New releases - Spring 2017:
The sound of strings dominates this season's CD releases with debut Champs Hill recordings from cellists Jamal Aliyev and Brian O'Kane, and violist Timothy Ridout.
Young, prize-winning cellist Jamal Aliyev joins together with one of the world's leading young pianists, Anna Federova, to record his debut CD with Champs Hill, Russian Masters. With both artists drawing strong inspiration from their families' former-Soviet Union music training, the disc includes music for Cello and Piano by Borodin, Glazunov, Prokofiev, Shchedrin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.
Quickly establishing himself as one of the finest Irish musicians of his generation, Brian O'Kane is joined by fellow-Irish pianist Michael McHale in a recording of works for Cello and Piano by Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saëns. This disc, due for release on Friday 31 March 2017, celebrates the eduring friendship between Saint-Saëns and Fauré, originally hailing from their master pupil days at the Niedermeyer School in Paris.
Winner of the 2014 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition, Timothy Ridout, joins together with his pianist duo partner, Ke Ma, to record his debut CD featuring the complete works for Viola by Henri Vieuxtemps. This disc, which is the result of Timothy's success at the CAIVC, is due for release on Friday 28 April 2017.
Take one motivated and talented young British violinist, inspired by the solo violin music of JS Bach, and mix with some of the best British composing talent of today and the result is: Fenella Humpreys’ “Bach 2 the Future”. This second volume features new commissions from composers Adrian Sutton, Peter Maxwell Davies and Sally Beamish.
Ben Johnson is accompanied by duo partner Graham Johnson in a new recording of timeless Sonnets and poetry by Shakespeare, Petrarch and Michelangelo (amongst others), all set to music by British, French and German composers, including Schubert, Brahms, Parry, Britten and Andre Caplet.
As the teacher of such prodigious violinists like Yehudi Menuhin, Christian Ferras, Ivry Gitlis, Arthur Grumiaux and Ida Haendel, George Enescu is widely celebrated as one of the world’s greatest violinists of his generation, a fine conductor and by far the most significant composer of his native Romania. The three works on this new recording by Daniel Rowland and Natacha Kudritskaya demonstrate the wide scope of Enescu’s musical language.
Emily Pailthorpe is joined by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins in performances of two oboe concertos, pairing a beguiling new concerto The Better Angels of Our Nature by Richard Blackford alongside Richard Strauss's much-loved classic. Emily also performs a selection of chamber works by Samuel Barber and Leos Janacek with soloists of the BBC SO to round off this highly-recommended recording.
James Turnbull continues to highlight the sonic possibilities of the oboe with a new recording celebrating some fascinating solo works for the instrument drawn from the last 30 years. Airs, Blues and Dances includes compositions by Michael Tippett, Judith Weir , John Tavener and Richard Rodney Bennett amongst others.
Champs Hill: Winner of the RPS Award for Chamber Music and Song 2014
This award celebrates a unique venture in West Sussex which offers holistic support for chamber music and song: promoting excellence in performance, and through its own record label, nurturing young talent and exploring unusual repertoire in a calm and supportive environment.