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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Shadow and Substance
Shadow and Substance (DXL 1098)
Dominick Argento (b. 1927) is generally considered as one of the leading US composers of songs and lyric opera and one of the most successful in terms of performances. This disc features three of his most significant song-cycles, sung here by tenor Howard Haskin. View Booklet View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop  
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North Star
North Star (DXL 1097)
This fantastic collection of trumpet and organ works includes five works from Deborah Callan's growing collection of commissions which receive here their world premiere recording on disc - also includes four solo organ works by composers who have made a significant impact on British composition. View Booklet View on iTunes 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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Crazy Mallets
Crazy Mallets (DXL 1071)
One of the worlds foremost virtuoso marimba players Pedro Carneiro presents an exciting collection of solo works for marimba charting the diverse compositional styles in contemporary Portuguese music. 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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Michael's Farewell
Michael’s Farewell (DXL 1039)
John Wallace and Andrew Powell showcase the contemporary repertoire for trumpet and live electronics on this exciting disc of works by Stockhausen and his pupils. "This enterprising disc is the ideal showcase for the more experimental side of trumpeter John Wallace's exceptional talents. He gives characterful, committed performances displaying all manner of weird and wonderful techniques through the wide-ranging demands of these pieces." BBC Music Magazine, November 2002 "The distinguished international trumpeter John Wallace is on top form with the four contrasting works .... John Wallace's performance is excellent throughout and I have nothing but praise for this enterprising CD." Musician Magazine, March 2003 View on iTunes View on The Classical Shop
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McDowall - Piper's Dream
Cecilia McDowall – Piper’s Dream (DXL 1033)
Piper's Dream is the premier CD recording of Cecilia McDowall's fresh and witty chamber works for flute, piano and wind ensemble. "Cecilia McDowall's music has great depth and charm. She is a highly skilled and inspired composer." Sir James Galway "a brilliant aural palette" David Sonin, CD of the Week - The Ham and High "Performances are as polished as they are sympathetic; the sound is admirably real. A most attractive collection."Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, October 2002 "Cecilia McDowall is clearly a thoroughly useful composer.... In general these are enjoyable performances, well recorded, of some likeable music." BBC Music Magazine, September 2002.   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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