TAVENER: No Longer Mourn for Me

TAVENER: No Longer Mourn for Me

Philharmonia OrchestraTrinity Boys ChoirStephen Isserlis celloOmer Meir Wellber conductor Hyperion CDA68246 The distinguished English cellist Steven Isserlis was a long-time close friend of the composer Sir John Tavener. He has arranged two of the five works on this...
Glasgow Bells: Organ Music by Alan Gibb & Friends

Glasgow Bells: Organ Music by Alan Gibb & Friends

Kevin Bowyer organDame Evelyn Glennie tubular bells and xylophoneRobert Gibbs violin PRIORY PRCD1215  This CD presents five works by Alan Gibbs (b. 1932). Two have several movements, making 12 items in all, along with three works by younger composers who are...
Loquacious: Music by Peter Fender

Loquacious: Music by Peter Fender

Amiran Zenaishvill & Peter Fender pianoJohn Upperton tenorThe Hinson String Quartet with Sophie Hinson violinSibelius Recorder Ensemble OGF002 The very slim booklet note contains just the three song texts and a few minimal words from the composer about the music,...
British Song: Holst, Clarke, Gurney & Bridge

British Song: Holst, Clarke, Gurney & Bridge

James Gilchrist tenorNathan Williamson pianoSOMMCD 0621 The first of a three-disc series, much of this repertoire will be familiar to BMS members, although as Nathan Williamson points out in his informative and enthusiastic notes, it remains under-appreciated. It was...
LENNOX BERKELEY: Complete Piano Music

LENNOX BERKELEY: Complete Piano Music

Douglas Stevens HOXA HS180618 (2 Discs) Berkeley wrote piano music from the mid-1920s to a few years before he died in 1989, but these two CDs contain less than two hours’ music. This is a quite comprehensive survey, but should it be called The Complete Piano Works...
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Job/Songs of Travel

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Job/Songs of Travel

Hallé OrchestraSir Mark Elder conductorNeal Davies baritone Hallé CD HLL 7556 Job the dancing masque is beguiling. It brightly glows like a musical rainbow and would light up the most pedestrian of concert halls. It bursts with mesmerising melodies conjured from...