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September 2014

updated September 18, 2014

LATEST NEWS    LATEST RELEASES      FUTURE RELEASES

LATEST NEWS

September 18: Frankly, we've been so busy we've not had time to update the site or add news: subscribe to the newsletter (link in panel to the left!) to keep up to date.... November releases (5) will be available here in October, well in time for the holiday gift season!

August 26: New recordings of Baroque and Romantic music - see Latest Releases for details of our three October releases, available to order now for immediate delivery. Meanwhile as well as the two promo videos (at the top of the home page) for David Dubery's wonderful new 'Observations' album, yiou can see a third, devoted to the song 'Remember' from his earlier CD, on YouTube.

August 9: Check out our multidisc series packages at big discounts here - new to the list is our ten-CD set of Russian Piano Music.

August 1: More details in the Future Releases section: but a brief mention here of new artists joining us for some splendid recordings: German pianist Burkard Schliessmann plays Bach piano works on multi channel SACD; Australian early music specialists Ruth Wilkinson, Miriam Morris and John O'Donnell have an album of Handels recorder music, and Danish percussionist Mathias Reumert appears 'solo' in a DVD of contemporary works for percussion.

July 25: Our three new CDs are now available from our online store - and will be in stores and online (CD and digital) from 1 September. See Latest Releases (link above)

July 11: Excellent news for fans of new music is that a new album of vocal works by Christopher Fox is now underway, and we also have a new CD of music by David Gorton. A second disc of organ music from Carson Cooman, and we welcome to our roster Australian early-music specialists Ruth Wilkinson, Miriam Morris and John O'Donnell. See Future Releases for more detail.

June 21: We have extended our 15% discount for online customers for the rest of the year; this applies to your second and any subsequent orders - pay full price once and then get 15% of all CDs and DVDs (not sheet music). Be sure also to subscribe to our newsletter, so that when this voucher expires, you will receive the new one!

June 14: After a long relationship over many years, the Divine Art group is no longer the US agent for Move Records of Australia. Move is entering into a direct distribution contract with Naxos, at our suggestion, and we wish all the Move team continuing success.

June 11: We welcome into our family of wonderful musicians and 'Divine Artists' pianists Burkard Schliessmann and Alexander Kostritsa, and harpsichordist Terence Charlston (also see 'future releases')

June 6: Celebrated Polish/British composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik was born 100 years ago on September 24. We are supplying our recording by Raymond Clarke of his Pentasonata for piano to the new Polish Audiovisual Institute, which is a new national government sponsored archive of recordings of Polish material. As a tribute, that CD which includes other works by Panufnik as well as by Shostakovich, will be on special offer from 1 July to 31 October at 25% off (- that's only £9.00) - from our online store only.Click here

May 26: We learn with sadness of the death today, after a long period of illness, of composer Roy Heaton Smith.

May 23: As we always like to give our regular customers the first chance to obtain new recordings, you can now buy the two new July CDs here now for immediate delivery. See 'latest releases'

May 6: After an extended final illness, we are sorry to report the death today of legendary broadcaster and fine composer Antony Hopkins, at the age of 93. See his profile page and our tribute CD made for his 90th bithday.

April 21: MusicWeb has published a preview of our forthcoming new disc of music by David Dubery ("Observations" - MSV28548 to be released in July). Music journalist John France heard a pre-release copy of the CD so this preview is part review too and very positive he is - it's a great disc so anyone wanting new fresh music which is approachable and lyrical - check it out, along with our many other recordings of new post-modern music. We hope to have the disc available from our online store by the end of May, so you don't have to wait for it to be in the shops. The disc contains 17 songs performed by James Gilchrist and Adrienne Murray and a superb String Quartet featuring the Cavaleri Quartet.

April 16: We've been too busy to post news but do check out our facebook page - like and 'friend' us! Just a quick note to say that our fame is spreading outside the music world and our recent release of Kevin Malone's 'A Clockwork Operetta', based on the recently discovered original screenplay by Anthony Burgess for A Clockwork Orange, was featured in an article in the latest edition of Sci Fi magazine (USA) which goes on sale 22 April ("June 2014" issue).

March 27: Easter is coming and we must mention our CD 'Via Crucis' (The Way of the Cross). It is the story of Crucifixion day, the traditional Stations of the Cross  each forming a movement not set to traditional texts but to poems by celebrated Russian poet Regina Derieva (who died  in December).  The music by Father Armando Pierucci,  a composer who is also director  of several institutes, and a Franciscan friar based at St. Saviour's Church in Jerusalem,  is a revelation in its purity and traditional beauty, performed by  excellent soloists with the Aidija Choir of Lithuania, with Darius Ckramtai (organ).   For anyone who appreciates fine choral works this piece is a superb new experience. The CD is priced at only $12.99 plus shipping at our online store ( £ 8.50 from the UK store) ; subscribe to our newsletter (click 'newsletter' in the menus panel) and receive a 15% discount voucher which can be used to buy this and any other CD in our catalog.

March 17: Get the May CDs now! Three fabulous discs all of which have the potential for awards we think: in the stores, Amazon etc on 1 May, buy here now! See Latest Releases for details.

March 15: As well as the 90 second audio samples provided for each CD and forthcoming releases, from this month we are also providing a short New Release sampler, with a track from each of the month's new albums. For the first one (click here) we've included February and March - this is a ZIP file containg mp3 music extracts and a pdf leaflet. Unzip software is usually provided free with Windows and Mac systems and can be easily found on the web.

March 9: Our March releases hit the stores tomorrow and already receiving incredible critical acclaim.... see the incoming fabulous reviews received so far for Karl Fiorini's Violin Concertos and Carson Cooman's 'Litany'

February 26: We are pleased to confirm that following our appointment of Naxos Japan and Silk Road Music (China) as trade distributors, the Far East network has been further enhanced by the Appointment of Aulos Media ( www.aulosmusic.co.kr ) as distributors for South Korea.  Aulos will gradually introduce the Divine Art group catalogues to Korea beginning with new releases but any title will be available through dealers (and presumably Amazon) in Korea by late spring. And also we have acquired a PO Box in Brandon - mailing address is now PO Box 418, 333 Jones Drive, Brandon VT 05733-0418

February 1: A belated Happy New Year - it's been so busy we didn't update the site in January... today our UK office has moved and for mailing purposes only is at 2 Lady Hamilton Drive, Swarland, Northumberland NE65 9HH. All project management matters will be handled at our US HQ (info@divineartrecords.com). For phone orders, the UK number remians unchanged - 0797 902 3121.

It will be another busy year, with the February releases already available to buy in our online store, the March releases should be here very soon.

December 31: Two discs of music by Michael Finnissy are recognised in the critics' year-end reflections: 'Unknown Ground' (msv 28536) in the American Record Guide Critic's Choice, and 'History of Photography in Sound' (msv 77501) as one the most notable releases of 2013 as chosen by Sequenza 21, the specialist contemporary music website. We wish all our customer, recording artists and colleagues a very happy and succssful 2014!

December 20: Now available from our online store but not in the shops or Amazon until February are three new releases - one of which contains a very rare work by Grieg - see Latest Releases for details

December 12: More sad news reaches us, this time of the death at the age of 64 of celebrated Russian poet Regina Derieva, inspiration for the wonderful cantatas by Armando Pierucci and the Russian Rosary 'Hail Mary' (Pilgrims Star CDs). We have one or two copies left of her poetry anthologies (see the Books catalogue). Regina and her husband Alexander founded the Pilgrim's Star publishing company and endured many dreadful times first as Catholics in the former Soviet Russia and then in effective house arrest (again because of their faith) after emigrating to Israel, finally finding a happy and settled new home in Sweden. She will be a great loss to her family and to Russian literature.

December 12: A word of congratulations to all of our recording artists and composers who have made such wonderful music - as evidence by the marvellous reviews received month after month. Special congratulations to all involved in the two CDs included in MusicWeb's Recordings of the Year 2013:

DDA25102 Romantic Piano Trios (Trio Anima Mundi)
DDA25110 David Jennings Piano Music (James Willshire)

And - Gramophone magazine chooses our Finnissy String Quartets disc (msvcd92011) as The Essential Michael Finnissy recording!

November 29: We are very sorry to announce that Dunelm Records founder and manager Jim Pattison died on 26 November after a long illness which Jim had coped with for some years, Our thoughts are with his widow Joyce and son Ian and their family. As Jim made all Dunelm CDs personally to order, we have been obliged to DELETE all Dunelm CDs from our catalogues and this store, pending discussions aimed at obtaining the Dunelm masters and artwork files so that they can be restored to circulation.

November 19: The four new releases which will hit the stores in January are now available - see Latest Releases for details.

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS: The Downloadcentric service which we used has closed. This means that links marked 'download store' on some pages do not work and will be replaced as soon as time permits. Meanwhile, we recommend that if you really have to have a download rather than a real CD, you can find links here

November 14: Visit our new Soundcloud page - we are just beginning to upload sample tracks! https://soundcloud.com/divine-art-records

November 12: Ian Pace's full essay of over 275 pages, including over 100 musical examples, on Finnissy's History of Photography in Sound is now available as a free PDF download. To obtain this scholarly and fascinating discourse on the inspiration, construction and development of a major masterpiece, click here

November 1: The busier we are, the less news appears here...another new month and the four CDs schedule for official release in January should be available here by late November. Initial response to the Finnissy History set has been outstanding, with orders arriving from all parts of the world prior to its official release. Updates to this site (especially the 'future releases' page) are way behind schedule, for which we apologise, just not enough hours in the day...We hope to set up a new blog next year and meanwhile, sign up to our newsletter (in the menu panel to the left) and friend us on Facebook... regular news is posted there most days.

October 8: Busy with a record number of new projects, including some (as ever) quite remarkable new music and rediscoveries... Including two fne discs of music by American composer Kevin Malone, some unknown Grieg, piano duos by Rimsky Korsakov and organ and orchestral music..

September 23: Another three amazing new releases of which we are very proud and can only give the highest praise to the composers and performers involved. These discs will be in the high street and online stores such as Amazon (and available digitally via iTunes etc) between late October and mid Novembe depending on your location - but all can be ordered here now for delivery around 20th October. See Latest Releases for info and links - suffice it to say that this includes two of our most ambitious and musically important releases in 20 years.

September 5: Now working on a new project for releases early next year, the two Violin Concertos by Maltese composer Karl Fiorini who is now working in Paris and gaining a lot of notice.. Soloist in Concerto 1 is Emanuel Salvador and for No. 2 Marta Magdalena Lelek. and the conductor (both works) is Bartosz Zurakowski.

September 4: The International Anthony Burgess Centre in Manchester is holding a launch event later this month for two recent major releases of music by British composers so we will be travelling over from Vermont for a quick visit. Many artists and composers whose recordigs have appeared on our labels will be present. THe CDs in question are 'Anthony Burgess - The Man and His Music (msv77202) and 'Mixed Doubles' (msv77201). Launches are being held for several other new CDs in London, Boston, New York and elsewhere. Look out for one in your area!

August 28: The October release has three utterly wonderful discs, music to savour and treasure! These discs are being made avaiable early for our online customers only and customers with discount vouchers acan use them for these new releases to. Each of them will make superb gifts for the holiday season: for more info see 'New Releases'.

August 28: For some time we have been offering mp3 downloads through the Downloadcentric service. Unfortunately it will be closing down on 31 October so we are for the time being ending our download service for mp3. However our releases are all available widely through Amazon mp3, iTunes and Classics Online in several formats including lossless flac and mp3. We recommend Classics Online for top quality audio, and supporting PDF booklet availability in most cases.

August 12: Not much to report except intensive work on three albums readying for early release: more news soon! In the past few weeks we've been receiving excellent reviews for the early 2013 releases - all have been posted here on the individual CD-info pages. These are also posted to our Facebook page so do check it out!

July 14: Four new releases which will be in the shops in September now available here - click Latest Releases for details.

July 1: We will be attending the annual Naxos sales conference (and also hosting three concerts just before we leave) and will not be able to process orders between 13 and 21 July. All order received in that period will be processed and shipped within 48 hours of our return.

July 1: Half way through the year already - Christmas seems like yesterday. Our three new September releases will be "pre-released" and made available here for our direct customers by the end of July.. three very different albums for your delectation! We have a new disc of chamber music with brass by leading American composer Carson Cooman; Volume 5 of the Beethoven Explored series presents the Op. 12 Violin Sonatas and the op. 9/2 sonata by Andreas Romberg; and the sort of surprise we are becoming famous for: music by Anthony Burgess (author of A Clockwork Orange and many fine humorous novels. He wrote music for recorder and we have a number of his works and new/recent works by 15 other composers from Alan Rawsthorne to Matyas Seiber and almost every piece a first recording.

June 27: More changes in distribution: as from 1 October our CDs will be distributed in Germany by Naxos Deutschland. We say goodbye to Pool Music of Berlin, who have been an excellent partner for many years. Also our CDs can now be obtained through dealers in Greece, our new distribution agent there is Musical Offering (Athens).

June 18: A feature article in Gramophone on composer Christopher Fox picks our CD 'Natural Science' (MSV28526) as the essential Fox recording. Fox is a favorite of ours and his music features on several Metier titles - check out the composer index!

June 9:
Major changes are in hand! Having switched our retail distribution in the USA and Canada to the Naxos group, we are now going through that process in the rest of the world which is a mammoth task. Some existing distributors will be retained, others replaced, and our catalogs will be available via dealers in many more countries eventually. The first confirmed change is that our UK distribution will move from RSK to Select UK in September. Also from 1 August, distribution in France will switch from XCP to Abeille Musique.
Meanwhile, all of our recordings can of course still be ordered through our online store - and each purchaser gets a voucher code for future discounts.

May 26: New phone number: the UK office phone number has changed to 0797 902 3121

May 23: Now hear great music all day every day with our associate brand-new internet streaming service classicalvermont.com - Just launched last week, this is a 24/7 constant stream of which around 40% or so of content is from Divine Art group labels, so it is the BEST web service to access and experience unfamiliar and new music.. as our funding and sponsorship develops then more structuring of dedicated and themed programs will be in motion and several novel ideas are well in hand.. We are always welcoming of feedback and also financial assistance of course = the only way such a venture can be viable is by direct support........

May 10: New discount sets are being made available: two new collections, both of award-winning and highly praised recordings, can be purchased at around 20% off usual price (and only pay postage for one item - a big saving. We have packaged the five double CDs of the wonderful baroque concertos and sonatas of Charles Avison (set MW5) and the seven volumes of piano music by Erik Chisholm (MW6). Also still on special offer are Schubert Piano Masterworks (3 double CDs MW3) and John R Williamson Piano Music (2 singles CDs, MW4)

The scores and performing parts for John Ramsay's four highly praised String Quartets are now available here

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FUTURE RELEASES:   See below for details - we have some delights in store for you and see the Forthcoming Page.

For quick reference, you can now download our catalogues in pdf format or browse the listings.

LATEST RELEASES (click on catalogue number for more information and to order)

AUGUST 2014 (available in stores October)
This month we have three fabulous disc of more traditional (or traditionally-written) music: Our series of Carson Cooman recordings continues with an album of exquisite pastoral and lyrical music for string orchestra: "In Beauty Walking" on dda 25117. From Russian Romanticism, dramatic and exotic music from Rimsky-Korsakov (dda 25118) while a wonderful collection of late 17th- and early 18th- century harpsichord works, some well known and some rarities well worth hearing, on dda 25122

JULY 2014 (available in stores September)
Three splendid new Metier titles: from the more traditional lyrical English school: 'Pandora's Last Gift' is a disc of chamber music by Christopher Wright by a handpicked group of leading instrumentalists from northern England (msv 28547); we are delighted to have more of the fascinating music of Eric Craven - three piano sonatas exceptionally well performed by Mary Dullea (msv 28544) and Mary returns with violinist Darragh Morgan in a disc of violin and piano music by Michael Finnissy (msv 28545)

MAY 2014 (available in stores July)
We return to the world of contemporary music at both extremes with a new disc of lyrical and post-romantic music (17 songs and a string quartet) from David Dubery: "Observations" MSV 28548. And in the world of sonic art and audio collage (and other extended techniques) a quite fascinating disc of new music for flute and electronics, which is performed by top Dutch flautist Jos Zwaanenburg - 'Grist' is on MSV 28542.

MARCH 2014 (available in stores May)
No challenging avant garde issues this month - plenty to come for the New Music connoisseurs soon. Clcik the catalog number for full detials, audio sample and to buy online. First we have a super disc of music for Cello and Piano from Armenia. Folk tune arrangments and formal works which are equal in quality and listening pleasure to many well loved works. Heather Tuach (cello) and Patil Harboyan (piano) on dda 25075. A wonderful disc of music for countertenors and recorders from the 17th to20th century, by composers as diverse as Handel and Michael Tippett, is not only a geat CD but is also a tribute to the man who re-introduced the countertenor voice to the 20th century. 'Remembering Alfred Deller' - dda 25114 Third is a fantastic disc of baroque gems rediscovered - the long awaited recording of the Accompanied Keyboard Sonatas by John Garth performed by Gary Cooper and mebers of the Avison Ensemble (dda 25115). This is a 2 CD set for the price of 1 CD and is the sequel to our best selling album - the Garth Cello Concertos.

FEBRUARY 2014 (available in stores March)
Three very different discs: From the contemporary orchestral field, we have the premiere recording of two fine Violin Concertos by Maltese composer Karl Fiorini on msv 28533. New music but of an altogether traditional nature comes from American composer Carson Cooman, organist at Harvard College. This new disc of organ music is gorgeous, with varied works of tonal and Romantic nature and most in the pastoral style, beautifully crafted and played superbly by Erik Simmons - dda 25116. And thirdly a fabulous new CD of piano transcriptions of operatic music - Andrew Wright (who also wrote three of the transcriptions) is 'The Operatic Pianist' on dda 25113.

DECEMBER 2013 (available in stores February)
A new work by the great Edvard Grieg, he of Peer Gynt? Not quite! However we do have the first ever recording of his unfinished Piano Quintet. superbly completed by Michael Finnissy (msv 28541). More challenging is a new double CD of music for oboe and electronics - really exciting and groundbreaking works by several leading UK composers. Electrfying Oboe is msv 77204. Also modern but rooted in romanticism and traditional structures is the piano music of Marcus Blunt, featured in the CD 'Aspirations' - one of our Dunelm series, now reissued for full international distribution and a tribute to Dunelm founder Jim Pattison who passed away last month - ddv 24148

NOVEMBER 2013 (available in stores January)
Four new titles from Metier, which couldn't be more varied.. Just click on the catalog number link to access the CD info page. Piano, chamber and vocal music from South African composer Robert Fokkens, performed by highly acclaimed soprano Patrica Rozario, bass flutist Carla Rees and the astoundingly good Fidelio Trio - msv 28535. A new opera with very exotic Turkish influences and sounds, 'Say I am You' is the story of the ancient mystic and spiritual teacher Rumi. Composed by American composer Michael Ellison who has worked in Istanbul for ten years, this work premiered at the Istanbul Music Festival - msv 28539.

Two discs feature music by American composer Kevin Malone, whose work is impossible to classify as he has such a wide range of skills and styles. For ten years or more he has been visiting the crash sites of September 11, 2001 and with encouragment from the 9/11 Commission has written works to reflect (at a suitable distance in time) the events and emotions arising from that day: it's a fabulous tribute and such eloquent music which needs to be experienced. msvcd 92106. On the polar opposite is 'A Clockwork Operetta' including some very fine chamber/orchestral music of lyrical beauty..... but centered around Malone's wild and sassy cabaret-style settings of Anthony Burgess songs written for 'A Clockwork Orange' but never used, abandoned and only recently rediscovered. That's on msv 28543.

OCTOBER 2013 (available in stores November)
For the classical fan, a fine disc of piano works by Beethoven, Mozart and Bach (arranged Busoni) performed by the brilliant Jill Crossland, on dda25111. Two awesome Metier releases - first we have the new opera by Ed Hughes, 'When the Flame Dies" - a superb work with libretto by Roger Morris, based on themese of love and loss, betrayal and honour, life and death. Excellent soloists and the New Music Players, conducted by Carlo del Cueto. Note that this set includes an audio CD AND a DVD (universal play) of the concert performance recording. Metier msv 77203. Also from Metier the set for which we do not have enough words - the five-disc set of Michael Finnissy's gigantic piano cycle The History of Photography in Sound. Performed magificently by Ian Pace on msv 77501.

SEPTEMBER 2013 (available in stores October)
Another three very varied discs, this time all from Divine Art and of the most amazing music both well known and fresh, first recordings and familar favourites.. all in the Romantic mould. First, as a sequel to the recent 'Flute Vocalise' CD, Ken Smith and Paul Rhodes apply their superb virtuosity to a double CD of popular classics arranged for flute and piano - while most of the works are very well known, these arrangements are not available in any other record and are dazzling as well as beautiful. The Expressive Voice of the Flute - double album on dda21222.Four lovely Piano Trios appear in new recordings from Australia's Trio Anima Mundi: given excellent new performances: dda25102. And last but certainly not least, our current contender for next year's Grammys.... beguiling, fascinating, fabulous.... music for string quartet and jazz soloists! Britain's foremost quartet the Fitzwilliam provides a steady and classical base on arrangements of works by Purcell and Bach and new pieces by Uwe Steinmetz. Steinmetz is one of Germany's hottest jazz properties and his soprano sax and the jazz violin of Mads Tolling evolve from the original work into gentle yet complex jazz solos and improvisations.. An utterly stunning disc... dda25112

JULY 2013 (available in stores September)
Three very different releases from Metier: continuing our series of modern lyrical chamber music (new, but not avant-garde or modernist) we have a 2-CD set of music for recorder and piano by 16 composers, featuring a great surprise - works by novelist Anthony Burgess (he of 'A Clockwork Orange' fame) - another discovery of the sort we specialise in! "Anthony Burgess - The Man and his Music" is on MSV77202.
Next we have a disc of new chamber music with brass from leading American composer Carson Cooman which is also new muwsic of the very approachable kind, and shows why Cooman is so highly regarded. "Rising at Dawn" - MSV28538. Our third release is volume 5 of the Beethoven Explored series, with the three Opus 12 Violin Sonatas; as always these are put into musical context by including a work of a Beethoven associate - this time Andreas Romberg and his "Scottische" violin sonata - MSVCD2007

On Divine Art, a rare excursion into 'standard repertoire' with a disc of piano music by Beethoven (Moonlight Sonata) , Mozart, and Bach-Busoni. While we specialize in rare music, we make exceptions for performances of such amazing quality as those from Jill Crossland. (dda25111)

MAY 2013 (available in stores July)
Following the rave reviews of Anthony Goldstone's album of Tchaikovsky Piano Transcriptions (dda25093) we are delighted to announce the second volume which features music from the ballets - a major release with first-ever recordings of transcriptions made by Tchaikovsky's contemporaries. Tchaikovsky Rare Transcriptions and Paraphrases vol. 2 is on dda25106

 

RECORDING PLANS (See also 'future releases' page for more info and audio preview samples)

Top piano duo Goldstone & Clemmow are preparing the third volume of duo transcriptions of Schubert - including the Unfinished Symphony. Our series of albums featuring the exquisite music of American composer Carson Cooman continues with a second organ recital played by Erik Simmons for next spring.

Mary Dullea is about to record a CD of piano music by Irish composers which looks very intriguing and that should also be available before the end of the year.

Another new album on the way from top oboe player Christopher Redgate:including alternative readings of new pieces by Sam Hayden and Richard Barrett amongst other world premieres, as volume 2 of the New Music for New Oboe series.

The Russian Piano Music series has reached 10 volumes - we are now actively looking for pianists anxious to add to this series! Meanwhile the harpsichord features highly in our plans - Volume 3 of our series devoted to Handel's Suites for Harpsichord is being recorded in the summer by Gilbert Rowland, and we have a disc of music new and old - François Couperin and Graham Lynch - played by Finnish virtuoso Assi Karttunen. More Bach, this time on a modern concert grand, from one of Germany's foremost pianists Burkard Schliessmann, who is known for his very distinctive interpretations, unlike most, which reveal much often lost in standard 'academic' playing. This will be a 6-channel SACD, but playable in stereo on normal CD players. More baroque music, this time from Handel, from foremost Australian early music specialists Ruth Wilkinson (recorder), Miriam Morris (viola da gamba) and John O'Donnell (harpsichord) presenting some of Handel's Recorder Sonatas, and also the early but little known (and anonymous) chamber version of the Fireworks Music.

Also new to Divine Art is pianist Alexander Kostritsa, who has recorded a fascinating and clever disc of Mazurkas by three composers, also demonstrating the evolution of the simple jolly Polish dance of the 1820s (24 pieces by Maria Szymanowska)through its transformation into 'serious' form by Chopin and coming to full maturity in the 20th century in the hands of Karol Szymanowski.

Another British composer gaining a very fine reputation for picturesque and highly tuneful music is Philip Henderson. We will soon have a disc of choral orchestral and chamber pieces, titled 'Strings and Sea Voices' currently being recorded; critics are already heaping praise on completed samples from the album. And more in the Metier series with a fine disc of orchestral music by David Ellis. Michael Garrett also writes quite outstanding tonal music and we are delighted to be working on a CD of Garrett's music with the stunningly good Polish pianist Barbara Karaskiewicz. Chamber works with disarmingly simple lines and spare textures (post-minimalist but carrying real tunes) from Luke Whitlock will appear on a new CD in February, and also (more details to come) an intriguing album of new works called 'The Miniaturised Concerto".

A new disc of vocal music by Christopher Fox is underway, which should as always be fascinating - Fox calls it his 'crossover' album - with tongue in cheek of course! Also from England's leading contemporary school is a new disc of chamber works by David Gorton - its title and the main track is Orfordness (named for the ex-military research base and now wildlife sanctuary in Suffolk). Coincidentally, Christopher Wright also wrote a similarly inspired piece of that name on his new CD (MSV28547) - though the two works could not be more different.

More contemporary and challenging flute music will be provided by Richard Craig in 2014; his previous Metier disc "Inward" has attracted much critical praise. In production is a superb DVD of contemporary percussion music, which is quite awesome.. featuring percussionist Mathias Reumert. Back to the UK for a CD of new String Quartets by three Manchester based composers performed by the excellent Danel String Quartet, scheduled for release February 2015.

There are about 20 more recordings for the Metier label in various stages of preparation, and we are working with Metier Productions to bring these to release soon.  Volume 6 of the "Beethoven Explored" series with violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, pianist Aaron Shorr, violist Dom Scheidlin and cellist Neil Heyde has been recorded for release next year. This is something rather special - the piano quartet version of Beethoven's 'Eroica' Symphony. Peter is also launching a major groundbreaking series of recordings on many of the world's greatest violins, playing music of the period, including several important premieres of 17th and 18th century pieces. We are reviving the Athene label especially for this series; two discs have already been recorded and we hope to see the first volumes released around the end of this year. So far, about ten volumes are envisaged.

Meanwhile, Metier's modern music series continues with more very fine contemporary progammes - then regular Metier artist Ian Pace presents a disc of piano music by Brian Ferneyhough, which promises to be of major interest and also very challenging.

The fourth volume of our Galuppi piano sonata series is underway.  Meanwhile, pianist Peter Seivewright is also busy with several projects.  Following the recent release of "American Piano Sonatas" a further four volumes in this series are being prepared.  Peter has also recorded Bach's Goldberg Variations  and a disc of the magnificent piano music of Max Reger. These should see release dates in 2014-5. And finally - last but not least - a new release for the Metier Jazz label from the Jonathan Lorentz Trio promises to be something quite special and very different from Jon's last album. As I write this on July 26, I'm looking forward to a concert at our Music Cafe by the trio tonight!