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Chamber Music, page 190

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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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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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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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Piano Concertos: Barenboim & Kubelik in Concert

Piano Concertos: Barenboim & Kubelik in Concert
ID: GM4.0053
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

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R. CASADESUS IN CONCERT - BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, MOZART - J. Keilberth, R. Kubelik, E. Jochum

R. CASADESUS IN CONCERT - BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, MOZART - J. Keilberth, R. Kubelik, E. Jochum
ID: GM4.0071
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

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The World of Clarinet Classics - Complete tracks taken from each of the first nineteen releases of Clarinet Classics

The World of Clarinet Classics - Complete tracks taken from each of the first nineteen releases of Clarinet Classics
ID: CC0020
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Music for Clarinet

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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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