Forthcoming Releases

February 2018

'Headlong' - Christopher Fox's music for Clarinet

MSV 28573

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.

Christopher Fox
February 2018

A Garland for John McCabe

DDA 25166

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.

John McCabe
February 2018

Symphonic Visions

MSVDX 99103

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 (Metier ZME 50801)

Ed Hughes
March 2018

Burkard Schliessmann - Chopin Selection

DDL 12401

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.

Burkard Schliessmann
March 2018

Carson Cooman "Owl Night"

DDA 25163

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.

 

Erik Simmons
March 2018

Concert Orchestral Music by Nan Schwartz

DDA 25165

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.

Nan Schwartz
April 2018

Artyomov - Sola Fide Ballet

DDA 25164

‘Sola Fide’ is a ballet based on Aleksey Tolstoy’s trilogy ‘Road to Calvary’. Here we have almost all of the ballet music in two suites; also included the work for chamber orchestra ‘Tempo Costante’. This new recording also previews the issue of a series of six albums including all of Artyomov’s previous commercial recordings, acquired from Melodiya. Featuring the Moscow Philharmonic and Moscow Chamber Orchestras

Vyacheslav Artyomov
April 2018

New Music for a New Oboe, Vol. 2

MSV 28531

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 specially commissioned, by Sam Hayden, Edward Cowie, Paul Archbold, Dorothy Ker and Christopher Fox . These albums also feature two brand new instruments: the Howarth-Redgate oboe and the Lupophon, so should be of interest to all oboists.

Christopher Redgate
April 2018

Soft Light - Music by Basil Athanasiadis

MSV 28584

The composer writes in a fascinating style inspired by Greece and Japan and wonderfully performed by Shonorities, the theatrical music ensemble that he founded, whose stage shows are truly amazing. For release in mid 2018

Basil Athanasiadis
April 2018

Sonic Fictions

MSV 28564

American composer Joshua Fineberg is known for his spectacular ‘spectral’ piano works (msv 28524) and we are delighted to present a new anthology of chamber works.

All these works are receiving their first recording.

Joshua Fineberg

More To Come Soon:

'Embrace of Fire' - music by Naji Hakim

MSV 28583

An album of music for organ by Hakim, played by Simon Leach, including solo works and pieces with violin (and one for recorder and harpsichord). Also featuring John Turner and Benedict Holland with tenor Ranald McCusker.

Simon Leach

A new anthology of Lieder

MSV 28567

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.

Clare Lesser

Aeolus - Mulvey and Fox

MDS 29006

Two works for electronics, composed and mixed (one each) by Gráinne Mulvey and Christopher Fox on this ‘mini-album’ (EP) to be released in 2018.

Gráinne Mulvey

Bass Clarinet and Friends

MSV 28579

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.

Ian Mitchell

Beethoven: the Complete Piano Sonatas

DDA 21901

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.

Tamami Honma

Brian Ferneyhough: Piano Music

MSV 28518

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.

Ian Pace

Concertos for Flute

DDA 25167

Susan Milan (flute) with the Prague Symphony Orchestra..
This album contains flute concertos written for Milan and they are all premiere recordings, so a major release for 20th century repertoire; includes works by Robert Simpson, Richard Rodney Bennett & Carl Davis

Susan Milan

English Piano Trios

DDA 25158

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)

Trio Anima Mundi

Eric Craven: Entangled States

MSV 28571

Astonishing masterpiece of contemporary complexity in Eric Craven’s unique “non-prescriptive” method. Realised and performed by the genius that is Mary Dullea.

Mary Dullea

Galuppi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4

DDA 25103

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.

Peter Seivewright

Innovations - music for two pianos and percussion

DDV 24167

The Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion by Camilleri, the Concert for same by Bartók and Stravinsky’s own 2-piano transcription of The Rite of Spring. (Dunelm Re-issue)

Johann Froberger - Harpsichord Suites, vol. 1

ATH 23206

A double album of Suites by the great baroque composer Froberger, rather neglected recently but enjoying new popularity.  After his highly praised recordings of the works of Handel and Mattheson, Gilbert Rowland will record in July 2018, for release early in 2019.  More volumes are planned in the future.

Gilbert Rowland

John Buckley - Choral Music

MSV 28576

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.

John Buckley

John McLeod - Complete Piano Music

MSV 77207

A double album containing four live concerts given by Murray McLachlan which include all of the solo piano music of Scotland’s premier composer.

Murray McLachlan

Music for Saxophone Quartet

MSV 28578

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.

 

Kevin Malone

Nina's Clock

MJD 72405

Panaiyotis Demopoulos is an accomplished pianist/composer in both contemporary classical and jazz – this is a fascinating and well built improvisatory suite built around eleven impressionist themes which contrasts well with his piano and chamber works (see Diversions DDV 24142 and 24166, Metier MSV 92107 – two more new recordings to follow!

Panayiotis Demopoulos

Russian Piano Music Vol. 13:Rachmaninov

DDA 25155

Alfonso Soldano returns to Russian repertoire (by critical acclaim!) with Rachmaninov’s First Sonata, Moments Musicaux, and other works.

Alfonso Soldano

Russian Piano Music Vol. 14:Tchaikovsky

DDA 25156

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)

Alfonso Soldano

Russian Piano Music Vol. 15: Prokofiev

DDA 25157

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.

Stefania Argentieri

Songs by Ives and Cowell

MSV 28577

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.

Aylish Kerrigan

The Man, Hurdy-Gurdy and Me

MSV 28580

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 by one of today’s most appreciated composers, and performed by the ensemble Sirinu.

Howard Skempton (photo by Katie Vandyke)