Willowhayne Records - Releases

HEREFORD EXPERIENCE

DOUGLAS TANG (ORGAN OF HEREFORD CATHEDRAL)
Hereford Experience - WHR044Willowhayne Records presents the fifth volume in the critically acclaimed Experience series, recorded on the 'Father Willis' organ of Hereford Cathedral. Played by Douglas Tang (former organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge), this album shows this magnificent instrument to its full potential in music ranging from the early Baroque to the twentieth century, culminating in Whitlock's Plymouth Suite.     More >>
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ASHLEY FRIPP:  J. S. BACH, ADÈS & CHOPIN

Ashley Fripp (PIANO)

Ashley Fripp:  J. S. Bach, Adès & Chopin - WHR053Willowhayne Records presents an album of virtuoso piano music album which shows every facet of Leeds Piano Competition 2016 semi-finalist Ashley Fripp's astounding playing. Included in the programme is Thomas Adès Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face, the only available recording apart from the composer's own.

"Ashley Fripp is a genuine virtuoso, an astoundingly brilliant and masterly pianist, and his total grasp of the music is a joy to hear.” - Thomas Adès     More >>

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TRANSCRIPTIONS FOR OBOE & PIANO

CATHERINE TANNER-WILLIAMS (OBOE), CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS (PIANO)

Transcriptions for Oboe & Piano - WHR052Husband and wife duo Catherine and Christopher celebrate their 25th year of musical partnership with this disc of world premiere recordings of works which have been borrowed or transcribed for oboe and piano, including 3 pieces by Richard Strauss which were arranged specially for this CD.

Let the music take you along quiet forest paths, to magical castles and sparkling Viennese balls. Featuring a sonata by Mozart, and operatic works by Glinka and Richard Strauss, this disc showcases the oboe's lyrical and virtuosic sides in an intimate chamber music setting.

The perfect gift for Valentine's Day, or any time of the year!    More >> 

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BEN GOLDSCHEIDER: DEBUT

BEN GOLDSCHEIDER (HORN), DANIEL HILL (PIANO)

Ben Goldscheider: Debut - WHR045Willowhayne Records presents the debut recording by BBC Young Musician Grand Finalist Ben Goldscheider.

The idea behind this CD was to present a concert programme taking the listener on a musical journey through the development of the horn and the subsequent music written for it. Starting in the 21st century and then jumping to classical, through romantic, early and late twentieth century and back to the 21st century, this disc shows the full range of the horn's versatility, as well as the technical and musical maturity of this exceptional artist.     More >>

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...AND THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE: CHORAL MUSIC BY MICHAEL WALSH

Antiphon, Antiphon Players, Matthew Cann (director)

...and the Greatest of These is Love - WHR049In their second album for Willowhayne Records, Antiphon presents world premiere recordings of three choral works by Michael Walsh. Two are sacred and one secular: an unaccompanied Mass of the Holy Trinity, a full-scale Requiem Mass, and The Way of Love: a setting of five love poems by the First World War poet Rupert Brooke, scored for choir and strings.

These works reflect the gentle character of the composer's style, steeped through nearly thirty years of singing in English Cathedrals.     More >> 

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Y2:  MUSIC FOR CELLO & PIANO

Y2:  Yelian He (Cello), Yasmin Rowe (Piano)

Y2: Music for Cello & Piano - WHR047After her critically acclaimed début CD of piano music from Bach to Kapustin, Yasmin Rowe joins Australian cellist Yelian He (collectively known as Y2) in a programme of music by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Henryson, Kapustin and Piazzolla.

Y2 has also achieved outstanding success on the world’s competition stages, notably 1st Prize in the 2009 Royal Over-Seas League String Competition in London and the Grand Prize and Audience Prize in the 2014 Australian Cello Awards Competition (now amalgamated as the Young Performer’s Awards) in Sydney.

This release includes the world première recording of Svante Henrysson's On A Day Like This for solo cello.     More >>

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ARUNDEL EXPERIENCE

ALEXANDER EADON (ORGAN OF ARUNDEL CATHEDRAL)

Alexander Eadon - WHR043Willowhayne Records presents the fourth album in it's Experience series, played by Alexander Eadon on the Hill organ of Arundel Cathedral.

Restored in 2006, Alexander Eadon explores all the tonal colours of this unjustly rarely recorded instrument, in well-known classics including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Widor’s Toccata, to newer works by Robert Leach, Robert Jones and Christopher Tambling, with Edwin Lemare’s transcription of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll being the central work on this recording.     More >> 

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DANIEL HILL PLAYS SCHUBERT & MUSSORGSKY

DANIEL HILL - piano

Daniel Hill plays Schubert & Mussorgsky - WHR042Although these two masterpieces are of differing styles - the Schubert (1828) being a 4 movement sonata in the Viennese classical tradition and the Mussorgsky (1874) a sequence of 15 short sections in a deliberately Russian idiom that rejects western European influence, there are parallels between them. Neither was published until after their composer’s death, the sonata in 1838 and Pictures in 1931, though an edited version by Rimsky-Korsakov had appeared in 1886. Neither work received real appreciation and understanding until the 20th century.

Daniel Hill comments: “My criteria for selecting repertoire to record was twofold: firstly, that I would be playing music for which I held a deep respect, passion and conviction; and secondly, that they were pieces for which I felt I may be able to do some justice. “Both works, though largely disparate in nature, represent a kind of journey: in the vivid experience of Mussorgsky’s Pictures, this is somewhat overtly so; Schubert, on the other hand, takes us into a profoundly intimate and, at times, transcendental realm. “My hope in making this album is that I may have found some of that elusive and precious connection between interpreter and composition.” More >>  

24+1

Dominic John - piano

24+1 - WHR041In his second album for Willowhayne Records, virtuoso pianist Dominic John presents 24+1, a truly ground breaking recording based on the ‘circle of fifths.’  From the power of Eduard Abramyan’s Prelude in F sharp minor to the poetry of John Ireland’s The Holy Boy, 25 composers extending across 2 centuries of music are represented in this unique musical journey that is sure to delight the listener.     More >>  

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AS ONE WHO LISTENS TO THE RAIN

TRIP TRIP TRIP GUITAR TRIO

as one who listens to the rain - WHR048This album is the third release of trip trip trip trio and it’s also the result of a collaborative work with Colombian contemporary composers. It includes works created especially for the trio and finished during the last three years by Alejandro Zuluaga, Andrés Samper, Eblis Alvarez, Camilo Giraldo Angel and César Quevedo Barrero.

The trio's name was inspired by a fantastic character from the novel "Opium in the Clouds" by Bogota’s cult writer Rafael Chaparro Madiedo; a talking cat called Pink Tomate, who always says: “triptriptrip what a mess, what a serious mess.”

For this, and for so many other reasons, the number three inspires the intensions and imaginaries of César, Camilo and Guillermo. More >> 

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THE ORD-TEMPERED HARPSICHORD

MARK SWINTON (LONGMAN & BRODERIP HARPSICHORD, 1785)

The Ord-Tempered Harpsichord - WHR040

A unique opportunity to hear the rare 1785 Longman & Broderip (manufactured by Thomas Culliford) Venetian Swell harpsichord in a programme of music that explores all the tonal colours of this instrument.     More >>  

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YASMIN ROWE PLAYS BACH, CHOPIN, JANÀČEK & KAPUSTIN

Yasmin rowe (piano)

Yasmin Rowe plays Bach, Chopin, Janáček & KapustinThis is the début album featuring pianist Yasmin Rowe, a rising and talented exponent of all genres of piano music.  Since her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK, Yasmin has won numerous prestigious awards and prizes, having given recitals both in the UK and overseas.  Venues have included the Wigmore and Bridgewater Halls, as well as recital and concerto appearances in Peru, Australia and Canada.

She has also appeared on BBC Radio 3. This album shows Yasmin Rowe’s technical and musical mastery to its full extent, in music from J. S. Bach to Nikolai Kapustin.     More >>

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O MY PEOPLE

ANTiphON, MATTHEW CANN (DIRECTOR)

O My People - WHR038

A collection of sublime 20th and 21st century a capella choral music, including several world premiere recordings.  Recorded in the magnificent acoustic of the Lady Chapel in Exeter Cathedral, UK, works include Elgar's Lux aeterna, Sanders' The Reproaches and Whitacre's A Boy and a Girl.     More >> 

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A BACH FAMILY ALBUM

MARK SWINTON (ORGAN OF THE collegiate CHURCH OF sT mARY, WARWICK)

A Bach Family Album - WHR037A unique collection of organ music and pieces arranged for the organ, composed by J. S. Bach and members of the Bach family.  Expertly arranged and played by Mark Swinton at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, UK, the music featured here demonstrates the development of keyboard music across the generations of the Bach family.     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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GLOUCESTER EXPERIENCE

JONATHAN HOPE (ORGAN OF GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL)

Gloucester Experience - WHR035Willowhayne Records presents the debut solo release from organist Jonathan Hope, Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral.  Played on the stunning organ of Gloucester Cathedral, this recording includes the world premiere recording of John Hosking's Hommaga à Paris, as well as works by John Sanders (Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral from 1967-1994) and the Sonata on the 94th Psalm by Julius Reubke.    More >>  

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CAPE TOWN EXPERIENCE

GRANT BRÄSLER (ORGAN OF ST GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL, CAPE TOWN)

Cape Town Experience - WHR034The organ in St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town came from St Margaret’s, Westminster (the “MPs’ Church” next to Westminster Abbey) in 1909. Parts of this instrument date from 1675, and has undergone several rebuilds, extensions and work up until 1988. 

This first solo recording of the William Hill instrument gives listeners a timely record of one of the city’s great musical treasures. This great English organ provides a perfect, authentic sound world for the music of Elgar and Whitlock, as well as being remarkably versatile in other styles and periods.     More >> 

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WILD ABOUT TRANSCRIPTION...

DOMINIC JOHN (PIANO)

Wild About Transcription... - WHR033Recorded in Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London, UK, this album features a dazzling display of virtuosity through a broad selection of repertoire, including the rarely recorded transcription by N. Vaneyev of Fritz Kreisler's Praeludium & Allegro to Earl Wild's mighty Fantasy on Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.     More >>

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TRANS EUROPE EXPERIENCE

KEITH JOHN (ORGAN OF GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL)

Trans Europe Experience - WHR032This album tracks an imaginary journey around European cities in 20th century organ music spanning some 50 years. From the operatic Adorazione by Oreste Ravanello to Markus Kühnis' Variations on the Swiss Song 'Stets I Truure, mues I läbe with Carl Nielsen's Commotio as the central 'stop' of this recording, this release shows Keith John and the organ of Gloucester Cathedral at their very best.

Keith John studied with Jean Guillou, whose Toccata, Op.9 is also recorded here. He has previously recorded several discs for Priory Records and Hyperion Records, and this is his first release on the Willowhayne Records label.     More >>

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