Prima Facie Records

CD label featuring world premières by British composers.

Prima Facie is the meeting of two minds - Giles Easterbrook and Stephen Plews - both known in the music industry as champions of new music. They have produced or promoted hundreds of projects, many of which have won awards or been recognised as outstanding contributions to the arts.

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New for 2019!

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On The Shoreline (PFCD98) £12.50

Music by Gordon Crosse

1 On the Shoreline for recorder and string septet (2016)
2-3 Trio, for violin, cello and piano (1985/6)
Lento; Presto
4-6 Sonata No.1, for piano (2013/14)
Vivace con fuoco; Lento molto, calmo assai; Presto scorrevole e sotto voce
7-11 Ron's Toyes, for piano (2014/15)
Puffin Windmill; Battleship and Submarine; Classic Hen;. Sheep and Shears-man; Two WW1 Biplanes
12-14 Papay Sonata for clarinet and piano (2016)
Andante sotto voce; Lento; Allegro

John Turner (recorder) with The Manchester Sinfonia (Conducted by Richard Howarth)
Lawson Trio: Annabelle Lawson (piano), Matthew Scott (clarinet), Christine Zerafa (piano)

Recorded and produced by Richard Scott at The Royal Northern College of Music on the 7/8 December 2017.
Except track 12-14 Recorded and produced by Stephen Plews at The Royal Academy of Music on 23 September 2018, edited by Phil Hardman.
Mastered by Richard Scott.

Prima Facie is grateful for financial assistance provided by RVW Trust.

Balmoral Suite and other Recorder Favourites (PFCD101) £12.50

John Turner, recorder; Manchester Sinfonia, leader David Routledge, conducted by Richard Howarth

1-5 Balmoral Suite, for recorder strings and harp ROBIN STEVENS
1 Overture - The Family Gathers; 2 Grandpa hankers for the Past; 3 A Graceful Beauty; 4 Enter Great-Grandpa; 5 Rough and Tumble in the Nursery
6-10 Geordie Tunes, for recorder, strings and harp PETER HOPE
6 Go to Berwick, Johnnie; 7 Bonny at Morn; 8 Fairly Shot of Her; 9 Blow the Wind Southerly; 10 Bobby Shafto
11 Elegy for Tony, for recorder, string orchestra and harp ANTHONY HEDGES
12-16 A Playford Garland, for recorder and strings NICHOLAS MARSHALL
12 The Old Mole; 13 The Irish Lamentation; 14 Prince Rupert’s March; 15 Spring Garden; 16 The Fit’s come on me now
17-21 Little Suite, for recorder and string orchestra WILFRED HEATON
17 Grave/Prestissimo; 18; Con Energia; 19 Cantabile; 20 Giocoso e Ritmico; 21 Presto
22 Twilight and Evening Bell, for recorder, string orchestra and bells ELIS PEHKONEN
23-25 Concerto No. 2 (Tableaux), for recorder, strings, harp and percussion; DAVID BECK
23 Nocturne; 24 Seascape; 25 Playtime
26-28 New World Dances, Op. 62a, for recorder and strings JOHN GOLLAND
26 Ragtime; 27 Blues; 28 Bossa Nova
29 Saltarello, for recorder and string quartet COLIN HAND

John Turner (recorder)
Manchester Sinfonia, leader David Routledge, conducted by Richard Howarth

All tracks were recorded at St. Thomas's Church Stockport on 5th and 6th April 2018.
Recording Engineer and Producer: Richard Scott.

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John Joubert 1927-2019

Duncan Honeybourne writes:

"I have been deeply saddened by the death of John Joubert on 7th January, aged 91, after a remarkable life distinguished by his contribution as one of the leading composers of our time. He was a fascinating man of formidable intellectual breadth and curiosity, and it was a rare joy to spend time in his lively, probing, illuminating and sympathetic company. It was a privilege to work extensively with John on his piano music, and we quickly became friends over two decades. I considered it the most precious of honours when he announced that he’d like to write a Third Piano Sonata for me, and this work – together with his whole piano output – remains very special to me. To mark John’s 90th birthday I played the complete cycle of his piano music in his presence in Birmingham, and he suggested then that I might record it. How thankful I am that this project was brought to joyful fruition by Prima Facie just in time for John to hear the results. He received his copy of the disc just before Christmas and, on New Years Eve, he wrote me a letter I shall always treasure:

“I feel I must write again to thank you for embarking on such a major undertaking and achieving such remarkable results. The playing and recording quality are both outstanding and justify to the highest degree all the hard work you and your colleagues must have put into it. It deserves every success, and is already one of my most prized possessions!”

The following day, John suffered a fall, and he died a week later. Many tributes this week have affirmed the high regard in which he was held, but I will always remember a good friend and a delightful man, as well as a musical titan who inspired me, supported me in my early career and taught me a great deal. His music will ensure his immortality, and I hope our new release will play its own small part in helping listeners of the present and future to discover Joubert’s vibrant and lyrical music afresh. May John Joubert rest in peace, and my love and sympathy go to John’s wife Mary, his son Pierre, daughter Anna and all their family." 11th January 2019.


Preludes to Chopin CD
Reviews for Preludes to Chopin:
"Brilliantly captures both the musical and the technical content…well judged and beautifully played." John France, Music Web International
This recording has a uniquely special sound, which drapes the music in a round, full, Romantic tone-colour.” Radio 100.7 Luxembourg
"The commercial success of this release shows how strongly audiences hunger for fresh interpretations of mainstream repertory, and a fresh interpretation is exactly what you get.“ James Manheim, AllMusic

Return of the Nightingales CD
Excellent reviews
for Sadie Harrison's Return of the Nightingales