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 two of our forthcoming releases: a disc featuring British cello works by Ivor Gurney, Cyril Scott and Ian Venables; 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.

BRITISH CELLO MUSIC

 

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 Cyril Scott’s monumental Cello Sonata is recorded here for the first time alongside Ivor Gurney’s unpublished one-movement Cello Sonata in E minor.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’.

 

To subscribe to this new release, please enter on the form below the amount you would like to donate and click the ADD TO CART button beneath the form. You will then be able to review your donation before proceeding to the payment stage.

 

Alternatively, should you prefer to subscribe by cheque, please open and print the PDF file using the link below:

‘British Cello Works’
Subscribe to ‘BRITISH CELLO WORKS’
CD title Amount of donation
‘British Cello Works’ £ 

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.

 

To subscribe to this new release, please enter on the form below the amount you would like to donate and click the ADD TO CART button beneath the form. You will then be able to review your donation before proceeding to the payment stage.

 

Alternatively, should you prefer to subscribe by cheque, please open and print the PDF file using the link below:

EMR CD029–30 | C. Hubert H. Parry: The Complete Works for Violin & Piano
Subscribe to EMR CD029–30
CD title Amount of donation
EMR CD029–30 | 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.
EMR CD007-8 | Classical Music
deeply committed and discriminating performances... Marshall-Luck’s ability to spin cantabile lines with the subtlest of phrasal inflections pays dividends.
EMR CD006 | The Strad
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.

EMR CD005 | MusicWeb International

Whether on violin or viola, Marshall-Luck plays with ideal purity over the widest range... Matthew Rickard’s piano-playing is also impressive.
EMR CD003 | Gramophone
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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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