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’,...
SIR WILLIAM WALTON: Chamber Music

SIR WILLIAM WALTON: Chamber Music

Matthew Jones violinSarah-Jane Bradley violaTim Lowe celloAnnabel Thwaite piano Naxos 8.573892 Walton shows flashes of astonishing genius in this composition of his punchy four-movement Piano Quartet written in 1919 at the tender age of just 16. It is a juvenile gem...
This Curious Harp

This Curious Harp

20th century British music for solo harp Eleanor Hudson Harp Mike Purton Recordings  MPR110 Writing for the harp needs study and sometimes guidance from a willing player, as I know from my own experience. After a while you suddenly get the knack but it’s...
DAME ETHEL SMYTH: The Prison

DAME ETHEL SMYTH: The Prison

Experiential Orchestra and ChorusJames Blachly conductorSarah Brailey sopranoDashon Burton bass-baritone CHANDOS CHSA5279 The Prison (1929 -30), Dame Ethel Smyth’s only symphony and her last major work, is not really a symphony in any conventional sense. It was...