Adoramus Te DXL 1155
Adoramus Te (DXL 1155)
Focusing on two eminent composers from the English Renaissance period, this collection of Motets, songs and consort music of eminent composers William Byrd and Peter Philips from the English Renaissance period, is performed here by award-winning Rose Consort of Viols, featuring mezzo-soprano, Clare Wilkinson. View Booklet View on The Classical Shop
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Deadly Pleasures
Deadly Pleasures (DXL 1151)
Début disc by inspired ensemble Counterpoise that resurrects the forgotten genre of melodrama fusing spoken narration and music presenting four representative examples from the repertoire they have fashioned for themselves, including two commissioned ‘melodramas’ - also features narration by Eleanor Bron and Donald Maxwell. "fascinating by powerful texts and excellent narrators" The Guardian “delivered by Counterpoise with aplomb” The Times “weird and wonderful” The Independent View Booklet View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop  
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Chaconne Brass Dancing in the Dark
Dancing in the Dark (DXL 1141)
Visionary Quintet Chaconne Brass mark the centenary of the birth of Danish composer Vagn Holmboe with this new CD ‘Dancing In The Dark’ showcasing repertoire from the ensemble's imaginative programmes integrating the brass quintet with technology and improvisation as well as musicians from other ethnicity and cultures.   Aside from Vagn Holmboe's Quintet Op 79, this collection also features the works Edward Longstaff, Richard Baker and Cecilia MacDowall. View Booklet View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop
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Hilary Tann Songs of the Cotton Gras
Songs of the Cotton Grass (DXL 1132)
This highly evocative chamber music and song CD shows Hilary Tann as a reflective and melodic composer, who is at the same time challenging. Her music is a delight and universally accessible - performed here with brilliance and sensitivity by Matthew Jones and Ensemble, also features soprano Elizabeth Donovan. View Booklet View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop
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Rhian Samuel Light and Water
Rhian Samuel – Light and Water
A beautiful collection of music by respected composer Rhian Samuel including chamber works, piano works and songs which demonstrate her sensibility  as a composer who has consistently identified with a range of stimuli, including  nature,  memory,  locality  (the Welsh-speaking land  of  her  childhood  in  particular)  and  lamentation.  This disc features sopranos Lucy Crowe and Joana Seara, pianists Simon Lepper, Chenyin Li and John Reid, Cellist Gemma Rosefield, Duo Antithesis and The Fidelio Piano Quartet among others. View Booklet View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop  
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James Macmillan - Northern Skies
James MacMillan – Northern Skies (DXL 1115)
Northern Skies presents the powerfully evocative works for Cello and Piano by celebrated composer, James Macmillan by cellist Henry Demarquette accompanied by Graham Scott on piano. "Demarquette's old Italian cello lends elegance to some distinguished material. He and his pianist also show, in seven exquisite miniatures, how well MacMillan composes for children" Nottingham Evening Post View Booklet View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop
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Adrian Jack String Quartets
Adrian Jack String Quartets (DXL 1116)
This delightful disc presents the chamber works of Adrian Jack performed by the award winning Arditti String Quartet. "This disc offers a substantial introduction to Adrian Jack's more recent music. The Ardittis add a sense of affection to their unrivalled flair for the new and unfamiliar, and the recordings are excellent in atmosphere and balance."  Gramophone Magazine, Awards issue 2006 View Booklet View on The Classical Shop
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Jazzi Metal
Jazzi Metal (DXL 1087)
John Wallace leads the Royal Scottish Academy Brass in this exciting collection of brass music which draws its inspiration from the vibrant contemporary music scene in Portugual. Some of the pieces contain elements of the jazz vocabulary whilst other explore a wide palette of sounds and textures and much that is virtuosic both in composition and performance. View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop
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Light Distance Portuguese Wind Quintets
Light – Distance (DXL 1084)
The Galliard Ensemble's latest CD explores the repertoire for wind quintet of seven contemporary composers - Luís Tinoco, Joly Braga Santos,  Fernando Lopes-Graça, António Pinho Vargas, Alexandre Delgado, Sérgio Azevedo and Eurico Carrapatoso. These sparkling performances, full of the liveliness and skill for which the Galliard Ensemble have become so well known, present these works each with a message of their own, conjured from a wide range of styles and tone colours. View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop  
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Hell's Angels
Paul Patterson – Hell’s Angels (DXL 1050)
Exciting disc marking Paul Patterson's significant return to his early style of composition with Hell's Angels - a setting of text by Ben Dunwell performed by The Crouch End Festival Chorus, The Goldberg String Quartet and Striking Sounds (percussion).  This collection also includes Patterson's early Mass of the Sea (1983). View Booklet View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop  
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Birtwistle Refrains and Chorus
Refrains and Choruses (DXL 1019)
Formed in 1993, The Galliard Ensemble have a stunning reputation for their performances and recordings of contemporary works. Joining them here for this collection of chamber works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle is acclaimed pianist Richard Shaw. "A brisk, bracing, bravura Birtwistle recital from a young ensemble of considerable merit." Gramophone, November 2001 * Critics Choice 2001 - Gramophone * * Critics Choice 2001 - BBC Music Magazine * * CD of the Week - The OBSERVER * View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop
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Odyssey of Love - Liszt and His Women
Odyssey of Love (DXL 1156)
Following the success of ‘Nocturne” – a musical portrait of Chopin released last year, Lucy presents another of her popular programmes that combine words and music, released for the first time on disc. ‘Odyssey of Love’ sees Lucy focus on the romantic life of Franz Liszt featuring narration by celebrated actors Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman. View Booklet View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop
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The Fibonacci Sequence Clarinet
Clarinet (DXL 1150)
Distinguished chamber ensemble, The Fibonacci Sequence present their fifth disc in the instrument-led series of recordings focusing on music for clarinet, featuring Julian Farrell. ‘dazzingly good chamber ensemble’ The Times 'no praise can be too high for the Fibonacci Sequence's polished and dashingly committed performances...' Gramophone View Booklet View on the Classical Shop  
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Jeux d'ete DXL 1149
Jeux d’ete – French Wind Quintets (DXL 1149)
One of Britain’s leading ensembles, The Galliard Ensemble, present a wonderful collection of chamber works by French composers Paul Taffanel, Gabriel Pierné, Eugène Bozza, Darius Milhaud and Jean Françaix. View booklet View on The Classical Shop
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Stephen Wilklinson Dover Beach
Dover Beach (DXL 1148)
Premier recording of a cappella choral works by much-loved conductor of BBC Northern Singers Stephen Wilkinson.  Dover Beach presents five short a cappella works interspersed with five arrangements of folk-songs, one each from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop
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