GEORGES ONSLOW: String Quintets

GEORGES ONSLOW: String Quintets

Elan Quintet     NAXOS  8.574187 This disc is another stimulating exploration of the early 19th century chamber music repertoire.  Georges Onslow, despite his aristocratic English lineage, demonstrates a highly professional command of the classical chamber...
DOUGLAS MUNN: Complete Music for Solo Piano

DOUGLAS MUNN: Complete Music for Solo Piano

Arta Arnicane piano TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0559 This is an extraordinary disc of music by an extraordinary personality.  Douglas Munn (1929-2008) was a distinguished mathematician, famous in his field, successively professor at Stirling and Glasgow Universities,...
THE KING’S ALCHEMIST: British String Trios

THE KING’S ALCHEMIST: British String Trios

Eblana String Trio Willowhayne  WHR067 I was told, as a young composer, that the writing of string trios was a challenge, and that was why fewer had been written than string quartets, and why some composers, often well-known ones, never tackled the form. Before I...
PROUD SONGSTERS: English Solo Song

PROUD SONGSTERS: English Solo Song

Michael Chance, Tim Mead, Lawrence Zazzo counter-tenorsRuairi Bowen, James Gilchrist, Andrew Staples tenorsMark Stone baritoneGerald Finley, Ashley Riches bass-baritonesSimon Lepper piano HYPERION KGS0052-D This recital has been devised to showcase 10 alumni (nine...
English Song Collection

English Song Collection

A 25 disc celebration of the richness and diversity of British Song Various Artists NAXOS 8.502507 (25 Discs) In The Story of Naxos (Piatkus 2012), the music journalist Nicholas Soames says that the ambition of the company’s founder, Klaus Heymann, was to record the...
BANTOCK: British Music for Strings II

BANTOCK: British Music for Strings II

Granville Bantock & Christopher Wilson Southwest German Chamber OrchestraDouglas Bostock conductor CPO 555 382-2 The short-lived Christopher Wilson was a very active (mostly theatre) composer of the early 20th century.  A (carefully chosen?) photo suggests an...