BACH INSPIRED

BACH INSPIRED

Charlotte Harding Gavin Higgins   Héloïse Werner   Des Oliver  Carmen Ho James B. Wilson The Bach ChoirFaust Chamber OrchestraDavid Hill Director STONE Records 5060192781182 As The Bach Choir prepare for their Easter performance of J. S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion...
BRITISH PIANO CONCERTOS

BRITISH PIANO CONCERTOS

Simon Callaghan pianoBBC NOW Martyn Brabbins conductor LYRITA SCRD 407 This latest welcome issue from Lyrita features six ‘piano concertos’ of which four are first recordings, which in itself is commendation enough, especially as Simon Callaghan and his...
ERNEST MOERAN: Chamber Music

ERNEST MOERAN: Chamber Music

Fidelio Trio  RESONUS RES 10296 This fine recording will serve to much enhance the reputation of both Moeran and the Fidelio Trio.  It has already been selected as an ‘Editor’s Choice’ in the March Gramophone (a magazine prone to ignore ‘minor’ British composers). The...
EDWARD COWIE: Where Song Was Born

EDWARD COWIE: Where Song Was Born

Music inspired by the birds of Australia Sara Minelli fluteRoderick Chadwick piano métier  msv 28620 Reviewing Edward Cowie’s Bird Portraits, I wrote that the music was ‘virtually unique’. Not so now, because with Where Song Was Born, Cowie sets his hand to the...
ARNOLD BAX: From the Hills of Dreams

ARNOLD BAX: From the Hills of Dreams

The Forgotten Songs Jeremy Huw Williams BaritonePaula Fan Piano EMR CD073 Bax’s songs rarely show up on disc or in concert. I have a couple of earlier CDs that only infrequently get played– so would these eighteen unrecorded songs lure me back to this part of the...
British Music for Strings III

British Music for Strings III

Southwest German Chamber Orchestra, PforzheimDouglas Bostock conductor CPO 555 457-2 The third in this series opens with a Smyth Suite from 1890, an enlargement of her quintet op.1 (to be found on another CPO disc, in a somewhat livelier reading). It comprises five...