PHOENIX: Music for oboe/cor anglais

PHOENIX: Music for oboe/cor anglais

Nicola Hands oboe Jonathan Pease piano EM Records EMRCD066 EM Records continue their outstanding support of tonal British music with this disc of British music for oboe/cor anglais and piano. Britain has done very well producing high calibre oboists and there have...
ROBERT SIMPSON: Symphonies 5 & 6

ROBERT SIMPSON: Symphonies 5 & 6

LSO: Andrew Davis conductorLPO: Charles Groves conductor LYRITA SRCD.389 The young Andrew Davis was entrusted with Robert Simpson’s new 5th symphony in 1972 – and delivered one of the great premières. The staggering virtuosity of the LSO and the completely...
COLLOQUY: Works for Guitar Duo

COLLOQUY: Works for Guitar Duo

Duo Guitartes EMR CD067 Life in Elizabethan England might have been ‘nasty, brutish and short’. But on hearing the music of Peter Philips, his Pauana dolorosa Tregian from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, John Dowland’s two movements from ‘Lacrimae’ and two pieces by...
PAUL CARR: The Light of Love

PAUL CARR: The Light of Love

TrediciAndrew Foan conductor EM RECORDS EMR CD068 The Light of Love by Paul Carr is subtitled A Requiem Mass. He uses the bare skeleton of the full Latin texts along with newly created English verses by Euan Tait (b.1968). The Latin words deliver a sense of...
ALEXANDER CAMPKIN: Choral Works

ALEXANDER CAMPKIN: Choral Works

vOx Chamber ChoirDavid Crown conductor NAXOS 8.574186 Alexander Campkin’s five choral works performed by the Oxford-based vOx Chamber Choir under David Crown are pretty much unique, although at first listening, I was reminded of the Kyrie or Lux Aeterna of György...
WILLIAM ALWYN: Miss Julie

WILLIAM ALWYN: Miss Julie

BBC Symphony OrchestraSakari Oramo conductor CHANDOS CHSA 5253 (2) In his middle years William Alwyn (1905-1985) was moving away from his extensive interests in music for film towards a more symphonic musical language. For Alwyn this was a logical step. ‘Film music’,...