Prima Facie Records

CD label featuring world premières by British composers

Giles Stephen
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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In response to many requests, Prima Facie is proud to release in advance Kenneth Hamilton’s wonderful performance of John Dowland’s “Now, O now, I needs must part” in the arrangement by Percy Grainger, as featured in Hamilton’s “revelatory” and “touching” (Sir Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer) recent BBC Radio 3 broadcast The Essay. The track will also feature in the album 'Romantic Piano Encores', to appear later this year.

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Now, O now, I needs must part

Kenneth Hamilton

Described by the Moscow Kommersant as “an outstanding virtuoso − one of the finest players of his generation” by the Singapore Straits Times as “a formidable virtuoso,” and by Tom Service in the Guardian as “pianist, author, lecturer and all-round virtuoso”, Kenneth Hamilton performs internationally as a recitalist and concerto soloist. His CDs have attracted both critical acclaim and a large number of listeners worldwide; his award-winning book, the Classical music best-seller 'After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance' (Oxford University Press), was welcomed as “full of wit and interest, and written with passion” by Charles Rosen (Times Literary Supplement), and as a “deft and sympathetic account of the old school virtuosos” by Alex Ross (The New Yorker).

Kenneth Hamilton

Hamilton’s recordings for the Prima Facie label: Volumes 1 and 2 of Kenneth Hamilton Plays Ronald Stevenson, Back to Bach: Tributes and Transcriptions by Liszt, Rachmaninov and Busoni, and Preludes to Chopin have enjoyed outstanding reviews: “played with understanding and brilliance” (Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 Record Review); “an unmissable disk… fascinating music presented with power, passion and precision” (Colin Clarke, Fanfare); “precise control and brilliance” (Andrew Clements, The Guardian); “thrilling” (Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone); “a gorgeous recording and excellent performance” (Jack Sullivan, American Record Guide). Both Preludes to Chopin and Stevenson Volume 2 entered the UK Classical Charts. The Chopin disc was particularly popular - streamed online nearly a million times - and has attracted intense attention for the originality of its performance style. Stefan Pieper (Klassik Heute) commented: “Hamilton’s approach to Chopin ignores the pianistic fashions of today’s music market, challenges the dogmas of historical performance practice, and offers an entire palette of new and intriguing experiences”, while James Manheim (AllMusic) wrote: “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.“

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The Anatomy of Melancholy (PFCD123) £12.50

Piano music by Marc Yeats, performed by Ian Pace

1. Enûma Eliš (2010)
2. Ouroboros (2009/10)
3. Professor Wingard's Nameless Force (2010/15)
4. The Anatomy of Melancholy (1998/2015)
5. The Viciousness of Circles (1998)
6. William Mumler's Spirit Photography (2016)

anatomy of melancholy CD

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John Cage: 4 Solos for Voice - Solos for Voice 93-96 (PFCD122) £12.50

Performed by Electric Phoenix

(1) 4 Solos for Voice 14’54 Electric Phoenix
(2) Solo for Voice 93 14’14 Judith Rees
(3) Solo for Voice 94 13’49 Meriel Dickinson
(4) Solo for Voice 95 14’13 Daryl Runswick
(5) Solo for Voice 96 14’11 Terry Edwards

Tracks 2-5 are world première recordings

4 solos CD

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The Road Less Travelled (PFCD120) £10.00

Piano music by Geoff Cummings-Knight - performed by Duncan Honeybourne

Piano Sonata no 1
Russian Tableaux
Selected preludes from Book 1 and 2

Road Less Travelled CD

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Pre-release taster

Michael Csányi-Wills
A pre-release taster of Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra performing Michael Csányi-Wills' 'Symphony no 1'.


Ronald Stevenson Vol 2 CD
Reviews for Kenneth Hamilton Plays Ronald Stevenson Volume 2:
"I cannot fault the wonderful performance by Kenneth Hamilton of these works. The recording is always clear and bright. The entire programme is a subtle balance between original music and arrangements which well-reflects Stevenson’s achievement." John France, Music Web International
"A well-constructed, varied recital…performed with commendable verve." Guy Rickards, International Piano Magazine

Preludes to Chopin CD
MusicWeb Recording of the Month review for On the Shoreline
"The playing on this CD is outstanding. Every piece is delivered with care, commitment and obvious enthusiasm."

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