New CD/DVD Information from Divine Art Records (September2012)
I outline below the details of two new CD titles on the Divine Art label, due for UK release on 24th September 2012. The full press information for each release is attached as a PDF file.
DDA25104 “Magical Places” – Evocative Symphonic Poems for Piano Duet performed by Goldstone & Clemmow
Of the six orchestral works on this recording from Goldstone & Clemmow three are in the composers’ own piano duet versions; two others were transcribed by people in whom the composers had great faith (Rimsky-Korsakov here being considered the composer of Night on Bald Mountain, as Mussorgsky had died), and it must be presumed that Lyadov approved the choice of Kalafati who “was held in great esteem by his colleagues and pupils” (Baker’s “Biographical Dictionary of Musicians”). Three of the six pieces of music involve the supernatural, while the remaining three present “magical” soundscapes in their different ways. The first two items depict very different midsummer festivities. As a further note, four of the pieces featured on this CD are World Première Recordings.
DDA21217 Antony Hopkins “A Portrait”
Antony Hopkins is a composer, pianist, conductor, broadcaster, author, lecturer and piano-recitalist – he sometimes calls himself a ‘sort of musical odd-job man’. His broadcasts, Talking about Music, were spread intermittently over 36 years and were heard worldwide through the BBC Transcription Service. This led to a number of books. These CDs show some of the wide variety of his music, ranging from mere morsels for recorder to more extensive sonatas and songs. They were entirely conceived and organised by John Turner, the noted recorder-player: it was only fair that his virtuosity should be largely featured. Also included are eight short pieces by other composers, written as tributes to Antony on his 90th birthday in March 2011 – mostly as a response to his influential broadcasts when they were young. The release of this CD has only been possible with the generous support of a huge number of individuals spanning the worlds of performance, broadcasting and musical appreciation – a “Who’s Who” of those who have been influenced over the years by the multi-faceted talents of this fascinating character. Also included in the attached document is a copy of a recent feature article about Antony Hopkins from International Record Review.
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. I look forward to hearing from you shortly. Review copies are available now. US/Canada journalists should request samples via the Divine Art office in Vermont – firstname.lastname@example.org