Collection: World Premiere Recording Subcollection: Romantic Music All the music in this unique collection has been discovered in nineteenth century archives and has never been recorded before. Hugely popular in its own time, it offers for us today a magical journey direct to the heart of Victorian romanticism.
Collection: British Composer Series Stephen Plews is a musical polymath.. A classically trained pianist, he is a jazz composer and player as well as composing in the ‘classical’ world. He is also a champion of new music, having set up his own studio and record label ASC Records though he has now returned to performance and composition.
This CD has examples of Plews in out-and-out jazz form but more of the music is contemporary classical with jazz inflections of various kinds. If you are not a lover of jazz, don’t be put off. That also applies to those normally allergic to keyboards, which includes me. Their use here as serious instruments contributing to the impact of the music is entirely convincing and I had no problem with them at all.
Collection: World Premiere Recording Subcollection: Opera A chamber opera profiling the life and art of Paul Gauguin. The work, conceived and achieved by Fabrizio Carlone, appears truly intriguing, based as it is on original texts by Gauguin himself and in some cases of his famous contemporaries. This extraordinarily intense opera is sung and acted entirely in French.