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Following the cancellation of this year’s International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate due to the pandemic, a new online streaming service – G&S Opera TV – has been launched.
The excellent BMS CD of piano music by Herbert Howells and performed by Matthew Schellhorn has been receiving fantastic reviews in the music press.
With so many concerts on hold, it is good to hear of recording projects around the country including two new song recordings released online by soprano Lucinda Cox.
Australia’s Robert James Stove is currently in the final stages of his PhD candidature at the Sydney Conservatorium; his thesis is on the subject of Stanford’s organ music.
Britten’s birthplace is a comfortable B&B where one can sleep in the composer’s bedroom and have breakfast in his father’s dental surgery.
This excellent series of VW symphonies continues. Mr Brabbins and his forces have reached number 5 so there are 4 more to go and they are eagerly awaited. He is ‘Mr Reliable’. Like previous issues, his music-making is deeply considered, and paced and shaped with certainty, with the result being a very satisfying experience.
… taken from Tavener’s set of Three Shakespeare Sonnets, originally composed for the South Iceland Chamber Choir is No Longer Mourn for Me. Although by far the shortest work, it gives its name to the whole CD. It sounds absolutely delicious in this version for eight cellos by Steven Isserlis.
The first three works are unusual since they use different instruments along with the organ. The first of these gives its title to the CD as a whole. It is Glasgow Bells.
Based on an earlier composition by Gibbs, Glasgow Toccata, it brings together master organist Kevin Bowyer famed for his prowess with ‘very difficult music’, and celebrated percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.
The very slim booklet note contains just the three song texts and a few minimal words from the composer about the music, so I had to go to his several websites to discover that he is a conductor and composer who works with ensembles in London and Sussex, and abroad such as in Bulgaria and Italy.