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...
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...
MALCOLM ARNOLD: Orchestral Music

MALCOLM ARNOLD: Orchestral Music

Grand Concerto Gastronomique Op. 76Symphony No. 9 Op. 128 Anna Gorbachyova-Ogilvie sopranoLiepaja Symphony Orchestra John Gibbons conductor TOCCATA CLASSICS Tocc 0613 Fifty plus opus numbers and 25 years separate these two works and it shows.  Arnold’s mental health...
PUER NATUS EST: Christmas Day from Buckfast Abbey

PUER NATUS EST: Christmas Day from Buckfast Abbey

The Choir of Buckfast AbbeyPhilip Arkwright directorMatthew Searles organ www.adfontes.org If you may have had quite enough of Christmas Carol anthologies on CD, but like at least some seasonal music then this superb issue may be the solution.  In his notes director...
ELISABETH LUTYENS: Piano Music Vol 1

ELISABETH LUTYENS: Piano Music Vol 1

Martin Jones piano Resonus 0291 I firmly believe that it is perfectly possible to enjoy and understand the music composed with serial technique alongside what Elisabeth Lutyens infamously called “the cowpat school”. If music is well composed, imaginative and even...