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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 Williamoson Piano Music (2 singles CDs, MW4)
May 5: New CD release! Available here now, not in the shops until July, Tchaikovsky - click Latest Releases for details.
May 5: Heritage Media - vintage radio drama. Our Heritage Media division has an enviable catalog of classica radio dramas and documentaries and ofr many yers has supplied radio stations worldwide. Now we are making these classics available to enjoy any time. Following our 4 double CDs of the Sherlock Holmes series, we are now issuing an extended series of plays starring Laurence Olivier, under the title 'Theatre Royal'. These will be issued for digital download in our digital music store, and can also be purchased from Audible, iTunes and Classics Online at bargain prices. Details.
May 3: We have held all of our shipping charges for over 2 years, but due to the very high increase in Royal Mail charges (the rate for small packets shipped overseas has more than doubled since 2011) we have been forced to raise our shipping charges - however the UK shipping rates have been held for the time being..
April 25: We've had several great reviews for the disc of David Jennings piano music. This CD has been given a RECOMMENDATION at Expedition Audio
April 13: New release: A lovely program of light classical favourites for flute and piano -click Latest Releases!
April 12: International Record Review gives it's coveted 'Outstanding' award to the new Ronald Stevenson Piano Music set (dda21372) and we have many new confirmed projects including a first performance of Michael Finnissy's completion of Grieg's unfinished Movement for Piano Quintet, and a new disc of chamber music with brass and voice by leading American composer Carson Cooman, whose recent organ music CD won rave reviews.
March 23: Two more new releases now available from us but which won't be in other webstores or high street shops until June. Music from James Weeks, Gordon Crosse and Sir John Manduell - click 'Latest Releases' to view details.
March 13: Divine Art Recordings Group has signed a worldwide distribution and fulfilment contract with Naxos Global Logistics. NGL is busy ingesting our catalogue and will manage trade distribution of our CDs and DVDs worldwide. We are deighted to announce this move which will enable customers in many countries to obtain our recordings more easily in their local stores.
February 6: we are now adding to this site and the online store the next new releases, available here but not in the shops until April. Music from Handel, Haydn, Finnissy, Schwartz, Lea-Cox and Petridou. Click "Latest Releases" to view.
January 1: HAPPY NEW YEAR ! It will be a very busy one with more new recordings than ever being progressed: click 'Latest Releases' above for information on the first new titles of the year. This is also our 20th anniversary - the company issued its first recording on cassette in 1993 (now reissued as ddv24101).
December 17: NEW DISTRIBUTION IN AMERICA: As from 1 February 2013, Divine Art group labels will be distributed in the USA by Naxos of America, who we have also appointed to manage our global digital distribution and sales. We are sorry to say goodbye to Albany Distribution who have been our distributors for a number of years, but now with over 300 CDs and more new projects than ever, we need the much larger resources of Naxos to cope with the quickly changing markets. Naxos will also re-introduce our catalog to Canada and we will work wth them to enter the markets in South and Central America too.
December 4:Three new CDs now available here, not in the stores until February or March - see 'Latest Releases link above.
November 11: A major accolade; not only do we constantly receive glowing reviews for our CDs, but this month Gramophone magazine carried an article on the Concord Piano Sonata by Charles Ives, one of the most important American piano works ever written: out of many vesions, ours was picked as the Number One Choice (metier msv92037)
November 4: We have not published much news recently but that is because we have been too busy... most of October was taken up with the delayed relocation of our American offices, where we are still getting established; due to the ongoing building work we are retaining the existing postal address for a while, but our new phone number in the USA is 1-802 247 4295. Meanwhile, the first of our 2013 releases are being produced and we expect four at least - perhaps five - to be available on this site before Christmas. These will include a major 3-CD set of piano music by Ronald Stevenson performed by Murray McLachlan, a 2-CD set of the little known Notturni and Scherzandi by Haydn, and The Four Seasons by G A Guido, a real baroque gem. Also we will have the first of two volumes of new oboe music, performed by Christopher Redgate, and perhaps the second volume of Harpsichord Suites by Handel.
Many buyers of the 3-CD set of flute and piano music inspired by Paul Taffanel (21371) asked about availablity of scores; most of the works were out of print or unpublished; our associate, Brandon Music Publishing, has now published two of the pieces, the Nocturne by Alphonse Catherine, and the Romance by Jacques Durand, in new performing editions prepared by Ken Smith. He is working on several more of these lovely works which we hope to have available in 2013.
October 4: Latest release: David Jennings Piano Music (25110) has just arrived and can be pre-ordered now for early delivery. A fine debut for this composer of expressionist and tuneful music
September 5: One composer who has a totally original voice, merging modernism with jazz, European folk rhythms and traditional German cabaret theater, is Thomas Fortmann, who switched to the world of concert music form rock where he was a regluar partner of Frank Zappa. HIs new piano trio "Prolitheus" already well received in Italy, will receive its US premiere at new York's Carnegie Hall in October, and will be on a new album which also includes Fortmann's new Violin Sonata and Four Pieces for Two Violins. The album will be on full release early 2013 but a special fast first print is to be made so as to be available by mid October. As a preview, please listen to the fourth movement (Rondo finto) from the Piano Trio here.
September 1: There are still a number of new releaes to come this year, though most will not be available through dealers until early 2013 - but they can all be acquired here. First and ready to ship before 30 September is the awesome new CD of spectral piano music composed by Joshua Fineberg and Hugues Dufourt - click Latest Release above..
August 27: After a short gap due to the indisposition of Dunelm founder and producer Jim Pattison, the Dunelm catalogue is now available again.
August 24: BML has now published Eric Craven's Set for Piano (as premiered on Metier MSV28525 ): the full work is available and each of the 12 parts is also sold separately - see here. We are being inundated with new recording projects, so 2013 could be a busy year.. meanwhile, the audio -only version of our recent Kreutzer Quartet DVD is being made available in digital download form only: it should be available by the end of October on iTunes, Amazon mp3, and all other download sites (and of course our won digital music store). The catalogue number for this album is MSVCD92105 and i is a fine recording in its own right containing four major modern string quartets
July 11: Several of our September and October releases can already be purchased on this site.. be the first! See New Releases July for information. These include two excellent further volumes in our Russian Piano Music series, a debut recital of major classics by bright young star Stephen Beville and another debut - the world premiere recording of a new work by Eric Craven, which which wil be pubished by Brandon Music very soon. All piano works but very very different!
The scores and performing parts for John Ramsay's four highly praised String Quartets are now available here
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LATEST RELEASES (click on catalogue number for more information and to order)
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
APRIL 2013 (available in stores June)
Top flute and piano duo Kenneth Smith and Paul Rhodes appear in their fifth album which is a fabulous collection of lighter popluar pieces including original works and arrangments, from Borne's Fantasy on Carmen, to The Carnival of Venice, The Swan and much more: 'Flute Vocalise - Beloved Concert Classics now available here on ddv24156 at mid price.
MARCH 2013 (available in stores May)
From composer James Weeks, a fascinating and unique disc, which has three virtuoso solo pieces, which also fit together to form a brilliant chamber work. Performed by three top soloists who comprise Apartment House - on msv28532. Two more senior composers whose work is less modernist but first class in every respect are Gordon Crosse and Sir John Manduell. We have a double CD set of double concertos by the two, all first recordings of course, on 'Mixed Doubles' (msv77201) performed by some of the foremost instrumentalists in the UK, with the Manchester Sinfonia
FEBRUARY 2013 (available in stores April)
First we mention Gilbert Rowland's new recording: Handel's Harpsichord Suites (and the famous 'Chaconne in G' in volume 2 of his series. dda21220 is now ready to purchase - hot off the press. Another very different 2-CD set is the first commerical recordixng of works by Greek Cypriot composer Cilia Petridou. Cilia and her family were displaced from their home after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974; most of herr work is influenced by that traumatic experience, reflecting on the happiness of childhood living near Mout Olympus (the beautiful Chioinistra) and the tragedy of civil war. 'Sounds of the Chioinistra' is on dda21224. Soprano Lesley-Jane Rogers and pianist Jennie-Helen Moston who are among the many top artists on the Chionistra set also present an album of songs and anthems by Peter Lea-Cox - another composer whose works has not been adequately acknowledged up until now. "Of TImes and Seasons":dda25109
There are also two superb new titles from Metier: 'Tapestry' is a disc of new chamber music by New Englander Elliott Schwartz (msv 28537) while our acclaimed and extensive Michael Fninissy series contiues with a CD of three new pieces (two chamber works and one song cycle) on a disc entitled 'Unknown Ground (msv 28536).
JANUARY 2013 (available in stores March)
Two releases of more traditional music.. from the baroque era we have a splendid recording of The Four Seasons - not Vivaldi's but the suite by G A Guido - a fine work indeed, and well worthy of knowing. Some scholars now believed that Guido's version was written first and that Vivaldi used it as inspiration for his own piece. Performed by The Band of instruments - dda25072. And into the early classical perios with some lesser-known works by Haydn - his sets of Notturni and Scherzandi , on a 2CD set - dda21221. Made in assocation with the Haydn Society of Great Britain.
DECEMBER 2012 (available in stores February)
From Divine Art we have a magnum opus - a 3 CD set of piano music by Ronald Stevenson, brilliantly performed by Murray McLachlan. Stevenson is a legend among musicians, as a composer , arranger and pianist: this set inlcudes original works, including the formidable Feste d'Alkan, and a number of transcriptions and arrangements, for which he is renowned. Ronald Stevenson Piano Music is on Divine Art dda21372.
From Metier two discs of new music of very different styles. "In Dust We Trust" (msv28534) is the title of a new disc of chamber works by Thomas Fortmann, and perhaps signifies that this music is full of fun and satire - using Fortmann's unique blend of jazz, serialism and German theatre and cabert styles, a refreshing change yet still "propoer" chamber music - not lightweight. And we have a new CD from oboe player Christopher Redgate which is rather important on two fronts - firstly becuase it has the first recording of two major new works for oboe by Edwin Roxburgh and Michael Finnissy - and also because it introduces a brand new instrument, developed by Redgate in association with Howarth of London. In fact there are two newcomers, as the FInnissy work also features a bass oboe known as the Lupophon. "New Music for a New Oboe (msv28529).
RECORDING PLANS (See also 'future releases' page for more info and audio preview samples)
A second disc of music by Eric Craven is coming - this time Mary Dullea plays his Piano Sonatas 7, 8 and 9. Here is a composer who relatively late in life is about to make a big splash with these exceptional pieces. Mary Dullea also joins her Fidelio Trio partner, violinist Darragh Morgan, in a new disc of music for violin and piano by Michael Finnissy which should be ready by the summer.
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. A further disc of solo harpsichord music from the 18th century is also being discussed.
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 of British Lyrical Chamber Music - Songs and String Quartet by David Dubery and chanber works by Christopher Wright will both be released by the summer along 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;
More contemporary and challenging flute music will be provided by Richard Craig in 2014; his previous Metier disc "Inward" has attracted much critical praise. Also we are delighted to announce a new disc of contemporary music for flute and electronics by world-renowned Dutch flautist Jos Zwaanenburg. 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 Febraury 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 and pianist Aaron Shorr have been recorded for release next year. Skaerved has also embarked on a major new project of which more news soon!
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