Nahui Cuarteto de Saxofones “Coti Coti” – New Release on Cugate Clásicos Latinos CL005 – PRESS INFORMATION

New CD/Download – Information for Press and Media

Catalogue Number: CL005 Barcode: 4038912426973
Global Physical Distribution: Naxos Distribution Network
Release Date 30th October 2020
Single CD/Digipak Full Price

Tracklisting
 

Malagueña y Pinotepa Nacional (Alvaro Carrillo Alarcon); Adios Nonino (Astor Piazzolla);  Michelangelo 70 (Astor Piazzolla); Convergencias (Marcelino Guerra); Fantaseando sobre el coti coti (Ryszard Siwy); Contabajeando (Astor Piazzolla); La muerte del Angel (Astor Piazzolla);  Con Tres Palabras (Osvaldo Ferrés); Milonga del Angel (Astor Piazzolla); Verano porteño (Astor Piazzolla); Que Rico Mambo (D. Perez Prado); Estampitas Jarochas (Dominio Público)

Concept Overview

 
This CD features a range of Latin American/Cuban compositions arranged for the Nahui Saxophone Quartet comprising soprano, tenor, alto, and baritone instruments. Check out the video to get a flavour of the album:



Artist Information
 
Nahui Sax is a saxophone quartet formed of talented Mexican musicians from different parts of the country, all of them trained professionally in the Faculty of Music at “Universidad Veracruzana”. The project was born in 2017 in Xalapa with the intention of performing quartet saxophone music, classical repertoire, as well as traditional and popular Mexican and Latin American composers.

The band name “Nahui” is proudly inspired by Nahuatl language following their Mexican roots and Mexican identity, which are the fundamental characteristics of the quartet. “Nahui” means “four” in Nahuatl.

The quartet has performed different concerts obtaining a very positive response from the audience. Some of the forums where “Nahui Sax” has been presented successfully are: Faculty of Music at Universidad Veracruzana’s auditorium, Nuntempa Festival in 2017, “Universidad Anáhuac Xalapa”, State’s Superior Institute of Music Auditorium, The 1st International Meeting of Arts Veracruz 2018 ¨CIELO MEXICA¨ in Xalapa city, Oaxaca’s Faculty of Fine Arts Auditorium (UABJO), III Naolinco International Music Festival 2018, 4th Chamber Music Competition Mateo Oliva – where they obtained the 3rd place, 3rd Xalapa International Saxophone Festival 2018, Cancun International Music Festival 2018 -where they performed in different forums in the city, Nuntempa Festival 2018 where they presented their concert “A la carte”.

Always looking for the high quality in their musical performance, as well as demonstrate the saxophone quartet in chamber music. This has led to actively maintain their training and complete assembly studies with different recognized teachers in the musical scene, such as Timothy Patrick Mckeown (USA), Albert Julià (SPAIN), Jean-Yves Fourmeau (FRANCE), Chroma Quartet (MEXICO), among others.
www.clasicoslatinos.bandcamp.com

Composer Information
 
Álvaro Carrillo Alarcón was born in 1921. He absorbed many types of musical influence while growing up. In 1940, Carrillo enrolled in the National Agricultural School in Chapingo, where he composed his first songs as a student. In 1945, he graduated in Agricultural Engineering. Carrillo was a prolific composer, writing more than 300 songs during his life; many were boleros, a Mexican-style rhythmic ballad. His career was ended abruptly when he died in a car accident on 3 April 1969. His songs have continued to be covered by Mexican and international artists in the decades since his death. Mexican musicians and singers know many of the songs from the Álvaro Carrillo songbook by heart.
 
Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla 1921-1992) was an Argentine Tango composer, bandoneon player, and arranger. His oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. A virtuoso bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with a variety of ensembles. In 1992, American music critic Stephen Holden described Piazzolla as “the world’s foremost composer of tango music”.
 
Marcelino Guerra (1914-1996), nicknamed “Rapindey”, was a Cuban singer, songwriter and guitarist. He spent much of his life in the United States and retired in Spain. As a vocalist, his primary role was segunda voz (harmony singer). He is best remembered for his compositions, which included many guarachas, boleros (Convergencias being one of the best known), and songs that straddle both genres.
 
Ryszard Siwy was born in Poland in 1945 and in 1985 he was a naturalized Mexican. Graduated with a master’s degree as a concert accordionist from the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. From 1962 he was a piano accompanist. He toured Europe and the former Soviet Union with various Polish music groups, especially accompanying singers. He worked as a composer and arranger with various orchestras in Poland. In 1974 he was musical director of the Artistic Ensemble of the Polish Army “RADAR”.

In 1976 he was awarded a scholarship from the Polish Kosciuszko Foundation to specialise in the study of arrangement and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1979 he became an arranger and composer at the Universidad Veracruzana. As a professor at the UV Faculty of Music, he has taught various subjects such as music theory, harmony, counterpoint, composition workshop, jazz harmony, accompaniment practices for pianists and guitarists, instrumental and orchestral arrangements. Since 2005 he has also been a professor at the Mexican Center for Graduate Music in Puebla where he teaches the subject of Musical Analysis.

He has written music for theater, cinema, classical and popular music concerts, both in Poland and in Mexico. His innumerable arrangements and compositions cover all musical styles.
 
Osvaldo Ferrés (1902-1985) was a Cuban composer. He is famous for his more than 300 songs composed, especially his boleros that gave him international fame, being one of the most performed Cuban artists outside the island. Ferrés did not play any musical instrument and lacked formal musical training, being unable to read or write music. When he composed, the lyrics and the melody came at the same time. When he had the song, he memorized it, sometimes with the help of his wife, and hummed it on a tape recorder. Later he would pass the recording on to someone with musical knowledge to transcribe it.
 
Dámaso Pérez Prado (1916 –1989) was a Cuban bandleader, pianist and composer who popularized the mambo in the late 1940s. He frequently made brief appearances in films, primarily of the rumberas genre ( featuring dancers of Afro-Caribbean musical rhythms). The success of his orchestra and hits such as “Mambo No. 5″ earned him the nickname “King of the Mambo”. His stage name was simply Pérez Prado, although his brother Pantaleón also used the same name in the 1970s, which led to confusion. Pérez Prado became a naturalized citizen of Mexico in 1980, where he died in 1989. His son, Pérez Jr., continues to direct the Pérez Prado Orchestra in Mexico City to this day.

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This new CD will be fully serviced to key press/media. Please request a physical review copy or a link for digital files if preferred via email to john@musicandmediaconsulting.com – likewise for interview requests.

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Arvo Pärt – Works for Choir – Released on CD/Digital/LP by CUGATE CLASSICS – Information for Press and Media

CD/Digital/LP Release – Information for Press & Media

Catalogue Number: CGC051CD & CGCD051LP
Barcodes: 403891212126996  (CD) 4038912426997 (LP)
Global Physical Distribution: Naxos Distribution Network
Release Date 30th October 2020
Single CD/LP       Digipak/Gatefold               Full Price

Tracklisting

The Beatitudes; Nun Eile Ich Zu Euch; Summa; Sieben Magnificat – Antiphonen (O Weisibett; O Adonai; O Sproß Aus Isais Wurzel; O Schlüssel Davids; O Morgenstern; O König Aller Völker; O Immanuel)

Concept Overview

Presented here is a selection of Works for Choir by Arvo Pärt performed by Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika directed by Vaclova Augustinas. Available again, but now completely remastered and also released on 180gm vinyl LP.

Composer Information

Arvo Pärt (born 11 September 1935) is an Estonian composer of classical and religious music. Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, tintinnabuli. Pärt’s music is in part inspired by Gregorian Chant. His most performed works include Fratres (1977), Spiegel im Spiegel (1978), and Für Alina (1976). From 2011 to 2018, Pärt was the most performed living composer in the world, and the second most performed in 2019.

Artist Information

The choir was founded in 1986 as an ensemble for mixed voices and in 1989 it changed into a chamber choir. In 1994 the choir received official recognition as the Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika. All members of the choir are graduates of the Lithuanian Music Academy. The choir appeared successfully in several international competitions, performed in various European countries and recorded for radio stations of Denmark and the Netherlands. The choir’s repertoire is variegated ranging from the masses and motets of the Renaissance to the more complex works of our age. Works by contemporary Lithuanian composers are always featured in the choir’s programs. The choir also performs with chamber and symphony orchestras.

Vaclovas Augustinas is a versatile personality successfully working in various musical fields. An excellent choir conductor, he leads the Vilnius’ Municipal Chamber Choir “Jauna Muzika” and is regularly invited to various international seminars of choir conductors and festivals. Augustinas also is popular as a choir music composer and arranger; various choirs and music publishers eagerly include in their repertoire his modal, repetitive, contemplative or ecstatic compositions that have won awards at various international competitions. Besides, the composer is a famous teacher at musical schools of various levels. He was also member of rock groups “Saulės laikrodis” and “Antis” (keyboards, vocal); after the reunion of “Antis” in 2007, he continued to compose songs and perform with them.

https://jaunamuzika.lt/

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Introducing “IRISH FOLK STORIES LIVE”

Irish Folk Stories Live

Epic folk stories re-imagined…for orchestra with narration

Hear the magic…feel the passion…be enthralled

Irish Folk Stories Live is a bold and ambitious new project created by Irish composer Peadar Townsend.

He wants to share some of the magical and exciting folk stories from Ireland’s rich heritage with a worldwide audience in a brand-new format. These stories will be brought to life, using newly written cinematic-style orchestral music to accompany Irish narrators, who will recount these stories as if by the fireside. Each story will be available for digital download and a limited edition run of CDs will be produced and available for purchase online.

A short introduction to the project from Peadar can be viewed here:


Composer Biography

Irish born Peadar Townsend lives an exceptionally diverse and exciting musical career. A professional composer, percussionist, and educator he has worked in almost every conceivable branch of professional music. As a Percussion player he has 25 years’ experience ranging from Orchestra to Opera, West End shows to film and T.V. soundtrack recording and has toured the world extensively.

His compositions and arrangements have been recorded and performed around the world and his uniquely descriptive style of composition is both easy to listen to and imaginative. Using his performing experiences Peadar uses a keen sense of instrument colours to match the picture he is painting in music. His enormous variety of musical experiences give him the perfect knowledge for this most exciting and unique project.  He describes himself as ‘a storyteller with music’. More detailed info visit: www.peadartownsendmusic.com

Concept Overview

Peadar writes:

As a child growing up my Father used to fascinate me with all manner of Irish Folk Stories at bedtime or in the car on a long journey. Not from a book, but from his head and every time he told them they were different, full of exciting characters with lashings of wonder, magic and mystery. The idea of marrying these wonderful stories with exciting, descriptive music struck me as an amazing project to bring them to new heights and re-ignite their proud place in Irish culture around the world.

The video here


is just a very small sample of the project we have envisioned. Imagine a full-length story, narrated by iconic Irish actors and accompanied by the spellbinding sound of a full orchestra. This is the vision we have for preserving Irelands rich storytelling heritage; the kind that can be listened to anywhere from long car journeys, to the classroom and even in your own living room.

We want your input

For this project to become culturally significant, with future endeavours including bringing these stories to stage and screen, we are looking for contributions from you and your connections.

Below are three ways you can help share the Irish Folk Stories Live message and enable us to produce our first series of narration-to-music Irish folk tales for audio download and CD release.

Fans
Do you love Irish culture? Are you proud of our strong heritage and want to celebrate everything it stands for? Then help us by spreading our message far and wide; share the website link with your connections, follow us on social media and help us reach a wider audience.

Philanthropists
Do you have resources, talent or connections that would be helpful in the production and promotion of Irish Folk Stories Live? We would love to hear from you. Our product can only come to life if we have the talented people and resources to produce it.

Investors
Looking for an opportunity to invest in an up-and-coming new venture? We are seeking investment to push this project to the next level. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss our business plan with Peadar and to see our investor pitch deck.

We would really appreciate your support with this project, be it as a fan, philanthropist, or an investor. Take a look below at some of the ways you can contribute to this fantastic new venture. Or alternatively, we have received a great many donations to the project from devoted Irish Folk Stories Live fans, if you would like to do the same, just click here to contribute an amount of your choice:
Every little really does help and Peadar will be in touch to express his gratitude!

Other ways to get involved…

Follow us on Instagram

Like us on Facebook

Share our website with your friends.
https://www.irishfolkstorieslive.com/

Email us if you have any suggestions or contributions to make.
info@irishfolkstorieslive.com

Put us in touch with your connections; we are looking for talent, sponsors, and investors.
If you have any resources we can use, let us know!

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News from The Nottingham Chamber Music Festival

PRESS RELEASE

NOTTINGHAM CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS MUSIC IN ICONIC LOCAL VENUES TO BE BROADCAST THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER

An exciting series of short films will be broadcast online this September, each featuring violist and Nottingham Chamber Music Festival Director Carmen Flores playing solo from iconic Nottingham venues. 
 
The series – “Nottingham Stories: Separation and Serenade”– is a project in response to the July cancellation of the Nottingham Chamber Music Festival (NCMF), which has been running successfully across the city since 2018. 
 
Carmen Flores joined forces with award-winning Nottingham filmmaker Tim Bassford and several Nottingham venues in July to produce a series of beautifully shot films which will be streamed via the NCMF website throughout September, each one free to view.
 
Each movement of Bach’s Suite in C Major (transcribed for viola) was selected to complement the venue it was performed in, alongside the story of how these institutions coped with lockdown and the uncertainty in their sectors. 

The films provide a time capsule of the impact that Covid-19 had upon the arts in Nottingham in 2020. Unifying the community through music is the heart of NCMF, and the film would have not been possible without the support and collaboration of all the venues.

The series will lead to a live performance of the Bach Third Suite by Flores (provisionally scheduled for 3rd October – and pending clarification as a result of the recently announced restrictions) for a socially-distanced audience at St. Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Gate, Nottingham NG1 2NW which will be the first classical concert for live audience in Nottingham since lockdown in March.

Preview link:



Carmen Flores, soloist and Director of Nottingham Chamber Music Festival said: 
 
“Throughout this spring and summer of lockdown, venues across Nottingham lay empty – some still do. I imagined them as not desolate places, but spaces where the spirit of Nottingham remained in all its diverse, vibrant creativity, alive and waiting for people to return. Each venue had a unique feel to it, which I wanted to capture within the beauty of music”
 
 Tim Bassford, filmmaker, said:
 
 “Filming inside these venues was at one humbling and inspiring: the emptiness of once busy buildings had a melancholy, but one with hope. The music, the film, and the locations all mix together to make something special, a visual poetry, a tribute to our city”
 

FILM RELEASE DATES AND VENUES (to view on the day of release visit https://nottchamberfest.com/ after 19.00)

 
14th Sept   Nottingham Council House
16th Sept   St. Mary’s in the Lace Market
18th Sept   Delilah Fine Foods
21st Sept   Nottingham High School
23rd Sept   Royal Concert Hall
25th Sept   Nottingham Contemporary

IMAGES AVAILABLE WITH ATTRIBUTION TO NOTTINGHAM CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/KXpjWrt2R1UTeH9T9

Biography: Carmen Flores, Director of the NCMF
 

Carmen Flores is dedicated to creating new pathways for experiencing and performing classical music.  From 2007 – 2019 Carmen was Principal Viola of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, performing with the orchestra across the UK and abroad for the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Carmen has performed as soloist and Guest Principal Viola with orchestras and ensembles including English National Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Orchestra of the Swan, the English Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Sinfonia VIVA, and Sarabande, and in spring 2021 she will perform as soloist with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the acclaimed Villiers Quartet (VQ), hailed as one of the most “adventurous” string quartets in the UK (Strad Magazine) and “Champions of British Music” (Guardian), and they have made several acclaimed recordings on the Naxos, Somm, and Lyrita record labels.
 
As part of the Villiers Quartet, Carmen is Artist-in-Residence at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building at Oxford University. She is a recipient of the prestigious US Fulbright Award, and she has given performance masterclasses at the University of Nottingham, Oxford University, Dartmouth College, Birmingham Conservatoire, and Sheffield University, among others.
 
Carmen’s international career has seen her perform throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe and she has been featured on several BBC Radio and Television broadcasts, including BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, and The Andrew Marr Show. She has participated in Les Jardins Musicaux Festivals (Switzerland), Tanglewood (USA), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Oundle International Festival (UK), and the Boyne Music Festival (Ireland). She is Director of the Nottingham Chamber Music Festival (NCMF), which celebrates chamber music and the arts every summer at venues across Nottingham.
 
www.carmen-flores.com
 
 
Biography – Tim Bassford, Director of Turbine Creative
 
Tim Bassford is a local Nottingham film maker and Creative Director of Turbine Creative, a design agency based in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter working with clients such as the BBC, Adidas, Sport Relief and The Welcome Trust.
 
Tim’s short films have been screened in various festivals around the world. His short ‘The Launderette’ won the audience choice award at the Bafta-accredited Encounters film festival. 
 
Tim won first prize in ‘The Pitch’ film competition in 2011 which led to a £30,000 grant to make his short film ‘The Black Scholes Conspiracy’ – a dark re-telling of the biblical story of Samson and Delilah set in the murky underworld of global finance. This competition also led Tim to Los Angeles where he was given the opportunity to be given professional mentoring from Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo and X-Men Producer Ralph Winters.
 
Tim’s professional career has seen him work in the US and Europe with various life science brands and broadcast organisations such as The Walt Disney Group and the BBC.
 
He is especially passionate about using creativity and design for good. Having founded FreeCreate – a charitable creative initiative – he provides opportunities for Nottingham creative professionals to volunteer their skills to support grass roots charities that could otherwise not afford these services. 
 
Tim continues to create films for international corporate clients and exciting local projects. 
 
https://www.turbinecreative.co.uk
https://www.freecreate.org
 
 
Information – Nottingham Chamber Music Festival
 
The Nottingham Chamber Music Festival (NCMF) loves to be part of good things happening for classical music in Nottingham. Founded in 2018 by Carmen Flores, the NCMF supports the creative energy for chamber music in Nottingham and has grown into an annual Festival of concerts held across the city every summer.
 
The NCMF brings many creative musicians and artists to Nottingham. Artists and ensembles have included the Villiers Quartet, Onyx Brass, Konya Kanneh-Mason, SCAW Duo, baritone Geoff Williams, the Harborough Ensemble, poet Andrew Graves, BabyGigs, cellist Matthew Sharp, Keys to the Universe, composer Elizabeth Kelly, and the Leonore Piano Trio.  The Festival presents an annual Family Concert for children and families to enjoy chamber music up close. The NCMF also hosts a Chamber Music Seminar for students and adults to receive intensive chamber music coaching from Visiting Artists.
 
The NCMF celebrates a community approach to chamber music and highlights the strong cultural heritage of Nottingham, presenting concerts in historical and non-traditional performance spaces across the city. Concert venues have included the Royal Concert Hall, Delilah Fine Foods, Nottingham High School, and St. Peter’s Church. The NCMF serves to ignite these spaces with music and reinforce the power of bringing community together through music.
www.nottchamberfest.com
 
 
Information on Nottingham Venues
 
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Nottingham Council House
Delilah Fine Foods
St. Mary’s in the Lace Market
Nottingham High School
Nottingham Contemporary

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BLUE – Compositions and Arrangements for Guitar & Recorder by Lars Hannibal – Feat. Michala Petri; Agnete & Amalie Hannibal Petri – PRESS INFORMATION

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BLUE  – Works for Guitar & Recorder by Lars Hannibal
Performed by Lars Hannibal (guitar); Michala Petri (recorders);
Agnete Hannibal Petri (cello); Amalie Hannibal Petri (voice)
Catalogue No.: 8.226914  Bar Code: 6369436914278
Single CD/Digipak/Full Price
Release Date 2nd October 2020 (Physical Distribution via Naxos)

Tracklisting
 

Twilight on a Ground; Evening in the Garden; BLUE on the Ground; Autumn Rain (quartet); Dreams; Sunset Dance; Springtime Sun (quartet); The Moor (recorder solo); Waves on a Ground; The Magic of Thoughts (quartet); 8 Danish Songs arranged for recorder and guitar – [Thorvald Aagaard: Silent the sparrow sits by a twig; Thomas Laub:It is white out here; Carl Nielsen: Wond’rous air of evening; Thomas Laub: Still, my heart, now sets the sun; Franz Gebauer: Just where the way beats a bay; Carl Nielsen: I know a lark’s nest (guitar solo); Oluf Ring: The time gets near; C.E.F. Weyse: Quiet is the night (guitar solo)]
 
All tracks for recorder and guitar unless where specified

Concept Overview
 

In releasing an album entirely of his own music, Guitarist, Lutenist and composer Lars Hannibal reflected upon an extraordinary – and somewhat unorthodox musical career. While studying classical guitar and lute with the great masters of the art, Hannibal lived a rich double life playing in a variety of bands and creative ensembles in artistic foment of ‘60s and ‘70s Counter Cultural Århus. It was during this time that Hannibal began finding his own creative voice, exploring the exciting intersections between Baroque and Classical form, the direct earnest expression of Danish folk music, the ear-pleasing appeal of popular song and the expressive possibilities of modal jazz.
 
Hannibal has also found great joy in arranging music for the different ensembles he’s performed with, resulting in hundreds of arrangements for various instrumental combinations with guitar. Finally, as one of the most active musicians in Denmark, Hannibal has been a champion of living composer, including many of Denmark’s finest, including Jørgen Jersild, Palle Mikkelborg, Herman D. Koppel, Thomas Koppel and Vagn Holmboe.
 
When assembling this program, it was only natural that Hannibal would draw on both his original works and his arrangements of Danish song. As a special treat, Hannibal, ever the mutli-faceted musician, the Neo-Classic composer, the pop songsmith, the faithful arranger of Danish folk song also takes pride in being Hannibal the Poppa, with his daughters, Agnete and Amalie and his life-long musical companion, his former wife Michala Petri joining him on his musical journey!
 
A filmed overview from Lars Hannibal (by the way he prefers to just be called Hannibal) about BLUE can be viewed here:



Artist Biography
 

LARS HANNIBAL was born in 1951 and began playing the guitar at the age of 15 as many others of his generation. He studied at The Royal Academy of Music in Århus from 1972-1980, which also included 3 years of lute studies with Toyohiko Satoh in The Hague. For seven years Lars Hannibal was also a teacher at The Royal Academy of Music in Århus. In 1991 he formed a duo with recorder virtuoso Michala Petri, with whom he still tours, and together they have recorded several albums. In 2004 Lars Hannibal launched an intercultural project with Chinese musicians under the name: Dialogue – East meets West. In 2006 he founded his own label OUR Recordings with Michala Petri. Lars Hannibal works as a chamber musician as well as an accompanist and performance partner with the famed Danish actress Ghita Nørby.
 
For 50 years, Michala Petri has been one of the most universally recognized and beloved recorder players in the world. She has performed almost 4.000 concerts and has a discography of more than 70 critically acclaimed and award-winning recordings. Michala Petri was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1958 to musical parents. A child prodigy, she first picked up a recorder at the age of three and by the time she was ten, she made her concerto debut in Tivoli Concert Hall and began her formal studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany. By the time she was seventeen, she was already making recordings with the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields.
 
Her repertoire spans the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras and extends into contemporary and improvised music and multi-media. This versatility, together with a flawless technique, an insatiable curiosity, and the ability to make an emotional connection with her audiences has contributed to her special appeal as an artist. Her list of collaborators reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of late 20th century classical music, including such legendary artists as Sir Neville Marriner, Claudio Abbado, Sir James Galway, Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Henryk Szeryng, Pinchas Zukerman, Maurice Andre, Joshua Bell, Mahan Esfahani, Hille Perl and Keith Jarrett.
 
Agnete Hannibal Petri (b. 1994) is the eldest daughter of Lars Hannibal and Michala Petri. Growing up in Kokkedal, she played piano from age 6. As a child in a family of musicians, music has always appeared as
an opportunity for Agnete Hannibal Petri to travel the world with her family and meet new people who shared a similar fascination of the subject.
 
In 2018 she started playing the cello, which she is currently practicing. She is thrilled to be making her recording debut release on Blue, playing music by Lars Hannibal.
 
Agnete Hannibal Petri’s interest in music spans across many fields. She has a bachelor in musicology with a
certificate from the University of Copenhagen, where she studied from 2015-2019. Although not a professional
musician, she can be found listening, singing and playing with different people in various ensembles in and around the Copenhagen music scene. Since 2015 she has worked in the music industry with various bands and as part of the adventurous Copenhagen-based independent label and publisher Escho.
 
Amalie Hannibal Petri (b. 1996) has worked in different artistic fields throughout her life. She started performing at the age of seven as a part of a children’s elite drama school, Eventyrteatret, in Copenhagen. For the next eight years she studied drama, dance and singing – both as a part of an ensemble and as a solo performer.
 
As a teenager she began to explore her own voice. Soon she was writing her own songs, playing concerts and recording music with various bands. She has been doing so ever since. In the spring of 2018, she studied at the LungA art school in Iceland. Here she began to combine the many different forms of artistic expression in her life – beginning her journey as an interdisciplinary artist.
 
It’s safe to say that a substantial part of Amalie’s creativity consists of exploring the energies that exist between creative fields and which can inspire fresh or unexpected modes of creative output. This has resulted in her solo project, Polly, where she composes and articulates her musical vision through fusing various performing arts disciplines such as dance, dramaturgy and scenography.
 
In late 2018, Amalie began studying at the Music Performance programme at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, majoring as a singer – and her ability is very clearly demonstrated in “Autumn Rain” – one of the stand-out tracks on this album.

Marketing and Press
 

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New CD & Download from Piano21 Records – Harp Meets Piano – Isabelle Courret & Cyprien Katsaris – PRESS INFORMATION

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Harp Meets Piano –
Performed by Isabelle Courret (harp) & Cyprien Katsaris (piano)

Catalogue No.: P21-061  Bar Code: 3770004972463
Single CD/Standard Jewel Case/Full Price
Release Date 2nd October 2020
Worldwide Physical Distribution via Naxos
excludes France (Socadisc), Greece (Opera CD) & Japan (Tokyo MPlus)

Tracklisting

Rachmaninov: Suite for Two Pianos No. 1 in G minor, Op. 5 “Fantasie-tableaux” (version for harp & piano); Reinecke: Harp Concerto in E minor, Op. 182 (orchestral part arranged for solo piano by David Cutler); Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango for flute & guitar – Café, 1930 & Night Club, 1960 –  (harp part from the arrangement for flute & harp by Kari Vehmanen, piano part from the arrangement for piano four hands – primo part –  by Kyoko Yamamoto); Régis Chesneau (b 1986): Contemplations I & II; Tableau I – V; Impreso; Albeniz: Pavana-Capricho, Op. 12 (arr. for piano four-hands by the composer, played here with piano – primo part –  and harp  – secondo part)

Concept Overview

Ever imagined an entire programme devoted to marrying the sounds of the harp and the piano? Yes, of course there is quite a comprehensive repertoire for these two instruments thanks to the composing talents of Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838), Joseph Woelfl (1773-1812), Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812), François-Adrien Boieldieu (1775-1834), Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837), Elias Parish-Alvars (1808-1849) and Nicholas-Charles Bochsa (1789-1856), to mention but a few of the better-known names, but, to be honest, not many of their works retain much significance. Years later, a young French composer, Régis Chesneau (born 1986), took an interest in this unusual instrumental pairing; working from three of his arrangements, the harpist Isabelle Courret – sometime soloist at La Scala in Milan – and the pianist Cyprien Katsaris have devised this surprising programme, a veritable journey through the centuries.
A short filmed excerpt of Chesneau’s Tableau I can be viewed here:


Artist Biographies

From an early age, Isabelle Courret studied the harp at the Conservatoire National de Région de Bordeaux. At fourteen, she was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris studying harp and chamber music. In 1986 at the age of 17, she was unanimously awarded first prize for harp by the Jury.

During the 1991-1992 season, she was the Principal Harp at the Scala Theater in Milan under the direction of Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel and Semyon Bychkov.

She regularly gives recital concerts in France and abroad (including the USA) together with numerous concerto performances in Paris, London, Cairo, Athens and several other cities. Her love of chamber music sees her performing with numerous artists – and in duet with flautists.

She also participated in the Flute Symposium at the “Acropolis” Theater in Nice, and regularly at the Yachats Festival in the United States of America.

Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer, was born on May 5th, 1951 in Marseilles. He first began to play the piano at the age of four, in Cameroon where he spent his childhood. He is a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied piano as well as chamber music. He gave his first public concert in Paris, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on 8 May 1966.

His major international career includes performances with the world’s greatest orchestras.  He has collaborated with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Simon Rattle, Myung Whun Chung, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Antal Doráti, Ivan Fischer, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt to name just a few. In addition to his activities as a soloist he founded the “Katsaris Piano Quintet”. This has received a very enthusiastic response from both the press and audiences in the Americas, Europe and Japan.

Mr. Katsaris has recorded extensively for Teldec, Sony Classical, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, BMG-RCA, Decca, Pavane, and now on his own label, PIANO 21. His discography consists of solo works by most of the greatest masters as well as works for piano and orchestra. In addition to the standard repertory, Cyprien Katsaris has recorded, as world premières, long lost works such as the Liszt/Tchaikovsky Concerto in the Hungarian style with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Beethoven’s own piano arrangement of his ballet The Creatures of Prometheus and Gustav Mahler’s original piano version of Das Lied von der Erde with Mezzo Brigitte Fassbaender and Tenor Thomas Moser.

Mr. Katsaris has been a member of the jury of numerous International Competitions.

He has also conducted many masterclasses all over the world.

For full details please visit www.cyprienkatsaris.net

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New CD & Download – Koechlin “Les Chants de Nectaire” Op 199 – performed by Nicola Woodward – Released on HOXA

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Charles Koechlin – “Les Chants de Nectaire” Op. 199
(32 Pieces, Dans la Forêt Antique)
Performed by Nicola Woodward (flute)
Catalogue No.: HOXA HS190205 Bar Code: 5060024370515
Single CD/Standard Jewel Case/Full Price
Release Date: 2nd October 2020 Physical & Digital Distribution: NAXOS

Tracklisting

I A l’ombre, par une fraîche matinée de printemps (In the shade, on a cool spring morning) ; II La claire forêt (The light forest); III Jeux dans la clairière (Games in the clearing); IV Le Bois Sacré (The Sacred Wood); V Le bruissement des feuilles (The fluttering of leaves); VI Boire à l’ombre, en été (Drinking in the shade, in summer); VII Danse de nymphes, au soleil (Dance of the nymphs, in the sun); VIII Jeux de Naïades (Naïades at play); IX Fraîcheur des beaux matins de la montagne (Beautiful fresh mornings in the mountains); X Le chevrier (piccolo) (The goatherd); XI Danse de Faunes (Dance of the Fauns); XII “Mollesque sub arbore somni….” (Softly slumbering under a tree)XIII La mer aux bruits innombrables (The sea with its innumerable sounds) ; XIV Endymion, berger (Endymion the shepherd); XV Le Satyre (Satyre); XVI “Majoresque cadunt altis de montibus umbrae” (Shadows fall from lofty mountains); XVII Caprice du Faune (Caprice of the Faun); XVIII Sur la mort d’un chat (On the death of a cat); XIX Pureté du matin sur la grève (Purity of morning on the shore); XX L’ “Heureux petit Berger” (The happy shepherd boy); XXI Calme du soir (Calm of evening); XXII Brise fraîche du matin sur la mer (Cool morning breeze on the sea); XXIII “O fortunatos  nimium…agricolas” (Fortunate farmers); XXIV Soir lumineux (Light Evening); XXV Gaîté du printemps dans le forêt (Gaiety of spring in the forest); XXVI “Tityre, Tu patulae recubans sub tegmine fagi“ (Tityre, reclining beneath the beech tree); XXVII Danses dans la forêt (Dances in the forest); XXVIII “At secura quies…” (Repose without a care); XXIX “Formosi pecoris custos, formosior ipse” (Handsome flock, more handsome shepherd); XXX Les oiseaux sont ivres… (The birds are drunk ….); XXXI Silène (Silenus); XXXII Pour le cortège de Dionysos (For the procession of Dionysos)

Concept Overview

The Chants de Nectaire were inspired by the wise old flute player Nectaire, who appears in “La Révolte des Anges” by Anatole France (1914). La Révolte des Anges is often considered the author’s most profound novel. It tells the story of the angels who rebelled against God and came down to earth, descending upon Paris disguised as people, to prepare a coup d’état which would re-establish Satan (aka the Angel of Light, the symbol of liberating knowledge…) on the throne of heaven. The tribulations of the angels in the Paris of the Third Republic are a fierce social criticism and mock the Catholic Church. Eventually, Lucifer will give up dethroning God, for had he continued, Lucifer would become God, and lose his influence over liberated thought.

“Nectaire raised the flute to his lips. Wielded by dextrous fingers and filled with the breath of creation, the rustic pipe resonated like a silver flute. The music told of Love, Fear, vain Quarrels, triumphant Laughter, the serene clarity of Intelligence and the arrows that pierce the monsters of Ignorance and Hatred. The music also spoke of Joy and Pain bending their twin heads over the Earth and of the desire that creates worlds….” Translated from La Révolte des Anges by Anatole France (1914)

The ninety-six songs , all gems in their own right, are grouped in three books (Op. 198-200) and were composed over four months in 1944. Despite the speed of creation, the quality is incredible, with great attention to detail. Each piece is its own unique sound world, imaginative, sensitive, beautiful and, above all, sincere.

This second set is based on the Ancient Forest as seen in the writings of Virgil. We experience the richness and diversity of the natural world, but the journey also brings joy and sadness, terror and elation. These impressions of diverse life forces are carried through the air by the purity of melody alone.

Charles Koechlin (1867 – 1950) studied at the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, but tuberculosis prevented him from following the military career that was expected of him. Fortunately, he turned to music, studying composition with Fauré and Massenet at the Paris Conservatoire. He worked incredibly quickly when inspired, and his output of 219 opus numbers covers all genres: from the vast orchestral work, ‘Le Livre de la Jungle’, inspired by Kipling; to choral, chamber and solo works. He loved the flute and seemed to understand the subtleties as if he played himself.

According to Koechlin, his personality was dominated by characteristics from his Alsatian roots; there is an energy, naivety and an absolute sincerity at the heart of all his music. I see him as a fascinating and eccentric genius with a twinkle in his eye: inquisitive, fiercely intelligent, and obsessive. He was passionate about the sciences, astronomy, literature, film, and film stars, in particular Lilian Harvey and Ginger Rogers, all of which inspired his musical creativity. Recognition of his genius has grown since his death and as an orchestral ‘magician’, he is now seen as on a par with Debussy and Ravel.

Artist Biography

Nicola Woodward was awarded exhibition scholarships on both flute and piano at the Royal College of Music. She also won the Eve Kisch flute prize and several prizes for all-round musicianship. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Rooms, given live broadcasts on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3, worked with the LPO and Bournemouth Orchestras and toured Latin America for the British Council. As part of a flute and marimba duo, she toured extensively with ‘Live Music Now!’ and is now involved with the scheme as a mentor. She frequently performed at Highgrove and Buckingham Palace for HRH the Prince of Wales and has made several recordings of rare and folk-influenced works. Nicola has a deep love of folk music from many cultures, which she regularly performs. She is co-founder of the Rockhampton Festival.

www.nicolawoodward.uk

Further Information/Live Performances

This CD contains all 32 pieces from Op.199. We released Op. 198 (HS190206) on 4th September 2020, and these will be followed in November 2020 with Op. 200.

At the current time Nicola Woodward is busy planning concert dates (reflecting the requirement for social distancing) which will feature in the programme selections from all three books. When dates are confirmed, these will appear on Nicola’s website.

Nicola has created a short film introducing “Les Chants de Nectaire Op. 199” and illustrated with performance excerpts. This can be viewed here:


This follows the film made  introducing Op. 198 which is viewable here:


In addition, Nicola – who is also a flute teacher – is organising an online international competition for flautists of all ages, to run in the spring of 2021. Entrants need to provide a short, filmed recital (about 7-8 minutes), uploaded to the competition website, which must include at least one of the Chants de Nectaire. The publishers (Gerard Billaudot Editeur in Paris) are kindly allowing free use of some of the pieces for competition entrants, as well as hopefully providing finished copies of the complete score (or the composite volumes) for the competition winners.

The judging panel will include Nicola together with a number of internationally renowned flautists. The panel will provide constructive feedback on their performance to all entrants. Full details will be announced later in 2020.

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MLSCD026 Music by Mikis Theodorakis & Jani Christou from Nikolaos Samaltanos, Christophe Sirodeau & Angelica Cathariou – PRESS RELEASE

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“Intersection 1955” – Music by Mikis Theodorakis & Jani Christou
Performed by Nikolaos Samaltanos & Christophe Sirodeau (pianos)
with Angelica Cathariou  (mezzo-soprano)
Catalogue Number: MLSCD026 Barcode: 3770004972487
Physical Distribution: Proper (UK); Socadisc (France);
Tokyo M-Plus (Japan);
Opera CD (Greece) RoW: Naxos
Full Price – Digipak Release Date: 28th August 2020

Tracklisting

Mikis Theodorakis (b1925): Erofili – Passacailles Pour Deux Pianos (1955)*; Les Éluard on poems by Paul Éluard for mezzo-soprano and piano – Les Quatre Éluard “Jours de Pluie” (1958)*; Les Six Éluard “Medieuses” (1958)*; Jani Christou (1926-1970): Six T. S. Eliot Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano (1949-1955); Prelude and Fugue in D minor for Two Pianos (1944)*

*World Premiere Recordings

Concept Overview

“Intersection : 1955” puts in perspective works by two of the most important Greek composers working in the second half of the 20th century. In 1955, Mikis Theodorakis, as a student at the Paris Conservatory under Eugène Bigot and Olivier Messiaen, composed the music for the ballet “Erofili”, later renamed “Passacailles pour deux pianos”. Passacailles is perhaps the most atypical and enigmatic set of works written by Theodorakis, though it heralded his future development as a composer. The work is rich in contrasts and sonorities: from the sound painting of an archaic landscape of the beginning, to the evocation of a cathedral organ in the last number, the work foretells the future Theodorakis of the grand oratories, of the Axion Esti and Canto General. The two cycles of extreme beauty on the poems of Paul Eluard written in 1958 are particularly distinguished by their great economy of means in harmonic writing and their use of a kind of Byzantine ison.

The Six T. S. Eliot Songs by Jani Christou written in 1955, are the culmination of his period of acoustic compositions, long before he turned to the world of electroacoustic music or constructions which combined three artistic principles, music, dance and theatre, in the same work. Christou’s music perfectly reflects the atmosphere of Eliot’s poetry, and reveals the composer’s immense talent, as well as his ability to move audiences and interpreters alike. The utilisation of the voice is very different from one melody to another, though the technical means employed are relatively similar. It offers the composer scope for exploration with regards to expression, musical discourse, the transformation of acoustical energies into music, the notion of praxis and dramatical action.

The featured song cycles are performed by the distinguished mezzo-soprano Angelica Cathariou whose recordings of vocal works by Nikos Skalkottas, Iannis Xenakis and Manuel de Falla have received international critical acclaim.

Pianists Nikolaos Samaltanos and Christophe Sirodeau, following internationally recognised recordings on music of Nikos Skalkottas, Samuil Feinberg and Viktor Ullmann among many others, complete this album with the Prélude and Fugue by Jani Christou. This early work was composed in 1944 in Egypt, at a time when Christou was studying piano with the famous Austro-Greek pianist Gina Bachauer, long before his studies of philosophy at Cambridge and music with Vito Frazzi, and Hans F. Redlich. Neo classical in character, the Prelude, with its repetitive motives, seems to foreshadow minimalist music, while the Fugue is tonal, with the harmonies becoming increasingly dissonant, returning to a tonal coda before finally reaching a radiant apotheosis in D major.

Artist Biographies

Nikolaos Samaltanos was born in Athens and studied the piano under Ivi Deligianni, Aliki Vatikioti, Evgeni Malinin and György Sebök. His name is associated with the presentation of the music of Nikos Skalkottas in concert; his recordings on BIS include critically acclaimed accounts Skalkottas’s solo piano works and a disc of Skalkottas songs that won the Gerald Moore Prize of the Académie Française du Disque Lyrique.

Athens-born mezzo soprano Angelica Cathariou received her piano soloist diploma and singing diploma with Honours, awarded unanimously, from the Athenaeum-Maria Callas Conservatory. With a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation she pursued further studies in Italy, under the guidance of Arrigo Pola and Renata Scotto, and in the United Kingdom.

She sings a wide range of operatic and symphonic repertoire and has appeared at prestigious venues around the world with many world class orchestras and conductors. She also performs extensively in numerous concerts of contemporary music. Her recordings include the world premiere of N. Skalkottas’s 16 melodies (BIS), De Falla’s El Amor Brujo (Naïve), Schubert’s Messe Es-Dur, works by M. Adamis (Naxos) and Clotilde Rosa as well as the music of Alexandre Desplat for the film 11’09″01 New York September 11.

Christophe Sirodeau (born 1970 in Paris) is a French pianist and composer. As a pianist, he studied with at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory. Since making his performing debut in 1982, he has performed a broad variety of repertoire in concert, recordings and broadcasts, specialising somewhat in the presentation of rarely heard music (Ullmann, Feinberg, Skalkottas, Kapralova for example). In the 1990s he undertook significant scholarly and performing work concerning Samuil Feinberg which resulted in the composer’s 1st Piano Concerto and a number of unpublished songs and piano works coming to light and receiving their first performances and recordings since the 1930s, and in some cases, their world premieres.

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Flautist Nicola Woodward presents a new recording of Charles Koechlin “Les Chants de Nectaire” Volume 1/Op. 198 – Hoxa HS190206 – PRES RELEASE

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Charles Koechlin – “Les Chants de Nectaire” Op. 198
Performed by Nicola Woodward (flute)
Catalogue No.: HOXA HS190206 Bar Code: 5060024370553
Single CD/Standard Jewel Case/Full Price
Release Date: 28th August 2020
Physical & Digital Distribution: NAXOS

Tracklisting

Préambule; Naissance de la vie; Jeux de la lumière; Clartés de l’Esprit; Jeunesse du monde; Les tranquilles clartés de l’intelligence; ..criblent de flèches l’Erreur et la Bêtise; Le rire vainqueur; Gaîté de la lumière; Les Vaines querelles (« à qui bon? »); la Tendresse; La Plainte humaine; La Nuit; |Souffles de Printemps sur la mer; Lumière-modération-équilibre; L’Amour; La Pitié; Pour les âmes souffrantes; Le Jardin des Muses; Les Vrilles de la Vigne; Les Heures douces; La crainte; Idylle; Clair de lune sur la mer; L’Elan vers la vie; «Le Désir qui créé les Mondes»; L’Effort de l’Homme; Le Vaincu médite; Le Soir; Le Calme du Sage; Gaîté du matin ensoleillé; Méditation sur la douleur humaine

Concept Overview

The Chants de Nectaire were inspired by the wise old flute player Nectaire, who appears in “La Révolte des Anges” by Anatole France (1914). La Révolte des Anges is often considered the author’s most profound novel. It tells the story of the angels who rebelled against God and came down to earth, descending upon Paris disguised as people, to prepare a coup d’état which would re-establish Satan (aka the Angel of Light, the symbol of liberating knowledge…) on the throne of heaven. The tribulations of the angels in the Paris of the Third Republic are a fierce social criticism and mock the Catholic Church. Eventually, Lucifer will give up dethroning God, for had he continued, Lucifer would become God, and lose his influence over liberated thought.

“Nectaire raised the flute to his lips. Wielded by dextrous fingers and filled with the breath of creation, the rustic pipe resonated like a silver flute. The music told of Love, Fear, vain Quarrels, triumphant Laughter, the serene clarity of Intelligence and the arrows that pierce the monsters of Ignorance and Hatred. The music also spoke of Joy and Pain bending their twin heads over the Earth and of the desire that creates worlds….” Translated from La Révolte des Anges by Anatole France (1914)

The ninety-six songs , all gems in their own right, are grouped in three books (Op. 198-200) and were composed over four months in 1944. Despite the speed of creation, the quality is incredible, with great attention to detail. Each piece is its own unique sound world, imaginative, sensitive, beautiful and, above all, sincere.

Charles Koechlin (1867 – 1950) studied at the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, but tuberculosis prevented him from following the military career that was expected of him. Fortunately, he turned to music, studying composition with Fauré and Massenet at the Paris Conservatoire. He worked incredibly quickly when inspired, and his output of 219 opus numbers covers all genres: from the vast orchestral work, ‘Le Livre de la Jungle’, inspired by Kipling; to choral, chamber and solo works. He loved the flute and seemed to understand the subtleties as if he played himself.

According to Koechlin, his personality was dominated by characteristics from his Alsatian roots; there is an energy, naivety and an absolute sincerity at the heart of all his music. I see him as a fascinating and eccentric genius with a twinkle in his eye: inquisitive, fiercely intelligent, and obsessive. He was passionate about the sciences, astronomy, literature, film, and film stars, in particular Lilian Harvey and Ginger Rogers, all of which inspired his musical creativity. Recognition of his genius has grown since his death and as an orchestral ‘magician’, he is now seen as on a par with Debussy and Ravel.

Artist Biography

Nicola Woodward was awarded exhibition scholarships on both flute and piano at the Royal College of Music. She also won the Eve Kisch flute prize and several prizes for all-round musicianship. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Rooms, given live broadcasts on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3, worked with the LPO and Bournemouth Orchestras and toured Latin America for the British Council. As part of a flute and marimba duo, she toured extensively with ‘Live Music Now!’ and is now involved with the scheme as a mentor. She frequently performed at Highgrove and Buckingham Palace for HRH the Prince of Wales and has made several recordings of rare and folk-influenced works. Nicola has a deep love of folk music from many cultures, which she regularly performs. She is co-founder of the Rockhampton Festival.

www.nicolawoodward.uk

Further Information/Live Performances

This CD contains all 32 pieces from Op.198. It is planned that Op. 199 will be released in October 2020, followed in November 2020 with Op. 200.

At the current time Nicola Woodward is busy planning concert dates (reflecting the requirement for social distancing) which will feature in the programme selections from all three books. When dates are confirmed, these will appear on Nicola’s website.

Nicola has created a short film introducing “Les Chants de Nectaire” and illustrated with performance excerpts. This can be viewed here:

 

In addition, Nicola – who is also a flute teacher – is organising an online international competition for flautists of all ages, to run in the spring of 2021. Entrants need to provide a short, filmed recital (about 7-8 minutes), uploaded to the competition website, which must include at least one of the Chants de Nectaire. The publishers (Gerard Billaudot Editeur in Paris) are kindly allowing free use of some of the pieces for competition entrants, as well as hopefully providing finished copies of the complete score (or the composite volumes) for the competition winners.

The judging panel will include Nicola together with a number of internationally renowned flautists. The panel will provide constructive feedback on their performance to all entrants. Full details will be announced later in 2020.

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HOXA HS180618 Lennox Berkeley – The Complete Piano Works – performed by Douglas Stevens – PRESS RELEASE

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Lennox Berkeley – The Complete Piano Works
Performed by Douglas Stevens
Catalogue Number: HOXA HS180618 Bar Code: 5060024370379
Global Distribution: NAXOS
Release Date: 28th August 2020
Double CD/Slimline Jewel Case/Special Price (2CD at Single CD Full Price)

Tracklisting

CD1: March (1924)*; For Vere (1927); Mr Pilkington’s Toye (1926); Six Preludes (1945) Op. 23; Sonata for Piano (1945) Op. 20; Concert Study in E flat (1955) Op. 48 No. 2; Three Pieces (1935) Op. 2; Prelude and Capriccio (1978) Op. 95*; Toccata (1925)*; CD2: Three Impromptus (1935) Op. 7; Piano Pieces (1927); Five Short Pieces (1936) Op. 4; Four Concert Studies (1940) Op. 24 No. 1; Four Piano Studies (1972) Op. 82*; Paysage (1944); Three Mazurkas (Hommage à Chopin)(1949) Op. 32, No. 1; Scherzo (1949) Op. 37, No. 2; Mazurka (1982) Op. 101. No. 2; Improvisation on a Theme of Manuel de Falla (1960) Op. 55, No. 2; Polka (1934) Op. 5 No. 1 (a)

*World Premiere Recordings

Concept Overview

Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989), one of  the most versatile of twentieth-century English composers, wrote music in a wide variety of genres – his output includes four symphonies, four operas (plus the unfinished Faldon Park), three string quartets and numerous songs, choral pieces and works for solo piano. Sadly, he is only remembered for a fraction of this output, including the Four Poems of St Teresa of Avila, the Missa Brevis, the Flute Sonatina and the Six Preludes for piano.

Born at Boars Hill, near Oxford, Berkeley studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger after completing a degree at  the University of Oxford. He married Freda Bernstein in 1946 and their three children include Michael Berkeley, himself a professional composer. Lennox Berkeley also retained a lasting friendship with Benjamin Britten, whom he first met at the ISCM Festival in Barcelona in 1936. Teaching at the Royal Academy of Music for over twenty years, Berkeley facilitated the training of many composers including William Mathias, John Tavener and Richard Rodney Bennett. Berkeley converted to Catholicism in 1928 and his faith had a significant impact on his music, leading to works such as the Stabat Mater, the Four Poems of St Teresa of Avila and the two settings of the Mass; his film music includes that for The Sword of the Spirit, depicting the struggle of Catholics during World War Two.

Berkeley’s music displays a wide variety  of influences, from eighteenth-century Classicism through to the Romanticism of Fauré and Chopin, contemporary French music of the early twentieth century and Britten. Yet these influences are never  heard as a ‘patchwork’ – the remarkable individuality of Berkeley’s style attests to the way these influences became amalgamated into a unique compositional approach.

Despite his relative obscurity Berkeley received many accolades in later life including a Knighthood and a papal Knighthood of St Gregory. A growing number of recordings of his music demonstrates a continuation of interest  in his work and legacy.

The booklet contains detailed notes on each of the works on this recording from Douglas Stevens.

Artist Biography

Dr Douglas Stevens studied music at the University of Bristol and continued his studies with a PhD focusing on the music  of Lennox Berkeley, under Professor Stephen Banfield.

He is much sought after as an accompanist and has a wide repertory as a solo pianist.

Douglas has accompanied many choirs including Bristol University Singers,  the Athenaeum Singers, the Harry Ensemble and The Erebus Ensemble.

As a composer Douglas has completed  a large variety of works including a  violin sonata, two piano sonatas and several songs.

He is Organist at the Chapel of All Saints at Wardour Castle in Wiltshire.

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