New CD Information from Divine Art/Metier Records (May 2013)
I outline below the details of two new CD titles from the Divine Art label group, due for UK release on 7th May 2013. The full press information is attached as PDF files (one for each). Additional to CD release, they will be available simultaneously as a download from all the usual outlets. US/Canada journalists should request samples via the Divine Art office in Vermont – email@example.com
DDA25109 “Of Times and Seasons” – Songs and Anthems of Peter Lea-Cox
Peter Lea-Cox has been the Musical Director of the Camden Chamber Choir since 1984. He is also the founder and musical director of the Lecosaldi Ensemble, a professional group of players and singers. In addition, he has an active freelance career, including, of late, organ-playing and choral conducting tours in Denmark and the USA, and being an examiner for Associated Board of Music.
The huge range of variety and style presented on this CD is quite deliberate, trying to give a fair representation of Peter’s many musical voices. The recording features soprano Lesley-Jane Rogers accompanied by Jennie-Helen Moston (piano).
MSV28534 “In Dust We Trust “– Thomas Fortmann
Thomas Fortmann was born in Switzerland and became a successful songwriter during the 70s. He wrote his first “hit” at the age of 16, which was followed by over a hundred titles released in more than 27 countries. Famous German rock stars such as Udo Lindenberg, Love Generation, J Urgen Drews and others, as well as British artists such as Alexis Korner and Italian singer Daniela Davoli have recorded his songs. He composed the music for the musical Tell (1977), which created a scandal in Switzerland. The record made it into all German-speaking charts.
At the age of 26, Thomas abandoned his career as a rock musician and dedicated himself to further studies in composition and instrumentation. This period formed the foundation for many chamber works, two symphonies, an Oratorio and three music-plays.
The music of Thomas Fortmann does not subscribe to any particular school of thought. He studied the various composition techniques, but maintained a critical point of view towards them. This lead to the development of a notably personal style, often uniting different, sometimes even contrary impulses of the modern. Formalistic concepts seem to serve him mainly as a method of transportation and as a play-ground, resulting in very original ideas. It is, however, always important to him, despite the frequent use of complex structures, to directly communicate with the listener and make an emotional impact.
Pieces featured on this CD are Sonata for Violin and Piano; Four Pieces for 2 Violins; Piano Trio “Prolitheus Suite”
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 quite easily and quickly if you are interested. I look forward to hearing from you shortly. Review copies are available now.