MPR103: Arnold Cooke - The Complete Violin Sonatas

‘One of the most consistently rewarding things about this disc is to appreciate quite how tied to the British tradition Cooke was and how deeply he drew on its inspirations’

‘The three members drawn from the Pleyel Ensemble make the best possible case for these works and have been finely recorded in to the bargain. You wouldn’t need to listen much to hear that Cooke’s violin works are both appealing and successful’

Music web - International

‘This is real music of the English countryside’

‘Benedict Holland gives a dazzling performance of the four movement work (Sonata for Solo Violin)’

‘marvellously clear contrapuntal playing’

‘fabulous teamwork between Benedict Holland and pianist Harvey Davies’

British Music Society

The Pleyel Ensemble

Benedict Holland (Violin) Harvey Davies (Piano) and Susie Mészáros (Viola)

Sonatas 1 & 2 for Violin and Piano, Solo Violin Sonata and the Duo for Violin and Viola

Arnold Cooke (1906 - 2005) was born in Yorkshire and eventually moved to Kent, living a stone’s throw from the home of MPR, amongst Kentish oast houses, hop gardens and apple orchards. Cooke studied firstly at Cambridge University with EJ Dent (Professor of Music, Cambridge University) moving to Berlin to study with Hindemith. He went on to teach at the Royal Manchester College of Music and moved to London, shortly after which came wartime service in the Royal Navy after which he took a post at Trinity College of Music in London. His music is always attractive but carefully crafted and displays a fascinating mixture between English and German styles. The Sonata no. 2 for Violin and Piano is the only work here to have been recorded previously (only once). The CD was recorded in the excellent acoustic of the Carole Nash Room at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and features superb musical performances, the first of four CDs already recorded.

MPR104: Leonard Salzedo - String Quartets 1, 5 & 10

‘This disc is therefore more than welcome, especially as it comes so beautifully produced by Mike Purton, with detailed, informative glossy liner notes’

‘These are totally committed performances by the Archaeus Quartet’

‘These works rank with Elizabeth Maconchy’s  13 Quartets as major British  additions to the repertoire and I hope that all of Salzedo’s will be available soon’

British Music Society

The Archaeus Quartet

Leonard Salzedo (1921 - 2000) was born in London and studied Violin at the Royal College of Music, going on to be a member, at different times, of both the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He also studied composition with Herbert Howells and became a prolific composer, writing for many genres, from unaccompanied instrumental music to film and ballet. He was well known for many years as the composer of the fanfare introducing broadcasts from The Open University. Salzedo was also a fine conductor and I had the pleasure of playing under his baton on tour with the orchestra of Scottish Theatre Ballet, where he had been commissioned to create reduced orchestrations for works such as Giselle and a ballet version of Tales of Hoffmann. Salzedo’s music demonstrates his ancestry from Sephardic Jews, who lived in what we now know as Spain. It’s interesting also to detect here and there subtle influences of who were Salzedo’s favourite composers as an orchestral musician. These quartets, which are all world premiere recordings, are enormous fun with committed and characterful performances from Archaeus and were recorded in the spacious acoustic of St. George’s Parish Church, Benenden, Kent.


MPR101: Idyll - The English Flute Unheard

James Dutton (Flute) Oliver Davies (Piano)

(None of the works on this CD have previously been commercially recorded)

For this recital we have selected a range of music written by unsung English composers dating from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century. Beautifully performed and recorded in the Menuhin Hall, the Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey we have a contrasting programme to please all tastes.

'An enchanting recital' - Catherine Bott: Classic FM

'This CD is recorded with clarity and a warm tone quality; the instruments are always well balanced and both performers play with accuracy and conviction..... these are two instinctive musicians who judge the pacing and expression of the music with sensitivity and intelligence. There are some real gems amongst the repertoire here which deserve to be better known with contemporary audiences; well worth exploring.' - Carla Rees: Pan Magazine, British Flute Society

'This hugely enjoyable disc'... 'The CD is beautifully presented with informative programme notes. The two soloists are perfectly in tune with the repertoire which is recorded in a warm acoustic at the Yehudi Menuhin School' - Paul Jackson: British Music Society Journal April 2018

MPR102: Sir Hubert Hastings Parry

The Complete Music for String Quartet - Centenary Recording

The Archaeus Quartet

(Three works out of four not previously recorded)

Quartet no. 3, a relatively mature work is the only work on this CD to have been recorded, let alone performed and Quartets 1 & 2 have languished for many years in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The earlier two quartets are youthful and Mendelssohnian but well worth listening to and it is fascinating to hear how Parry’s voice as a composer developed over the years. Quartet no. 1 was played from photocopies of the original handwritten parts, while Quartets 2 & 3 appear in relatively recent performing editions. We are most fortunate also that Professor Jeremy Dibble of Durham University has completed a Scherzo in C left incomplete by the composer. The length of the works has necessitated a double album, hence the slightly higher price.

'The Archaeus Quartet play each of these works with energy and conviction'.........'the sound is transparent and natural and these players certainly catch the music's drama'.........'in Parry's anniversary year it fills a gap in the recorded repertoire very handsomely'  Gramophone Magazine July 2018


MPR is delighted to announce that as from 03/05/2018, being part of the Willowhayne family of small record labels, our products are being distributed worldwide by Select, (part of NAXOS) along with other labels such as Chandos, Hänssler, Hyperion and NAXOS. Also available digitally.


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