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Colour of Blossoms
Colour of Blossoms (DXL 1171)
Keen explorers of new music, Trio Derazey spotlights the chamber works of award-winning Cecilia McDowall with this provocative programme in which  in which McDowall draws inspiration from a variety of sources, ranging from a Beethoven String Quartet, poetry by Keats and Rainer Maria Rilke, Blackbird song and two Russian synaesthetes, Kandinsky and Scriabin. This disc features 'Cavatina at Midnight' commissioned by the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust and includes guests Sally Bartholomew (Bassoon), Mark Kesel (Trumpet), Matthew Scott (Clarinet) “Cecilia McDowall’s music has great depth and charm. She is a highly skilled and inspired composer.” Sir James Galway  
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Late Night Lute
Late Night Lute (DXL 1175)
Inspired by his late night concerts, Matthew Wadsworth’s ‘Late Night Lute’ is a relaxing programme of music for lute and theorbo featuring the newly commissioned work ‘The Miller’s Tale’, composed by Stephen Goss, which received its world premiere at London’s Wigmore Hall in March 2017.  This is the much awaited disc by Matthew, whose first solo disc for Deux-Elles released in 2003 ’14 Silver Strings’ (DXL 1044) was named Gramophone Editor’s Choice. "Wadsworth's playing is sensitive and polished throughout throughout, and he draws sumptuous velvet sounds from both the 10-course lute and the 14-course theorbo....The recording is beautifully judged - detailed yet wrapped with a resonant halo." BBC Music Magazine, August 2017 View Booklet  
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Romanza (DXL 1172)
Romanza (DXL 1172)
Sara Trickey and Daniel Tong present ‘Romanza‘ - a collection of works for violin and piano by composers David Matthews and Gabriel Fauré, including Matthews' newly commissioned ‘Adonis,’ inspired by Greek mythology. “These are natural unforced performances, recorded in a clear acoustic that nicely captures the gleam of Trickey’s sound…’ll buy this for the David Matthews, and you’ll be glad you did.” Gramophone July 2017 View the booklet View on iTunes 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 (DXL 1128)
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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