Divine Art Recordings

As mentioned in the general company profile page, the Divine Art label was born in 1993. Founder Stephen Sutton was a commercial and property lawyer with a love of music and a fascination with records (mainly vintage ones!). The organ at his local church was being restored and in order to raise funds, Stephen arranged the making of a cassette, played by Henry Wallace, then assistant organist at Hexham Abbey. Expecting to sell a few copies around the village, Stephen was delighted to see this modest recording receive excellent reviews and sell 700 copies. The following year, baroque flute specialist Peter Harrison who was performing at St. Mungo’s church with his ensemble Concert Royal asked about making a CD, as the group had previously had success with some locally-made cassette tapes. That project led to the first commercial release “Cantatas from the Georgian Drawing Room” and from then on, as they say “one thing led to another” – and soon the label was in demand for production of high quality recordings of unusual and rare music by such artists as Murray McLachlan. A commission from BBC Scotland led to our first co-production with the Aberdeen Youth Choir and the catalogue began to grow, albeit very slowly, as it was still being run in Stephen Sutton’s spare time.

In 2005, Stephen gave up his legal career to manage Divine Art full time, having by then launched the mid-price Diversions series and Pilgrim’s Star. Growth increased exponentially, especially after the introduction of our “agency” recording package, allowing artists, composers and independent producers retention of ownership in their recordings and a much higher degree of financial and artistic control. Over 25 CDs were issued in 2006 on our flagship label, which, as from the beginning, is designed to present rare, new and re-discovered masterpieces. Music on offer ranges from the 17th to the 21st centuries and includes a very high proportion of world premieres. For more information regarding the company, see “about us”.

Divine Art is now one of the UK’s premier labels for classical music of all genres, having acquired ATHENE RECORDS in 2005, the leading contemporary music label METIER in 2007, and DUNELM in 2008. The company opened its American branch, Brandon Music, in August 2008 and in January 2009 acquired Heritage Media Ltd, a producer of vintage radio dramas and documentaries.

The label has attracted increasing numbers of highly regarded artists and ensembles, such as the Europan Union Chamber Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, the Avison Ensemble, Musica Secreta, Madeleine Mitchell, Terence Charlston, and many more. The label still carries some modern music, but usually of the more traditional kind (for example the brilliant piano music of Graham Whettam, John Rose and Brian Chapple), whereas more challenging and true ‘contemporary’ repertoire is now allocated to Metier.

Available 17 November, 2017

Willscher: Organ Symphonies 19 & 20

DDA 25162
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Cooman: The Cloak with the Stars

DDA 25159
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Violin Muse

DDA 25160
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John Turner – Christmas Card Carols

DDA 25161
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France Revisited

DDA 25132
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The Operatic Pianist: Volume II

DDA 25153
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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Music

DDA 25152
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Exordium: Organ Music by Carson Cooman

DDA 25154
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Karol Szymanowski: Piano Music

DDA 25151
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The Piano At The Ballet: Vol. 2

DDA 25148
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Enigmas

DDA 25145
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Franz Schubert: Complete Piano Duets

DDA 21701
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Travelling Light: Music of Jim Parker

DDA 25146
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Mind Music

DDA 25138
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Diana Boyle – Bach Keyboard Partitas

ZDA 50601
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Of Francis's Preaching about Holy Poverty

Andreas Willscher: Organ Symphony No. 5

DDA 25150
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Diana Boyle: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations

ZDA 50502
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Diana Boyle – Brahms Piano Works

ZDA 50501
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Hymnus: Music for Organ By Carson Cooman

Hymnus: Music for Organ by Carson Cooman

DDA 25147
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Diana Boyle – Bach Goldberg Varations

ZDA 50503
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Russian Piano Music, Vols. 1-12

SET 10008
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David Matthews: Romanza

David Matthews: Romanza

DDS 29005
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Natalia Andreeva plays Piano Sonatas

Natalia Andreeva Plays Piano Sonatas

DDA 25140
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Natalia Andreeva plays Preludes & Fugues

Natalia Andreeva plays Preludes & Fugues

DDA 25139
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Henderson: New York, Sing Me!

Henderson: New York, Sing Me!

DDS 29004
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Artyomov: Gentle Emanation Symphony, etc

Artyomov: Gentle Emanation Symphony, etc

DDA 25144
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Artyomov: On the Threshold of a Bright World

Artyomov: On the Threshold of a Bright World

DDA 25143
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Wind Blown - Sonatas for Wind Instruments

Wind Blown – Sonatas for Wind Instruments

DDA 25137
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Russian Piano Music volume 12 - Sergei Bortkiewicz

Russian Piano Music Volume 12 – Sergei Bortkiewicz

DDA 25142
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Mozart: Serenades for Wind Instruments

Mozart: Serenades for Wind Instruments

DDA 25136
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From the Old World to the New World

From the Old World to the New World

DDA 25141
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Preludio - Organ music by Carson Cooman

Preludio – Organ music by Carson Cooman

DDA 21229
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Opening the Door to the Music of Roy Heaton Smith

Opening the Door to the Music of Roy Heaton Smith

DDA 21228
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Cantica Sacra

Cantica Sacra

DDA 25135
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Mozart: Piano Sonatas

Mozart: Piano Sonatas

DDA 21227
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Psallite

Psallite

DDA 25133
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Sonnets, Airs and Dances

Sonnets, Airs and Dances

DDA 25131
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Concertato: Chamber Music by Lydia Kakabadse

Concertato: Chamber Music by Lydia Kakabadse

DDA 25149
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Burkard Schliessmann - Chopin

Burkard Schliessmann – Chronological Chopin

DDC 25752
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Lunaris - Music by Jonathan Östlund

Lunaris – Music by Jonathan Östlund

DDA 21226
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