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updated June 17 2017
     
JUNE 2017:

Gilbert Rowland


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Johann Mattheson - Harpsichord Suites

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

 



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Suite No. 5 in C minor -
I. Fantasie
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Anthony Goldstone


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The Piano at the Ballet volume 2

Subtitled "The French Connection" and following the great popularity of volume 1 this album features rare transcriptions of ballet excerpts from Poulenc, Sauguet, Debussy, Françaix, Thiriet, and the Paris-connected Stravinsky and Asafiev, all again wonderfully played by Anthony Goldstone; sadly Tony died on January 2 so this is his last recording.
AVAILABLE HERE NOW
Many of these transcriptions are receiving their first recording.



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

Barbara Karaskiewicz


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Karol Szymanowski - Piano Works

The great 20th century Polish composer has more representation in our catalog than many, and for good reason since his works are full of nuance and detail. Here his compatriot the virtuoso Barbara Karaskiewicz presents Preludes and other works.
AVAILABLE HERE NOW

 



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Mazurka, Op. 62 No. 1 (extract)
JULY 2017:
Betty Roe
Betty Roe

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'The Silver Hound' and other songs by Betty Roe

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




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The Fair Singer (extract)

Ian PAce
Chris Gekker


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Ghost Dialogues

An album of contemporary works for trumpet in a fascinating range of styles and accompaniment featuring top American soloist Chris Gekker with mezzo-soprano Clara O'Brien, tenor sax by Chris Vadala, and Rita Sloan (piano).
AVAILABLE HERE NOW




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Carson Cooman: Equinox Sonata(extract)
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Richard Craig


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Contemporary flute music

Leading specialist in new music for flute, Richard Craig, has a new album on the way following the release of his 'Inward' (msv 28517), this time the works include also string trio and soprano voice, in works by Evan Johnson, John Croft, Fabrice Fitch, Richard Barrett, Esaias Järnegard and Brice Pauset.
AVAILABLE HERE NOW
All these works are receiving their first recording.



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Vale (by Richard Barrett) (extract)

Erik Simmons


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Carson Cooman: "Exordium"
The fifth in our series of Cooman's organ music programs, again brilliantly performed by Erik Simmons. This program is mainly, as was 'Hymnus', music of quietude and peace, making the most of the beautiful soft tones of the organ.
AVAILABLE HERE NOW

 



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Rondino for St Joseph (extract)

AUGUST 2017:
ENGLISH POETRY AND SONG SOCIETY LIVE CONCERT RECORDINGS

Originally made for the EP&SS by Dunelm, and reissued by 'popular request' thse four live concert recordings have someshortcomings in audio quality due to the limitations of microphone placement, but include many otherwise unrecorded art songs from many well known composers and also song specialists whose work is as yet little known.

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E.J.Moeran


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ENGLISH POETRY AND SONG SOCIETY
"Shropshire Lads"

Settings of the poems of A E Housman by E J Moeran, Arthur Somervell, Arnold Bax, Benjamin Burrows, Brian Daubney, Margaret Wegener, Clive Pollard, Calvin Bowman and Stephen Duro.
Stephen Foulkes ( baritone) & David Bednall (piano)


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Ralph Vaughan Williams


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ENGLISH POETRY AND SONG SOCIETY
"Songs of Dorset"

Here we have fine settings of Thomas Hardy and the dialect poems of William Barnes from Gerald Finzi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Aurthur Somervell, Clive Carey, Roger Lord, Alison Edgar, Judith Bailey and Brian Daubney.
Stephen Foulkes (baritone) & Colin Hunt (piano)


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John Ireland


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ENGLISH POETRY AND SONG SOCIETY
"The Great War Remembered"

Some of the best known and most moving of English poetry came from the horrors of the 1914-8 war. Here texts by Siegried Sassoon,
A.E. Housman, Rupert Brooke, F.W.Harvey and more in settings by Ivor Gurney, Geraint Lewis, John Ireland, Geoffrey Kimpton, Margaret Wegener, John R, Williamson, Duncan Reid, Dennis Wickens, Elaine Hugh-Jones and Jerome Kern.
Jeremy Huw-Williams (baritone) & Nigel Foster (piano)


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Ivor Gurney


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ENGLISH POETRY AND SONG SOCIETY
"Lights Out"

A feast of art songs from Henry Purcell, E.J. Moeran, Ivor Gurney, Sulyen Caradon, Samuel Wesley, Jeffrey Whitton, Sarah Rodges, Alison Edgar and Laura Shur.
Ian Partridge & Paul Martyn-West (tenors), Jonatahn Wood (baritone), Georgina Colwell (Soprano), Clare Griffel (mezzo). Peter Jacobs and Nigel Foster (piano)


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SEPTEMBER 2017:
Christopher Redgate
Alfonso Soldano

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Piano Music of Mario Castenuovo-Tedesco

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




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Alt Wien (extract)

Fumiko Miyachi


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Miyachi: Transitional Metal

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

 



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Au79 (Gold): 3rd movement (extract)


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Robert Keeley - Chamber works

A fascinating program of chamber works by Rob Keeley, full of invention and interest, and played by several top English soloists includng Caroline Balding, Linda Merrick and John Turner, with the Manchester Chamber Ensemble.

All these works are receiving their first recording.



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Studies for Wind Quintet - Allegretto
MORE TO COME SOON:
David Braid
David Braid

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David Braid: Songs, Solos and Duos
A fascinating new album (currently scheduled for November) with a new set of works by Welsh composer David Braid featuring the velvet tone of the electric archtop guitar in a chamber, solo and vocal setting; also includes Braid's evocative duos for flute/classical guitar and clarinet/piano -  plus  his 1st Piano Sonata: an eclectic range of recent works from the one of the UK's most original yet approachable composers, performed by a dynamic set of world-class players.



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Christopher Redgate
Christopher Redgate

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New Music for a New Oboe, vol. 2

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



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Andrew Wright


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'The Operatic Pianist' volume II

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

 



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Liszt: Fantasy on Themes from Rienzi (extract)

Mary Dullea


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Eric Craven: Entangled States

Astonishing masterpiece of contemporary complexity in Eric Craven's unique "non-prescriptive" method. Realised and performed by the genius that is Mary Dullea.

 


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Tamami Honma


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Beethoven: the Complete Piano Sonatas

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

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

 


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Piano à Deux


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

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


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Alfonso Soldano


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Russian Piano Music vol. 13:
Rachmaninov

Alfonso Soldano returns to Russian repertoire (by critical acclaim!) with Rachmaninov's First Sonata, Moments Musicaux, and other works.


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Alfonso Soldano


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Russian Piano Music vol. 14:
Tchaikovsky

Alfonso Soldano brings Tchaikovsky to the Russian piano series with the Grand Sonata, Op. 37; the Romance Op. 5, 6 pieces op.19 and Berceuse (Op. 72/2)


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Stefania Argentieri


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Russian Piano Music vol. 15:
Prokofiev

For the second Prokofiev album in our series, we welcome brilliant young Italian pianist Stefania Argentieri who will include the First and Sixth Sonatas, 4 Etudes, op. 2 and other works


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Ian PAce
Trio Anima Mundi


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English Piano Trios

A rare feast indeed of piano trios by English composers Samunel Coleridge-Talyor, Rosalind Elliott, Henry Waldo Warner and Cliffe Forrester, performed by Trio Anima Mundi, the fine Australian ensemble whose previous CD (DDA 25102) is also a treasure trove of rare Romantic works.



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Ian PAce
Ed Hughes


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Symphonic Visions (DVD)

From the hand of multi-talented composer Ed Hughes, whose chamber music and operas have been highly acclaimed (see Metier catalog) comes a unique DVD showcasing his music for silent film. Not only does this include his new scores for vintage movies 'The Nose' and 'Journey to the Moon', and historic Royal Air Force footage, but also an extened score for the new film 'Symphony of a City' - a moviemontage of the city of Brighton.



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Joshua Fineberg


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"Sonic Fictions"

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

All these works are receiving their first recording.


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peter seivewright
Peter Seivewright


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Galuppi: Piano Sonatas, vol. 4

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

 



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Marcus Blunt


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Orchestral Music by Marcus Blunt

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


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John Buckley


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John Buckley: Choral works

John Buckley is gaining a reputation as one of Ireland's finest composers, and has had excellent reviews for his pieces on previous Metier albums. Here is a fine collection of his choral works performed by the Mornington Singers with thier director Orla Flanagan.
All these works are receiving their first recording.


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