DISC SUBSCRIPTIONS

Many of our exciting and groundbreaking discs could not be recorded if it were not for the generosity of subscribers. For a suggested minimum donation of £50, supporters to a disc receive the following:

 

A mention as a named subscriber in the CD booklet
A pair of free tickets to the launch event, held at a major venue
A complimentary signed copy of the CD immediately upon its release

 

We are currently offering subscriptions to four of our forthcoming releases: ‘Dream Shadows’: a recording featuring the Violin Sonata in G major by Frederick Septimus Kelly, composed in 1915 at Gallipoli; a disc of British cello works by Ivor Gurney, Cyril Scott and Ian Venables; ‘Heraclitus’, a recording featuring the music of George Butterworth and Ivor Gurney; and the complete works for violin and piano by C. Hubert H. Parry. Details of how to subscribe are given below and follow a short description of each recording.

‘DREAM SHADOWS’

 

Frederick Septimus Kelly was born in 1881 in Australia and first came to the United Kingdom when he began his schooling at Eton College. Although a notable rower – he won a Gold Medal for Britain in the 1908 London Olympic Games – he was also a highly gifted composer, mostly active in the genres of song, solo piano music and chamber music. His Violin Sonata in G major was written for the violinist Jelly d’Aranyi and was composed in 1915 in Kelly’s tent at Gallipoli, hence the work’s appellation. Kelly wrote the Sonata not to express the horrors of war but rather to articulate his memories of the country in which he had spent his formative years and which had fostered his intellectual and creative development. In many respects it represents a farewell to a way of life; but it was also Kelly’s own farewell to d’Aranyi. The composer was killed on the Somme in 1916 and d’Aranyi later affirmed that, on the night he was killed, she heard the Sonata being played as if from a great distance.

 

This recording of the ‘Gallipoli’ Sonata is, therefore, not only a fitting tribute to Kelly’s memory, but is also a commemoration of all those whose gifts and talents have been wasted by war.

 

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‘Dream Shadows’
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BRITISH CELLO WORKS

 

This forthcoming EM Records release of British cello music, performed by the Jenkinson Frith Duo, presents World Première recordings by Cyril Scott, Ivor Gurney and Ian Venables. Cyril Scott’s monumental Cello Sonata is recorded here for the first time alongside Ivor Gurney’s unpublished one-movement Cello Sonata in E minor. Cyril Scott’s Cello Sonata was composed in 1950 when the composer had just turned seventy. Despite being a late work it is in no way autumnal, but is instead a dramatic four-movement piece that displays all the composer’s mature fingerprints. Gurney’s mantle as one of England’s finest composers of art songs is now extending to his orchestral and chamber music of which this sonata is a fine example. Ian Venables, like Gurney, has not only made song a central part of his output but has also composed chamber works of equal beauty and intensity. As well as the early ‘Elegy’ and the later ‘Poem’, the other three works featured on this disc are transcriptions of two of his most evocative songs and a rhapsodic paraphrase of the song ‘The Moon Sails Out’.

 

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‘HERACLITUS’

 

‘They told me, Heraclitus, they told me you were dead...’

 

George Butterworth was one of the most promising composers of his generation, but was killed in the trenches in 1916, leaving only a handful of works, many now well-known and loved; however, his Suite for String Quartet has never been recorded, an omission put right by this new CD from EM Records. The disc also contains a hauntingly beautiful quartet movement by Ivor Gurney - also a World Première recording – as well as settings of poems from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ by Gurney (his song cycle ‘Ludlow and Teme’) and Butterworth, and other songs by the same composers and by Peter Warlock picking up the themes of pastoral, love and loss. These works are performed by the Bridge Quartet with Charles Daniels (tenor) and Michael Dussek (piano).

 

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C. HUBERT H. PARRY: THE COMPLETE WORKS FOR VIOLIN & PIANO

 

It is easy to overlook, or at least to underestimate, the revivifying effect of Parry’s work. His music was a refreshing, invigorating contrast to the reactionary environment that prevailed in British music through the first half of the nineteenth century. This new voice stemmed largely from the wider, continental European influences to which Parry was exposed as a student of Edward Dannreuther: a champion of Brahms, Liszt and Wagner, Dannreuther instituted a series of chamber music concerts at his London home, which provided both a stimulus for Parry’s own important assays into the genre of chamber music and a vehicle for their first performances.

 

This conspectus of Parry’s works for violin and piano ranges from the early and unpublished ‘Freundschaftslieder’ of 1872 to the Suite no.2 of 1907, and will therefore provide a fascinating chart of their composer’s progress from a young man, eager to hone his craft, to an established and respected musician, academic and teacher. His music for this genre expresses a wide range of emotions: they are wistful and elegiac; beautifully and memorably lyrical; exuberantly energetic; and full-bloodedly and assuredly celebratory.

 

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C. Hubert H. Parry: The Complete Works for Violin & Piano
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A highly rewarding double-disc collection. Bax’s Sonata explodes with pent-up energy... Williams’s rich, expansive sound is well caught.
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deeply committed and discriminating performances... Marshall-Luck’s ability to spin cantabile lines with the subtlest of phrasal inflections pays dividends.
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If in any way you like English music then this disc is a must. Even if you don’t, this disc is a must. In fact, you have little choice: buy it, please.

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EMR CD002 | BBC Music Magazine
an ideal combination of enterprising programming, some impressive musical archaeology, and superb playing.
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