ALEC ROWLEY: Piano Works

ALEC ROWLEY: Piano Works

John Lenehan DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7401 As I glanced through the August issue of Gramophone magazine, I noticed the advert proclaiming this release. Although there are other CDs which include individual works, this is the first devoted entirely to Rowley, none of whose...
JOHN IRELAND: Orchestral Music

JOHN IRELAND: Orchestral Music

Sinfonia of LondonJohn Wilson conductor CHANDOS CHSA 5293 Despite one or two reservations, this is a hugely welcome issue of most on John Ireland’s works for orchestra, from a conductor and orchestra who can seemingly do little wrong. I confess to being irritated by...
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Nonet, Piano Trio, Piano Quintet

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Nonet, Piano Trio, Piano Quintet

Nonet in F minor Op.2 ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ Piano Trio in E minorPiano Quintet in G minor Op.1  Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective CHANDOS CHAN20242   What a glorious disc this is! From beginning to end the music just flows in an unending stream of...
BRIDGE & BRITTEN

BRIDGE & BRITTEN

Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano Hélène Clément viola  Alasdair Beatson piano  CHANDOS 20247  To what extent is a pupil influenced and inspired by their teacher(s)? In Britten’s case he knew Bridge before he became his pupil. This disc offers...
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Complete Symphonies

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Complete Symphonies

Richard Hickox & Sir Andrew Davis conductorsLondon Symphony OrchestraBergen Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony ChorusBergen Philharmonic Choir CHANDOS CHSA 5303(6) This issue is a super bargain, presumably an offering for the 150th anniversary of VW’s birth (of...
THE FABULOUS SIR JOHN

THE FABULOUS SIR JOHN

A Tribute to the late Sir John Manduell Peter Lawson pianoLinda Merrick clarinetRachel Speirs sopranoJohn Turner recorderVictoria String Quartet DIVINE ART DDA25235 For many years Sir John Manduell was best known as a music administrator of great accomplishment; now...