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

 

Details of each disc for which we are currently inviting subscriptions are given below, along with a description of how to subscribe.

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This conspectus of Parry’s works for violin and piano ranges from the early and unpublished ‘Freundschaftslieder’ of 1872 to the Suite no.2 of 1907, and will therefore provide a fascinating chart of their composer’s progress from a young man, eager to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

NEW COMMISSIONS DISC

 

The English Music Festival has been in the privileged position of having some of Britain’s foremost composers writing works specifically for it, and EM Records is proud to collaborate with the BBC Concert Orchestra in bringing these exhilarating works to new audiences in a double-disc set. Sparkling and celebratory overtures are provided by award-winning composer Richard Blackford and Matthew Curtis, while Paul Carr provides gorgeous lyricism with his ‘Now Comes Beauty’ and ‘Suddenly It’s Evening’; while Philip Lane’s ‘Aubade Joyeuse’ lives up to its name. Both Christopher Wright’s ‘Legend’ and Paul Lewis’s ‘Norfolk Suite’ evoke a wonderful sense of atmosphere, while David Matthew’s ‘White Nights’ is full of searing beauty. Much-loved baritone Roderick Williams contributes to the disc in a performance of John Pickard’s ‘Burning of the Leaves’, a song-cycle setting Binyon; while David Owen Norris is the soloist in his own effervescent Piano Concerto.

 

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New Commissions disc

RICHARD III | CD AND DVD

 

A generous-minded leader; a superb military strategist; or an opportunistic villain: all these interpretations – and more – may be brought to bear on Richard III, one of the most controversial monarchs in British history. The English Music Festival has recently commissioned four new works for solo violin from some of the UK’s foremost composers which use as their inspiration the life and historical perspectives of Richard III; and, following their World Première performances at the EMF’s Autumn Yorkshire Festival, EM Records plans to commit these engaging and thought-provoking works to disc. The recording will feature the acclaimed violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck and will be made in the Church of St Mary and St Alkeda in Middleham – the church at which Richard III himself worshipped during his periods of residence at Middleham Castle.

 

Funds permitting, and further to the CD recording, EM Records intends to produce a DVD also to be shot in Middleham Church, featuring performances of the works with extended materials including interviews with the composers and footage of the church and town with its Richard III associations.

 

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Richard III | CD and DVD

HERACLITUS

 

This CD commemorates and celebrates the talents of a golden generation of English lyricists through the voices of the greatest song-writer composers of the era. The lives of two of these, George Butterworth and Ivor Gurney, remain inextricably linked to the catastrophic 1914-18 conflict played out over the fields of Flanders. The poignancy of their songs, selected and performed by tenor Charles Daniels, pianist Michael Dussek and the Bridge String Quartet, comprise an intimate journal, encapsulating moods of innocence and naivety, transience and despair, epitomised by the poetry of Housman and Gurney’s 1919 song cycle ‘Ludlow and Teme’.


The Bridge Quartet also introduces two World Première recordings. Butterworth’s miniaturist ‘Suite for String Quartet’ of 1910 is a eulogy to the ‘untouchable England’ of the years before the First World War, but also a perfectly expressed prophetic warning from a young man extinguished in his prime. Gurney’s epic nine-minute ‘Adagio’ (1925) is a moving threnody from a survivor trying bravely to express in music the pain of living with the consequences of what he had encountered.

 

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Heraclitus
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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