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CD of the MONTH

OCTOBER 2017 CD of the MONTH @ £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 November it will be £12.25*). Extended offer 

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 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

You may also like ….

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

You may also like ….

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*)

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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.

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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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