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October 1: Thanks to our efficient suppliers and a lot of hard work we can contradict the previous post and announce that our two January releases can already be pre-ordered online for delivery early December. Two great recordings of baroque music from Bach and Handel, one our first multi channel Super Audio disc. - but don't worry, it's fully compatible with normal CD players too.
September 24: The last new releases of 2014! While they won't be in the shops until early November, you can order them here now for early delivery - more great ideas for gifts. Five new titles, four of 'safe' classical repertoire with wide appeal, one of new and excellent orchestral music. Click 'Latest Releases' above for details.
September 22: Not music but a great litle booklet ideal for a Christmas gift! Published by our associate company Diversions Books, is a fascimile reprint of a 1913 recipe book originally produced by the Northern Counties School of Cookery in Newcastle. Only £5.49 and click here to buy!
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 (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.
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FUTURE RELEASES: See below for details - we have some delights in store for you and see the Forthcoming Page.
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LATEST RELEASES (click on catalogue number for more information and to order)
NOVEMBER 2014 (available in stores January PREORDER NOW!)
We will be issuing a lot of baroque music over the next year and we start with Handel's Recorder (dda25124) which includes a rarity - the chamber arrangement of the Fireworks Music: performed along with four of Handel's great sonatas by leading Australian early music specialists.
Then we have a program of Bach keyboard works played by the remarkable German pianist Burkard Schliessmann, a distinctive and intriguing interpretative style reveals hidden aspects and expression in the music of Bach. Also special in that this is a five-channel surround sound SACD, but fully compatible with 'normal' CD players too. Luxury packaging and stunning sound.
OCTOBER 2014 (available in stores November)
Two new recordings: first a superb 'concept album' - called 'Three Generations of Mazurkas' it tracks the evolution, as a keyboard work, of the Polish folk dance from the very short and simple form as composed by Maria Szymanowska, through its development as a Romantic genre in the hands of first Chopin and then Szymanowski (dda 25123). Performed by Alexander Kostritsa, a young Russian pianist with a wonderful career ahead: a professional concert pianist and former Music Professor said:
I loved the Mazurka recording - I really like his playing.
Secondly: an album of impressionist orchestral music by David Ellis, also well known as a conductor and record producer (and leading light at the BBC for may years). This shows that the art of musical picture painting has not been lost. 'Concert Music' is on dda 25119.
For the fan of more well -trodden paths, we have re-issued three popular live concert recordings made for Dunelm by Polish pianist Alicja Fiderkiewicz, by 'public demand'. Schumann (ddv 24158); Frank, Chopin and Hindemith (ddv 24159) and Chopin/Szymanowski (ddv 24160) are all at midprice and excellent interpretations.
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 has recorded a CD of piano music by Irish composers which is stunningly different 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.
Following their debut album on Diversions, the flute/piano duo of Odinn Baldvinsson and Patricia Romero (Cantilena) has been garnering quite a fine reputation and following. Their new album which has a mix of quite well known Romantic pieces and an important first recording, has just been made and will be scheduled for release in the spring.
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. 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 in the first half of 2015. 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.