A third volume of British song from James Gilchrist and Nathan Williamson

With this third and final instalment of their survey of 100 years of British song James Gilchrist and Nathan Williamson bring us up to the present day.  Their focus is…

Thrilling sounds from the Choir of King’s College Cambridge

On the surface this new disc from the Choir of King’s College Cambridge presents mainly standard repertoire for Holy Week and Easter.  Some might consider the compilation a little too…

Impressive Mahler from Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic

Any new recording from Semyon Bychkov is to be eagerly anticipated, not least the launch of this first disc in a new Mahler cycle, a recent collaboration with Pentatone.  Judging…

Dove, Weir and Martin from the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Hyperion has brought together three composers with a special affinity for choral music, as already demonstrated in earlier recordings devoted solely to their music on Delphian, Naxos and Opus Arte…

Eastertide Evensong from St John’s College, Cambridge

Does the release of a second live evensong album from this celebrated choir reflect a growing interest in the music and ritual within our great cathedrals and collegiate chapels? Whatever…

As the leaves fall: impressive new choral disc from Guildford Cathedral Choir

The music of Harold Darke and Maurice Duruflé might seem curious bedfellows on this recent disc from Guildford Cathedral Choir, with girls’ and men’s voices, issued by Regent.  Yet both these relatively…

World-Premiere Recording, under Richard Bonynge, of Alfred Cellier’s Once-Beloved 1886 Operetta Dorothy

Alfred Cellier is a largely forgotten figure today, but his Dorothy (1886), a “pastoral comedy opera in three acts,” ran for 931 performances, thanks in part to an excellent cast.…

Sir William Walton: a centenary Façade from SOMM and the Orchestra of the Swan

The critics condemned the ‘entertainment’ as a ridiculous hoax.  Noel Coward stormed out.  After the show, one disgruntled elderly lady was rumoured to be lying in wait for the ‘soloist’…

Iestyn Davies and Arcangelo: Bach cantatas

In 2017, Iestyn Davies added an MBE, for his services to music, and a Gramophone Award, for his Hyperion recording with Jonahan Cohen and Arcangelo of three of Bach’s solo…

Canciones: Bach-Brouwer – cultural fusions from Andreas Scholl and Edin Karamazov

The mere mention of the word ‘crossover’ can be enough to raise the hackles of classical music lovers for whom the genre-splicer suggests not a genuine instinct for synchronous musical…