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DAVID DUBERY - SONGS AND CHAMBER MUSIC
Adrienne Murray (mezzo-soprano), John Turner (Recorder), Peter Dixon (cello), Richard Simpson (oboe), Richard Williamson (viola), Graham Salvage (bassoon), Craig Ogden (guitar), Paul Janes and David Dubery (piano)

David Dubery is a fine example of a modern composer refusing to be boxed in by boundaries, and like a growing number of his contemporaries, has developed a thoroughly individual, yet traditionally tonal and lyrical, style. Dubery's special gift for enchantingly beautiful melodies is well demonstrated here as is the wide range of impressionist, abstract and quasi-autobiographical works, all of which are an absolute joy..

This recording was kindly supported by the Manchester Musical Heritage Trust

playing time:  78.47
direct sale price:  £12.00
audio  sample:  Cello Sonata - Vivace (extract)
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tracks:

Sonatina for Oboe and Piano
Three Songs to Poems by Robert Graves
Four Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano
Suite from 'Degrees of Evidence'
Remember (voice and piano)
Two Stopfordian Impressions
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Escapades (recorder, bassoon and piano)
Walking Cimbrone (bassoon and piano)
Harlequinade (recorder and guitar)
Mrs Harris in Paris

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“Fascinating musical journey… [Dubery] works in a traditional musical language that is approachable, but sometimes demanding. The masterpiece in my opinion is the Cello Sonata… must surely enter the repertoire. There is not a bar of this piece that is not interesting, enjoyably and satisfying. All in all this is a great ‘retrospective' CD of music by the Mancunian composer David Dubery. Let us hope that over the coming years many other works from his catalogue find their way into the recording studio.” – John France (MusicWeb)
“David Dubery is firmly among … contemporary composers [who] are content to explore creatively more conventional forms and idioms and in doing so to present players and listeners with a very different set of challenges and rewards [than the cutting edge of modernity]… this music is indeed a treat for listeners too.” – Andrew Mayes (Recorder Magazine)

“ The disc is a delight from beginning to end. There is nothing not to like about this CD if you're interested in [pleasing and well-crafted tonal music, full of charm and life. Performances and recording leave nothing to be desired, and the disc is highly recommended…” – David BeBoor Canfield (Fanfare)

“This new issue on Metier devoted to songs and chamber music is just the ticket! A treasure trove of works recorded for the first time and in good sound and some very fine performances.” – Charwood (Amazon)

“The instrumental works are quite concise… conservative harmonically. It is very pleasant to listen to. Though not particularly deep in its emotional pull, it has much beauty and humour. All of the performers here are competent and seem to be enjoying themselves… [the] quite lovely songs are sung with with beautiful intonation and clear diction by Murray. I enjoyed it a great deal” – D Moore (American Record Guide)
“This is attractive and inoffensive music. Dubery writes in a lyrical and accessible vein. The performances are all of a reasonably high standard with an impressive line-up of artists..” – Em Marshall-Luck (Albion Magazine)
"I use classical music to relax... and this CD is perfect, I could listen to [Adrienne Murray] sing all day!. I enjoy this CD more each time I listen to it." - Customer review on Amazon

“I would heartily like to recommend [this disc] as a superb example of modern chamber music. Everything is 5 star. The virtuoso playing from the eminent musicians … is breathtaking. [Dubery] should be a household name in the classical music world!” – “Annie" (Amazon UK customer)

“This CD by David Dubery is a stunning showcase of his amazing talent as a composer. The beautiful voice of Adrienne Murray suits the songs well and she conveys the meaning of each song wonderfully. David Dubery is one of todays great talents and hopefully we will hear a lot more from him” -“Anne Louise” (Amazon customer)