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CD of the MONTH

DECEMBER 2018 CD of the MONTH at £13 plus P&P

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750)
Christmas Oratorio Weihnachtsoratorium

Julia Kleiter, Soprano
Katharina Magiera, Alto Georg Poplutz, Tenor
Thomas E. Bauer, Bass Bachchor Mainz
Bachorchester Mainz / Ralf Otto

J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio was written for the Christmas season of 1734, and although it incorporates music from earlier works it belongs firmly among his timeless large-scale compositions. The development of the oratorio, which was to become a new musical form in Protestant church services at that time, was stimulated by Bach’s compositions, particularly by the unusual form of his six-part Christmas Oratorio. From its famously joyful opening ‘Jauchzet frohlocket’ to the arrival of the Wise Men from the East, this work’s enduring popularity has long proven its status as a choral ‘evergreen’.

Naxos 2cds 8574001-02 @ £13 plus P&P  until 31 Dec 2018(Standard price £15 plus P&P)


NOVEMBER CD of the MONTH at £10 plus P&P

Sir Edward Elgar: The Music Makers, The Spirit of England

Dame Sarah Connolly, Andrew Staples, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis.

Chandos 5215 @ £10 plus P&P (CD of the month, November2018. Price will return to £11 + P&P from 30 November 2018

Distinguished British music interpreter Sir Andrew Davis joins forces with the BBC SO once again, this time with acclaimed soloists Dame Sarah Connolly and Andrew Staples, in this thoughtful presentation of the last two substantial choral works of Sir Edward Elgar. The maturity of Elgar as an orchestrator is obvious in both works on this disc, notably, in The Music Makers (1912), during passages in which he quotes from Sea Pictures and the Violin Concerto, and in representing the sound of aircraft in The Spirit of England (1917). Elgar uses self-quotation to reflect: The Music Makers is a canvas of self-reflection, written quickly following a period of illness. The orchestral introduction is introspective, melancholic and noble, before the words of Arthur O’Shaughanessy’s poem and much self-quotation within the music offer an insight into the sense of nostalgia and awareness of the loneliness of the creative artist felt by the composer. The Spirit of England reflects on the sadness and desolation of war felt by a nation, with the inclusion of quotations from The Dream of Gerontius in some of the more negative stanzas that Elgar found harder to set. Specified in the score for tenor or soprano, all three movements are sung here by a tenor in a recording first.


OCTOBER CD of the MONTH at £10 plus P&P

Premiere Recordings of works by Parry

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918): Symphony No. 4 (original version) Premiere recording, Movements from ‘Suite moderne’ Premiere recording, Proserpine*

BBC National Chorus of Wales (Ladies only)*, BBC National Orchestra of Wales Rumon Gamba

Chandos CHAN10994 @ £10 plus P&P (CD of the month, October 2018. Price will return to £11 + P&P from 31 October 2018)

About this recording …

To commemorate the centenary of Parry’s death, Rumon Gamba and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales offer this rare album of major works never recorded before, at the centre of which stands the original version of Symphony No. 4.
These works highlight Parry’s skills as an orchestrator to supreme effect, the music full of attractive thematic invention, the scores wonderfully expansive, the canvas more intellectual, the many ideas more bold and passionate. The works prove to be a much severer challenge for the musicians but are here masterfully tackled thanks to both orchestra and conductor’s experience performing forgotten or unpublished British repertoire.

 

 


SEPTEMBER CD of the MONTH

Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934): The Hills of Dreamland

Kathryn Rudge, mezzo-soprano
Henk Neven, baritone

BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth 

Somm CD 271-2 – 2-CD set @ £12.25 plus P&P (special offer price until 30 September 2018 – when it will become £14.25 plus P&P)

About the music …

Somm Recordings is delighted to present a revelatory collection of orchestral songs by Sir Edward Elgar performed by two of today’s most exciting young singers – mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge and baritone Henk Neven – accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth.

The Hills of Dreamland takes its title from a line in Elgar’s well-known setting, beautifully still and beseeching, of Arthur L Salmon’s Pleading.

Historically the least regarded part of Elgar’s output, his songs contain a treasure-trove of vocal gems and here receive performances of insight, imagination and emotional directness.

The Op.59 Song Cycle is an exemplary case in point, by turns quietly radiant, touchingly nostalgic and achingly melancholic. Two settings of poems by Elgar’s wife – the richly orchestrated The Wind at Dawn and celebratory The King’s Way (which borrows a tune from his Fourth Pomp and Circumstance March) – show Elgar at his most evocative and ebullient.

Sombre and powerful, The Pipes of Pan boasts colourful imagery and driving rhythmic energy, The River and The Torch wholly Elgarian in their wonderful sonorities.

A first recording of the orchestral version of the marching song Follow the Colours shows Elgar at his most patriotic.

The complete incidental music for a 1901 staging of WB Yeats’ Grania and Diarmid offers a rare opportunity to experience the full gamut of Elgar’s moving and dramatic evocation of a timeless tale of love in the ancient Irish myth.

A Bonus Disc of recordings made under the auspices of the Elgar Society showcases soprano Nathalie de Montmollin and pianist Barry Collett in a collection of piano-accompanied songs. It includes first recordings of the piano version of ‘Winter’ from The Mill Wheel (with its churning left-hand patterns and a text by the composer’s wife) and the world-weary tread of Muleteer’s Serenade, setting words from Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

 

 

AUGUST 2018

RUTH GIPPS (1921-1999) 

Knight in Armour, Op. 8 (1940), Symphony No. 2 in B major, Op. 30 (1945), Song for Orchestra, Op. 33 (1948), Symphony No. 4, Op. 61 (1972)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba

The unjustly neglected and often dissident music of Ruth Gipps is with this album finding all the resonance it deserves by Rumon Gamba and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, having already championed many British composers from the twentieth century with their series devoted to British Tone Poems and Overtures from the British Isles. 

While, not surprisingly, there are echoes of the most popular composers of the time – Sibelius, Walton, and Vaughan Williams – the music is notable for its personal voice, confident conception, and vivid writing for the orchestra. Gipps herself actually felt her best works were those for orchestra. 

In a programme of contrasting impressions and emotions, Symphonies Nos 2 and 4, the former inspired by the Second World War, offer an approachable tuneful idiom. They are complemented by the lyrical, shorter Song for Orchestra and the early tone poem Knight in Armour, premiered at the last Night of the Proms in 1942. 

Chandos CHAN20078 Pre-order this CD at £10.50 plus P&P by 31 August 2018 and we will despatch to you asap on its release.  From 1 September 2018 the price reverts to our standard Chandos price of £11 plus P&P

 

Previous CDs of the month…..

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Piano Concerto in C, Serenade to Music,
Concerto in A minor for Oboe,Flos Campi
Soloists, Louis Lortie – Piano, Teng Li – Viola,
Sarah Jeffrey – Oboe, Elmer Iseler Singers,
Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Peter Oundjian

With this celebratory release completing his fourteen year tenure as Music Director of the TSO, Peter Oundjian conducts an exquisite Vaughan Williams programme, supported by an all-Canadian cast of star soloists.

Chandos SACD CHSA5201 @ £10.50 plus P&P (standard price of £11 plus P&P from 1 Jul 2018)

The Sunday TimesFlos Campi is imaginatively scored for solo viola, orchestra and small chorus — Teng Li is evocative in the oriental “march” Oundjian’s forces make a strong case, as do his soloists in the concertos, Sarah Jeffrey and Louis Lortie.”

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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Sinfonia Antartica (No. 7), Four Last Songs (orch. Anthony Payne), Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Mari Eriksmoen Soprano, Roderick Williams,Baritone, Hélène Mercier Piano, Louis Lortie , Piano, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Edvard Grieg Ko, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra , Sir Andrew Davis. SACD CHSA5186 @ £11 plus P&P
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Job (A Masque for Dancing), Symphony No.9 in E minor Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis  SACD CHSA5180 @ £11 plus P&P

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Songs of Travel, Four Hymns, Six Studies in English Folk Song, Orpheus with his Lute, The Sky above the Roof, The Winter’s Willow, Silent Noon. James Gilchrist, Tenor, Philip Dukes,  Viola, Anna Tilbrook, Piano Chandos 10969 @ £11 plus P&P

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Job (A Masque for Dancing) Symphony No.9 in E minor Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Sir Andrew Davis
The projected complete cycle of Vaughan Williams’s symphonies started by the late Richard Hickox has left a precious heritage in the discography of the composer. Now, conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, that other expert in British repertoire, Sir Andrew Davis, takes on the challenge of completing the series with idiomatic interpretations of two masterpieces: the final Symphony (No. 9) and the ballet Job. The subtle direction of Sir Andrew Davis combined with the pure sound quality of this SACD does full justice to Hickox’s great enterprise and promises a powerful conclusion of this already acclaimed recorded cycle. Chandos SACD CHSA5180 @ £11 plus P&P

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 1 ‘A Sea Symphony’, The Wasps Overture. Susan Gritton, Gerald Finley, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Richard Hickox. Chandos 5047 @ £11 plus P&P

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 2 ‘A London Symphony’ (original 1913 version). BUTTERWORTH: The Banks of Green Willow. London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos 9902 @ £11 plus P&P

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No.3 ‘A Pastoral Symphony’, The Running Set, Norfolk Rhapsody No.1, premiere recording of Norfolk Rhapsody No.2. Rebecca Evans, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos 10001 @ £11 plus P&P

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4, Mass in G minor, Six Choral Songs – to be Sung in Time of War. Richard Hickox Singers, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos 5003 @ £11 plus P&P

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 5, Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Hymn-Tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons (arr. for strings by Helen Glatz), The Pilgrim Pavement, Valiant-for- truth, Psalm 23 Richard Hickox Singers, London Symphony Orchestra,  Richard Hickox    Chandos 5004 @ £111 plus P&P

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 6, Nocturne A setting of Whispers of Heavenly Death by Walt Whitman for voice and orchestra, Symphony No. 8 Roderick Williams baritone*, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos 5016 @ £11 plus P&P

APRIL CD of the MONTH

MOZART: Violin Sonatas K302, 380 & 526 – Volume 5
Alina Ibragimova – violin
Cédric Tiberghien – piano

The fifth and final instalment of this landmark series cements both artists’ reputations as two of the leading Mozartians performing today.

Hyperion 2cds CDA68175 @ £11.99* (special offer price  until 30 April 2018. 1May 2018 standard price of £14.25*)

Gramophone Editor’s Choice, April 2018 “They play the two fragile early sonatas with charm, simplicity…and an impish sense of fun…As to the mature sonatas…it’s hard to imagine more delightful or discerning performances. Ibragimova, with her astonishingly varied tonal palette, and Tiberghien combine the wisdom of long experience with a spontaneous joy in music that is so often opera buffa by other means.”

 The Sunday Times, 1 April 2018 “This brilliant duo’s final Mozart recording beings with the eight year olds music of charm and amazing assurance, and ends with the glorious glorious K526, written as relaxation during composition of Don Giovanni….. what joy to hear this masterly work performed by such expert, sympathetic players.”

You may also like – Volumes 1,2, 3 and 4

MOZART Violin Sonatas K303, 377, 378 & 403 Alina Ibragimova, Cédric Tiberghien. Hyperion 2-CD set CDA68164 @ £14.25*

MOZART Violin Sonatas K301, 304, 379 & 481. Alina Ibragimova, Cedric Tiberghien. Hyperion 2-CD set @ £14.25*

MOZART Violin Sonatas K305, 376 & 402. Alina Ibragimova, Cedric Tiberghien. Hyperion 2-CD set @ £14.25*

MOZART Violin Sonatas – K296, 306, 454 & 547. Alina Ibragimova, Cedric Tiberghien Hyperion CDA68143 @ £14.25*
*plus P&P

MARCH CD OF THE MONTH

Romantic Piano Concerto series, Volume 74

Sir William Sterndale Bennett (1816–1875): Piano Concertos Nos 1–3

Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor Op 1, Piano Concerto No 2 in E flat major Op 4 , Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Op 9
Howard Shelley – piano, conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The ‘air-spun brilliance and stylistic elegance’ which Gramophone so admired in Howard Shelley’s previous recording of Sterndale Bennett is in abundant evidence in this new release of the first three piano concertos.

Gramophone, March 2018  This generously packed, beautifully recorded disc is- like so many in Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series- simply revelatory.”

Hyperion  CDA68178 @ £11.99* + P&P  (special offer price of £11.99* until 31 March 2018. 1 April 2018 standard price of £14.25*)

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Romantic Piano Concertos series, Volume 43

Sir William Sterndale Bennett, Piano Concertos No 4 in F minor Op 19, Caprice in E major Op 22

Francis Edward Bache  Piano Concerto in E major Op 18 

Howard Shelley piano, conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Hyperion CDA67595 @ £14.25*

Gramophone neither composer could wish for a more persuasive advocate than Howard Shelley who, in his customary role as soloist and conductor, gives us an air-spun brilliance and stylistic elegance very much his own. Most refined of virtuosos, he has been admirably presented and recorded.”

The Romantic Piano Concerto series returns to England, and explores further fascinating and little-known repertoire. Indeed, the concerto by Francis Edward Bache (1833–1858) has perhaps never been performed. The composer, a pupil of Sterndale Bennett, and acclaimed at a young age by contemporaries all over Europe as a prodigious talent of whom great things were expected, died of TB at the age of 25, leaving the manuscript of his Piano Concerto in the library of the Royal Academy of Music, where it has languished until this recording. This enchanting work is a great discovery. Also on the disc are two accomplished works by the composer-pianist Sterndale Bennett. The indefatigable Howard Shelley directs the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from the piano.

 


FEBRUARY  2018 – CD of the MONTH @ £10.50* (*+ P&P)

Sir Arthur Bliss (1891-1975):

The Beatitudes*
Introduction and Allegro
God Save the Queen
(arr. for full orchestra and chorus)†

Emily Birsan,  Soprano*
Ben Johnson,  Tenor*
BBC Symphony Chorus*†, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

Excelling in recordings of Delius, Elgar, and Holst, Sir Andrew Davis here presents a spirited programme of works by Sir Arthur Bliss. It follows a recording of Morning Heroes that made the top recommendations of 2015; likewise recorded in surround-sound, it conveys the energy of both the exceptional soloists and the impeccable BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Premiered along with Britten’s War Requiem at the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962, but hardly ever heard since, The Beatitudes is remarkable for its dramatic intensity, ‘full of contrast and striking orchestral effects’, as The Times noted after a recent Barbican performance given by the same forces. The reviewer added that ‘soprano Emily Birsan was silvery clear, well supported by the tenor Ben Johnson. And the biggest round of applause should go to the BBC Symphony Chorus, full of passion.’

To complete the album are an arrangement of the national anthem having all the flair that made the tenure of Bliss as Master of the Queen’s Music distinctive and successful, as well as the virtuosic Introduction and Allegro, dedicated to Stokowski and inspired by the powerful sound of American orchestras post-World War I.

Chandos Records SACD CHSA5191  @ £10.50*(special offer price of £10.50* until 28 February 2018. 1  March 2018 standard price of £11*)

 


JANUARY 2018 – CD of the MONTH – Laura van der Heijden’s debut CD

1948 – Russian works for cello and piano. Special offer price of £11.00* until 31  January 2018.        (1 February 2018 standard price of £14.25*)

Sergei Prokofiev (1891- 1953): Cello Sonata in C, Op.119, Yuri Shaporin (1887-1966): Five Pieces for cello and piano, Op.25 Nikolai Myaskovsky (1881- 1950): Cello Sonata No.2 in A minor, Op.81 Anatoly Lyadov (1855- 1914): Prelude No.1 in B minor, Op.11 (arranged for cello a d piano)

Laura van der Heijden – cello Petr Limonov – piano

Order Champs Hill Records CHRCD136 at £11* (* + P&P)

The winner of the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2012, Laura van der Heijden makes her debut recording with music of the Soviet era, inspired by her teachers, and by a deep appreciation of “the immense value of great art, music, and literature in Russian-speaking countries….[I] discovered the link which exists between the ‘Russian soul’ and the spiritual virtue of art”. Laura also writes: “The pieces on this album are in many ways a response to the decree issued by the communist party on the 10th of February 1948, which further restricted composers’ freedom of expression”. Laura has already made a name for herself as a very special emerging talent, captivating audiences and critics alike with her insightful and faithful interpretations. She has appeared with leading UK orchestras, such as the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, European Union Chamber and English Chamber Orchestras. Her recital partner on this recording is Russian-British pianist Petr Limonov. The works on this disc by Prokofiev, Myaskovsky and Shaporin were also the fruit of the composers’ collaboration with Mstislav Rostropovich, whose talent and energy catalysed them into writing for cello. 

Champs Hill Records CHRCD136


NOVEMBER 2017 – CD of the MONTH

The Romantic Piano Concerto 73 – Sacheverell COKE 

Simon Callaghan (piano) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

Hyperion CDA 68173@ £11.50* (special offer price of £11.50* until 30 November 2017. 1 December 2017 standard price of £14.25*)

Roger Sacheverell Coke (1912–1972) Piano Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5 Piano Concerto No 3 in E flat major Op 30 

ALL FIRST RECORDINGS

Gramophone Hats off to Simon Callaghan, whose earlier pioneering disc of Coke’s solo piano music was rightly warmly and widely praised. He throws himself into the concerto’s physically taxing, Scriabinesque sound world with passion, total commitment and, it seems, heartfelt affection.”

The late Romanticism of Roger Sacheverell Coke will appeal to anyone who enjoys Rachmaninov or Delius, Grainger or Scriabin. If that sounds an intriguingly eclectic mix, Coke establishes his own distinctive voice, and this is an important addition to the Romantic Piano Concerto series. Hyperion  CDA68173 See below for a 10 minute video all about the making of this CD and Simon Callaghan 


AUTUMN 2017 CD @ £10.50*

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Sinfonia Antartica (No. 7)* Four Last Songs (orch. Anthony Payne)† Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra

Mari Eriksmoen  Soprano* Roderick Williams  Baritone† Hélène Mercier  Piano‡ Louis Lortie  Piano‡ Bergen Philharmonic Choir* Edvard Grieg Kor* Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

Chandos SACD CHSA5186 @£10.50* (from 1 January 2018  it will be £12.25*) Offer recently extended to 31 December 2017.

Gramophone “Baritone Roderick Williams is in resplendent voice and generates an unfailing eloquent rapport with Davis and company. All told, a distinguished release.”

Classical Source “This performance is simply magnificent. I found it utterly compelling and so true to the inherently fiery and concentrated rigour of the music that it was like hearing a masterpiece for the first time – as, indeed, in my case it was.”

The Times “… the Bergen Phil finds a clear affinity with the Sinfonia Antartica … there’s an inexorability about this performance and a strong tragic undertow that makes it a compelling listen throughout.

Davis authoritatively builds up the tension without any fussiness…balm is supplied by the cultivated baritone of Roderick Williams in Vaughan Williams’s little-known Four Last Songs  “

This is the eagerly awaited final volume in our historic series of Vaughan Williams’s Symphonies, started about twenty-five years ago by the late Richard Hickox, and recently continued by that other expert in British repertoire, Sir Andrew Davis. The album features an exceptional cast and a rare combination of repertoire. While the indefatigable piano duo Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier tackle the virtuosic Double Piano Concerto, the baritone Roderick Williams OBE offers breathtaking interpretations of the rarely heard, yet passionate Four Last Songs, in Anthony Payne’s delicate and imaginative orchestration, premiered at the BBC Proms only four years ago. Vaughan Williams based the disc’s centrepiece, the majestic Sinfonia Antartica, on music he had written for the film Scott of the Antarctic only a few years before, stunningly evoking the implacable, frozen landscape of the Antarctic. All are supported by the impeccable Bergen orchestra and choirs and recorded in surround-sound. This album is a very special one, as is the now complete series.

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BBC Radio 3, Record Review, CD of the Week, (4 February 2017)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Job (A Masque for Dancing) Symphony No.9 in E minor Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Sir Andrew Davis

The projected complete cycle of Vaughan Williams’s symphonies started by the late Richard Hickox has left a precious heritage in the discography of the composer. Now, conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, that other expert in British repertoire, Sir Andrew Davis, takes on the challenge of completing the series with idiomatic interpretations of two masterpieces: the final Symphony (No. 9) and the ballet Job. The subtle direction of Sir Andrew Davis combined with the pure sound quality of this SACD does full justice to Hickox’s great enterprise and promises a powerful conclusion of this already acclaimed recorded cycle. Chandos SACD CHSA5180 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 1 ‘A Sea Symphony’, The Wasps Overture. Susan Gritton, Gerald Finley, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Richard Hickox. Chandos 5047 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 2 ‘A London Symphony’ (original 1913 version). BUTTERWORTH: The Banks of Green Willow. London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos 9902 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No.3 ‘A Pastoral Symphony’, The Running Set, Norfolk Rhapsody No.1, premiere recording of Norfolk Rhapsody No.2. Rebecca Evans, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos 10001 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4, Mass in G minor, Six Choral Songs – to be Sung in Time of War. Richard Hickox Singers, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos 5003 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 5, Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Hymn-Tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons (arr. for strings by Helen Glatz), The Pilgrim Pavement, Valiant-for- truth, Psalm 23 Richard Hickox Singers, London Symphony Orchestra,  Richard Hickox Chandos 5004 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 6, Nocturne A setting of Whispers of Heavenly Death by Walt Whitman for voice and orchestra, Symphony No. 8 Roderick Williams baritone*, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos 5016 @ £12.25*


SEPTEMBER 2017  CD OF THE MONTH @ £6*

Bob CHILCOTT’s All Good Things  with Commotio and Matthew Berry

Naxos 8573383 (std price £7.50* from 1 October 2017)

Nidaros Jazz Mass, Jazz Songs of Innocence, Ophelia, Caliban, & Miranda, Weather Report

Inc World Premiere Recordings.

Bob Chilcott is one of Britain’s most popular and respected composers and his choral music is performed worldwide. Performed by leading jazz soloists and Commotio, the distinguished promoters of contemporary repertoire, this sequence of brilliant villanelles, folk song arrangements and witty settings reveals once again the breadth of Chilcott’s musical imagination

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Bob Chilcott – Everyone Sang  – A Little Jazz Mass, I Share Creation, Aesop’s Fables, The Isle is Full of Noises, The Lily and the Rose, You and Me, Our Father (The Bread of Life), Mid-winter, For him all stars have shone, The Rose in the Middle of Winter. Gemma Beeson, piano, Will Todd Trio, Wellensian Consort, Christopher Finch. Naxos 8573158 @ £7.50*

The Rose in the Middle of Winter – Carols by Bob Chilcott. Song of the Crib, Les anges dans nos campagnes, The Advent Candle, The Rose in the Middle of Winter, The Heart-in-Waiting, The shepherds sing, The Shepherd’s Carol, On Christmas Night, What sweeter music, Mid-Winter, The Bethlehem Star, Silent night, The night he was born, Gifts for the Child of Winter, O magnum mysterium. with Commotio, Matthew Berry Naxos 8573159 @ £7.50*     *+P&P


AUGUST 2017 – CD of the Month

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (1876-1909): Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937): Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 & Violin Concerto No. 2 in A minor, Op. 61

Tasmin Little – Violin, BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Edward Gardner 

Available at £10.50* until 31 August 2017. (Standard price @£12.25*)

Chandos SACD 5185

This SACD recording brings together some of Chandos’ greatest artists in a spellbinding programme.

It follows performances that The Guardian described as “a thrilling show of ferocity and feistiness”  given by the same forces in January at the Barbican. After widely acclaimed recordings of Walton’s and Lutoslawski’s violin concertos, Tasmin Little again joins the BBC Symphony
Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, in intensely expressive interpretations of the concertos by the Polish composers Karlowicz and Szymanowski.

All were written within the space of a generation (1902, 1916, and 1933), and yet they belong to quite different worlds. One was composed at a time of national occupation, another in the throes of wartime, and yet another at a time of national renewal. The first inhabits the lyrical tradition
developed by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, the second escapes towards Debussy and the exoticism of Mediterranean influences, while the third is imbued with the folk culture of the Tatra Mountains.

Chandos CHSA5185 @ £10.50* until 31 August 201

+*P&P

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BRITTEN Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto. Tasmin Little, Howard Shelley, BBC Philharmonic , Edward Gardner. Chandos 10764 @ £12.25*

LUTOSLAWSKI Dance Preludes, Symphony No. 1, Partita, Chain 2, Michael Collins, Tasmin Little, BBC Symphony Orchestra , Edward Gardner. Chandos 5108 @ £12.25*

WALTON Symphony No. 1, Violin Concerto. Tasmin Little, BBC Symphony Orchestra , Edward Gardner. Chandos 5136 @ £12.25*

BRITISH VIOLIN CONCERTOS – HAYDN WOOD: Violin Concerto, SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Violin Concerto FREDERICK DELIUS:  Suite for Violin and Orchestra. Tasmin Little, Violin, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis  Chandos 10879 @ £12.25*

THE LARK ASCENDING Violin Concerto. E. J. Moeran, Delius, Holst, Elgar, Vaughan Williams. Tasmin Little, BBC Philharmonic , Sir Andrew Davis. Chandos 10796 @£12.25* 

DELIUS Violin Concerto, Double Concerto, Cello Concerto. Tasmin Little, Paul Watkins, BBC Symphony Orchestra , Sir Andrew Davis. Chandos 5094 @£12.25*

ELGAR Violin Concerto, Polonia, Interlude from The Crown of India. Tasmin Little, Royal Scottish National Orchestra , Sir Andrew Davis. Chandos 5083 @£12.25*

FINZI Violin Concerto, Prelude, Romance, In Years Defaced Tasmin Little, John Mark Ainsley, City of London Sinfonia , Richard Hickox Chandos 9888 @ £12.25*

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JULY 2017 – CD of the Month

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty*,  Swan Lake†,  The Nutcracker,  (all complete)

James Ehnes*† , Robert deMaine*,  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

To celebrate the eightieth birthday of Neeme Järvi, one of today’s most prolific conductors, Chandos have gathered his recent recordings of Tchaikovsky’s three full-length ballets (complete versions) in a 5-SACD box set.

Chandos 5-SACD set CHSA5204(5)@ £32 + £2 UK P&P (July 2017, CD of the month – available from 30 June 2017. Standard price from 28 July 2017 will be £41*.) CD Set will be sent under separate cover to other orders.

Recorded in surround-sound with the legendary Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, these are landmark performances, both for the music itself and for the critically acclaimed interpretations.

The numerous distinctions include:

– The Sleeping Beauty [2012]: ‘Album of the Week’, The Sunday Times
– Swan Lake [2013]: ‘Orchestral Choice’, BBC Music Magazine
– The Nutcracker [2014]: ‘Album of the Week’, The Mail on Sunday

Neeme Järvi has been Head of Conducting at the Gstaad Conducting Academy, and is currently Principal Conductor of the Estonian National  Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor Emeritus of the Residentie Orkest The Hague, Music Director Emeritus of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Chief Conductor Emeritus at the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Chandos 5-SACD set CHSA5204(5)@ £32 + £2 UK P&P(limited time offer – standard price will be £41*)

For special offer Overseas P&P rates – please contact us


JUNE 2017 – CD OF THE MONTH @ £16*

3-CD set now £16* until 30 June 2017.  Standard price £24*

 

George ENESCU (1881- 1955) Symphony Nos. 1, 2 & 3, Suite No. 3 ‘Villageoise’, Romanian Rhapsody Nos. 1 & 2. BBC Philharmonic under Gennady Rozhdestvensky .  

Order 3-CD set Chandos 10984 @ special offer price of £16* until 30 June 2017 (standard price will be £24*)

Who was Enescu? The Romanian composer George Enescu was one of the most prodigiously gifted musicians of the 20th century: he not only distinguished himself as a violinist, conductor and composer, but was also an accomplished pianist, able cellist and a famous violin teacher for Yehudi Menuhin and many others. Menuhin also considered Enescu “the most extraordinary human being, the greatest musician and the most formative influence” he had ever experienced. These 3 CDs were originally released in 1995 and are now available for the first time as a box set and currently on special offer.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE CD BOX SETS…..

DUTILLEUX – Complete Orchestral Works with BBC Philharmonic under Yan Pascal Tortelier– 4-CD set @ £36* (Order Chandos 9853)

SCHMIDT – Complete Symphonies with Detroit SO and Chicage SO under Neeme Jarvi  4-CD set @ £36* (Order Chandos 9568)

Frank BRIDGE – Collector’s Edition of Orchestral Works with Sarah Connolly, Philip Langridge, Roderick Williams, Alban Gerhardt, Howard Shelley, BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Richard Hickox 6-CD set @ £24*rder Chandos 107296x)

Edmund RUBBRA – Complete Symphonies with BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Richard Hickox 5-CD set @ £45* (Order 9944)


CD of the month – May 2017 was …..

This is our CD of the Month and is now £11.99* until 31 May 2017.  (Order CDA 68138) Standard price £14.25*

Listen here …. it can’t fail to appeal to you!

This month we’ve highlighted a new recording we feel may be of interest to you. Let us know if we’ve got it right for you!  

Romantic Piano Concerto, volume 71. CZERNY: Piano concertos with Howard Shelley (pianist and conductor), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Who was Czerny?  Child prodigy, pupil of Beethoven, taught Liszt, beautiful music. Czerny is now remembered largely for the numerous piano studies he wrote as pedagogical aids. Which makes Howard Shelley’s advocacy of the three virtuoso works for piano and orchestra recorded here, two of them for the first time, all the more welcome: this is music which cannot fail to appeal.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE …  these from the same series and same musicians at £14.25* each or 2 for £24*

Friedrich KALKBRENNER: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 (CDA 67843)

Benjamin GODARD: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (CDA 68043)

Sir Julius BENEDICT: Piano Concertos: in C minor & E flat (CDA 67720 )

Theodor DÖHLER: Piano Concerto in A, Alexander DREYSCHOCK: Salut à Vienne (CDA 67950)

Johann Peter PIXIS: Piano Concerto in C. Sigismond THALBERG: Piano in F minor (CDA 67915)

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CDA68138 @ £11.99* until 31 May 2017 (standard price £14.25*)


 

Previous CDs of the month ….

A SOUSA CELEBRATION John Philip Sousa (1854 – 1932)

“The familiar pieces are rollicking fun.” Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 23 April 2017.

The exhilarating conductor Kristjan Järvi exploits the style and panache of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a festive programme of works by the American John Philip Sousa.  

Available at £10.50* until 30 April 2017. (Standard price £12.25*)

Including such famous pieces as The Stars and Stripes Forever (National March of the USA), Semper Fidelis (Official March of the US Marine Corps), and The Liberty Bell (theme tune for Monty Python’s Flying Circus). This album is a celebration in its own right, enhanced by brightly coloured sound captured in high-quality surround-sound. Chandos CHSA 5182 @ £10.50* until 30 April 2017 (standard price £12.25*)

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE …  spectacular recordings of orchestral works made by Neeme Järvi, Kristjan’s father.

NEW – STRAUSS in PETERSBURG Cheerful marches and dances here trace the career of Johann Strauss II as it manifested itself in his much acclaimed seasons in St Petersburg, at the ‘Russian summer’ concerts in the Vauxhall pavilion in Pavlovsk, where he appeared for eleven seasons (1856 – 65 and 1869), ten of them consecutively. Chandos CHAN10937 @ £12.25*

A FESTIVAL of FUCIK – inc Fucik’s best known work The Entry of the Gladiators (often used  to announce the arrival of clowns at a Circus). Chandos CHSA 5158 @£12.25*

OFFENBACH   “… it has a compulsively listenable range of colour and   orchestral effects. … entertaining listening.”  Gramophone. Chandos CHSA 5160 @£12.25*

CHABRIER “This will lift the spirits. In Jarvi’s hands, Espana seemingly dances on fair in a whirl of colours.” BBC Music Magazine. Chandos CHSA 5122 @£12.25*

MASSENET “From the moment the curtain rises on the ballet suite from Le Cid you can sense the roar of the greasepaint …. A CD to warm the heart and lift the spirits.” Gramophone. Chandos CHSA 5137 @£12.25*

IBERT Ibert emerges from it all as a fine composer and who is often far from frivolous as some have maintained. Very fine.” Chandos CHSA 5168 @£12.25*

CDs priced at £12.25* can be part of our  3 Chandos CDs for £33* 4 CDs for £44* or 5 for £55*   *+P&P

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Available at £10.50* from 1 April 2017 until 30 April 2017.


British Tone Poems, Volume  1 –  Frederic Austin Spring Sir Granville Bantock The The Witch of Atlas William Alwyn Blackdown Henry Balfour Gardiner  A Berkshire Idyll Ivor Gurney A Gloucestershire Rhapsody  Vaughan Williams The Solent  BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba.  Chandos 10939

Available at £10.50* from 1 March 2017 until 31 March 2017.

This first volume presents some of the most individual, yet rarely heard, British tone poems written in the early twentieth century, by composers ranging from the long-established Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Alwyn to Balfour Gardiner and Granville Bantock, giants in their time to Gurney’s mysterious A Gloucestershire Rhapsody, never performed before 2010.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE …

Overtures from the British Isles, Volume 1 – Frederic Austin The Sea Venturers  Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen: The Butterfly’s Ball Henry Balfour Gardiner Overture to a Comedy Samuel Coleridge-Taylor The Song of Hiawatha Sir Granville Bantock: The Frogs, Op. 102, Sir Arthur Sullivan: Macbeth Sir Alexander Mackenzie The Little MinisterSir Charles Villiers Stanford: Oedipus tyrannus, Op. 29  BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba Chandos 10797 @ £12.25*

Overtures from the British Isles, Volume  2 – inc Sir Hubert Parry Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy, Sir Alexander Mackenzie Britannia John Ansell Plymouth Hoe Dame Ethel Smyth Overture to ‘The Boatswain’s Mate’ Roger Quilter A Children’s Overture John Foulds Le Cabaret Eric Coates  The Merrymakers Walton Portsmouth Point Walter Leigh Agincourt  York Bowen Fantasy Overture BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba Chandos 10898 @ £12.25*                        *+P&P

 

 


Previous featured CDs   

THE PIANO MUSIC OF RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS          @ £10* (until 17 February 2017)

inc first recording of Introduction and Fugue for two pianos, The Lake in the Mountains, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (arr by Jacobsen), Fantasia on Greensleeves, A Little Piano Book Mark Bebbington & Rebeca Omordia, pianos

Order SOMM CD 0164 @ £10* until 17 February 2017  (then it is back to £13.25*)


YOU MAY ALSO LIKE from Mark Bebbington …

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Fantasy for Piano & Orchestra Mark Bebbington, Ulster Orchestra, George Vass  SOMM CD 246 @ £13.25*


Arnold BAX: Concertino for Piano & orchestra (premiere recording), John IRELAND: Piano concerto, Legend. Mark Bebbington, Orchestra of the Swan, David Curtis SOMM CD 242 @ £13.25*


ELGAR: Symphony No.1 arr by Karl-Elert, Alan BUSH: Piano Sonatas in B minor Mark Bebbington. SOMM CD 069 @ £13.25*


GERSHWIN’s Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto in F, Variations ‘I Got Rhythm’, Bonus Disc – First integral recording Eight Preludes for Piano Solo  Mark Bebbington, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leon Botstein   SOMM CD 2602 @ £13.25*


Gordon JACOB: Piano Concerto No.1, Doreen CARWITHEN: Piano Concerto, Malcolm WILLIAMSON: Piano Concertos No.2  Mark Bebbington, Piano Innovation Chamber Ensemble (CBSO Players), Richard Jenkinson  SOMM CD 254 @ £13.25*


Previous CD of the Week (ending 10 February 2017)

This week we’ve highlighted a new recording we feel may be of interest to you. Let us know if we’ve got it right for you!

You’ll find details below plus other Vaughan Williams CDs in the Chandos series you may like too! 


BBC Radio 3, Record Review, CD of the Week, (4 February 2017)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Job (A Masque for Dancing)
Symphony No.9 in E minor

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Sir Andrew Davis

The projected complete cycle of Vaughan Williams’s symphonies started by the late Richard Hickox has left a precious heritage in the discography of the composer. Now, conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, that other expert in British repertoire, Sir Andrew Davis, takes on the challenge of completing the series with idiomatic interpretations of two masterpieces: the final Symphony (No. 9) and the ballet Job.

The subtle direction of Sir Andrew Davis combined with the pure sound quality of this SACD does full justice to Hickox’s great enterprise and promises a powerful conclusion of this already acclaimed recorded cycle.

Chandos SACD CHSA5180 @ £10.50* until 10 February 2017


You may also like …

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 1 ‘A Sea Symphony’, The Wasps Overture

Susan Gritton, Gerald Finley, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Richard Hickox

Chandos 5047 @ £12.25*


VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 2 ‘A London Symphony’ (original 1913 version). BUTTERWORTH: The Banks of Green Willow)

London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Chandos 9902 @ £12.25*


VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No.3 ‘A Pastoral Symphony’, The Running Set, Norfolk Rhapsody No.1

Rebecca Evans, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Chandos 10001 @ £12.25*


VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4, Mass in G minor, Six Choral Songs – to be Sung in Time of War

Richard Hickox Singers, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Chandos 5003 @ £12.25*


VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 5, Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Hymn-Tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons (arr. for strings by Helen Glatz), The Pilgrim Pavement, Valiant-for- truth, Psalm 23

Richard Hickox Singers, London Symphony Orchestra,  Richard Hickox

Chandos 5004 @ £12.25*


VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 6, Nocturne A setting of Whispers of Heavenly Death by Walt Whitman for voice and orchestra, Symphony No. 8

Roderick Williams baritone*, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Chandos 5016 @ £12.25*


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