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Berg by Arrangement

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Berg by Arrangement

These arrangements for string orchestra of works by Alban Berg – some by Berg himself, others by later musicians – chart his development as a composer, from prentice pieces composed under the tutelage of Arnold Schoenberg to the rich, mature style of one of his masterpieces, the Lyric Suite, written to express an impassioned and illicit love.

Bargiel: Orchestral Music, Volume 1

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Woldemar Bargiel: Complete Orchestral Music, Volume One

Although Woldemar Bargiel (1824–97) was one of the best-known composers of his day, an important teacher and Clara Schumann’s half-brother, his music has been largely forgotten. His only symphony has a Beethovenian drive and seems to have been an influence on the young Brahms; and his three published orchestral overtures, symphonic poems in all but name, lie downstream from Schumann, with a Brahmsian weight and power.

Dussek: Piano Music

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Jan Ladislav Dussek: Piano Music

Facco: Pensieri Adriarmonici, Volume 2

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Giacomo Facco: Pensieri Adriarmonici: Concerti à cinque, Volume Two

Giacomo Facco (1676–1753), born near Venice, was active in southern Italy as violinist, choirmaster and teacher before his appointment to the Spanish royal court around 1720. Although highly esteemed in his own time, Facco had disappeared from musical history until a set of his twelve Pensieri Adriarmonici – concertos for three violins, viola, cello and basso continuo – were discovered in a Mexican library in 1962. Bright and buoyant, they have much in common with the music of Vivaldi, Albinoni and Facco’s other Venetian contemporaries – but are here given a distinct twist with a basso continuo of vihuela and guitarrón, as they might have been performed in eighteenth-century Mexico.

García: Orchestral Music

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Orlando Jacinto García: Music for Chorus and Orchestra

Born in Havana in 1954, the Miami-based Orlando Jacinto García studied with Morton Feldman and has inherited some of Feldman’s concerns: his music likewise evolves gradually over slow-moving spans of time, unfolding like the leaves of a plant, generating colours as with the gentle turning of a kaleidoscope. The elegiac Auschwitz (they will never be forgotten), a meditation for chorus and orchestra, captures something of the infinite sorrow evoked by the memory of such institutionalised cruelty. Varadero Memories is an abstract recollection of a Cuban beach where as a child he spent time with his grandparents. And the hypnotic In Memoriam Earle Brown pays elegant, understated tribute to a seminal figure in American modernism.

Release date: 1 September 2014, but digital downloads available through this site

Golovin: Orchestral Music

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Andrei Golovin: Orchestral Music

The music of Andrei Golovin (born in Moscow in 1950) lies in the Russian symphonic tradition downstream from Shostakovich and Boris Tchaikovsky. His music, like theirs, employs a sombre lyricism to conjure up images of vast open spaces but can also flare up in outbursts of considerable power. This CD presents a conspectus of almost four decades of his compositions, ranging from his first symphony to his most recent.

Gouvy: Songs

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Théodore Gouvy: Songs to Texts by Renaissance Poets

The instrumental and orchestral music of the Franco-German Romantic Théodore Gouvy (1819–98) is slowly being rediscovered. Gouvy also wrote a generous number of melodious songs, showing a predilection for the sixteenth-century love-poems of Pierre de Ronsard. Only eleven of the 26 songs on this CD have been recorded before, and none in the key the composer intended, as they are here for the first time; the others are first-ever recordings.

Release date: 1 September 2014, but digital downloads available through this site

Kinsella: Symphonies

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John Kinsella: Symphonies

John Kinsella (b. 1932) is the most important Irish symphonist since Stanford, with no fewer than ten to his credit. This CD couples Kinsella’s Fifth Symphony, written in 1992, an impassioned setting of humanist poetry by three Irish poets killed in the 1916 Uprising, with his most recent, No. 10, composed in 2010 for an orchestra of Mozartean dimensions, its clear textures animated by driving power and energy.

Release date: 1 September 2014, but digital downloads available through this site

Matthews: String Quartets, Volume 3

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David Matthews: Complete String Quartets, Volume Three

The American critic Robert Reilly described the music on Volume One of this cycle of the complete string quartets of David Matthews (b. 1943) as ‘some of the most concentrated, penetrating writing for this medium in the past 30 years or more. It is musical thinking of the highest order and quartet writing in the great tradition of Beethoven, Bartok, Britten, and Tippett’. This third CD in the series presents the first three works in the cycle – the Second influenced by The Who and Velvet Underground – along with an early contrapuntal study and an arrangement of Scriabin.

Milford: Chamber Music

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Robin Milford: Chamber Music

The revival of interest in the music of Robin Milford (1903–59) has largely bypassed his exquisite chamber music, an omission this recording seeks to redress. It presents some of his most attractive compositions for chamber forces, showing his very personal – and very English – combination of melodic freshness, elegiac lyricism and echoes of folksong.

O’Brien: Piano Music, Volume 1

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Charles O’Brien: Complete Piano Music, Volume One

Charles O’Brien (1882–1968) was a mainstay of musical life in Edinburgh, but his attractive, lyrical muse has long been forgotten even there, let alone anywhere else. This first recording in a series devoted to his music reveals a composer whose lively music reflects his Scottish heritage, mixing grand gestures with Schumannesque intimacies and Brahmsian bravura.

Release date: 1 September 2014, but digital downloads available through this site

Solberg: Orchestral, Choral and Organ Music

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Leif Solberg: Orchestral, Choral and Organ Music

This CD commemorates the 100th birthday of the Norwegian composer and organist Leif Solberg (b. 1914). Solberg’s only symphony (1950–51) confirms the contrapuntal mastery evident in his magisterial organ works, investing it with a touch of sardonic humour and the dancing rhythms of Norwegian folk-music; the choral Good Friday Meditation, by contrast, points to the lyrical side of his muse.

Truscott: Piano Music, Volume 1

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Harold Truscott: Piano Music, Volume One

Harold Truscott (1914–92) enjoyed a reputation as one of Britain’s most perceptive writers on music, a doughty champion of many neglected composers who have now become familiar figures. But Truscott himself was a composer of some stature, writing in an individual style that is rooted in Beethoven and Schubert but also absorbs the influences of Nielsen, Medtner and Hindemith. This is the first CD in a series which will present his substantial corpus of piano music.

Wagner/Stradal: Transcriptions for piano, Volume 2

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Wagner: Transcriptions for solo piano by August Stradal, Volume Two

The Czech-born pianist and writer August Stradal (1860–1930) – a student of Bruckner and disciple of Liszt – was one of the more prolific transcribers of the nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries, producing a vast quantity of piano music, including Liszt’s orchestral works, most of the Bruckner symphonies, a good deal of the Baroque (not least a huge amount of Bach) and much more, most of it phenomenally difficult to play. This series of recordings presents his Wagner transcriptions, cast in the best barnstorming virtuoso tradition.