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One of the greatest symphonies written in the twentieth century (or indeed any other), the Vaughan Williams London Symphony may need no introduction, but the same cannot be said of the version recorded here. This is an infrequent outing for its 1920 first publication, and comparisons with the final revised edition are fascinating. Much more importantly, the performance—from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra—is simply outstanding. Coupled with three rarities, this is a landmark addition to the Vaughan Williams discography, and a very special Record of the Month for November. In contrast to RVW, the name Roger Sacheverell Coke will be new to many. His richly melodic music has long enjoyed the persuasive advocacy of pianist Simon Callaghan, who now makes his Hyperion debut with Coke Piano Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5, volume 73 of our Romantic Piano Concerto series. Martyn Brabbins again conducts, this time the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
It is a particular pleasure to welcome back conductor David Hill to the label. His sensitive readings of the evergreen Fauré Requiem & other sacred music here also mark the Hyperion debut of the Yale Schola Cantorum, one of America's leading chamber choirs. Finally, Cédric Tiberghien brings his considerable pianistic finesse to bear on the Chopin Préludes, Piano Sonata No 2 & Scherzo No 2; a wonderful recital which must count as one of the year's most distinguished Chopin releases. No repertoire, however familiar, can fail to astonish anew given such superlative playing.
1equalmusic brings us a new version of Antony Pitts' Jerusalem-Yerushalayim, the electrifying performance by the composer's own crack ensemble Tonus Peregrinus (and a sizeable supporting cast) of this 'sacred jazz' oratorio now remixed and completed with evocative narration from David Suchet.
The Sacconi Quartet has recorded the six Graham Fitkin String Quartets for Signum. Better known perhaps for his motoric percussion infusions, these six works span some fifteen years and share the same hypnotic rhythmic drive. A sixth volume in his Complete Bach Organ Works series once more finds David Goode at the Metzler console of Trinity College Chapel in Cambridge, this time revelling in a programme of chorale preludes and variations suitable for Christmas and Epiphany.
For the Signum Classics label Suzi Digby conducts her Voce Chamber Choir in 99 Words – Music by Sir John Tavener & Roxanna Panufnik in the company of cellist Matthew Barley, organist James Sherlock and narrator Simon Russell Beale.
In chains of gold – The Complete Consort Anthems of Orlando Gibbons hands wondrous performers Fretwork, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts and the Magdalena Consort some of the finest music of an English Golden Age. This new album from Signum Classics is teasingly subtitled 'The English Pre-Restoration Verse Anthem Vol. 1'. Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton renew their partnership in Voyages, an exposition of the poetry of Charles Baudelaire through songs by Fauré, Duparc, Debussy and others. Bohemia takes violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist Huw Watkins on a folk-inspired journey through all things Bohemian in the years leading up to the First World War. The programme is framed by the violin sonatas of Antonín Dvořák and Leoš Janáček.
2018 marks fifty years of The King's Singers—probably the most outrageously successful a cappella group ever. The King's Singers Gold is a celebratory triple album being released on Signum Classics: the six current members revel in perennial favourites newly recorded and show off some new additions to their repertoire. Also released this month is The King's Singers Christmas Presence, recorded live in the Chapel of King’s College Cambridge on 4 December 2015, and a perfectly judged programme to mark the season. In winter's arms is the title of an album of Christmas music by Bob Chilcott (himself a former King's Singer, of course). These performances by the massed forces of the American Choralis foundation under director Gretchen Kuhrmann were recorded at the end of Chilcott's period as their composer in residence.
New on the King's Cambridge label this month is an innovative coupling of Vaughan Williams's Dona nobis pacem and the Bernstein Chichester Psalms. A reduced orchestration for the former has been made by Jonathan Rathbone, the better to match with the size of choir and acoustic—it is here enthusiastically embraced by the Britten Sinfonia. Stephen Cleobury conducts The Choir of King's College Cambridge.
The prize-winning Sollazzo Ensemble makes its debut recording for Linn Records with Parle qui veut, a programme of 'Moralizing songs from the Middle Ages' in performances which shine bright new light on this fascinating repertoire. On territory rather better trodden, Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau present an accomplished programme of Lieder by Schumann & Mahler. A debut concerto recording from much-lauded cellist Corinne Morris is entitled Chrysalis – Cello works by Haydn, Couperin & Monn: a crisp Scottish Chamber Orchestra joins the journey.