Alan Rawsthorne : A Portrait (PFCD063) £12.50 More Details
Woodwind concertos and chamber works
The recordings of three of the works on this disc, the Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello (No.1), Studies on a Theme by Bach for string trio, together with the Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra, were included on a CD released by ASC in 2002. This disc is no longer available, and as the Quartet and the Studies were the first and only available recordings, and there is presently only one other available recording of the Oboe Concerto, it was considered that a re-release would be welcome and worthwhile. The original coupling was with two of Rawsthorne’s choral works, but rather than repeat this it was decided to include new recordings of further chamber music and the Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra. In the case of the Clarinet Concerto this provided an opportunity to include the premiere recording of the published, original ending, but with the medium of the CD it has also been possible to include the revised ending, so either version can be programmed and listened to. Though there are already recordings of the Sonata for Cello and Piano available, it is such a fine and important work that a further interpretation is more than justified. The very attractive arrangement of Brother James’s Air, also for cello and piano, is a premiere recording. “A Most Eloquent Music”, from the incidental music Rawsthorne composed for the 1961 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet, has been included on a CD released by the RSC, but the recording is introduced into this programme also – it is, after all, the year in which the four- hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is being commemorated.
Seeds of Time - Meditations for piano (PFCD056) £12.50
Composed by Mark Darvill-Evans - Performed by Siwan Rhys
Moonlight on Roses
Hide & Seek
The release of 'Seeds of Time – Meditations for Piano', introduces the listener to the music of composer Mark Darvill-Evans, most for the very first time. These fourteen inspiring and thought provoking pieces are performed by Siwan Rhys, who has worked closely with the composer to realise his vision in getting his music recorded.
This haunting music has gained early accolades for its beautifully simple form and delicacy:
‘Absorbing and elegant music, beautifully played’ Nick Mason, Pink Floyd
‘A hypnotic and Zen-like quality which really keeps one involved’ Piers Lane AO, pianist
‘A beautiful piece – the sounds kiss the air’ Resonance FM
More information, video interviews, alternative versions and updates are available at www.theseedsoftime.co.uk
"I would like to thank Steve Plews, John Cronin, Phil Hardman, Jane Darvill-Evans, Tim Parry, Matleena Lilja, Ian Robertson and the Turner Sims Hall. I would also like to thank Charlotte Smith and Robert Szymanak for their support."
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CD label featuring world premières by British composers.
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