New CD Information from Divine Art/Metier Records (March 2012)

I outline below the details of new CD titles on the Divine Art/Metier labels, due for UK release on 26th March 2012. The full press information for each release is attached as a PDF file.


MSV28528 John Ramsay – String Quartets performed by The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

John Ramsay is a Professor of Geology by profession but also a highly talented composer of chamber and orchestral works. These four quartets are excellent examples of post-modernist music, employing no artificial boundaries. They are extremely accessible and highly deserving of attention – beautifully played by The Fitzwilliam Quartet. A real discovery is instore for lovers of the string quartet idiom.

28528 John Ramsay String Quartets Press Release (109.2 KiB)


MSV28526 Christopher Fox “Natural Science” performed by Trio Scordatura

This new recording features compositions by cutting-edge contemporary composer, Christopher Fox, and explores a cross section of his compositions. The works of Christopher Fox have been featured on a number of Métier Recordings. Works for Soprano & Piano (MSV92031); Music for Solo Piano (MSV92022); Music for Solo Cello (MSVCD92059); Clarinet Quintet (MSVCD92082); Catalogue Irraisoné (MSVCD92103).

Christopher Fox - Natural Science Press Release (60.9 KiB)


MSV28527 Paul Pellay “Thesaurus of Violinistic Fiendishness” performed by Peter Sheppard Skærved

The works of Paul Pellay have been performed all over the world by a wide range of artists including the Kreutzer Quartet, the Nash Ensemble, the City of London Sinfonia, and the Britten Sinfonia. Conductors who have championed his music include Edward Gregson, Elgar Howarth, Lionel Friend, Richard Hickox, Nicholas Cleobury, Roger Smalley, Ron Spigelman and Alan Balter. He has been active as a freelance music editor, working with various composers and publishers.

Whilst the title reflects the difficulties of performing this mammoth work for solo violin, it does not convey the listening experience, which is less challenging than one might expect – indeed many sections of the work are quite lyrical and full of wit as well as virtuosic complexity. Performed with his usual panache and awesome skill by Peter Sheppard Skærved.

Paul Pellay Violin Music Press Release (64.3 KiB)


Now Available Again

These two classic discs have not previously been available for full trade distribution, and both demonstrate the tremendous virtuosity of pianist Peter Katin. Released at standard mid-price in the UK (Dealer Price £5.55) they are available from 12th March 2012.

As usual, just let me know which samples you would like and I’ll mail on a first come, first served basis. Interviews can be arranged with key artists quite easily and quickly if you are interested.

Peter Katin RP001 & RP002 - Now Available Again - Press Release (72.4 KiB)


I look forward to hearing from you shortly. Review copies are available now.

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