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 celebrating the rich variety of the Phantasy String Quartet; 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.

PHANTASY STRING QUARTETS

 

The next individual subscription disc, EMR CD025, will be released in October 2014. This new release celebrates the rich variety of the Phantasy String Quartet, one of the forms most characteristic of English music of the early twentieth century, and a genre re-invigorated by W.W. Cobbett. The disc comprises six ‘Cobbett’ phantasies, including three sparklingly carefree contributions from William Hurlstone, Frank Bridge and Joseph Holbrooke. These are virtuoso scores from three confident young composers keen to impress with their knowledge and sometimes mischievously irreverent attitudes to nineteenth-century ‘Romantic’ idioms. The remaining three, by Gustav Holst, Herbert Howells and Eugene Goossens, date from around ten years later. Holst’s Phantasy on (Four) English Folk Songs is beautiful and nostalgic; Howells’s prize-winning entry from 1918 is darkly tinted with an austere modality; and Goossens’s contribution loosens the bonds of nineteenth-century tonality and challenges the listener with sonorities more redolent of twentieth-century Europe. Most of these works presented here are World Première recordings.

 

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 CD025 | Phantasy String Quartets
Subscribe to EMR CD025
CD title Amount of donation
EMR CD025 | Phantasy String Quartets £ 

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 £ 
REVIEWS
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
David Owen Norris’s performances convey exactly the sense of contained delight I’m sure Quilter would have wanted.
EMR CD002 | BBC Music Magazine
an ideal combination of enterprising programming, some impressive musical archaeology, and superb playing.
EMR CD001 | International
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