delay) / Wind Quintet / Impromptus Nos. 1 & 2 / Serenade / Four Portraits

Victoria Soames Samek (clarinet) / Stephen Varcoe (baritone), members of the Mühlfeld Ensemble, wind players from English Serenata, Rachel Masters (harp)
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Unknown Britten

Unknown Britten
ID: NMCD140
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano and Clarinet

This CD features eight premiere recordings:
• Three additional songs of Les Illuminations
• In memoriam Dennis Brain
• Rondo Concertante
• Elegy for Strings
• Variations for Solo Piano
• and the completion of Movements for a Clarinet Concerto.

The stunning performance of Les Illuminations by world-renowned soprano Sandrine Piau has been made possible thanks to the French label Naïve kindly releasing Sandrine from her exclusive recording contract for this CD. The ‘Clarinet Concerto’ was written for jazz star Benny Goodman, but Britten never completed it as the sketches were impounded by US Customs in 1941. It was Britten’s intention to resume work on the piece in 1943 but he never got round to it and so it remained a fragment, not performed until edited by Colin Matthews in 1990.
Britten intended the additional three songs recorded here-also setting Rimbaud-to be part of Les Illuminations. Sandrine Piau’s love affair with the music of Benjamin Britten blossomed when she was chosen to sing the role of Flora in Britten’s Turn of the Screw at Radio France.
In memoriam Dennis Brain for 4 horns, strings and tubular bells commemorates the great horn player for whom Britten wrote his Serenade for tenor, horn and strings. He died in a car crash in 1957.
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