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*New CD Information from The Wihan Quartet/Nimbus Alliance Records – Schubert Quartets D804 and D810

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Artist(s):        Wihan Quartet

Composer:    Franz Schubert

Repertoire:   String Quartets

No 13 in A minor “Rosamunde

No.14 in D minor “Death & the Maiden”

 

Catalogue No: NI6189 [0710357618925]

Discs:                    CD1 Standard Case

UK PPD (Trade Price): £8.70

UK Release Date: 7th May 2012

Both of these quartets (D804 and D810) were composed in 1824 and evidence shows that Schubert was very aware of his poor state of health – which eventually brought about his demise just four years later – and a sense of reflection is apparent in both pieces. These works are now considered to be cornerstones of the quartet repertoire, and add to the impressive body of recordings built up by the Wihan Quartet. Their discs of Beethoven and Dvorak have all been enthusiastically received by critics all over the world.

 

Artist Information

LEOŠ CEPICKÝ& JAN SCHULMEISTER – violins JIRÍ ŽIGMUND – viola • ALEŠ KASPRÍK – cello

The Wihan Quartet, formed in 1985, are heirs to the great Czech musical tradition. The Quartet’s outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire is widely acknowledged. They have developed an impressive international career, which includes visits to major festivals in Europe and the Far East. They visit the United States and Japan regularly and have had highly acclaimed tours of Australia and New Zealand. They are frequent visitors to the UK and can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 as well as in concert at many venues throughout the country.

The Wihan are Quartet in Residence at Trinity College of Music, London, and for several years have taught many of the UK’s gifted young Quartets at Pro Corda in Suffolk. The Quartet are great supporters of the work of the CAVATINA  Chamber Music Trust, giving inspirational concerts and master classes to young people in many parts of the country.

Further information can be found at www.wihanquartet.co.uk

For more details, and to request a review sample and/or an interview request, please contact John Cronin at Music & Media Consulting Limited.

NI6189 Wihan Quartet - Schubert Quartets - Press Release (66.4 KiB)

News from Jazz Pianist/Composer GEOFF EALES

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GEOFF EALES

“as original as they come, listening to everyone but beholden to no single influence; Eales demands your attention with the force of his musical personality and keeps it with his musicianship” – Budd Kopman (Cadence)

 

GEOFF EALES is regarded as one of Europe’s most inspirational pianists and composers. Though he has been pro-active in a vast variety of musical situations throughout his long and distinguished career, it is within the realm of jazz and improvised music that the full extent of Geoff’s personality is revealed.

Geoff is that rare breed of artist – the multiple specialist. He is fluent in many musical languages: blues, bebop, swing, ragtime, gospel, latin, fusion, classical, the avant-garde and more. As Jack Kenny puts it in Jazz Views, “Geoff Eales is unique. When you talk to him one word comes up over and over, eclectic… any performance by Geoff will refer to the varied influences of his life so far: a splendid synthesis from Messiaen through Henry Mancini to Bill Evans.
Geoff’s incredible musical journey began in the late 1950’s in the South Wales Valleys, his jazz-loving father sowing the seeds for a life in music when he taught him the 12-bar blues when he was only eight years old. From that moment on Geoff has never looked back.
Having graduated from Cardiff University with a Masters in Music in 1973, Geoff enrolled on a Ph. D course where he specialized in Composition and the music of American composer Aaron Copland. As a career in academia beckoned Geoff decided to broaden his horizons instead. Cruising the world as a ship’s musician for a couple of years, Geoff absorbed the music of many different cultures – Greek, Turkish, North African, Spanish, Japanese, Balinese and North and South American. These early musical experiences would have a tremendous impact on his later work.
Geoff moved to London in 1977, joining the BBC Big Band a year later. Here he worked with some of the best arrangers in the business including Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Bob Farnon and many fine jazz vocalists such as Norma Winstone, Rosemary Clooney and Marian Montgomery. By the time he had left the organisation in 1983 he had been featured in well over a thousand broadcasts.
After the BBC years Geoff quickly became one of the most sought-after pianists on the London session scene. He remained a top studio musician for over 15 years working alongside a host of musical luminaries, Leonard and Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and Lalo Schifrin included. However as the new millennium approached Geoff felt an inner need to return to the music that had inspired him in his youth – jazz.
In 1999 Geoff released his first jazz album as a leader, Mountains of Fire, to rave reviews. Since then a steady stream of highly acclaimed albums has flowed: Red Letter Days (2001), Facing the Muse (2002), Synergy (2004), The Homecoming (2006), Jazz Piano Legends (2007), Epicentre (2007) and Master of the Game (2009).
Throughout his career Geoff has performed at many of the world’s leading jazz clubs including the Blue Note Clubs of Japan, New York’s Birdland, the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, Louisville’s Jazz Factory and London’s Ronnie Scott’s. He has also graced the main stages of many of the major jazz festivals such as Belgrade, Zagreb, Cork and Brecon.

 

Geoff is very pleased to announce the release of two CD projects that illustrate his diversity and musicianship – both as performer and composer. Both discs will be fully serviced to all UK classical & jazz music press and radio. Advertising will include major appropriate music magazines and publications. For more details, and to request a review sample and/or an interview request, please contact John Cronin at Music & Media Consulting Limited.

 

Artist:                  Geoff Eales & Isorhythm

Title:                    Shifting Sands

Cat. No:               33Jazz226

Discs:                   Single CD/Standard Case

UK Release:      Available Now

Distribution:  Proper Note (UK)

 

Towards the end of 2010 Geoff Eales formed the exciting genre-busting band Isorhythm featuring Ben Waghorn (saxes/bass clarinet), Carl Orr (guitar), Fred T Baker (bass guitar) and Asaf Sirkis (drums). “Shifting Sands” is Isorhythm’s debut album (which includes a guest appearance by the brilliant violinist Chris Garrick).

Featuring eight new compositions by Eales, this is the pianist’s ninth album as leader and is his most daring and innovative to date. The vibrantly colourful music is firmly rooted in the jazz-fusion genre and is replete with propulsive rhythms, sudden metrical shifts, post-Hendrix guitar wailings, edgy sax lines, infectious bass riffs and take-no-prisoners power house drumming.

The sources of Eales’ inspirations are many and varied: Mahavishnu, Bitches Brew, Soft Machine, Zappa, Messiaen and Stravinsky to name but a few. However, he never imitates. Instead he listens, absorbs, and then transcends his influences.

“Shifting Sands” reveals Eales to be a master story-teller. Some of the tales are dark and menacing – angry even. Others speak of unbridled joy and ecstasy. There are songs of sadness and regret. At times the music floats ethereally. Elsewhere it throbs and grinds with primeval energy.

Isorhythm tour the UK in late spring 2012. Confirmed dates so far include 606 Club Chelsea (18/4); The Castle Wellingborough (19/4); Wakefield Jazz (20/4); The Woodman Sevenoaks (23/5); Symphony Hall Birmingham (25/5); Jagz Ascot (27/5); Dempseys Cardiff (29/5); Swansea Jazzland (30/5); Stratford Jazz (3/6).

 

Further information can be found at www.geoffeales.com

Artist:                    Geoff Eales

Title:                       Mountains of Fire

Cat. No:                  NI6158

Discs:                      Single CD/Standard Case

UK Release:         Available Now

Distribution:     Wyastone Estate/Discovery UK


Personnel

GEOFF EALES, piano: NIGEL HITCHCOCK, alto saxophone: ROY BABBINGTON, bass; LAURENCE COTTLE, bass guitar: MIKE SMITH, drums: IAN THOMAS, drums

 

Geoff Eales writes:

Since the original notes to ‘Mountains of Fire’ were written thirteen years ago, a great sea-change has taken place in my musical life. From the time I left my native South Wales in 1977 for the buzz and excitement of London until I recorded ‘Mountains’ in 1998, my work could be best described as follows: studio musician, accompanist to the ‘stars’ and part-time jazz musician.

The whole dynamic changed post-1998. I became less and less interested in playing second fiddle to others and more and more concerned with carving a career for myself as an artist in my own right. Also, jazz had been on the back-burner for a very long time and I felt that it was high time that it occupied centre-stage. After all, it was the music that meant so much to me in my youth. ‘Mountains’ was warmly received by both public and jazz press alike and this further inspired me to dig deeper into my jazz soul.

The last thirteen years of intensive touring and recording have been hugely rewarding. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with many wonderful people throughout America, Europe and Asia, and it is always a thrill to go into the studio with a brand new project. I feel that I am on an incredible journey, one that would never have begun if it wasn’t for my decision to record ‘Mountains of Fire’.

Finally, I would like to say how delighted I am that Nimbus Alliance has re-issued my debut CD – it’s the album that changed my life.

Geoff Eales has an active tour schedule (in addition to the Isorhythm dates listed above) and confirmed highlights in 2012 include Kings Head Bexley (9/1); Bulls Head Barnes (20/1); Hawth Theatre Crawley (22/2); The Pheasantry Chelsea (13/4 & 14/4); Wales Millennium Centre (6/5); Portsmouth Jazz Society (14/5); Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club (7/6); Village Institute, Hornby, Lancaster (8/6); Zeffirellis Ambleside (9/6); Savile Club Mayfair (15/6); St Mary’s Church Hall (27/6), Sandbach: Berkhamsted Civic Centre  (30/6). These dates are followed by a nine day Russian Tour with vocalist Salena Jones. Further information can be found at www.geoffeales.com

Geoff Eales Press Release Dec 2011 (91.5 KiB)

New CD Release information from Nick van Bloss/Nimbus Alliance Records

Artist(s): Nick van Bloss/English Chamber Orchestra/David Parry

Composer: J. S. Bach

Repertoire: Keyboard Concertos

Catalogue No: NI6141 [0710357614125]

Discs: CD1 Standard Jewel Case

UK PPD: £8.70

UK Release: 28th November 2011

 

Tracklisting

Concerto in A major BWV 1055; Concerto in G minor BWV 1058; Concerto in D major BWV 1054; Concerto in E major BWV1053; Concerto in F minor BWV1056

 

Repertoire Information

The keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach are possibly the most important of any of Bach’s compositions; they led the way in expanding the keyboard repertoire and his composition of these works spanned his entire lifetime. Although Bach would most likely have composed many of these works for his students and peers, they have now become a central part of the modern repertoire for keyboard, indeed for the piano. Bach, himself, was a great keyboard player, a player of the organ, clavier and harpsichord, and he revelled in creating models and techniques that would fulfil these instruments’ greatest capabilities. Bach was well known for his technical abilities and improvisational skills, and many of his keyboard works started out as mere improvisations. His keyboard concertos are no exception to the brilliance of Bach’s compositional talent. Often referred to as the ‘harpsichord concertos’, these concertos are scored for keyboard, strings and continuo. There are six completed keyboard concertos and several abandoned attempts. Many of these concertos rose to popularity in the 19th century, during which they were performed by such figures as Felix Mendelssohn. The development of the piano has led to these concertos having many airings on the instrument, although the trend edging towards historically informed performance, has seen a rise in performances on the harpsichord. The truth of the matter is that one will never know the exact historic sentiments of the original performance of any of Bach’s keyboard concertos, as many of his works did not reach publication until much later after his death. These concertos were the foundations on which future composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and even Brahms would later build upon. Bach’s concertos still remain supreme and original examples of the solo concerto in its entirety.

 

Artist Information

Nick van Bloss was born in London and began piano lessons at the age of 11. His musical training began as a chorister at Westminster Abbey and he entered the Royal College of Music at the age of 15 as a Junior, attending full time from the age of 17, studying with Yonty Solomon and winning prizes for his playing. Further studies were with Benjamin Kaplan. In 1987, on hearing him play, the great Russian virtuoso, Tatiana Nikoleyeva, described van Bloss as the ‘finished article of a pianist’.

In 1994, aged 26, Nick van Bloss played a televised recital in Poland at the Chopin Festival. This proved to be his last public appearance before he retired from playing completely for 15 years. During these years van Bloss rarely touched a piano, but he did write his autobiographical memoir ‘Busy Body’, which was published, to much acclaim, in 2006. The following year he was the subject of a BBC ‘Horizon’ documentary, inspired by his book, exploring his creativity. This documentary led to interest in his piano playing and, in 2008, he began a series of recordings with award-winning producer Michael Haas, beginning with Bach’s monumental ‘Goldberg’ Variations, and including this recording of Bach’s Keyboard Concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra.

In April 2009, van Bloss made a ‘comeback’ concert at London’s Cadogan Hall, playing a concerto by Bach and Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra. The concert, uniformly reviewed as a ‘Triumph’ by London’s critics, attracted massive media interest from all over the world.

Writing for ‘The Times’, critic, Hilary Finch said:

“What we heard in the (Bach) Concerto in G minor was playing with the clear articulation of a harpsichord and the full resonance of a Steinway grand. And throughout, the strongly structured playing was dappled with dynamic nuance. And, in his Beethoven Emperor Concerto…Van Bloss’s concentration was total, as if great reserves of inner strength were being loaded, only to be released, first in a long, crystalline trill, and then in the striding rhythms which it charged. Each note had ringing resonance; each phrase an instinctive flexibility – and this made heart-felt song of the wonderfully exploratory slow movement. The exuberance of the hard-won finale was palpable – and the hall rose to its feet. And now van Bloss must be invited by a major orchestra.”

Recent performances have been in the United States and the UK with the English Chamber Orchestra, and recitals and concertos, with van Bloss directing from the keyboard. Further details are at www.nickvanbloss.com

David Parry is acknowledged as an inspirational champion of operatic, concert and symphonic repertoire across a vast range. He has been responsible for the re-appraisal of countless lesser-known compositions in a series of multi-award-winning productions and recordings, featuring some of the world’s finest singers and soloists.

For more information visit http://www.rayfieldallied.com/artists/david-parry

The English Chamber Orchestra is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 858 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers. The ECO has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians. The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures including Benjamin Britten and Daniel Barenboim. Paul Watkins has been the ECO’s Principal Conductor since 2009, and Sir Colin Davis was appointed Conductor Emeritus in 2010. The Orchestra continues to attract a host of eminent guest soloists and conductors. The ECO has been chosen to record many successful film soundtracks and has taken part in a variety of film and television projects. The ECO is proud of its outreach programme, Close Encounters, which takes music into communities and schools around the UK and overseas. Further details of this and all ECO activities can be found at www.englishchamberorchestra.co.uk

 

Nick’s recording of Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ (NI6136), released in January 2011 by Nimbus Records, was met with universal acclaim.

“Blissful freshness of approach…delicious…fascinating” International Piano Magazine

“…sublime poetry, playfulness and, above all, a relish of what the modern piano can bring to this music in terms of dynamics, colour and articulation.” The Sunday Times

“…precision is paramount, and van Bloss employs it here to mesmerizing effect…” The Independent

“The fluidity of line, the unforced lyricism – not always thought an allowable word with Bach, but just listen to this – and the clarity of structure and counterpoint make you sit up.” The Observer

“…sophisticated, imaginative voice-leadings that yield no quarter to Perahia, Schiff…” Gramophone

“This CD will dispel any doubts about the level of his artistry…I found its joie de vivre irresistible” The Telegraph

 

Additional Details & Marketing

The CD will be fully serviced to all UK classical music press and radio and key media overseas. Advertising will include major classical music magazines and publications.

Interviews with Nick van Bloss can be quickly arranged.

Please address requests for review copies and/or interview to john@musicandmediaconsulting.com

Nick van Bloss Bach Concertos Press Release (99.0 KiB)

News from flautist WISSAM BOUTANY/Nimbus Alliance Records

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Artist(s): Wissam Boustany & Aleksander Szram

Composer: Various

Title: This Invisible World

Repertoire: Works for Flute & Piano

Catalogue No: NI6170/1 [0710357617027]

Discs: 2CD Slimline Box

UK PPD: £12.15

 

Tracklisting

CD1: Mel Bonis: Sonata; Paul Hindemith: Sonata; Joseph Jongen: Sonata Op. 77 CD2: Carl Witt: This Invisible World; Yevhen Stankovych: Sonata of the Serenades; Wissam Boustany: “And The Wind Whispered”; Houtaf Khoury: Apres Un Rêve; Jean Sibelius: Scaramouche Op. 71

 

CD Repertoire Information

Wissam Boustany writes:

“As a musician, I have always deeply admired visually impaired people. My initial fascination centered on their highly sensitized and refined sense of hearing, which is so crucial to their day-to-day survival and should be a total revelation to any serious musician. But my respect goes far beyond their hearing skills…into their inner world – a world of determination, resilience, courage and deep sensitivity.

This Invisible World is inspired by the blind…but dedicated to the world within us all…the world that defines our deeper reality, which remains elusively invisible to the eye. I plan to use this recording as a catalyst for a Towards Humanity initiative supporting the blind and raising awareness about their challenges and achievements.

I hope you enjoy this double-cd release. The first CD features romantic and impressionistic music, while the second cd consists of works that have been written for me over the last years, including a work of my own, and finishes with Scaramouche Op. 71 by Sibelius – one of the most poignant melodies I have ever heard.”

 

Additional Details & Marketing

Two vibrant musicians performing together on stage…nothing unusual about that…but witnessing Wissam and Aleksander in recital is a different experience. Why? Because they both perform and record from memory, creating an umbilical cord between themselves, the music and their audience; a truly rare phenomenon on the music scene today.

The CD will be fully serviced to all UK classical music press and radio and key media overseas. Advertising will include major classical music magazines and publications. Interviews with both Wissam and Aleksander can be quickly arranged. Four further CD titles featuring Wissam Boustany will be re-released by Nimbus Alliance early in 2012.

Artist Information

Wissam Boustany’s international career as a concert artist and teacher has taken him to South and North America, Europe and the Middle and Far East. In 1995 Boustany founded Towards Humanity, an international initiative which uses music as a catalyst to support humanitarian projects on an international scale. Born in Lebanon, Boustany began his musical studies with his stepfather. He moved to Britain in 1977 where he studied at Chetham’s School of Music & the Royal Northern College of Music, with Trevor Wye. He has received many awards, notably the Silver Medal in the 1982 Madeira International Flute Competition and (in the same year) the woodwind prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition. He received the silver medal in the Shell/LSO competition and won the 2nd prize in the woodwind section of the first BBC Young Musician of the Year. In 1997 he was awarded a knighthood by the Lebanese government (Chevalier de l’Ordre du Cedre) in recognition of his music and peace work. On 3rd February 1998 he was presented with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Wissam continues to use his music as a powerful healing force to ‘open the doors of inspiration between people and nations, and help us reflect on our common humanity’. He is Professor of Flute at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. For more information: www.wissamboustany.com

Aleksander Szram enjoys a varied schedule of solo piano, concerto and chamber music performances across the world, having played in more than thirty countries over four continents. He was awarded the Wilner Scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music under Anthony Green and Douglas Finch, where he won prizes for piano, chamber music, vocal accompaniment and composition. Upon graduation, Aleksander was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal, as well as the Haynes Scholarship, the Stopford Scholarship and the Joan Greenfield Fellowship to fund his study for a MMus Degree, which he passed with Distinction. He was subsequently awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal for Excellence in Performance, and the Wilfred Stiff Prize. Aleksander has also studied with Martino Tirimo, Mikhail Kazakevich and Yonty Solomon. Aleksander completed his DMA on a full scholarship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he studied piano with Jane Coop, and harpsichord and organ with Doreen Oke.

Aleksander is particularly interested in contemporary repertoire and has given first performances of works by Frederic Rzewski, Daryl Runswick, Dai Fujikura, Harris Kittos, Anthony Green and Danny Ledesma among others, leading to several releases with the German label Fonorum. He has performed at the major UK venues and many concert societies, including collaborations with Wissam Boustany, Nora Cismondi, Ian Clarke, Paul Edmund-Davies, Philip Fowke, Leonid Gorokhov, Alexander Ivashkin, Jill Kemp, Lorna McGhee, Ian Pace and Andras Adorjan, as well as concertos with Jan Latham-Koenig, Peter Stark and Andrew Morley. Aleksander is an enthusiastic composer, having studied with John Ashton Thomas, Francis Pott and William Benjamin, and also electronic composition with Keith Hamel. He now teaches piano and lectures in performance practice at Trinity College of Music, London. For more information: www.aleksanderszram.com

 

Concert Information

Wissam and Aleksander are appearing at the Wimbledon Festival in London on 15th November. For full details please visit: http://www.wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk/15nov_doulberecital.htm

Also on the 15th, Wissam will be teaming up with the soprano Nancy Argenta, in her recital. On 14th November, Wissam performs with the Claude Bolling Trio – also at the Wimbledon Music Festival – performing Bolling’s famous “Suite for Flute & Jazz Trio”.

In advance of these events Wissam and Aleksander are appearing on BBC R3 “In Tune” on Thursday 10th November.

 

Towards Humanity

Towards Humanity is an enduring, non-political initiative, taking the form of high-profile concerts, which support a peaceful resolution to conflict, as well as providing a focus for peace organizations and humanitarian work. The founder is international flautist, Wissam Boustany, who grew up in war-torn Beirut. In his own words: “Music opens the doors of inspiration between people and nations, and helps us reflect on our common humanity…”

This multi-decade, multi-media initiative combines the energies of musicians, humanitarian organizations, international media networks and influential companies, inspiring a global co-operation for peace outside of the political arena. The inaugural event took place at the Royal Albert Hall, London on February 2nd 1995; its purpose was to provide a platform for peace in the Middle-East and – on a practical level – aimed to raise £20,000 for each of five charities in Beirut, Amman, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Cairo. Since then, numerous concerts, master classes and musical initiatives have successfully raised funds for many countries.

In 1997 Wissam was awarded a knighthood by the Lebanese government (Chevalier de l’Ordre du Cedre) in recognition of his music and peace work. On 3rd February 1998 he was presented with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. During this period Towards Humanity also released two CD recordings, “Wandering Winds” and “Vivaldi’s Children” incorporating the Towards Humanity concept and principles. This current recording will eventually be used as a catalyst for projects relating to visually impaired people around the world.

For more information please visit www.towardshumanity.org

List of beneficiaries of aid from Towards Humanity

Egypt – Right to Live Association

Jordan – Al Hussein Society

Lebanon – National School for the Blind & Deaf

West Bank – Library on Wheels

Israel – Peace Child

Kazakhstan – Almaty School for the Blind

Kosovo – Refugees

Worldwide – SOS International Children’s Villages

Invisible World Press Release (81.3 KiB)

News from Nimbus Alliance Records/Horn Player DAVE LEE (Revised – new visual)

Dave Lee’s first orchestral experience came playing for Sir John Barbirolli and the Halle Orchestra whilst still at school in the late sixties. He then went on to perform as principal horn for some of  the world’s pre-eminent conductors, including Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Adrian Boult, Rudolf Kempe, Sir Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink and Giulini.

Chamber music is also important to Dave and he has performed to critical acclaim at the Wigmore Hall (Brahms Horn Trio) and the Purcell Room (Mozart Horn Quintet) with the Soloists of The Royal Opera House Orchestra. He is currently rehearsing repertoire for the formation of his Horn Trio. He is the horn soloist with the Michael Nyman Band, touring the world and giving concerts with this exciting British composer. This year still holds visits to Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia and Portugal, and recordings of his latest opera and film scores.

He has extensive experience in the commercial world of films and television, working with leading composers and performers in their field including Henry Mancini, John Williams, Shirley Bassey and Robbie Williams to the film work of Michael Nyman, Michael Kamen and Ed Shearmur. His latest credits include solo horn for Michael Kamen on the Band of Brothers series for television, and solo horn on the recently released film of Phantom of the Opera. His close association over the last 20 years with Andrew Lloyd Webber has involved his participation on all his recorded works on film, CD and television, including his 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall.

For more information visit www.daveleehorn.com

Title:                       Under the Influence

Cat. No:                  NI6151

Bar Code:               0710357615122

Format:                  Single CD/Standard Case

Price Point:            Full (UK Dealer £8.70)

Release Date:        29th August 2011

UK Distributor:      Discovery

 

Tracklisting

Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd); Birdland (Weather Report); The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Ewan McColl); Suite from the film “The Ogre” (Michael Nyman); Tabla e Trompe (Jaco Pastorius); Mack the Knife (Kurt Weill); Blood Count (Billy Strayhorn); Sea Eagle (Peter Maxwell-Davies); Psalm “Celan Songs” (Michael Nyman); Gymnopedie No. 1 (Satie); Col (Morcheeba); Spiegel im Spiegel (Arvo Pärt); Life on Mars (David Bowie)

Product Information

The featured pieces on this CD are a small selection of those that have influenced Dave Lee over the years, from his formative years growing up in South Yorkshire to his present day involvement in the Michael Nyman Band. Many of the arrangements are by Dave himself – of particular note is “Spiegel im Spiegel” a perennial favourite on Classic fM and this version presents the piece in a new light. Featured musicians include Andy Findon (saxes/flutes), Skype Edwards – of Morcheeba (vocals) and many more.

 

ELF TRIO

Geoff Eales (piano); Dave Lee (horn); Andy Findon (flute)

ELF is truly a meeting of like musical minds. Nothing is out of bounds. Everything goes into the mix – classical, folk, jazz, rock, latin, musicals and more. Dave and Andy are indispensable members of the world renowned Michael Nyman Band whilst Geoff is one of Europe’s most inspirational jazz pianists. Aside from being 3 of London’s most in-demand studio musicians they are also international solo artists in their own right, all three having recorded their own critically acclaimed albums. Apart from original compositions and arrangements from within the group, ELF are fortunate in being able to call upon writers from across the spectrum, from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Michael Nyman. Anyone who knows Geoff, Dave and Andy will tell you that they are larger than life characters and their intense love of music and indeed life in general all help to create the unique sound that is ELF.

Title:                       Reflections

Cat. No:                  NI6150

Bar Code:               0710357615023

Format:                  Single CD/Standard Case

Price Point:            Full (UK Dealer £8.70)

Release Date:        29th August 2011

UK Distributor:      Discovery

Tracklisting

 

When The Boat Comes In (trad); Brigg fair/Scarborough Fair/Greensleeves (trad); Molly on the Shore (trad); Reflections (Ian Hughes); Phantasia (Andrew Lloyd Webber); If (Michael Nyman); Elf Dance (Geoff Eales); Song For My Mother (Geoff Eales); Farewell Patagonia (Geoff Eales): Spain (Chic Corea after Rodrigo); Birdland (Joe Zawinul); Lullaby of Birdland (George Shearing); Ornithology (Charlie Parker)

ELF Project

Phantasia, recorded here, provided the catalyst for the formation of ELF. The idea crystallized during a touring period with the Michael Nyman Band, of which Andy and I are both members. From our experiences in the Band we knew that horn and flute worked well together. We hoped the combination would help broaden both our repertoire and our musical challenges. There was no other choice for pianist other than Geoff. We had all known one another for a long time, shared mutual respect and good humour. Together we agreed on a repertoire that encompassed our joint experiences, the reflections on which have given us a new way forward. We hope you enjoy the journey.” Dave Lee

 

For more information about ELF

www.elftrio.org

www.geoffeales.com

www.daveleehorn.com

www.andyfindon.com

 

Live Date

The ELF Trio will be performing at the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields on Tuesday 30th August at 1.00pm and we would like to take this as an opportunity to invite press and media to join us to mark the release of these two albums.

If you would like to attend please contact John Cronin (john@musicandmediaconsulting.com) or Rita Grudzien (ritalgrudzien@gmail.com).

 

Further information

The CDs will be fully serviced to all UK relevant music press and radio. Dave Lee (and the other members of the ELF Trio) is available for interview if required.

For more details, and to request a review sample, please contact John Cronin at Music & Media Consulting Limited.

The full Nimbus/Nimbus Alliance catalogue can be viewed at www.wyastone.co.uk

New Release Information from Theresa Caudle/Nimbus Alliance Records

Artist(s):           Theresa Caudle & Canzona

Composer:       Various

Repertoire:       17th Century Italian solo sonatas

Catalogue No:  NI6134 [Bar Code 0710357613425]

Discs:              1CD/Standard Jewel Case

UK PPD:          £8.70

UK Release:     11th October 2010

Tracklisting

Cima: Sonata per violino o cornetto e basso; Cima: Sonata per violino e basso; Frescobaldi: Canzona terza detta La Lucchesina; Frescobaldi: Canzona seconda detta la Bernadina; Fontana: Sonata Prima; Castello: Sonata seconda a soprano solo; Marini: Sonata per sonar con due corde; Marini: Sonata a basso e violino o cornetto; Uccellini: Sonata Quinta; Cazzati: Sonata Prima “La Pellicana”;  Stradella: Sinfonia in F; Stradella: Sinfonia in D Minor; Corelli: Sonata V in G minor

Total Playing Time 73:34

 

CD Information

This recording takes the listener on a voyage of discovery into under-recorded areas of the repertoire and at the same time highlights the dexterity and skill demonstrated by Theresa Caudle in performing these works on two instruments of completely different disciplines.

This musical journey takes us through the 17th century, exploring the rise and the development of the solo sonata in Italy. In the early part of this period, composers considered the violin and the cornett as instruments equally interchangeable – both are treble instruments, highly prized for their flexibility, expressiveness and virtuoso capabilities in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. In those times it was commonplace for musicians to have mastered several instruments. All researches thus far, indicate that Theresa Caudle is the first violinist ever to have achieved this accolade with these two particular instruments – usually it was trumpet or recorder players who took up the cornett.

The booklet contains very informative notes by esteemed musicologist Peter Leech, as well as those from Theresa herself.

 

Artist Information

Having started her musical career with the violin, Theresa Caudle took up playing the cornett at the age of thirteen when there were only a handful of professional players of this instrument in the world – the cornett having been considered ‘defunct’ for at least a hundred and fifty years. She soon became known as a cornettist who also played the violin and as musical tastes and fashions changed, the violin took up more of her performance time. This recording attempts to join together both strands of Theresa’s career by exploring the different challenges of playing solo repertoire on both instruments.

Theresa spends a good deal of her time playing eighteenth century music, but she feels most at home in the period covered by this recording.

Her extensive career includes positions as director of the London Sackbutt and Cornett Ensemble. As a string player she has been a member of The English Consort, The English Baroque Soloists, The London Handel Orchestra and the Parley of Instruments amongst others. Her love of opera has seen her involvement in the Drottingholm Court Theatre Orchestra and English Touring Opera Orchestra.

 

Other Performers

Joining Theresa on this CD is Canzona – whom she also directs. Formed in 1992, the ensemble comprises some of England’s leading players of period instruments. They also have a particular passion for 17th century music. Canzona is the Resident Ensemble at Magdalen College in Oxford and give regular concerts and workshops throughout the UK.

In addition the recording features Mark Caudle (bass violin and violincello); Alastair Ross (organ and harpsichord) and David Miller (chitarrone).

 

Press/Media and Marketing

The CD will be fully serviced to all UK classical music press and radio. Advertising will include major classical music magazines and publications. For more details, and to request a review sample and/or an interview request, please contact John Cronin at Music & Media Consulting Limited.

Theresa Caudle NI6134 Press Release (66.4 KiB)

New CD information from Nimbus Alliance/Melinda Hughes

Artist(s):           Melinda Hughes/Kiss & Tell

Composer:       Mischa Spoliansky et al

Title:                Smoke and Noise

Catalogue No:  NI6139 [0710357613920]

Discs:              1CD/Standard Jewel Case

UK PPD:          £8.70

UK Release:     18th April 2011

 

This recording is a collection of songs by Mischa Spoliansky and Kiss & Tell. ‘Smoke and Noise’ (Schall und Rauch) is named after the Berlin cabaret club that Spoliansky wrote for over eighty years ago. Additional songs by Kiss & Tell, inspired by the music of Spoliansky, bring an up to the minute commentary on society today.

Tracklisting

 

Life’s a swindle; CRUNCH; l’heure bleue; The Smart set; Carbon Footprints in my Jimmy Choos; Das Lila Lied; Where flamingos fly; I am a vamp; Toy Boy; Auf der Mundharmonica; Close your eyes and wish for happiness; leben ohne liebe kanst du nicht; Kleptonmania; Smokers Lament; Don’t be afraid*; Auf Wiedersehen                                                                                                            (*première recording)

 

CD & Composer Information

 

This recording is a collection of songs by Mischa Spoliansky and Kiss & Tell. ‘Smoke and Noise’ (Schall und Rauch) is named after the Berlin cabaret club that Spoliansky wrote for over eighty years ago. Additional songs by Kiss & Tell, inspired by the music of Spoliansky, bring an up to the minute commentary on society today.

 

Mischa Spoliansky was born in Bialystock, Russia on 28th December 1898. His father, Pavlov, a contract baritone with the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, had been persuaded to join the opera in Bialystock and moved there with his wife Barbara and children. The family moved to Warsaw and then to Kalisz where the young Mischa was taught to read music. He was six when his mother died aged 44. His older brother and sister then moved to Berlin to continue their music careers. Mischa went with his father who had been invited to join the State Opera in Vienna. They moved again to Dresden, Mischa met Professor Mark Guensburg and his wife, both concert pianists. They were so impressed by Mischa’s ability that they took him as a pupil.

By age eleven Mischa was orphaned and went to Koenisberg to live with friends of his father. However, when war broke out in 1914, he was sent to Berlin to join his older sister Lisa who was living with a family of musicians. After finishing his schooling, Mischa then got a job in a department store in order to pay for his musical studies at the Sternsche Conservatorium then joined his brother Alexander in his trio, as a pianist at the Café Schoen, Unter den Linden.

Mischa joined the Chamber Orchestra of the Ufa Theatre in Freidrich Strasse, and later the Mozart Saal at the Nollendorf Platz, under its Conductor – Composer Giuseppe Becce. Giuseppe introduced many of Spoliansky’s compositions into the repertoire. Victor Hollander, the father of Friedrich, was also impressed by Spoliansky’s music and piano playing. Werner Richard Heymann asked Spoliansky to join them at the literary cabaret “Schall and Rauch” which was in the cellar of the Grosses Schauspielhaus.

It was here he met Max Reinhardt who asked him to writer the music for “Victoria “, based on Somerset Maugham’s “Home and Beauty”. This was a great success not only in Berlin but also in Vienna and Salzburg. In the following year he wrote “Es Liegt in der Luft” again for Reinhardt, book and lyrics by Marcellus Schiffer, this achieved equally great success. It was in this show that Spoliansky’s friend Marlene Dietrich made her stage debut.

In 1933 Spoliansky and his family were forced to leave Germany as a result of the anti-Semitic activities of the regime. They arrived in London and after some time they were able to become British citizens. Mischa worked a great deal with Alexander Korda and settled into his new life in England with his young family.

He wrote many other musical works, as well as over 50 film scores – amongst them “Sanders of The River” and “King Solomon’s Mines” with Paul Robeson, “The Ghost goes West”, a wonderful score for “Idol of Paris” “North West Frontier”, “Trouble In Store” with Norman Wisdom, “Wanted for Murder” with Eric Portman, “The Happiest Days of Your Life” with Alastair Simms and Margaret Rutherford, and Otto Preminger’s “Saint Joan”.

In 1978, then nearly 80, Spoliansky performed a concert of many works with his dear friend Margo Lion, the widow of Marcellus Schiffer, at the invitation of the Berlin Arts Festival. Mischa died peacefully, in his own home in London, in 1985. He had completed a lifetime of endearing and unforgettable music.

 

Kiss & Tell describe themselves as a “sophisticated salacious satirical cabaret” – drawing on the 1930’s Berlin cabaret scene – their live shows feature the songs of Spoliansky, Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender – as well as their own highly entertaining material – some of which are included on this CD.

 

There is currently a great deal of interest in the 1930’s – clubs such as Volupte and Proud are considered the places to be seen at, Burlesque shows are all the rage up and down the country, television series such as Upstairs Downstairs are ever popular, and the success of the movie “The Kings Speech” can only heighten this awareness of the period.

 

Song Credits

Life’s a swindle” # –  from the 1931 show “Alles Schwindel” Lyrics by Marcellus Schiffer.  .

CRUNCH – Kiss & Tell (written by Jeremy Limb, Lloyd Evans & Melinda Hughes)

“l’heure bleue” – From the 1928 show “Es Leigt in der Luft”

“The Smart set”  # – from the 1931 show “Alles Schwindel This number is  otherwise known as ” Das Lied der Gesellschaft” lyrics by Marcellus Schiffer

Carbon Footprints in my Jimmy Choos – Kiss & Tell (written by Jeremy Limb, Lloyd Evans & Melinda Hughes)

“Das Lila Lied” 1920 – Also known as the “Lavender Song” written by Spoliansky under his pseudonym Arno Billing, lyrics by Kurt Schwabach.

“Where flamingos fly” – A stand alone number 1947, lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy,  sung by many well known artists of the day, among them Mario Lanza, Georges Guetary, Ann Shelton and many others.

I am a vamp # – 1933 (from the film 100 Meter Gluck) Lyrics by Marcellus Schiffer.

Toy Boy – Kiss & Tell (written by Jeremy Limb & Melinda Hughes)

“Auf der Mundharmonica” – from the 1956 show “Katharina Knie” taken from the book by Carl Zuckmayer about a circus, Lyrics by Robert Gilbert

“Close your eyes and wish for happiness” – from the 1932 film “The Lucky Number”

“leben ohne liebe kanst du nicht” – from the 1931 film “Nie Wieder Liebe” sung by Margo Lion.

Kleptonmania – (1928 taken from the show “Es leigt in Der Luft”) (English Lyrics by Steve Edis)

Smokers Lament – Kiss & Tell (written by Jeremy Limb)

Don’t be afraid (1935) – This is the first recording of this song

“Auf Wiedersehen” – from the 1930 show “Wie Werde ich Reich und Gluchlich” “How to be rich and Happy” Lyrics by Felix Joachimson

(#English Lyrics by Jeremy Lawrence)


Artist Information

Melinda Hughes graduated with Honours from The Maastricht Conservatory in the Netherlands then as a postgraduate from the Royal College of Music, London. She spent a year at The Brussels Opera studio and for two years Melinda then toured Europe with The André Rieu Strauss Orchestra as a soloist often appearing on radio and television. She has sung over fifteen of the major Lyric operatic soprano roles in over forty countries including the title role of Madame Butterfly with Colombia Artists touring America in 2003.

In 2007 she formed Kiss & Tell Cabaret with co-writers Jeremy Limb and Lloyd Evans. Their debut album “Kiss & Tell” was released in December 2009 and they have performed at festivals and events in the UK and abroad.  They have been commissioned to write songs for The Royal Institute of British Architects, The London Fine Art and Antiques Fair as well as for private individuals. She is the face of Opera for Sky Arts in the recent Rankin Street Galleries campaign launched in August 2010.

Melinda’s interest in Spolianksy began a few years ago whilst searching for light songs to end a classical recital, and she comments:

I had always been drawn to the glamour, intrigue and wit of 1930’s cabaret and I feel the music is a natural bridge between classical and modern in its composition and intellect. I feel we’ve caught the spirit of the day in this CD catching the zeitgeist of a 1930’s revival.

Melinda Hughes is the daughter of the late film director Ken Hughes.

For more information please visit www.melindahughes.com and www.kissandtellcabaret.com

 

Other Performers

Jeremy Limb (piano); Andy Tolman (double bass); Jamie Fisher  (drums); Andy Smith (trumpet);  Philip Achille (harmonica); Martin White (accordion)

 

Press/Media and Marketing

The CD will be fully serviced to all UK classical and other appropriate music press and radio. Advertising will include major classical music magazines and other appropriate publications.

For more details, and to request a review sample and/or an interview request, please contact John Cronin at Music & Media Consulting Limited.

Smoke and Noise NI6139 Press Release (74.0 KiB)

New Release information from Nimbus Records/John & Fiona York

Artist(s):           John & Fiona York

Composer:       Gustav Holst/York Bowen

Repertoire:       The Planets; Suite in Three Movements; Suite No. 2 Four hands, One Piano

Catalogue No:  NI5871 [0710357587122]

Discs:              1CD (Standard Case)

UK Dealer:       £8.70

UK Release:     28th February 2011

 

Tracklisting

Holst: The Planets, Suite for Large Orchestra Op. 32 (1913) Version for four hands at one piano by the composer with Nora Day and Vally Lasker, edited by John York and Fiona York; York Bowen: Suite in Three Movements Op. 52 (1919); York Bowen: Suite No. 2 Op. 71 (1923)

Total Playing Time 70.28

 

Product and Repertoire Information

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

The generative threads of this music were spun at St. Paul’s Girls’ School on Brook Green in Hammersmith, west London, the elegant Edwardian buildings where Gustav Holst served as the school’s first Director of Music from 1905 until his death in 1934.

He devised atonal and polytonal canons for the girls’ aural training. There was a superb female choir on hand, and colleagues whom he trusted could work from his dictation and try out his new ideas. His bright, well-heated soundproof room was where he wrote and rehearsed The Planets before its auspicious public debut in 1918 at the Queen’s Hall. In a cupboard in that same room John York found a leather-bound, engraved copy of the four-hands, one-piano version, carefully prepared by Holst and his contemporaries on the staff. It is signed by the composer and credited to his devoted colleagues and amanuenses, Nora Day and Vally Lasker. It is well known that he often dictated compositions to these respected teachers when the painful neuritis from which he suffered for many years precluded normal writing. Indeed, he often entrusted the more laborious aspects of his work (instrumentation, copying, arrangement, run-throughs) to them, knowing they would follow his instructions in every detail.

It was quite normal for large-scale chamber and orchestral works to be published in duet form. Since Beethoven’s day all symphonies, quartets, even operas, were available for performance, domestic use and study, so the existence of this version of Holst’s greatest work in this form came as no surprise. Nor was it surprising to discover that it was a successful version – the teamwork at the School was legendary. It had simply gone unnoticed and forgotten, ripe for serendipitous revival.

 

York Bowen (1884-1961)

Somehow or other the name York Bowen has always been known to music lovers, but it is more for his association with all the leading musicians of his time that his reputation lingers on, and less for his actual music of which there is a vast amount, much of it still unpublished, unknown and unrecorded.

A formidable keyboard technique coupled with a distinct refinement was the hallmark of both his playing and his music. In his compositions (symphonies, concertos, songs, sonatas and an enormous list of piano pieces etc.) it is always possible to find some justification for the oft-used label ‘the English Rachmaninoff’ – great virtuosity, richly coloured chromatic harmony and melody, Classical structures underpinned by a strong sense of tonality.

York2’s four quite substantial duet choices, presented here for the first time, date from the period just after the First World War, contemporary with Holst’s completion and first presentations of The Planets. They have an inimitable English wit and charm, playing around with the grand Russian gestures and sentiments of Rachmaninoff. Holst, too, would certainly have approved of the jigging, modal Dance (no.2 in the First Suite) and the featherweight toccata of the Moto perpetuo with its quirky chromatic chinoiserie. The Russian-in-exile would have loved the sonorous bell sounds and Slavic grandeur of the Prelude and especially the Nocturne with its Debussy-like, polytonal opening cadenza and Borodinesque melody. This piece also incorporates a deeply felt central Sarabande in the dark key of E flat minor – homage perhaps to Bach’s Prelude in that key in book 1 of ‘The 48’.

 

Performer Information

York2 has a fine reputation as the ‘duo with a difference’, gained through John and Fiona’s exploration of larger scale and contemporary scores alongside the rich and familiar duet repertoire. They have given concerts for societies and festivals in the UK and Australia, on BBC Radio 3, CBC TV, at the Salzburg Festival, concertos at the Barbican Centre and South Bank in London.

Fiona has taught in the junior departments of the Royal College, Trinity and Guildhall, she is at present at St. Paul’s Girls’ School and Eltham College, both in London.

John was Professor at Guildhall for 33 years and is Senior Music Head of Department at St. Paul’s Girls’ School. Independently and together Fiona and John have rounded, versatile careers that combine concerts (John working in particular with celebrated cellist Raphael Wallfisch), editing and reviewing, composing for major publishers, adjudicating, teaching and coaching.

More information can be found at www.yorkpiano.co.uk

 

Of Special Note

John and Fiona York perform all of these works regularly in concert. All three pieces are new recordings made at the Nimbus Foundation Concert Hall at Wyastone leys in 2010.

On Good Friday 2011 (22nd April), BBC TV will be broadcasting a new documentary about Holst from esteemed director Tony Palmer – and this contains interview footage with John and Fiona York.


Further information

The CD will be fully serviced to all UK classical music press and radio. Both artists are available for interview if required. Advertising will include major classical music magazines and publications.

For more details, and to request a review sample, please contact John Cronin at Music & Media Consulting Limited. Both John and Fiona York are available for interview.

The full Nimbus/Nimbus Alliance catalogue can be viewed at www.wyastone.co.uk

 

Previous Release

Attention is drawn to York2’s Nimbus debut disc – released in the autumn of 2010

“It’s amazing. It’s really amazing, what they do here. The four-hand transcriptions – not even two-piano! – do not sound derivative. They attain their own independent musical value. This is one of those performances that justify the existence of four-hand piano transcriptions of orchestral music.” Oleg Ledeniov – Musicweb-International.com

 

York2 Holst Planets Press Release (117.8 KiB)

Speakings – Jonathan Harvey

Artist(s): BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Ilan Volkov

Composer: Jonathan Harvey

Repertoire: Speakings

Catalogue No: AECD1090 [3760058360903]

Discs: 1CD Digipack

UK CD PPD: £8.99 (approx retail £13.99)

UK Release: 28th June 2010 (CD & Download)

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