New CD/Download Information from Divine Art & Metier Records for June/July 2013
I outline below the details of two new CD titles from the Divine Art label group, due for UK release on 10th June 2013 (8th July in the case of Tchaikovsky Paraphrases CD). 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 review samples via the Divine Art office in Vermont – firstname.lastname@example.org
DDV24156 Kenneth Smith (flute) & Paul Rhodes (pno) “Flute Vocalise”
This tribute from Kenneth Smith (accompanied by Paul Rhodes) to Paul Taffanel is a companion volume to ‘A Song Without Words’, a set of three compact discs devoted to the Legacy of Paul Taffanel (Divine Art DDA21371). Its three volumes ‘Vision’, ‘Dedication’ and ‘Imagination’ outlined the numerous ways in which Taffanel’s life and work influenced the future of flute playing, the development of the instrument, the music that was written for it and the way the flute is taught and played today. ‘Flute Vocalise’ compliments this set with colourful concert repertoire that has significant links to Taffanel and his ideals.
Several tracks were originally released on ASV, all these recordings on this disc have been remastered and re-compiled with some previously unreleased tracks and are now available at mid price on the Divine Art ‘Diversions’ imprint. The album is also an ideal ‘easy listening’ compilation for the wider public as well as true classical music fans.”
DDV25106 Anthony Goldstone “Tchaikovsky Paraphrases Volume 2”
This recording is the second in a two-volume series of transcriptions and paraphrases for solo piano of music by Tchaikovsky performed by Anthony Goldstone, most of which are receiving their first recordings; volume one (Divine Art DDA25093) concerns orchestral concert works and operatic music; the second is of his ballets. He himself has long been recognised as a master of piano writing, the most famous example being his Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23, famously pronounced unplayable (and worthless) by the great pianist Nikolai Rubinstein but which has become one of the best loved and most performed of all piano concertos. Tchaikovsky made piano versions of his own works, mostly for four hands, and also commissioned transcriptions by trusted friends and colleagues and approved paraphrases of his works by an admired piano virtuoso such as Paul Pabst, both of which genres are represented on this recording.
MSV77201 “Mixed Doubles” – Double Concertos by Sir John Manduell and Gordon Cross performed by Manchester Sinfonia
This 2CD set presents a number of works that can be classed as “double concertos” by two leading composers of today. All works are highly accessible, but at the same time quite challenging for the soloists. In every case, this collection is the first time these pieces have been committed to a commercial recording. Performed by Manchester Sinfonia with a number of highly regarded soloists.
MSV28532 James Weeks “Tide” performed by Apartment House
James Weeks’ TIDE is three solo pieces – for cello with a special curved bow that enables the sounding of all four strings simultaneously, for clarinet with electronics, and for oboe d’amore – which may be played separately or as a trio. When heard together, as they are on the first disc here, they may be overlaid however the performers choose. The points of entry are left entirely free; the components are not so much simultaneous as coexistent, each independently working its own narrow furrow, following similar principles with different means. The three works end where they begin in a theoretically endless loop, with the option given to begin again; each is in fact an investigation of what it might mean to demarcate a long span of time. They all, in very different ways, draw an arc across duration.
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.