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Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 2

Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 2

Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 2Westdeutsche Sinfonia
Dirk Joeres (conductor)

HTGCD BT 1 – 5060332661671

CD + DVD

Heritage Records presents a new Beethoven symphony cycle exploring the fascination of Beethoven’s symphonic writing and its continued relevance today. Each CD in the series will be accompanied by a specially conceived DVD, in which Dirk illustrates Beethoven’s compositional genius, performing excerpts on the piano and commenting on snippets from the new recordings.

What is it that still fascinates us about Beethoven’s Symphonies two hundred years after they were written? What is it that makes them still so special today? With this video, I would like to take you on a journey into Beethoven’s musical world. To do this it is necessary to discover a little about his compositional techniques. I believe that the more one knows, the more one hears and enjoys and so this series “Beethoven Today” is intended for both experienced listeners and for people who perhaps want to explore Beethoven’s music for the first time.’ © 2016 Dirk Joeres

‘Dirk Joeres and the Westdeutsche Sinfonia launch their new Beethoven cycle with lively, well-played and sensibly paced performances of the First and Second Symphonies.  Joeres has obviously a fine sense of proportion, and thus the music sounds fresh, relaxed and most naturally balanced’ Remy Franck, Pizzicato, August 2016

Track Listing

Symphony No. 1, Op. 21

  1. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
  2. Andante cantabile con moto
  3. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
  4. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

Symphony No. 2, Op. 36

  1. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
  2. Andante cantabile con moto
  3. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
  4. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

Total time: 61.10

British Serenade

British Serenade

British SerenadeChamber Ensemble of London
Peter Fisher (violin-director)

HTGCD 204 – 5060332661640

Heritage is pleased to announce its first collaboration with the Chamber Ensemble of London, a disc which commemorates the tenth anniversary of Malcom Arnold’s death and features no less than nine world premieres by Malcolm Arnold and leading figures of the British ‘light music’ scene.
‘That would be a good idea!’ This CD assembles many of the ‘good ideas’ – mine and other people’s – that had gone to the back of my mind. What brought them to the front? The Malcolm Arnold Society wanted to mark the 10th anniversary of the composer’s death with music not previously recorded. The Arnold items were all solos with strings. That became the unifying factor for the whole CD. I remembered Chris Shrimpton putting the case for the classical harmonica; soloists I wished to promote; the music of an old friend; the viola, another Cinderella instrument… We had soon recorded more than enough material for one CD. There may be another.’ Peter Fisher, February 2016

‘This is a valuable collection of rarities that will have an appeal to fans of Malcolm Arnold and lovers of British light music. Soloists and orchestra are in fine form and the recording is rich and easy on the ear. Overall, this is a most unusual and pleasant experience.’ John Whitmore, MusicWeb International, November 2016

‘This is a pleasingly played collection, and the recording itself is brightly lit and reverberant… Well worth hearing, and there’s more than enough here to warrant further investigation on the part of loyal Arnold enthusiasts.’ Michael Jameson, Malcolm Arnold Society Bulletin, November 2016

Track Listing

WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS *

Malcolm Arnold: Serenade for Guitar and Strings Op.50 

Michael Butten (solo guitar)

Clive Jenkins: Romance for Viola and Strings *

Richard Waters (solo viola)

Paul Lewis: On Pevensey Levels *

Chris Shrimpton (solo harmonica)

Edward Elgar arr. Levine Andrade: Salut d’Amour Op. 12 *

Michael Mace (solo cello)

Paul Carr: Viola Air *

Richard Waters (solo viola)

Malcolm Arnold arr. Roger Steptoe: Concertino for Clarinet and Strings Op.29a *

Peter Cigleris (solo clarinet)

Clive Jenkins: Rhapsody for Harmonica *

Chris Shrimpton (solo harmonica)

Don Shearman: Winter Sunshine *

Peter Fisher (solo violin)

Clive Jenkins: Cologne *

Chris Shrimpton (solo harmonica)

Malcolm Arnold arr. Philip Lane: Five Pieces for Violin and Strings Op.84a *

Peter Fisher (solo violin)

Total time: 65.22

British Celebration

British Celebration

British CelebrationRTE Concert Orchestra
Gavin Sutherland

HTGCD 203 – 5060332661633

Philip Lane, ‘The doyen of British Light Music’ (James Jolly, Gramophone), has collaborated with Heritage for this Spring release – orchestral music composed by leading figures in the Light Music movement.

‘This is a fine addition to the light orchestral discography. Personal highlights for me are David Lyon’s Piano Concerto and Snowdonia. There is excellent, detailed and enthusiastic playing by the RTE Concert Orchestra throughout under the expert guidance of Gavin Sutherland. The music making has brio and bite aplenty and the orchestra is captured in a clear, detailed acoustic. There is also sufficient contrast between the pieces to keep the listener fully entertained for the generous 75 minutes playing time. Highly recommended.’ John Whitmore, MusicWeb International, November 2016
Track Listing

WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS
Bryan Kelly (b.1934): Four Realms Suite (1972)
David Lyon (b.1938): Piano Concerto in one movement (1963 rev. 2015) {Soloist: Alisdair Hogarth}
Nicholas Smith (b.1967): Tears from my Bowl (2014)
Roy Moore (b.1948): Celebration Overture (2011)
Gareth Glyn (b.1951): Snowdonia (1980)
Anthony Hedges (b.1931): Showpiece (1995)
Philip Spratley (b.1942): Images of Palaestina (1966)

Total time: 75.37

211DickinsonOrchestral

Peter Dickinson: Orchestral Works

BBC National Orchestra of WalesPeter Dickinson: Orchestral Works
Clark Rundell

HTGCD 211 – 5060332661503

Heritage presents a new recording of the orchestral works of Peter Dickinson, expertly played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conducted by the contemporary music specialist, Clark Rundell. Through these performances, we see a different and altogether lighter side of Dickinson’s creativity. All of the works presented here are very accessible and place melody at the forefront of the compositional process. With the exception of Merseyside Echoes, the works, in their orchestral versions, appear on disc for the first time.

‘This first-class release of distinguished performances, no doubt rehearsed and recorded with the composer in attendance, and captured in equally impressive sound-quality, is deserving of the widest circulation, for Peter Dickinson’s music is welcoming, lively and warmly communicative, full of fun and also capable of depth. Given his empathy for American music, I suggest that anyone who appreciates the output of Dickinson’s near-contemporary William Bolcom will have a ball with what is to be found on this notable Heritage issue. To complete the picture, literally, the cover image is also by Dickinson.’ Colin Anderson, www.classicalsource.com, November 2016

‘Excellent performances, recording quality and notes set the seal on this release.’ Jonathan Woolf, British Music Society, November 2016

‘The BBC NOW barely put a foot wrong. It’s wonderful to at last have top-quality premiere recordings of these eight works that have waited far too long to appear on record.’ Gramophone June 2016

‘This is an essential CD for all admirers of Dickinson’s eclectic style of composition in particular, and for approachable, sometimes challenging, but always enjoyable ‘modern’ music, in general.’ John France, MusicWeb International, April 2016

‘Highly recommended.’ R. James Tobin, Classical Net, April 2016

Track Listing

WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS
[1] A BIRTHDAY SURPRISE (1979)
[2] SATIE TRANSFORMATIONS (1969-70)
[3-7] FIVE DIVERSIONS (1963/70)
[8] BACH IN BLUE (2004/12/15)
Leslie Hatfield (violin) Robert Plane (clarinet)
[9] MERSEYSIDE ECHOES (1988)
[10-15] SUITE FOR THE CENTENARY OF LORD BERNERS (1974/83/2015)
[16] MONOLOGUE FOR STRINGS (1959)
Total time: 70.11

The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of ChristmasRTE Concert Orchestra & Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Gavin Sutherland and Barry Wordsworth (conductors)

HTGCD299 – 5060332661596

Philip Lane, ‘The doyen of British Light Music’ (James Jolly, Gramophone), has collaborated with Heritage for this Christmas release – orchestral music for the festive season composed by leading figures in the Light Music movement. Most works featured here are based, to a greater or lesser extent, on ‘traditional tunes’, suitably ‘adorned’ for orchestra and the concert hall. Several are entirely original but allude to the Christmas story in their various facets. The recording features several world premieres, indicated below.

Heritage is delighted that Joanna Lumley and John Julius Norwich feature as narrators for Adam Saunders’ new setting of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

The performances are bright, breezy and full of joy. The recordings are close, clear and sparkling. A very good Christmas CD indeed.
– John Whitmore, MusicWeb International, Christmas 2015

There’s a sprightly “12 Days of Christmas” by Adam Saunders, entertainingly narrated with increasing exasperation by Joanna Lumley, together with excerpts from Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and various medleys and other arrangements that it would be fun to have on in the background.
– Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph (The Telegraph Best Classical CDs for Christmas), Christmas 2015

Performance: ****
Recording: ****
Crisp, energetic performances from both the orchestras and their respective conductors.
– Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2015

Track Listing

Gordon Thornett: Festive Overture: The Joy of Christmas *

Gian Carlo Menotti: Introduction, March & Shepherds’ Dance from ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ 

Adam Saunders: The Twelve Days of Christmas *

Narrators: Joanna Lumley & John Julius Norwich

Thomas Hewitt Jones: What Child is this? (A Christmas Lullaby) *

Philip Spratley: A Christmas Rondel *

Matthew Curtis: Christmas Spirit *

Roy Moore: A Christmas Medley *

Peter Warlock: Bethlehem Down, a carol for strings 

Bryan Kelly: Sir Roger de Coverley (Christmas Dance) 

Bryan Kelly: A Christmas Celebration 

 

Total time: 72’24”

*DENOTES WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS

Bryan Kelly: Orchestral Music

Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)Bryan Kelly: Orchestral Music

HTGCD285 – 5060332661039

A prolific composer of light classical music, Bryan Kelly has been writing in many different genres since the 1940s. This Heritage release features some of the music Kelly has composed for orchestral forces, recorded this year with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia to celebrate his 80th year.

‘The orchestral playing is splendid and full of vitality with excellent solo work and obvious dedication to the music…A great addition to the light music discography.’
– John Whitmore, Music Web International, 20th March 2015

‘John Turner is the nimble soloist here, and Barry Wordsworth and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia tender spick-and-span support; indeed the playing throughout is commendably alert, and the sound agreeably clean to match. Altogether, a very likeable compendium.’
– Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, March 2015

CLASSIC FM DRIVE FEATURED ALBUM
Kelly’s music is highly accessible and the two Christmas suites “A Christmas Celebration” and “Nativity Scenes” are the perfect accompaniment to the festive season. A lovely collection of bright orchestral tunes by a composer who is well worth discovering.’
– John Brunning, Classic FM, 8th December 2014

Track Listing
LEFT BANK SUITE (1960s)

EPITAPH FOR PEACE for strings (2013)

A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION (2013)

CONCERTANTE DANCES (1980)
Flute: Eliza Marshall; Oboe: John Anderson; Clarinet: Ian Scott; Bassoon: David McKee

GLOBE THEATRE SUITE for recorder and strings (2005)
Recorder: John Turner

NATIVITY SCENES (1966/2011)

TANGO for strings (1961)

Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

Total time: 76.18

Peter Dickinson: Three Concertos

Howard Shelley, Chloe Hanslip and Jennifer BatePeter Dickinson: Three Concertos

HTGCD276 – 5060332660971

Heritage presents a brand new recording of a British violin concerto. Chloe Hanslip gives the world premiere recording of Peter Dickinson’s Violin Concerto, accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conducted by Clark Rundell. This release marks the 80th birthday of Peter Dickinson. The performance is coupled with recordings of the Piano Concerto (Howard Shelley) and Organ Concerto (Jennifer Bate), both works accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Atherton. Also included is the world premiere recording of Merseyside Echoes, Dickinson’s light-hearted tribute to The Beatles. The concertos form the core of Dickinson’s output and are a summary of his approach to the three solo instruments. All are in a concentrated single movement where the soloists are almost constantly involved, as in a large chamber work.

‘I find Dickinson to be a curious composer but an interesting one. Do try this CD.’
– Edward Clark, British Music Society e-news, September 2015

‘Peter Dickinson’s three concertos delight in playfulness, and imaginative use of Americana and Beethoven.’
– Geoff Brown, BBC Music Magazine, January 2015

‘I’ve really enjoyed it {Violin Concerto}…………. these poly-stylistic juxtapositions are intriguing and very well handled.’
– Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 CD Review, 3rd January 2015

‘These three concertos exemplify the resourceful and subtle interplay between ‘popular’ and ‘art’ music which has long been central to his thinking……. this absorbing and highly recommendable release.’
– Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone, January 2015

‘With a keen ear for sonority and not one to miss a trick theatrically, Dickinson’s concertos show the composer at his most imaginative.’
– Classical Music Magazine, January 2015

‘Merseyside Echoes is one of the best pieces of cross-over music that I have heard … The [organ] concerto is at times beautiful, scary and mystical. Jennifer Bate is a tremendous advocate for this music. A masterpiece … This is a fantastic CD from Heritage which showcases four superb works by Peter Dickinson. It is well-presented, superbly recorded and brilliantly performed by the soloists and orchestras. The liner-notes by the composer are detailed and essential for proactive listening. These works display Dickinson’s ability to write music that is at the same time approachable and challenging. His ability to fuse diverse musical styles is masterly. This is a fitting 80th birthday tribute to a great composer, performer, teacher and writer.’
– John France, Music Web International, 7th November 2014

‘Chloe Hanslip’s formidable performance of the Violin Concerto’
– Malcolm Miller, Music and Vision, 15th November 2014

‘{Violin Concerto} wonderfully evoked in a brand new recording’
– Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, November 2014

Track Listing

PIANO CONCERTO (1979-84)

 

1           Adagio

2           Solo

3           Lento

4           Variation I

5           Variation II

6           Variation III

7           Adagio

8           Quasi candenza

9           Tranquillo

10          Moderato

11          Meno mosso

12          Molto allegro

13          Absolutely tranquil

 

Howard Shelley (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Atherton (conductor)

Recorded in Watford Town Hall on 30th January 1986. 

 

VIOLIN CONCERTO (1986)

 

14          Allegro

15          L’istesso tempo

16          Waltz

17          [Variation II]

18          [Variation III]

19          Adagio

20          Lamentoso

21          Tranquillo

22          Grave

23          Ritmico

24          Pesante

25          Meno mosso

 

Chloe Hanslip (violin)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Clark Rundell (conductor)

Recorded at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 2nd & 3rd April 2014

 

ORGAN CONCERTO (1971)

 

26          Grave

27          Allegro

28          Adagio

29          Adagio

30          Allegro molto

31          Adagio

32          Allegro molto

33          Adagio

34          Grave

 

Jennifer Bate (organ)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Atherton (conductor)

Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall on 31 January 1986

 

35          MERSEYSIDE ECHOES (1986)

 

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Clark Rundell (conductor)

Recorded at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 2nd & 3rd April 2014

 

Total time:  76’01’’

Schumann Orchestral Works

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dirk JoeresSchumann Orchestral Works

HTGCD272 – 5060332660735

Dirk Joeres conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in highly regarded recordings of orchestral music by Robert Schumann. The Joeres reading of the third symphony, ‘Rhenish’, received Pizzicato’s ‘Supersonic Award’ and the Tchaikovsky orchestrated Symphonic Studies, Op. 13 was the first committed to disc. The recordings were made between 1993 and 1999 in Walthamstow and Watford Town Halls.

‘A weighty opening for the Rhenish is counterbalanced by a light and wonderfully exhilarating Finale. The rarely heard Tchaikovsky orchestration of the Symphonic Etudes is a delight.’
– Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine, December 2014

‘He [Joeres] has something fresh and nutritious to say … this is a Rhenish to get you hot under the collar … His is an unreconstructed romantic lean-meat hothouse reading … It is easy to spend superlatives on Joeres’ indomitable leaping dynamics but he does not neglect the more pulse-calming writing as in the pastoral idylls of Nicht schnell and the dark-clouded Feierlich, itself redolent of Brahms’ Tragic Overture. After the Symphony comes an equally edgy and Manfred-style Overture, Scherzo and Finale. This too has no truck with routine baton-waving. There’s as much gallop, surge, spring, resilience and solar plexus impact as in the Symphony. The RPO horns revel in their opportunities which come especially in the outer movements of the Rhenish as well as in the Symphony’s Scherzo. They register in satisfying focus without being drenched in Hollywood spotlighting … [Heritage] have done a lot of highly desirable reissue work that is well worth chasing down.’
– Rob Barnett, Music Web International, 9th September 2014

‘Joeres is an exciting Schumann conductor and he goes for extremes’
– Gramophone

‘An exultant reading – one of the best recordings’
– Musicweb International

‘An exemplary ‘Rhenish’ – a reference recording’
– Pizzicato Supersonic Award

‘Here is a disc with a difference….. Dirk Joeres easily joins the front rank.’
– Fanfare

Track Listing

Symphony No. 3, Op. 97 ‘Rhenish’

  1. Lebhaft  9.30
  2. Scherzo: Sehr mäßig  6.08
  3. Nicht schnell  5.43
  4. Feierlich  6.24
  5. Lebhaft  5.37

Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52

  1. Overture (Andante con moto)   6.45
  2. Scherzo (Vivo)  4.21
  3. Finale (Allegro molto vivace)   6.53

Symphonic Studies, Op. 13 (orchestrated by Tchaikovsky)

  1. Adagio  1.54
  2. Allegro brilliante    6.10

Total time:   60.00

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dirk Joeres (conductor)

Havergal Brian: The Tigers
John Foulds: Pasquinade Symphonique No. 1

Luxembourg Radio Symphony OrchestraHavergal Brian - The Tigers

HTGCD270 – 5060332660667

Havergal Brian’s first opera, The Tigers, was begun in the middle of World War I – he called it ‘a distraction from war horrors’ – and is essentially a satire on the shambolic unpreparedness of the British army in training on the home front. This CD features the only complete recording of the Symphonic Dances which Brian adapted from the operatic score and the only available recording of Fould’s Pasquinade Symphonique No. 1.

67 minutes

‘These extracts from Brian’s comic-satirical opera offer subtle intervention besides his compulsive prolixity… clear classy performances.’
– Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine, December 2014

‘The Luxembourg forces render this music with real expressive acuity and Hager directs with unassuming authority’
‘The very real qualities of these readings should ensure they retain their place on the shelves of Brain and Foulds advocates’

– Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review, November 2014

‘It’s not before time that these sparkling performances……….have been restored to the catalogue. Brian’s scintillating orchestral textures still show up brightly in these sympathetic and virtuoso accounts. The sound is…crystal clear…’
– Guy Rickards, Gramophone Awards Issue, September 2014

‘The Brian is good but the Foulds is magnificent. This is a fine disc with clean, immediate sound. It is a little studio bound but there is excellent clarity. The choice of orchestra and conductor may appear to be unusual for the repertoire but they do a fine job.’
– MusicWeb International, June 2014

Track Listing

Havergal Brian
Symphonic Dances from The Tigers
 

  1. Symphonic Variations
  2. Shadow dance
  3. Gargoyles
  4. Lacryma
  5. Green Pastures
  6. Wild Horesmen

 

John Foulds
Pasquinade Symphonique No. 1
 
Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra
Leopold Hager (conductor)
 
Total time: 67.14

Panufnik: Symphony No. 9 and Bassoon Concerto

Myra HessBBC Symphony Orchestra

HTGCD266 – 5060332660544

To mark the centenary of the birth of Andzej Panufkik (1914-1991), Heritage is proud to release a composer-conducted performance of his Symphony No.9 and Bassoon Concerto, in which he collaborates with Robert Thompson for whom the piece was written.

67 minutes

‘The eloquence achieved pays tribute to both composer and bassoonist in equal measure – a true synthesis of talents dedicated to a complex yet highly focussed objective.’
– Colin Fairburn, Double Reed News, Autumn 2014

‘With the original soloist Robert Thompson… more layers of meaning emerge… and the soloist’s singing lines carry greater conviction… The idealism of the Sinfonia di Speranza could hardly be more authentically conveyed.’
– BBC Music Magazine, June 2014

‘The profound intensity of the music-making shines through with great potency. That is particularly evident in the Bassoon Concerto. Just as he started work on the Concerto, Panufnik heard of the torture and murder of the priest Father Jerzy Popieuszko and decided to dedicate it to his memory. With its humorous connotations, it might seem risky to use the bassoon as a vehicle to express profound grief but such is the power of Panufnik’s writing that what, in other hands, might sound clownish here evokes almost vocal utterances of pain and sorrow. Thompson clearly understands the emotional significance of the work and, supported by alert and incisive playing from the BBC SO, gives a performance of compelling intensity.’
– Gramophone, July 2014

‘This CD, with its exemplary performances and vivid sound quality, deserves to attract a wider listening public to the powerful, lyrical, mournful and sometimes gritty music of Panufnik. The spoken introductions by the composer are a nice finishing touch.’
– MusicWeb International, June 2014

‘There is something compelling about Robert Thompson’s tone and musicianship that makes his performance unforgettable. I’m delighted these recordings have been released’
– Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 CD Review, June 2014

‘The first commercial release by Heritage of one of his sessions with the BBC Symphony Orchestra is much to be welcomed… Thompson invests the Bassoon Concerto with an emotional acuity equal to that of his studio recording, while the forward balance and more numerous string desks again male this seem a bigger and more involving piece… an important archival release.’
– International Record Review, May 2014

‘The Bassoon Concerto is a memorial for the tortured and murdered Polish priest Father Jerzy Popieluszko, and has a pronounced grainy grimness offset by dramatic impulses and Thompson’s beautiful lyric tone. The hopeful symphony not only takes the rainbow as a symbol, but endeavours to translate its optical principles into music. This altogether remarkable and gripping structure is conceived as a 40-minute continuous melodic line.’
– The Sunday Times April 2014

‘Comprising a pair of BBC Symphony Orchestra studio performances recorded shortly before his death in 1991, it profiles the elegiac power of the Bassoon Concerto in a heartfelt reading by Robert Thompson, who commissioned it.
The symphony (Sinfonia di Speranza) is an equally thoughtful, if more long-winded, exploration of Panufnik’s metaphysical preoccupations.’

– Financial Times March 2014

Track Listing
  1. Composer’s introduction: Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra 3.12
  2. Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra 19.20
  3. Composer’s introduction: Symphony No. 9 3.45
  4. Symphony No. 9 ‘Sinfonia di Speranza’ 40.37

Total time: 66’56’’

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrzej Panufnik (conductor)

Robert Thompson (bassoon)

A studio recording made on 6th October 1987 for BBC Radio 3, first broadcast in 1990.

Producer: Roger Wright