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GURNEY RARITIES ON DISC: NEW RECORDING RELEASED

The May 2018 English Music Festival featured a concert which, even more than ever, thrilled and delighted the packed audience in Dorchester Abbey. The concert was given by celebrated baritone Roderick Williams, the Bridge Quartet and pianist Michael Dussek, and one of the works they presented to tremendous acclaim was Ivor Gurney’s ‘The Western Playland’. A few weeks later, we took this work into the recording studio at Potton Hall with the same artists: the sessions also included the world première recording of Gurney’s String Quartet in D minor of 1925 (a rare survivor among Gurney string quartets), as well as songs by Gurney and Howells (including the wonderful ‘King David’).

 

‘Those Blue Remembered Hills’ (EMR CD065) is now released and available to buy from our online shop: please click here to make your purchase. Full details of the recording, including a track listing, are available on this page.

THE SOLO-VIOLIN MUSIC OF GRAHAM WHETTAM

Following its successful launch in September last year at the Church of St Mary de Lode, Gloucester, our recording of the complete solo-violin music of Graham Whettam (EMR 058–59)has received much critical acclaim. A person of great integrity, Whettam was a composer prolific in many genres; he was also the longest serving Chairman of the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain and in this role was responsible for fostering understanding, musical performance and the exchange of ideas between people from many different countries. His solo-violin music, performed on this double-disc set by Rupert Marshall-Luck, comprises three Sonatas and two Romanzas; they are works full of imagination, colour and verve.

 

“Rupert Marshall-Luck’s stunningly-performed survey of the solo-violin music is an excellent contribution to Graham Whettam’s slowly-evolving discography.” (JOHN FRANCE, MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL)

 

“[Marshall-Luck’s] playing is perfect in intonation, phrasing, rich and luscious violin tone; in fact, everything. He does Whettam’s music proud in these recordings.” (ALAN COOPER, BMS BULLETIN)

HOLST AND HOLBROOKE RARITIES RELEASED

Another recent release, ‘Come, let us make love deathless’ (EMR CD060), explores two very different and intriguing aspects of early twentieth-century English music, with twenty-five songs by Gustav Holst (1874–1934) and Joseph Holbrooke (1878–1958), including World Première recordings of twelve works.

 

James Geer is fast gaining a reputation as one of the UK’s most engaging lyric tenors, whose voice has a particularly natural attraction to English songs of this period. He is partnered on the disc by Ronald Woodley, whose combined expertise as performer and musicologist brings a fresh research dimension to these new and rarely performed repertories. The recording was made in August 2018 in the Bradshaw Hall of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, engineered and produced by Andrew Hallifax.

 

“By avoiding fussy rhetoric and allowing Holst’s setting [‘Twelve Humbert Wolfe Songs’] to speak serenely on its own terms, [James Geer and Ronald Woodley] find the music’s effortless nobility.” (DANIEL JAFFÉ, BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE)

 

“There’s little doubt that these studio première recordings get to the heart of [the Holbrooke settings]. James Geer’s clear, direct, lyric-conscious tenor is splendidly balanced with Ronald Woodley’s piano.” (JONATHAN WOOLF, MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL)

NEW CHORAL RELEASES

We are delighted to announce the release of two recordings of choral music: ‘The Ballad of the White Horse’ (EMR CD057), featuring the eponymous work of John Gardner and performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the City of London Choir, conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton; and ‘Guardian of Heaven’ (EMR CD061), a disc of sacred choral works by Graham Keitch, whose music has been widely performed during services and events in the historic cathedrals of Exeter, Wells, Winchester, Gloucester, Canterbury, Bristol, Coventry, Southwark, Leicester and Wakefield, as well as at churches and cathedrals around the world.

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REVIEWS
Beautifully shaped by Benjamin Frith... Beguiling sounds, graced by the tawny richness and unexaggerated line of Richard Jenkinson’s cello playing... The sense of purpose and sureness of line of Ian Venables’ music is pure oxygen.
EMR CD31 | BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Exquisitely rewarding... Ravishing accounts.
EMR CD029 | CHOIR AND ORGAN
This is music of great beauty and integrity and the performances fully do it justice. It would be criminal to let it pass you by.

EMR CD028 | INTERNATIONAL
RECORD REVIEW

The Bridge Quartet approach these pieces with a sympathetic and insightful warmth, and confirm their ambassadorial credentials for British chamber music. A lovely, radiant disc.
EMR CD025 | Gramophone
Duncan Honeybourne’s playing is astonishingly affectionate, yet never saccharine... Honeybourne plays with suave confidence.
EMR CD024 | INTERNATIONAL PIANO
Rupert Marshall-Luck is an ideal interpreter: generously but not effusively lyrical; agile and athletic... The warm, folk-song like slow movement is at times almost painfully beautiful, with a shimmering pastoral central section... Marshall-Luck is, again, indefatigable and keenly picks up on the work’s melancholic strain.  Finely recorded and with comprehensive booklet notes, this is a must for fans of 20th-century English repertoire.
EMR CD023 | THE STRAD