ARNOLD: The Dancing Master

ARNOLD: The Dancing Master

BBC Concert OrchestraJohn Andrews Conductor Resonus Classics RE10269 A BBC rejection of Malcolm Arnold’s only opera still leaves indelible scars after 60 years. It was one of many disappointments (both personal and professional) to befall the prolific composer who is...
HOLST: Alpha and Omega

HOLST: Alpha and Omega

Godwine ChoirAlex Davan Wetton and Edward Hughes conductorsSoloists and instrumentalists EM RECORDS EMR CD 062 Alpha and Omega indeed – this mostly hugely welcome issue includes some of Holst’s earliest works and his last one.  I say ‘mostly’ because the early...
PAUL LEWIS: Harp Scenes

PAUL LEWIS: Harp Scenes

Fiona Hosford, Camilla Pay, Alexander Rider harps EMRecords CD063 When you hear harp music do little pictures formulate in your mind, can I suggest a couple? Two young children one ‘a girl in flowing white attire, flowers in her hair, dancing in a woodland glade on a...
WALTON: Chamber Music

WALTON: Chamber Music

Matthew Jones violinSarah-Jane Bradley violaTim Lowe celloAnnabel Thwaite piano NAXOS 8.573892 I’ve somehow never heard any of Walton’s chamber music: and had I come across much of this disc unawares I’m still not sure I’d have known I had. From the first folk-like...
BRITTEN: A Ceremony of Carols

BRITTEN: A Ceremony of Carols

Choir of Clare College CambridgeGraham Ross conductor Harmonia Mundi HMM905329 The glittering tinsel of a seasonal Clare College this year outshines its better-known neighbour, Kings, with a spectacular concert of music set to become the star of this year’s burgeoning...
Pax Britannica: Organ music

Pax Britannica: Organ music

Music by Victorian and Edwardian composers Robert James Stove organ ARS ORGANI RECORDINGS AOR002 This is a uniquely interesting recording from Australia. It brings together, in one place, organ compositions by many late nineteenth and early twentieth century...