LORD BERNERS: Wedding Bouquet, Luna Park and March

LORD BERNERS: Wedding Bouquet, Luna Park and March

RTE Chamber Choir and Sinfonietta Kenneth Alwyn conductor NAXOS 8.555223 I’ve always had a soft spot for Luna Park, largely because – although I have of course I’ve never seen it – the scenario is quite daft. You can think of it as an English Petruschka...
MALCOLM ARNOLD: A Centenary Celebration

MALCOLM ARNOLD: A Centenary Celebration

Peter Fisher violinMargaret Fingerhut piano SOMM CD0640 Arnold’s first wife Sheila was a violinist and so it is no surprise to find that his violin writing seems tailor-made for the instrument. The Violin Sonata No 1 dates from 1947 and yet even here, in a work from...
Book explores Tavener’s music

Book explores Tavener’s music

Tuesday 30 November sees the launch of a new book Heart’s Ease – Spirituality in the Music of John Tavener which explores the music of composer Sir John Tavener. Edited by June Boyce-Tillman and Anne-Marie Forbes, contributions include an article by Dr...
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: An Oxford Christmas

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: An Oxford Christmas

Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital ChelseaWilliam Vann directorJoshua Ryan organ ALBION RECORDS ALBCD050 The booklet accompanying this CD begins with an in-depth history of The Oxford Book of Carols. Percy Dearmer, Martin Shaw and most importantly Ralph Vaughan...
ARTHUR SULLIVAN: Incidental Music

ARTHUR SULLIVAN: Incidental Music

Emmanuel Lawler tenorRTE Concert OrchestraAndrew Penny conductor NAXOS 8 555181 This CD continues to fill in a useful gap in the repertoire.  Penny and his RTE players remain reliable guides to what has proved to be a most enjoyable journey.  In this case it is a...