Penelope Thwaites, John Lavender, Timothy Young (pianos)
HTGCD 403 – 5060332661725
The music of Percy Grainger (1882–1961) for piano/s four hands ranges from a few intimate duets to a significant body of quasi-orchestral concert works. The great majority were written for two instruments and they exploit this rich resource to the full. Given that almost all were originally works for chamber, orchestral, wind-band or choral forces, pianists have the widest possible range of sound references.
Leading Grainger scholar and performer, Penelope Thwaites, has newly recorded a fourth CD with fellow Australian pianist, Timothy Young, to add to the three existing CDs of Grainger’s music she recorded with John Lavender for the Pearl label in the 1990s. All four CDs contain many world premieres, including the discovery of a youthful piano concerto fragment, and provide a fascinating insight into Grainger’s pianistic output.
Meriel Dickinson (mezzo soprano), Peter Dickinson, Richard Rodney Bennett, Lord Berners (piano), Felicity Lott (soprano), Peter Lawson (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra
HTGCD 199/200 – 5060332661718
In the years immediately after the First World War, Gerald Berners was one of the leading avant-garde composers in England. His work was the subject of a number of controversies in the musical world and, to the popular press, he became known as ‘our futurist peer’.
Heritage Records has joined forces with Lord Berners Trust to produce a 2 CD package showcasing the extraordinary creativity of Gerald Berners. The set features the complete vocal music, piano music and music for piano duet and also included are historical orchestral recordings and recordings made by Berners himself.
CD 1 – SONGS, PIANO MUSIC, PIANO DUETS AND HISTORIC RECORDINGS
Meriel Dickinson (mezzo soprano), Peter Dickinson (piano), Susan Bradshaw (piano), Richard Rodney Bennett (piano), Bernard Dickerson (tenor), Kneller Hall Musicians/Captain H. E. Adkins, The Philharmonia Orchestra/Ernest Irving, Lord Berners (piano)
CD 2 – COMPLETE VOCAL AND SOLO PIANO MUSIC WITH TWO SETS OF DUETS
Peter Lawson and Alan MacLean (piano duet), Felicity Lott (soprano) and Peter Lawson (piano),
Peter Lawson (solo piano), Roderick Kennedy (bass) and Peter Lawson (piano)
James Galway, The London Virtuosi
HTGCD 296 – 5060332661398
Flute Serenade features music by Telemann, Bach and Beethoven – and a rare opportunity to hear virtuoso flautist, James Galway, performing chamber music of the Baroque and Classical eras. This release provides a fascinating overview of repertoire which was instrumental in the development of the concert flute and the performances are invigorating. Accompaniment is provided by the London Virtuosi – a classy band of musicians including John Georgiadis (violin) Anthony Camden (oboe) and David Lumsden (harpsichord).
Bach: Flute Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035
Telemann: Trio Sonata for Flute, Oboe and Continuo in E Minor
Telemann: Paris Quartet No. 2, TWV 43:D1
Beethoven: Serenade in D Major, Op. 25
Total time: 60.10
HTGCD283/4 – 5060332661022
As a tribute to the late John Shirley-Quirk, Heritage is proud to re-issue the recordings he made of English song for the SAGA label in the 1960s. Three LPs were originally laid down – Songs of Travel, A Recital of English Song and The Songs of John Ireland – and they appear here as a double CD. The performances are considered by many to be definitive and the present collection, re-mastered from the original tapes, appears by king permission of the SAGA Continuation Trust.
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR’S CHOICE, FEBRUARY 2015 – REISSUE/ARCHIVE
‘Beautifully eloquent story-telling from the fondly remembered British bass-baritone’.
‘A collection of English songs from three SAGA LPs, sensitively mastered, which show this wonderful singer on top form’.
‘Characteristically informed and affectionate notes by Tully Potter provide context and Shirley-Quirk’s immaculate diction makes texts unnecessary.’
– James Jolly, Gramophone, February 2015
‘Shirley-Quirke is sensitive, both as regards the vocalism per se, his use of voice and the responses to the words, treated intelligently.’
– John T. Hughes, International Record Review, February 2015
‘a reminder of what an asset the late baritone was to the English music scene.’
– Barry Forshaw, CD Choice, 13th December 2014
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Songs of Travel (Poems by Robert Louis Stephenson)
CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD
Six Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ (Houseman)
Three Songs from ‘Ludlow Town’ (Houseman)
Total time: 61.15
Tracks 1-16 – Viola Tunnerd (piano)
Tracks 17-22 – Martin Isepp (piano)
PURCELL (Ed. Tippett and Bergmann)
PURCELL (Realisation by Benjamin Britten)
PELHAM HUMFREY (Ed. Tippett and Bergmann)
Five Songs to poems by Thomas Hardy
Songs Sacred and Profane
Total time: 65.11
Tracks 1-5 – Martin Isepp (harpsichord and piano)
Tracks 2-5 – Ambrose Gauntlett (viola da gamba)
Track 4 – Nona Liddell and Ivor McMahon (violins)
Tracks 6 – 25 – Eric Parkin (piano)
ISSUED UNDER LICENCE FROM THE SAGA CONTINUATION TRUST AND CNR MUSIC B.V.
Digitally re-mastered from the original SAGA masters, using M15 Telefunken 20 bit technology.