BRITISH CHAMBER MUSIC
A series of British chamber music, mostly never previously recorded.
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MPR105 - Arnold Cooke Piano Trio, Piano Quartet and Piano Quintet, with the Pleyel Ensemble.
AVAILABLE SOON - c. 20/07/2019
Also of interest to lovers of British music, CWS001 Palace Premieres, with the superb Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, including previously unrecorded music for strings by Frederic Curzon, Thomas Dunhill, Ernest Markham Lee, Bertram Walton O’Donnell, Alec Rowley, Roger Quilter and WH Speer plus light music arrangements and seven bonus tracks of Giles Farnaby harpsichord pieces arranged by Sir Granville Bantock.
MPR101 Idyll - The English Flute Unheard (for Solo Flute with Piano) with James Dutton (Flute) and Oliver Davies (Piano)* Includes hugely enjoyable previously unrecorded works by Stanley Bate, Norman Demuth, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Sir Georges Henschel, Robin Milford, Alfred Pratt, Cyril Rootham, Richard Walthew and John White - all composers who studied or taught at the Royal College of Music).
MPR102 Parry - The Complete Music for String Quartet with the Archaeus Quartet*(A world premiere recording which includes all three of Parry's String Quartets and the Scherzo in C Major, completed by Professor Jeremy Dibble) STOP PRESS!!!! IMPR1012 Parry - The Complete Music for String Quartet
'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
MPR103 Arnold Cooke - The Complete Music for Solo Violin - mostly so far unrecorded (Violin Sonatas 1 & 2, Sonata for Solo Violin and Duo for Violin and Viola) -with members of the Pleyel Ensemble: Benedict Holland (Violin), Susie Mészáros (Viola) and Harvey Davies (Piano)**
‘..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’. Jonathan Woolf - MusicWeb International
MPR104 Leonard Salzedo - String Quartets nos. 1, 5 & 10 with the Archaeus Quartet (another first recording)*
‘Indeed, commitment is very much the watchword of this entire disc - it is clearly a labour of love. The label is producer Mike Purton's own, the liner is beautifully produced; well-illustrated as well as informative and printed on high quality paper. Purton contributes a personal note making clear his own friendship with Salzedo which goes back over many years. Both for the quality of the music it promotes and the excellence of the technical and musical presentation this disc deserves every success. Also mentioned in the liner is the work and support of The Leonard Salzedo Society. I hope very much that this disc will be the first of many more to showcase the brilliance of one of Britain's most underrated but individual composers’. Nick Barnard - MusicWeb International
All world premier recordings!
* Recording Engineer: Tony Faulkner
** Recording Engineer: David Coyle