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updated December 7, 2016
 

 

     
OCTOBER 2016:
alfonso soldano

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Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Works
(Russian Piano Music, volume 12)
Born in Ukraine, worked around Europe and became an Austrian citizen but in his heart, soul and music truly Russian, Bortkiewicz wrote exquisite music and is the natural successor to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Wonderfully played by Alfonso Soldano.
AVAILABLE HERE NOW



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Esquisses de Crimée IV (extract)


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Mozart: Serenades for Wind Instruments

Santiago Mantas conducts the wonderful European Union Chamber Orchestra in Mozart's two major Wind Serenades, including the magnificent Gran Partita, and the first ever recording of K. 375 as Mozart intended.

AVAILABLE HERE NOW

 



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Gran Partita (beginning)
chris fox
Elizabeth Hilliard


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'Sea to the West' - new music for voice

Christopher Fox, as evidenced by his several recordings for Metier, and indeed other labels, has one of the most distinctive, creative and innovative voices in music today; this new album features works by Fox and other leading composers Linda Buckley, David Bremner and Gráinne Mulvey for voice and electronics with soprano Elizabeth Hilliard.
AVAILABLE HERE NOW




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Linda Buckley:
Númarímur (extract)

NOVEMBER 2016:

Vyacheslav Artyomov


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Symphonies and orchestral works by Vyacheslav Artyomov

Two CDs of phenomenal music by possibly the most important composer in Russia today. Each CD has a major symphony (1 - Gentle Emanation; 2-On the Threshold of a Bright World) and other major works. The two leading Russian orchestras conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy and Teodor Currentzis. AVAILABLE HERE NOW



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On the Threshold of a New World (extract)

Peter Hope


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Music for Wind Instruments by
Peter Hope

"Unashamedly tonal", says the composer who has been famed since the 60s for lighter music and studio arrangements. This new album of more 'arty' works includes four luscious wind sonatas. AVAILABLE HERE NOW



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Clarinet Sonata
(2nd mvt. - extract)


Aylish Kerrigan


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"I am Wind on Sea" -
New vocal music from Ireland
Aylish Kerrigan (soprano) with Dearbhla Collins, piano, in a program of contemporary Irish vocal works by John Buckley, Ina Boyle, Rhona Clarke, Seóirse Bodley, Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Elaine Agnew.
AVAILABLE HERE NOW



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Mid-April (by Elaine Agnew)

Pia Sukanya


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New York, Sing Me!
This lovely soft-rock ballad over classical strings is taken from the album "From the Old World to the New World" (dda 25141) and beautifully sung by Pia Sukanya. DIGITAL ONLY - AVAILABLE HERE NOW


JANUARY 2017:

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divine art dda 25139 "Preludes and Fugues"

The first of two superb recitals from pianist Natalia Andreeva: on this album she plays Preludes and Fugues from Bach, Liszt, Franck and Shostakovich.



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Bach/Liszt: Prelude and Fugue in D minor - Fugue (beginning)

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The second of two superb recitals from pianist Natalia Andreeva. On this album she plays sonatas from Beethoven, Scriabin and Prokofiev.



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Prokofiev - Sonata No. 2 (beginning)


Diana Boyle


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Bach: Goldberg Variations
The first of our new digital-only album series and also the first part of the Diana Boyle Edition - more digital albums to follow in February March and April. Photo by Peter Kain.



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Aria (beginning)

Erik Simmons


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Carson Cooman: "Hymnus"
We continue our regular series of music by the most prodigious young American composer with the fourth album of organ music, again briliantly performed by Erik Simmons. This program, like 'Litany' (dda25116) is more liturgical and meditative in nature.



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Planctus IV (beginning)

Kreutzer Quartet


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Quartet Choreography - The Soundtrack
Previously available as download only, and now on CD, the Kreutzer Quartet present the audio track from the acclaimed DVD (MSVDX101) with quartets by Finnissy, Ligeti, Lutoslawski and Stravinsky.




Stravinsky: Three Pieces - No. 3 (extract)

Madeleine Mitchell


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David Matthews - Romanza
World premiere recording of this work by David Matthews, which was commissioned and first performed by Madeleine Mitchell. This digital-only single is a prequel to a new album from Madeleine which we hope to release late 2017




Romanza, Op. 119a (extract)
FEBUARY 2017:

Lydia Kakabadse


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'Concertato'
Chamber music by Lydia Kakabadse written for the 'alternative' string quartet line-up of violin, viola, cello and double bass, performed by sound collective, including two songs. Worthy sequel to the critically acclaimed album of sacred choral music (dda 25135).




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Recitativo Arioso (extract)

Natalie Schwaabe

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Contemporary music for piccolo
Outstanding piccolo player Natalie Schwaabe is accompanied by celebrated pianist Jan Philip Schulze in a program of new works by Donatoni, Kanefsky, Wilden and more. A co-production with Bavarian Radio.
photo © Thomas Schloemann



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Extract from
Sonate pour piccolo
by Levente Gyöngyösi


Nicola LeFanu - David Lumsdaine


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'Mandala 3'
The exceptional and distinctive music of David Lumsdaine and Nicola LeFanu: two composers linked by marriage and by parallel though individual inspiration from the world of nature, performed by Gemini (dirctor Ian Mitchell) with soprano Sarah Leonard and pianist Aleksander Szram on some tracks.



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Mandala 3 - part 2 extract

Diana Boyle


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Brahms - Klavierstücke
Intermezzi and Capriccios from Brahms, for the second part of the Diana Boyle Edition - more digital albums to follow in March and April. Photo by Peter Kain.



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Aria (beginning) Intermezzo in B flat, Op. 76 No. 4
MARCH 2017:

Aylish Kerrigan


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Schoenberg and Bodley vocal music
Aylish Kerrigan (soprano) with Dearbhla Collins, piano, presents one of the most seminal works of the early 20th century - Schoenberg's Op. 15, said by many to be the real beginning of modernism. Also the major work by Seoirse Bodley, ' A Girl'.



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Schoenberg: Das Buch der hängenden Gärten (extract)
Christopher Redgate
Rhona Clarke


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"A Different Game" - Rhona Clarke: Piano Trios

The Fidelio Trio, gaining in stature and status as one of the foremost ensembles today, performs the trios of Rhona Clarke, an Irish composer of distinctive works also heard on 'I am Wind on Sea (msv 28558)' and the 2nd trio was included in 'Dancing in Daylight (msv 28556)'.




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Trio No. 3 - Ist movement
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Diana Boyle


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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations
For the first part of the Diana Boyle Edition we have the monumental Diabelli Variations - one more digital album to follow in April. Photo by Peter Kain.



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Variation 13 (Vivace)
peter seivewright
Andreas Willscher


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Andreas Willscher: Organ Symphony No. 5

After several albums of organ music by Carson Cooman, we hear him in his role as concert organist, in the striking and exceptionally moving Fifth Symphony of Andreas Willscher, inspired by St Francis of Assisi and subtitled "Of Francis's Preaching on Holy Poverty".

 




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Part 11: Allegro marcato

APRIL 2017:

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'Mind Music'
Works for clarinet and chamber orchestra by Richard Strauss, Mendelssohn, John Adams and Kevin Malone played by Elizabeth Jordan and Lynsey Marsh with the Northern Chamber Orchestra conductor Stephen Barlow.
This album is issued to benefit Parkinson's UK, a charity devoted to overcoming degenerative diseases. Please support!



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Sonatine No. 1 (Richard Strauss) extract

Jim Parker

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Music of Jim Parker

Jim Parker's music is known to practically everyone (at least in the UK) though his name is not. He is he composer of the music for many TV series, including Midsomer Murders, House of Cards and Foyle's War among others. This album of his 'pure' music for chamber ensemble shows a wonderful gift for melodic, lyrical and thoroughly tonal music in the English light music tradition. Soloists and the Solem Quartet produce fine performances too.




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Rapido (extract)
from South American Journey

Diana Boyle


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Bach: The six solo Keyboard Partitas
Part four of the Diana Boyle Edition brings us a wonderful double album containing the six Keyboard Partitaas of J.S. Bach.
Photo by Peter Kain.



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Partita No. 2 - Capriccio (extract)
MORE TO COME SOON:

Fitzwilliam String Quartet


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Liz Johnson - Quartets and chamber works
Debut album for a very talented composer which features the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in a program which includes four quartets, a clarinet quintent and other works- a delightful anthology of new music,


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'English Romantics'
ELSPETH WYLLIE (piano) with other artists (mezzo-soprano, flute, cello, viola).

A sumptuous collection of work for solo piano/chamber duos, from Elgar, Bowen, Leighton, Rubbra and Sackman.


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Christopher Redgate
Christopher Redgate

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New Music for a New Oboe, vol. 2

The first 'New Oboe' disc, msv28529, issued mid 2013, featured two epic new works by Michael Finnissy and Edwin Roxburgh, while the second, msv 28531, will include new pieces by Richard Barrett and Sam Hayden and other brand new compositions. These albums also feature two brand new instruments: the Howarth-Redgate oboe and the Lupophon, so should be of interest to all oboists.



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Christopher Redgate
Betty Roe

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'The Silver Hound' and other songs by Betty Roe

A formidably talented composer, teacher and showwoman, Betty Roe's art songs vary from serious to comic and and are masterpieces of the genre. First recordings of these works from a fine 'cast' including singers Sarah Leonard, Anne-Marie Sheridan and Stephen Varcoe.




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The Fair Singer (extract)
Christopher Redgate
Alfonso Soldano

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Piano Music of Mario Castenuovo-Tedesco

Including some premiere recordings, this is an excellent introduction to the relatively little-known piano music of the 20th century Italian composer; played here by Alfonso Soldano



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Barbara Karaskiewicz


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Karol Szymanowski - Piano Works

The great Polish Romantic composer has more representation in our catalog than many, and for good reason since his works are full of nuance and detail. Here his compatriot the virtuoso Barbara Karaskiewicz presents Preludes and other works,

 



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Mazurka, Op. 62 No. 1 (extract)

Andrew Wright


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'The Operatic Pianist' volume II

A new sensational set of transcriptions of great themes and fantasies from Opera, performed with panache and style by Andrew Wright.

 



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Liszt: Fantasy on Themes from Rienzi (extract)

Gilbert Rowland


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Johann Mattheson - Harpsichord Suites

His 3-volume series of Handel's harpsichord
suites completed to great critical acclaim, Gilbert Rowland turns to the much lesser known but very skilled German composer Mattheson for a new 3-CD set of harpsichord suites for release around the summer of 2017.

 



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Suite No. 5 in C minor - I. Fantasie

Tamami Honma


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Beethoven: the Complete Piano Sonatas

All 32 sonatas in a 9CD box, performed by Tamami Honma, will be one of our priority releases in the next year or so.

While core repertoire is not our main priority, sometimes an interpreter comes along with fresh perspectives as well as technical skill, and we hear 'the divine art of music' in reality.

 


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Fumiko Miyachi


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Miyachi: Transitional Metal

Composer and pianist Fumiko Miyachi debuted for Metier on the astonishing 'Miniaturized Concertos' (msv 77205) and here presents her sereis of works inspired by the periodic table of elements, like all her music, a colorful and vibrant meld of influences from her European and Japanese roots.

 


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richard craig
Anthony Goldstone


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The Piano at the Ballet volume 2

Subtited "The French Connection" and following the great popularity of volume 1 this album features rare transcriptions of ballet excerpts from Poulenc, Sauguet, Debussy, Françaix, Thiriet, and the Paris-connected Stravinsky and Asafiev, all again wonderfully played by Anthony Goldstone.

Many of these transcriptions are receiving their first recording.



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'Le Cloune' from 'Les Forains' by Henri Sauguet

Piano à Deux


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'France Revisited' - music for piano duo
Piano à Deux

New 'Divine Artists' but with a long and successful career, Robert Stoodley and Linda Ang Stoodley are "Piano à Deux" and present a suitably Gallic programme of Debussy, Poulenc and Georges Onslow - music both very familiar and refreshingly new. Due for release in 2017.


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Ian PAce
Ian Pace


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Brian Ferneyhough - Piano Music

Following the success and critical praise for our recent CDs of chamber and choral music by Ferneyhough, we here have some of his outstanding and awesomely complex piano works, played by Ian Pace (pictured). This disc has been delayed by matters out of our hands but we hope to schedule it for early 2017.



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richard craig
Joshua Fineberg


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"Sonic Fictions"

American composer Joshua Fineberg is known for his spectacular 'spectral' piano works (msv 28524) and we are delighted to present a new anthology of chamber works.

All these works are receiving their first recording.


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peter seivewright
Peter Seivewright


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Galuppi: Piano Sonatas, vol. 4

It's quite a while since volume 3 of this series was issued, and this one recorded. The pianist has had a rather busy time performing around the world, but this long-awaited disc is now scheduled for 2017.

 



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richard craig
Richard Craig


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Contemporary flute music

Leading specialist in new music for flute, Richard Craig, has a new album on the way following the release of his 'Inward' (msv 28517), this time the works include also string trio and soprano voice, in works by James Dillon, John Croft, Fabrice Fitch, Richard Barrett, Esaias Järnegard and Brice Pauset.

All these works are receiving their first recording.


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richard craig
Marcus Blunt


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Orchestral Music by Marcus Blunt

Acclaimed British composer Marcus Blunt presents his Piano Concerto (with pianist Murray McLachlan), Concertino for Bassoon (soloist Lesley Wilson), Aspects of Saturn and Symphony No. 2. The Manchester Camerata is conducted by Stephen Threlfall.
All these works are receiving their first recording.


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