Spectralism on Métier

Spectral music fits right in with the Métier label’s focus of contemporary music, leaning more towards the adventurous side. Marilyn Nonken is one of the most celebrated champions of modern piano music in the USA and Joshua Fineberg is a leading light in the younger generation of spectral composers. Their album, ‘Voix Voilées’, (which also […]

Joshua Fineberg ’15 Questions’ interview

With his new ‘Sonic Fictions’ recording out this month, Joshua Fineberg has become a leader in new music. Josh recently spoke with ’15 Questions’, a music magazine that interviews the most iconic and interesting artists of our time. Read the full interview here.

500 titles and counting…..

Phew… it may have taken 26 years but then for the first 15 of those we ran the label as a part time hobby to support musicians – now it’s a full time occupation to support musicians. But May sees the 500th release from Divine Art group labels (see ‘future releases’ for details – MJD […]

Peter Seivewright – Finalist for Ernst Bacon Award

Congratulations to pianist Peter Seivewright! His ‘American Piano Sonatas’ recording is a finalist in the Ernst Bacon Award for the Performance of American Music, professional division. The award is among many contests of The American Prize and “recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted […]

Athene release from Mariko Terashi

Japanese pianist Mariko Terashi is currently resident in the UK. She pursued her musical training in France from Catherine Collard and Yvonne Lefébure and now performs regularly on the UK concert platform, has appeared on Spanish TV, and collaborates with the Polish Orchestra Vita Activa. Her upcoming album is one of baroque pieces, but performed […]

Tomono Kawamura – ‘Reminiscence’

Tomono Kawamura has been working in London for some time, though currently living back in Japan, and is also a very popular performer on cruise ships. Her debut album, ‘Reminiscence’, reflects repertoire found in her shipboard concerts with a program of popular masterworks – and one or two rarities including the first recording of her […]

‘Women of History’

Divine Art Records continues its series of recordings with American organist Carson Cooman, who is organist at the Memorial Church at Harvard, as well as being a teacher, writer, speaker, music critic and incredibly prolific composer. Following three recordings including organ works by German composers Andreas Willscher and Raimund Schächer, Cooman has recorded an album of […]

The passing of composer Laura Shur

We are sad to report that composer Laura Shur died recently. Born and raised in Glasgow, Laura studied at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music, and graduated with a Diploma in Musical Education. She then took further study at Jordanhill Teacher Training College to gain a School Teaching Diploma and also gained the ARCM (Associate […]

Peter Katin – Remembering a keyboard genius

We fondly remember the remarkable pianist Peter Katin this month on the two year anniversary of his death. Peter Katin was admitted to the senior department of the Royal Academy of Music when he was twelve, four years before the official age of entry. He went on to become “among the leading British virtuosos, on […]

Two new albums from top composers on the Métier label

Sonic Fictions Joshua Fineberg, a composer known for his spectral music, has developed it into a new form of composition with his next album. Sonic Fiction, the term he uses to describe the musical style, is a complex concept which stresses the abstract music as creating its own ‘fiction’ story and world. It is perhaps […]

2018 Composer Anniversaries

We celebrate several composers this year with historic anniversaries: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco died 50 years ago on March 17. The Italian composer was most known as a guitar composer and for the more than 200 movies he composed music for in Hollywood. But he also composed piano music and the recent release by fellow Italian Alfonso […]

Rawsthorne Rarities

As a sequel to the forthcoming release (February) ‘A Garland for John McCabe’, Divine Art will release later in the year another album of rare 20th/21st century British works, centred around the music of Alan Rawsthorne. This includes the premier recording of his 1939 Chamber Cantata, an unknown early String Quartet and his entertaining but […]

Divine Art launches series for top Russian composer

In 2017 Divine Art released two discs containing music by Vyacheslav Artyomov, regarded by many as the foremost composer in Russia today. His orchestral and chamber works display a totally individual voice yet informed and inspired by such as Mahler, Scriabin and Messiaen, and also imbued with a deep sense of spirituality – and a searching for […]

More organ albums from Divine Art

Divine Art has announced the latest in the new series of organ recordings made by American organist Carson Cooman, following his two recent albums of music by Andreas Willscher. The new disc features more works by Willscher and also major pieces by Raimund Schächer (b. 1960).  Schächer is an expert on early, Renaissance and baroque music which […]

12 Harpsichord Suites of Johann Froberger

Veteran English harpsichordist Gilbert Rowland returns to the studio in July 2018 to record 12 of the Harpsichord Suites of Johann Froberger for Athene Records, the early-music imprint of Divine Art. This follows Rowland’s survey on 6 CDs of the suites by Handel and his recent 3-CD box of the suites by Johann Mattheson which […]

New Music from Basil Athanasiadis

‘Soft Light’, the new album from Basil Athanasiadis, will be a fascinating mix of Greek and Japanese influences. Athanasiadis’ works are characterized by a strong visual identity, brought to life on this album by the ensemble Shonorities. Our CEO, Stephen Sutton, is “delighted to have signed a composer with such a unique and exotic blend of […]

Métier to release a new ‘single’

Métier Records will add to its fast-growing catalog of contemporary music a ‘single’ which will include two works with a total playing time of 24 minutes and which will be offered at budget price. The two works are both for electronics: ‘Aeolus’ is by Irish composer Gráinne Mulvey, and ‘Untouch’ is from Christopher Fox. Both composers produce […]

Coull Quartet celebrates 40 years at Warwick

The Coull Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick, UK this year. They perform a series of concerts on campus, collaborate with many academic departments, support scholarships given to string players and much more. We’re excited to work with them on a 2018 release: They will perform on Christopher Redgate’s […]

Season’s Greetings

To all our customers, our best wishes for the Holidays whichever religion you follow (if any..) and thanks for your support of the best of recorded music. If we have in any small way infused your life with the Spirit of Music then our travail is not in vain. As our original motto (due for […]

Teresa Cahill honored with two awards

Congratulations to Teresa Cahill who was honored with two achievement awards this year: The Elgar Medal (previous winners include Ashkenazy and Barenboim), and the Sir Charles Santley Memorial Award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.