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Chamber Music, page 48

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Shura Cherkassky - The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings

Shura Cherkassky - The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings
ID: FHR04
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano

Like many other artists, the great Russian pianist Shura Cherkassky fled from what became Soviet Russia and settled in the USA. A student of Josef Hoffman, Cherkassky is considered by many critics to be the last great Romantic pianist. This release from the brand-new First Hand Records label is published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cherkassky's birth. Most of the tracks here are issued in stereo for the first time and many have never before appeared on CD. This set, which features over two hours of music, is a significant historical classical piano release and provides a major boost to the limited Cherkassky discography currently available.

A 2CD set of Shura Cherkassky's complete and unpublished stereo recordings made for the HMV record label over 50 years ago. Remastered from the original stereo tapes, First Hand Records released the recordings in May 2009, the majority of which have appear for the first time in any format.
Recorded in 1956 & 1958 at Abbey Road Studios, London and remastered there in 2009. The set spans over 400 years of keyboard repertoire, from Bach to Poulenc.

Recorded in Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London, 1956 & 1958, and Kingsway Hall, London, 1958 (Litolff Scherzo)

INTERNATIONAL PIANO MAGAZINE AWARD WINNER FOR BEST REISSUE/VINTAGE RELEASE OF 2009

Issue note:
Throughout his recording career, Cherkassky flirted with different record labels, never really settling with one company. His first recording for an EMI company was in 1929 (HMV) and the last, a recording of the Litolff Scherzo, in 1967 (New World Records). He was wary of the recording studio, feeling happier performing to an audience, which resulted in a comparatively limited discography. Cherkassky was probably at his peak in the mid to late 1950s, just as his career began to accelerate in the UK. These HMV recordings, made in 1956 and 1958, contain some of the earliest EMI stereo recordings, when the technology was still at an experimental stage (EMI introduced twin-track 7.5 ips stereosonic tapes in 1955, followed in 1958 by stereophonic LPs). Quite often, these stereo recordings suffered from technical problems, including equipment failure, which resulted in many recordings not even making it to tape. Some EMI recording sessions from this period were taped in both mono and stereo concurrently, including these Cherkassky recordings. Only the mono versions were intended for immediate release as the equipment for playing stereo LPs was not yet widely available. Indeed, the majority of the tracks on this CD release have only ever been published in their mono versions. The Chopin works, apart from Ballade No. 3, was released on stereosonic tape in 1957 and the Litolff Scherzo appeared in 1963 on a stereo LP entitled “An Evening at the Proms”.

The recordings on this CD issue were made at Abbey Road Studios, London (Litolff Scherzo was recorded in Kingsway Hall, London) and remastered there in 2009 using the original EMI stereo source tapes. These tapes had been left dormant in the EMI archive for over 50 years, alongside masses of other unpublished stereo recordings from this era, which still remain untouched.
The preservation of the piano’s natural acoustic sound was a vital part of the remastering process. With this in mind, we chose not to make an issue of removing the audible hiss that is present on the tapes, to avoid diminishing the acoustic depth and dynamic range of the piano.

Although remembered mainly for his performances of romantic repertoire, Cherkassky had wide-ranging and sometimes idiosyncratic tastes in programming. Alongside standard repertoire, he was also known to perform music by Boulez, Stockhausen, Ligeti and even performed boogie-woogie! This CD release illustrates this diversity of style in a mixture of musical bonbons, warhorses and encore works spanning three centuries. Cherkassky’s trademark lyricism, his exciting unpredictability and his dazzling virtuosity are in abundance throughout this significant historical issue. This is a significant addition to the Cherkassky discography.
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Raimundo Penaforte - 'Between Sun & Snow' - The Valerius Ensemble

Raimundo Penaforte -  'Between Sun & Snow' - The Valerius Ensemble
ID: ACDHJ036-2
CDs: 1
Type: SACD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Raimundo Penaforte
Inspired by a broad range of musical genres that span classical, Latin, jazz and traditional folkloric music from his native Brazil, Raimundo Penaforte has appeared nationally and internationally as a composer and performer.

The Valerius Ensemble a revelation in music

The Valerius ensemble, founded in 1988, is a chamber music ensemble based around a group of musicians most of whom are also members of The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble present more than 25 chamber music concerts a year. Depending on the programme the number of musicians performing per concert varies from two to nine or even more. With its annual series of six chamber music concerts on Sunday afternoons, the ensemble plays a significant role in the programming at the Music Centre in Enschede, Netherlands.
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The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book - Transcriptions for a mixed consort

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book - Transcriptions for a mixed consort
ID: SIGCD009
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Artist track listing:
Susanne Heinrich: (a) treble viol (M.D. Attwood 1993, after B. Norman)
(b) tenor viol (M.D. Attwood 1993, after B. Norman)
(c) 6-string bass viol (M.D. Attwood 1991, after J. Rose)
Lynda Sayce: (d) Renaissance flute (L. Jones 1996)
(e) 7-course lute (M. Lowe 1998, after G. Gerle ca. 1580)
(f) chitarrone (D. Van Edwards 1987, after Tieffenbrucker III 1608)
Kah-Ming Ng: (g) chamber organ (V. Woodstock 1996)
(h) harpsichord (A. Garlick 1977, after I. Ruckers 1638)
Oliver Webber : (i) violin (A. Beavitt 1986, after Stradivari)
Susanna Pell: (j) 6-string bass viol (J. Julier 1992, after R. Meares)
Reiko Ichise: (k) 6-string bass viol (M.D. Attwood 1991, after J. Rose)
Jacob Heringman: (l) 4-course cittern (S. Barber 1994, late 16th-century style)
(m) 7-course lute (B. Hirst 1992, after Venere 1582)
Rupert Jennings: (n) Tenor voice
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King's Singers Christmas

King's Singers Christmas
ID: SIGCD502
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Popular Classical Music Melodies

The King's Singers
Countertenors: David Hurley and Robin Tyson
Tenor: Paul Phoenix
Baritones: Philip Lawson and Gabriel Crouch
Bass: Stephen Connolly

Guest Artists
Drum (track 2): Gary Lovenest
String quartet (track 25): Sally Jackson - violin, Claire Ashby - violin, Joel Hunter - viola, Chris Worsey - cello.
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Jupiter: The Music of Jean-Baptiste Forqueray

Jupiter: The Music of Jean-Baptiste Forqueray
ID: SIGCD008
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Orchestral transcriptions and chamber music by Jean-Baptiste Forqueray (1699-1782), taken from Pičces de viole (Paris 1747) and inspired in part by the Roman God, Jupiter

Charivari Agréable Simfonie:
Susanne Heinrich - Pardessus de Viole
Oliver Webber - Violon
Rachel Stott - Alto
Susanna Pell - Basse de Viole
Gareth Deats - Violoncelle
Lynda Sayce - Théorbe
Kah-Ming Ng - Clavecin
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Edwin Roxburgh: Solos and Duos

Edwin Roxburgh: Solos and Duos
ID: NMCD161
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Viola

Edwin Roxburgh, Lawrence Casserly, Dimitri Murrath - Edwin Roxburgh: Solos and Duos
Edwin Roxburgh’s Solos and Duos are inspired by the virtuosic skill of the performers featured on this recording. They are joined by the composer himself with Lawrence Casserley in 'At the Still Point of the Turning World...'.
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The Sultan and the Phoenix

The Sultan and the Phoenix
ID: SIGCD032
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music

Recording Location: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire

Louis (c.1626-1661), François le Grand (1668-1733) and Armand-Louis (1727-1789) were the three most celebrated members of the distinguished Couperin family of musicians who flourished from the late 16th century until the middle of the 19th, holding a position of esteem parallel to that of the Bachs in Germany.

The Sultan and the Phoenix presents both masterpieces and rare gems from the Couperins and their contemporaries, all delivered with a rare insight by the ensemble charivari agréable. The programme presents an overview of the ensemble use of the viol in its various manifestations and stages of evolution in France. The Couperin dynasty offers a convenient chronological framework within which the viol could be heard in various guises: from a consort setting to a ‘pičces de clavecin en concerts’ configuration; from a six-string bass viol to a five-string hybrid ‘quinton’. Underpinning this programme is the historical practice of adaptation, transcription and arrangement with which French baroque music is replete.

Historical tradition is followed by the arrangement of some pieces by the players. Some involved direct transcription, such as the L. Couperin Pavan for a viol consort or the F. Couperin harpsichord piece for theorbo (in the style of de Visée, see above). Other pieces are left untouched, such as L. Couperin’s Fantaisies and Corrette’s Phénix, as well as the large-scale chamber works of Dornel and Couperin.

Charivari Agréable’s reputation as one of the most original ensembles in the period-instrument scene was recently articulated by the BBC Music Magazine, which noted that the ensemble “has carved something of a niche for itself in imaginative and well thought-out programming”, reasoning that its work is the fruit of both scholarly research and charismatic musicianship, a combination which puts it at the forefront of period-instrument ensembles.

This recording is refreshing and rewarding. Charivari Agréable is a rare combination with a distinct sound and sonority, displaying sincere empathy and love for the repertory they choose to record.
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Music for Gainsborough - by his contemporaries

Music for Gainsborough - by his contemporaries
ID: SIGCD026
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

The paintings of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) constitute one of the most poignant and evocative icons of Georgian England; he painted supremely accomplished portraits of a wide social spectrum, and landscapes which capture the verdancy of England prior to the Stygian advance of the Industrial Revolution.

Gainsborough’s own creativity sought expression in music as much as in painting, which was unusual in an age when musical ability was mainly considered the preserve of the ladies.

For this musical tribute to Gainsborough, we have gathered together pieces by several of his friends; Abel, J.C. Bach, Giardini, Linley & Straube.
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Red Leaves - Works by 20th Century Composers - Brunel Ensemble - Christopher Austin

Red Leaves - Works by 20th Century Composers - Brunel Ensemble - Christopher Austin
ID: SIGCD053
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Signum Classics are proud to announce The Brunel Ensemble's first disc on Signum Classics - Red Leaves.

No ensemble other ensemble is as committed to the performance of such works from all decades of the twentieth century. Formed in 1992, the group gives thrilling performances under Christopher Austin’s inspired direction.

John McCabe’s Red Leaves was commissioned by the European Community Chamber Orchestra and the 1991 Istanbul Festival. Composer Malcom Williamson studied with Elisabeth Lutyens (as did Robert Saxton) and he was Master of the Queen’s Music until his death in 2003. One of Lutyens’ first major success was a setting of Rimbaud, O Saisons, O Chateau encored at the first performance in 1947 - but noteable for having previously been turned down by the BBC as unsingable!

The McCabe and Williamson pieces are linked by the common theme of nature, the latter being inspired by Australian landscape and history. It was commissioned for the 150th Anniversary of the State of Victoria. For his anniversary greeting of 1986 on the occasion of his colleague’s half century, Robert Saxton presented his Birthday Piece for Richard Rodney Bennett. In which he chose in time-honoured manner to extract from Bennett’s name the musical notes available as a thematic cipher, and to fashion them after his own manner into a bracing invention for strings. Red Leaves is a disc of modern works by British composers.
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Jonathan Harvey - BHAKTI

Jonathan Harvey - BHAKTI
ID: NMCD001
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Spectrum, Guy Protheroe

A mystical exploration of the Sanskrit Hymns of the Rig Veda for chamber ensemble and quadrophonic tape by Jonathan Harvey, whose long-standing connections with IRCAM and studies with Pierre Boulez are perfectly demonstrated here.
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