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A JOURNEY IN EXILE: THE LIEDER OF JULIUS BURGER

RYAN HUGH ROSS (BARITONE), SIÂN MÀIRI CAMERON (MEZZO-SOPRANO), NICOLA ROSE (PIANO), DANIEL RIEPPEL (PIANO)

A Journey in Exile: The Lieder of Julius Burger - SPM001Julius Burger was a gifted Viennese musician, conductor, repetiteur, and composer poised to make his mark on early 20th Century music, that is, until the rise of antisemitism and the Nazi party forever altered his life and took him on a journey in exile, across continents and cultures, and would come to reflect the very themes of Romanticism which he cherished. Burger’s varied career took him from Berlin Radio and the Kroll Opera house to the burgeoning BBC and later working with Columbia Records as well as a long tenure at the Metropolitan Opera where he coached some of the greatest voices of the 20th Century. But it wouldn’t be until he was in his 90s that he would finally fulfil a lifelong dream of hearing his own compositions performed.

This album represents the first ever recordings of Julius Burger’s lieder, spanning from 1915 to his final piece in 1988. These lieder show a master of his craft and a legacy from a world which was thought to have been lost. A life in exile is a heavy burden to bear and, where many lose their artistic purpose, Burger persevered. According to those who knew him, Julius Burger considered his works to be his children, having no offspring of his own. It is our hope that with this album, his children will finally step off the faded manuscript pages and into the world.    
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MUSICK TO HEARE

OLIVIA HUNT (SOPRANO), JOHN HOSKING (HARPSICHORD, ORGAN & PIANO), MARK HARTT-PALMER (VIOLIN)

Musick to Heare - WHR055

Musick to Heare is soprano Olivia Hunt's debut solo recording, and showcases a wide range of sacred and secular song throughout the ages.

John Hosking accompanies on three rather striking instruments: an Italian replica harpsichord built by Goble, the Hill, Norman & Beard organ designed by George Guest and William Mathias at Bangor University, and a Steinway concert grand. Olivia's naturally pure yet colourful tone shines throughout this recording, bringing a new lease of life to the later repertoire.  Her effortless upper range and rich lower range make this essential listening.    More >>

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Bright is the Ring of Words

Chris Booth-Jones - baritone, Igor Kennaway - piano

Bright is the Ring of Words - MAG0502This is a collection of some of the most beautiful English songs written in the 20th century, in which the poets and composers express internal journeys of a wide emotional range, from youthful love and its erotic pleasures to the stoic wisdom of advanced years, reflecting on the passing of time and death itself. These four composers knew each other, sharing a love of English folk songs, which they collected throughout the land, preserving and absorbing the oral tradition before this heritage was lost.   More >> 

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Michael Heath: Suit Suite

Suit Suite

Londinium IV, Katherine Tinker - piano, Alison Arnopp - soprano

Amalgamated Arts represents the works of Michael Heath and Suit Suite is its first CD release. Known originally for his compositions for the theatre, Michael’s work has broadened into writing for the concert platform. This led to a commission for a new string quartet for Londinium IV - the quartet from the London Philharmonic Orchestra - and the success of its premiere led to this recording, for which Michael specially composed the Three Dance Duets for violin and ‘cello. The CD also features the first recording of his piano suite Arcady and the song cycle Wave Songs. These exciting, dramatic, romantic and tonal works have broad popular appeal for classical music fans.  More >>

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UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE:  SONGS OF LOVE AND NATURE

JAKE BARLOW (COUNTERTENOR), STELLA PENDROUS (PIANO), MARK Hartt-Palmer (VIOLIN)

Under the Greenwood Tree:  Songs of Love and Nature - WHR036A beautiful and mood-filled programme of modern English, French and American art songs, this recording includes song cycles from Roger Quilter, Gerald Finzi, Francis Poulenc and Michael Tippett, as well as Herbert Howells' masterpiece King David.  Also featured is the world premiere recording of White Bee, a song by the award-winning contemporary British composer Cecilia McDowall.     More >>  

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