PARRY:  THE COMPLETE WORKS FOR STRING QUARTET

ARCHAEUS QUARTET

Parry:  The Complete Works for String Quartet - MPR102Released in the 100th Anniversary year of Sir Hubert Hastings Parry's death, this is the first ever recording of his complete music for string quartet. Although the mighty Quartet no. 3 has been published and recorded once, Quartets 1 and 2 have languished unperformed and certainly unrecorded for many years. The early quartets are very much influenced by Mendelssohn and are quite delightful; the charming Scherzo in C, which Parry did not complete, is fully realised in an edition by Professor Jeremy Dibble (who also provided a performing version of Quartet no. 2),  without whose invaluable help this recording would not have taken place.     More >> 

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IDYLL - THE ENGLISH FLUTE UNHEARD

James Dutton (Flute), Oliver Davies (PIANO)

Idyll - The English Flute Unheard - MPR101Recorded in the beautiful acoustic of the Menuhin Hall in Surrey, this recording is a superb selection of music for Flute (mainly with Piano) by composers who either taught or studied at the Royal College of Music in London.  None of these works have been recorded commercially for this instrumentation. Composers include Richard Walthew, Cyril Bradley Rootham, Sir George Henschel, Robin Milford, Armstrong Gibbs, Norman Demuth, Stanley Bate, Leonard Salzedo and John White.

“Hugely enjoyable disc…the balance both tonally and emotionally between the two performers is finely managed…two soloists perfectly in tune with the repertoire…” British Music Society

 

“…beautifully played…these are two instinctive musicians who judge the pace of the music with sensitivity and intelligence…” British Flute Society    More >>

 

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BLUE PLUME:  THE MUSIC OF THE IRISH GUARDS

BAND OF THE IRISH GUARDS, MAJOR BRUCE MILLER (DIRECTOR)
Blue Plume:  The Music of the Irish GuardsA must for lovers of military bands and of irish music! This is a recording of one of the finest military bands in the UK, the Band of the Irish Guards. The recording was made in the sumptuous acoustic of the Guards Chapel, London and the superb symphonic sound was created by the legendary classical recording engineer Tony Faulkner together with Producer Mike Purton. The quality of performance and of production values are exceptional. Under their Director of Music, Major Bruce Miller, the Band play a selection of Irish-inspired music including more than 20 marches (some well-known and some rarities for the collector), a superb suite of Irish folk-tunes by Dutch composer Johan de Meij, and all the 'must have' Regimental music of the Irish Guards, including Company Marches, the Regimental Quick and Slow Marches, plus the Regimental Call, Last Post and Rose. In this Regimental section, the Band are joined by the Regimental Drums and Pipes and by the Corps of Drums to create a truly thrilling sound.     More >>
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Mit Blut und Eisen (With Blood and Iron)

The Band of the Honourable Artillery Company, directed by Major E.H. Keeley

Mit Blut und Eisen (With Blood and Iron) - MPR002Blut und Eisen (Blood & Iron) is a fascinating selection of military music played by German bands during the momentous 100 years between 1815 and 1915. Some marches are quite well known and some are rarities. The century began with the Anglo-Prussian victory at Waterloo in 1815, continues through the wars of German unification from 1864 to 1871, the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914, and culminates at the stalemate in the trenches around Ypres in 1915.  More >>

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The Music of the Royal Swedish Navy

The Royal Swedish Navy Band, directed by Andreas Hanson

The Music of the Royal Swedish Navy - MPR001This album presents a very comprehensive selection of the music associated with the Royal Swedish Navy and includes many wonderful marches, ceremonial and reflective music of different types as well, plus a number of Naval signals. The Royal Swedish Navy Band is one of the finest military bands in Europe and was until very recently under threat of being axed as part of Swedish Defence cuts. Fortunately for all, the Band has been saved and is shown at its best in this beautiful symphonic recording made in studio conditions in the wonderful acoustic of the historic wooden Admiralty Church  (Ulrica Pia), Karlskrona, Sweden. More >>

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