ANDREAS WILLSCHER: Organ Symphonies 19 & 20
Following the first in his Willscher series, Carson Cooman turns to two brand new Symphonies, composed in 2017, together with the much earlier ‘The Beatitudes’. Works of great variety, ideal organ spectaculars showing why Willscher is a natural successor to the great Germanic tradition of organ composition.
Carson Cooman - The Cloak with the Stars
The sixth volume of this series of organ music, which is attracting more and more praise with each instalment. (Volume 7 will be out in early 2018)
Performed once again by the exceptional Erik Simmons.
IL RITORNO: MUSIC BY MICHAEL ALEC ROSE
A splendid program of works for solo violin and violin/viola duo are played with customary virtuosity by Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Diana Mathews. Composer Michael Alec Rose has brought genius to the challenges of writing extended works for a solo/duo of ‘high-voice’ instruments.
"Sappho, Shropshire and Supertramp" (2CD)
The title reflects the wide range of titles on this double album of English art-song presented in conjunction with the English Poetry & Song Society. Twelve composers are represented; performers are soprano Sarah Leonard, baritone Johnny Herford and pianist Nigel Foster. The release has been held up by the complex work involved in tracing the authors and their representatives for permissions to print the texts but now we expect to release this title in January.
The second of our re-releases from the Dunelm Catalog also features Panos Demopoulos as pianist and composer alongside Turkish musician Mahir Cetiz. A program of piano solos, bassoon solo, ensemble works and songs for bass voice featuring both composer as pianists and the Anairesis Ensemble conducted by Matthew Coorey.
Brahms, Mussorgsky and Demopoulos - Piano Music
Pianist Panayiotis Demopoulos performs the Three Intermezzi, Op. 117 by Brahms, his own ‘Farewells’ suite and ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ One of Dunelm Records’ most popular releases and now again available at mid price.
Orchestral Music by Marcus Blunt
Acclaimed British composer Marcus Blunt presents his Piano Concerto (with pianist Murray McLachlan), Concertino for Bassoon (soloist Lesley Wilson), Aspects of Saturn and Symphony No. 2. The Manchester Camerata is conducted by Stephen Threlfall. All these works are receiving their first recording and are important new additions to the orchestral repertoire.
'Headlong' - Christopher Fox's music for Clarinet
Eclectic, iconic and individual – all descriptions which explain why Christopher Fox is one of our favorite composers, as with him you can take nothing for granted. Here is almost everything that Fox has written for clarinet (only one work excluded) and that includes the full family from E flat soprano to the contrabass, all played by the exciting Canadian clarinetist Heather Roche.
Burkard Schliessmann - Chopin Selection
An important release in many ways; our first vinyl album is a 2-LP audiophile set, the works are a selection of Chopin works taken from Schliessmann’s 3-SACD set ‘Chronological Chopin (DDC 25752) for which he won a Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards, 2017. 24-bit high definition recording and 180gm vinyl for a superb sound.
Look out for news in 2018 of Burkard Schliessmann’s new SACD recording of works by Schumann.
From the hand of multi-talented composer Ed Hughes, whose chamber music and operas have been highly acclaimed (see Metier catalog) comes a unique DVD showcasing his music for silent film. Not only does this include his new scores for vintage movies ‘The Nose’ , ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Journey to the Moon’, and historic Royal Air Force footage, but also an extended score for the new film ‘Symphony of a City’ – a moviemontage of the city of Brighton. The audio track will also be released as a digital only album.
A Garland for John McCabe
The brilliantly talented composer and pianist John McCabe died in 2015. This album is a tribute to him with works from 19 composers including David Matthews, John Joubert and Howard Skempton, all for clarinet, recorder, viola and piano in differing combinations. Performed by Linda Merrick, John Turner, Alistair Vennart and Peter Lawson.
Carson Cooman "Owl Night"
Volume 7 of the Cooman organ music series scheduled for release March 2018, as ever a varied, original and inspired set of works, played by Erik Simmons.
Out from the Shadows: Music by Nan Schwartz
Nan Schwartz, 5-time Grammy nominee and 7-time Emmy nominee, is without doubt America’s foremost woman composer with many iconic film scores and jazz masterpieces to her credit; but her concert music has remained hidden until now with the premier recording of her orchestral gems. The Synchron Stage Orchestra, Vienna, is conducted by Kevin Purcell. Also on this album is the Concerto for Orchestra by Brenton Broadstock – an homage to Miles Davis. Sure to be one of 2018’s iconic and seminal recordings.
The Man, Hurdy-Gurdy and Me
A fascinating delve into the special interest of Howard Skempton, with works for unusual combinations of instruments; not only the Hurdy-gurdy but the accordion, Indonesian gamelan trio and medieval harp and lute among others. Splendid and individual works buy one of today;s most appreciated composers, and performed by the ensemble Sirinu.
More To Come Soon:
A new anthology of Lieder
We welcome back Clare and David Lesser whose most recent album, of songs by Michael Finnissy, drew immense praise. This time the program includes one item each from Michael Finnissy, David Lesser, Sergei Prokofiev and Wolfgang Rihm but its main focus is on three cycles from Heinz Holliger; most of the works are receiving their first recordings.
Bass Clarinet and Friends
A miscellany of new works by a panoply of super composers from York Bowen through Alexander Goehr to Sadie Harrison and Cheryl Frances-Hoad and many more.. Featuring Ian Mitchell and Gemini, for whom many of these works were written.
Beethoven: the Complete Piano Sonatas
All 32 sonatas in a 9CD box, performed by Tamami Honma, will be one of our priority releases in the next year or so.
While core repertoire is not our main priority, sometimes an interpreter comes along with fresh perspectives as well as technical skill, and we hear ‘the divine art of music’ in reality.
Brian Ferneyhough: Piano Music
Following the success and critical praise for our recent CDs of chamber and choral music by Ferneyhough, we here have some of his outstanding and awesomely complex piano works, played by Ian Pace (pictured). This disc has been delayed by matters out of our hands but we hope to schedule it in the near future.
English Piano Trios
At last the world is discovering that England was not a musical desert after Purcell -and further proof is provided by a program of piano trios, by composers of whom only one is a household name, but all of whom write fine works; Rosalind Ellicott, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Henry Waldo Warner and CCliffe Forrester. Performed by Trio Anima Mundi, one of Australia’s brightest ensembles (see also Romantic Piano Trios on DDA 25102)
Eric Craven: Entangled States
Astonishing masterpiece of contemporary complexity in Eric Craven’s unique “non-prescriptive” method. Realised and performed by the genius that is Mary Dullea.
Galuppi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4
It’s quite a while since volume 3 of this series was issued, and this one recorded. The pianist has had a rather busy time performing around the world, but this long-awaited disc is now scheduled for 2018.
John Buckley - Choral Music
John Buckley is a leading composer from Ireland whose works have appeared on two Metier releases lately to positive notes from the critics. Coming in 2018 is an album devoted wholly to his choral music, performed by the renowned Mornington Singers.
Music for Saxophone Quartet
Proving again that Manchester is the hotbed of new music in the UK! A program of music for saxophones by Richard Whalley and Kevin Malone, both of whom are already represented in the Metier catalog, and played by the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet.
New Music for a New Oboe, Vol. 2
The first ‘New Oboe’ disc, msv28529, issued mid 2013, featured two epic new works by Michael Finnissy and Edwin Roxburgh, while the second, msv 28531, will include new pieces by Richard Barrett and Sam Hayden and other brand new compositions. These albums also feature two brand new instruments: the Howarth-Redgate oboe and the Lupophon, so should be of interest to all oboists.
Russian Piano Music Vol. 13:Rachmaninov
Alfonso Soldano returns to Russian repertoire (by critical acclaim!) with Rachmaninov’s First Sonata, Moments Musicaux, and other works.
Russian Piano Music Vol. 14:Tchaikovsky
Alfonso Soldano brings Tchaikovsky to the Russian piano series with the Grand Sonata, Op. 37; the Romance Op. 5, 6 pieces op.19 and Berceuse (Op. 72/2)
Russian Piano Music Vol. 15: Prokofiev
For the second Prokofiev album in our series, we welcome brilliant young Italian pianist Stefania Argentieri who will include the First and Sixth Sonatas, 4 Etudes, op. 2 and other works.
Songs by Ives and Cowell
Irish-American mezzo Aylish Kerrigan delights in the challenges of modern repertoire and has attracted fabulous reviews for her two recent Metier recordings – now she adapts to the quirky and personal worlds of Charles Ives and Henry Cowell, true mavericks in mainstream music, with a splendid program of songs.