Fenella Humphreys – Bach 2 the Future Vol. 2 – BBC Music Magazine Award Instrumental, 2018

Fenella Humphreys – Bach 2 the Future Vol. 2  – BBC Music Magazine Award Instrumental, 2018  

Adrian Sutton: Arpeggiare Variations
Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27 No. 3 ‘Ballade’
Sally Beamish: Intrada e Fuga
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata in C Major, BWV 1005 No. 3
Peter Maxwell Davies: Sonatina for Violin Alone
Igor Stravinsky: Élégie
Jean Sibelius: En glad muiskant, JS40

Fenella Humphreys – violin

Champs Hill Records CHRCD118 @ £12.25*

Gramophone, Editor’s Choice, February 2017 “It’s not often that you can say that a commission, or set of commissions, fills a genuine hole in the repertoire. However, that’s precisely what Fenella Humphreys has bestowed upon the musical world with ‘Bach 2 the Future’…the new works themselves deserve long wider performance lives beyond this beautiful beginning.”

BBC Music Magazine, Instrumental choice, January 2017 “….impressive, both in the quality of the playing and the variety of the music…in Ysaye’s Third Sonata she yields nothing to the finest recordings in her accuracy and passion, the recording capturing the full range of her tone in a rich but not over-resonant acoustic.”

Take one motivated and talented young British violinist, inspired by the solo violin music of JS Bach, and mix with some of the best British composing talent of today and the result is: Fenella Humpreys’ “Bach 2 the Future”.

Fenella Humphreys came to performing Bach’s masterpieces in their complete form relatively recently, but was frustrated by a lack of solo works to perform alongside them.

A Kickstarter and remarkable fundraising drive ensued, and Fenella has been able to commission the works that appear on this CD by Adrian Sutton, Peter Maxwell Davies and Sally Beamish (The first volume included works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gordon Crosse and Piers Hellawell).

Bridging the connection Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005 and the new commissions are three iconic works for solo violin – Ysaÿe’s Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27 No. 3 ‘Ballade’, Stravinsky’s Élégie and Sibelius’s En glad muiskant, JS40.

Champs Hill Records CHRCD118 @ £12.25*

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