New releases – Winter 2016
If Christmas and the New Year are times for celebrating the Old and the New, then A Song for Christmas warmly embraces both. Cantabile – The London Quartet return to disc on Champs Hill with a festive collection of almost entirely new arrangements and pieces, ranging from traditional choral favourites such as Warlock’s Bethlehem Down to American songbook hits like Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and more in between.
Alice Neary and Benjamin Frith, cellist and pianist in the acclaimed Gould Piano Trio, explore lesser-know works by Mendelssohn and his contemporaries Fanny Hensel and William Sterndale Bennett, alongside his well-known masterpieces for cello and piano.
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.
The Lendvai String Trio release the fourth and final disc in thier series of the Complete String Trios by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen (1855-1932). This highly-praised series is destined to become a benchmark recording for these little-known chamber music gems.
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.
Soprano Katherine Broderick joins instrumentalists include pianist James Baillieu, flautist Adam Walker, cellist Tim Lowe and the Heath Quartet in a new recording of French Chamber Songs titled Chanson Perpetuelle. Drawn from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the repertoire draws together works by some of the finest French composers of the era, featuring pieces by Gaubert, Berlioz, Ravel, Caplet, Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Chausson.
British pianist Anthony Hewitt performs the Complete Piano Preludes of iconic Russian composer Alexander Scriabin for a new 2CD set. Inspired by the 100th anniversary of Scriabin’s death in 2015, Hewitt immersed himself in the composer’s world by memorising all 90 of the preludes, which he describes as having “an incredible depth and variety of material, each with its own very distinctive character and mood”.
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.