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Elgar: String Quartet; Malcolm Arnold: Sonata for Strings; Robert Simpson: Allegro Deciso / Orch. of St. Paul's / Palmer
Elgar: String Quartet; Malcolm Arnold: Sonata for Strings; Robert Simpson: Allegro Deciso / Orch. of St. Paul's / Palmer

1 CD / Somm / 2015-06-09

Conductors: Palmer, Ben
Ensemble: Orchestra of St Paul's

This SOMM release brings together the premiere recordings of three works for string quartet in magnificent versions for string orchestra. The Elgar and Arnold Quartets...continue...
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SOMM 145
Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol. 4 - Trio, Op. 1/1; Allegretto in E flat major; Trio Op. 97 'Archduke' / Gould Piano Trio
Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol. 4 - Trio, Op. 1/1; Allegretto in E flat major; Trio Op. 97 'Archduke' / Gould Piano Trio

1 CD / Somm / 2015-06-09

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Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio

This is the concluding disc in a four-CD collection of Beethoven's complete music for piano trio, recorded live by the Gould Piano Trio in a...continue...
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Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes / Leon McCawley, piano
Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes / Leon McCawley, piano

1 CD / Somm / 2015-05-12


English pianist Leon McCawley leapt into prominence at the age of nineteen, when he won both First Prize in the International Beethoven Piano Competition in...continue...
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Medtner: Piano Sonatas, Op. 38 No. 1; Op. 53 Nos. 1 & 2 / Alessandro Taverna, piano
Medtner: Piano Sonatas, Op. 38 No. 1; Op. 53 Nos. 1 & 2 / Alessandro Taverna, piano

1 CD / Somm / 2015-04-14


This debut album showcases talented 32-year-old Venetian pianist Alessandro Taverna, whose career began flourishing when he won First Prize in the Minnesota International Piano Competition,...continue...
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SOMM 142
Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 - Sonatas Nos. 9 & 10; Sonatinas Nos. 1 & 2; Cello Sonata / Peter Donohoe, piano; Raphael Wallfisch, cello
Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 - Sonatas Nos. 9 & 10; Sonatinas Nos. 1 & 2; Cello Sonata / Peter Donohoe, piano; Raphael Wallfisch, cello

1 CD / SOMM / 2015-03-10

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Sonata for Piano no 9 in C major, Op. 103; Sonata for Piano no 10 in C minor, Op. 137 (fragment); Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119; Sonatina for piano no 1 in E minor,...
Performers: Donohoe, Peter; Wallfisch, Raphael [Cello]

Pianist Sviatoslav Richter and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich were among Prokofiev's friends during the last years of his life. They inspired the composer to continue his...continue...
Recording information: Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton (04/15/2014-04/16/2014)....continue...
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SOMM 256
Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer (1692-1766): 6 Concerti Armonici / Innovation Chamber Ensemble; Richard Jenkinson
Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer (1692-1766): 6 Concerti Armonici / Innovation Chamber Ensemble; Richard Jenkinson

1 CD / SOMM / 2015-03-10


The set of Six Concerti Armonici for strings and basso continuo, published without ascription in The Hague in 1749, is such good music that it...continue...
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SOMM 141
Malcolm Williamson: Piano Concerto No. 2; Doreen Carwithen: Piano Concerto; Gordon Jacob: Piano Concerto / Mark Bebbington, piano
Malcolm Williamson: Piano Concerto No. 2; Doreen Carwithen: Piano Concerto; Gordon Jacob: Piano Concerto / Mark Bebbington, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2015-02-10

Works: Gordon Jacob: Concerto for Piano no 1; Malcolm Williamson: Concerto for Piano no 2 in F sharp minor; Doreen Carwithen: Concerti for piano and strings
Performers: Bebbington, Mark
Conductors: Jenkinson, Richard
Ensemble: Innovation Chamber Ensemble

Bebbington's acclaimed collaboration with SOMM yields new riches in this important release featuring three exhilarating works for piano and string orchestra, including the world premiere...continue...
Recording information: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (06/02/2014-06/03/2014)....continue...
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SOMM 254
Elgar: The Spirit of England; With Proud Thanksgiving; Carillon, Op. 75; Incidental music to Binyon's play 'Arthur' (premiere) / Judith Howarth, soprano; Simon Callow, speaker
Elgar: The Spirit of England; With Proud Thanksgiving; Carillon, Op. 75; Incidental music to Binyon's play 'Arthur' (premiere) / Judith Howarth, soprano; Simon Callow, speaker

1 CD / SOMM / 2015-02-10

Works: Edward Elgar: The Spirit of England, songs (3) for soprano/tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op. 80; With Proud Thanksgiving, for chorus, orchestra & organ; Carillon, Op. 75; King Arthur, incidental music
Performers: Howarth, Judith
Conductors: Wilson, John; Palmer, Bee
Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Paul's; Philharmonia Orchestra

Poet Laurence Binyon is known today for one famous verse from "For the Fallen," the complete poem being the most substantial part of Elgar's The...continue...
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SOMM 255
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1; R. Strauss: Burleske for Piano & Orchestra; Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Song / Valerie Tryon, piano; Royal PO; Van Steen
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1; R. Strauss: Burleske for Piano & Orchestra; Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Song / Valerie Tryon, piano; Royal PO; Van Steen

1 CD / SOMM / 2015-01-13

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1; Richard Strauss: Burleske for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in D minor, o.Op. 85 (TrV 145, AV 85); Ernst von Dohnányi: Vari...
Performers: Tryon, Valerie
Conductors: Steen, Jac van
Ensemble: ; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

This is the third recording and an 80th birthday tribute to the amazing Valerie Tryon, whose pianism and musicianship are totally undiminished as her long,...continue...
Recording information: Henry Wood Hall (07/16/2013-07/17/2013)....continue...
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Herbert Howells: When First Thine Eies Unveil / Birmingham Conservatoir Chamber Choir; Spicer
Herbert Howells: When First Thine Eies Unveil / Birmingham Conservatoir Chamber Choir; Spicer

1 CD / SOMM / 2015-01-13

Conductors: Spicer, Paul
Ensemble: Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir

This recording brings together, for the first time, Howells' complete extant Latin church music for Westminster Cathedral, composed when he was a student of Stanford...continue...
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Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht; Brahms: Serenade No. 1 / Orchestra of the Swan; Woods; Ensemble Epomeo
Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht; Brahms: Serenade No. 1 / Orchestra of the Swan; Woods; Ensemble Epomeo

1 CD / SOMM / 2014-09-09

Works: Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4; Johannes Brahms: Serenade for orchestra no 1 in D major, Op. 11
Performers: Hankey, Tom; Pascal, Diane; Sharp, Matthew
Conductors: Woods, Kenneth
Ensemble: Ensemble Epomeo; Ensemble Epomeo (String Trio)

This disc, recorded live as part of the Deal Festival, Kent and the Two Rivers Festival, Birkinhead, documents the emerging mastery of two of music...continue...
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SOMM 139
Earth's Call: Songs for soprano & piano by John Ireland
Earth's Call: Songs for soprano & piano by John Ireland

1 CD / Somm / 2014-07-08

Works: John Ireland: Earth's Call (A Sylvan Rhapsody), for voice & piano; When I am dead, my dearest, for voice & piano; Mother and Child, cycle of 8 songs for voice & piano; Songs (2), for voice & piano (1...
Performers: Bebbington, Mark; Fredrick, April

The songs of John Ireland form a major contribution to vocal music during the first half of the 20th century, and encompass a wide variety...continue...
Recording information: Symphony Hall, Birmingham (08/28/2012-08/29/2012)....continue...
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SOMM 137
Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux
Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux

1 CD / Somm / 2014-06-10

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: 6 Etudes Tableaux; Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39
Performers: Cousin, Martin

Since winning the Pozzoli International Piano competition, ever-popular young Scottish pianist Martin Cousin has won a just reputation as an ideal interpreter of the Russian...continue...
Recording information: Old Granary, Suffolk (10/28/2012-10/29/2012)....continue...
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SOMM 136
Edward Elgar: Music for Powick Asylum / Innovation Chamber Ensemble
Edward Elgar: Music for Powick Asylum / Innovation Chamber Ensemble

1 CD / SOMM / 2014-05-13

Works: Edward Elgar: Menuetto, for 2 flutes, oboe, clarinet & bassoon in B flat major; Movements (2), for oboe & string trio; Die Junge Kokette, quadrilles (5) for band; Maude, polka for band; L'Assomoir, q...
Performers: Beyers, Zoe [Orchestra Leader]; Brawn, Victoria [Oboe]; Tattersdill, John; Wilson, Duncan [Trombone]
Conductors: Collett, Barry
Ensemble: ; Innovation Chamber Ensemble

The first-ever recording of Music for Powick Asylum made with a professional orchestra! In 1879, the 21-year-old Elgar was appointed Bandmaster at the Worcester Country...continue...
Recording information: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (07/30/2013-07/31/2013)....continue...
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SOMM 252
Beethoven: Trios, Vol. 3 - Clarinet Trio, Op. 11; Trio, Op. 121a 'Kakadu Variations'; Clarinet Trio, Op. 38 / Robert Plane, clarinet
Beethoven: Trios, Vol. 3 - Clarinet Trio, Op. 11; Trio, Op. 121a 'Kakadu Variations'; Clarinet Trio, Op. 38 / Robert Plane, clarinet

1 CD / SOMM / 2014-05-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11; Trio for Piano and Strings no 11 in G major, Op. 121a "Kakadu Variations"; Trio for piano, clarinet (or v...
Performers: Frith, Benjamin [Piano]; Neary, Alice [Cello]; Plane, Robert
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Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio

The third of four volumes of Beethoven's complete Piano Trios with the intrepid Gould Piano Trio, recorded live at St. George's Brandon Hill, Bristol. They...continue...
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SOMM 135
Schumann: Piano Music - Symphonic Etudes; Kinderszenen; Faschingsschwank aus Wien / Leon McCawley, piano
Schumann: Piano Music - Symphonic Etudes; Kinderszenen; Faschingsschwank aus Wien / Leon McCawley, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2014-04-08

Works: Robert Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26; Kinderszenen, Op. 15; Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
Performers: McCawley, Leon

For the past three years, SOMM and the wonderful Leon McCawley have been happily exploring the music of composers whose works have made the piano...continue...
Recording information: Champs Hill, Pulborough, West Sussex (05/20/2012-05/21/2012)....continue...
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Piano Music by William Alwyn
Piano Music by William Alwyn

1 CD / SOMM / 2014-03-11

Works: William Alwyn: Fantasy-Waltzes (11) for piano; Funeral Rites for the Death of an Artist, for piano; Bicycle Ride, for piano; Piece for piano; Sonata alla toccata, for piano; The Weather Vane, for pia...
Performers: Bebbington, Mark

Following highly acclaimed cycles of the piano music of Frank Bridge and John Ireland, Mark Bebbington's new release for SOMM (and his 31st CD for...continue...
Recording information: Birmingham Town Hall (08/12/2013-08/13/2013)....continue...
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SOMM 133
Schubert: Sonata in A major D664; Sonata in B flat major D960; 'Wanderer' Fantasy D760 / George Emmanuel Lazaridis, piano
Schubert: Sonata in A major D664; Sonata in B flat major D960; 'Wanderer' Fantasy D760 / George Emmanuel Lazaridis, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2014-02-11

Works: Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120; Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer"; Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
Performers: Lazaridis, George-Emmanuel

When George Lazaridis made his debut CD on SOMM in 2004 as a young rising star with Schumann's Carnaval and Papillons, he received glowing reviews....continue...
Recording information: St. Mary's Church, Walthamstow, London, England (10/24/2011-10/25/2011)....continue...
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Songs by William Vincent Wallace / Sally Silver, soprano; Richard Bonynge, piano
Songs by William Vincent Wallace / Sally Silver, soprano; Richard Bonynge, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2014-01-14

Works: William Vincent Wallace: Why do I weep for thee?, ballad for voice & piano; The Desert Flower; Bird of the Wild Wing, song for voice & piano; Orange Flowers, romance for voice & piano; Softly, Ye Nig...
Performers: Bonynge, Richard [Conductor]; Howard, Yvonne; Noakes, Anna [Flute]; Silver, Sally [Soprano]

Conductor/pianist Richard Bonynge's love affair with William Vincent Wallace began when he recorded the beautiful opera Lurline, which led him to explore Wallace's song repertoire....continue...
Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (03/24/2011-03/26/2011)....continue...
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SOMM 131
Charles Villiers Stanford: Partsongs / Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir
Charles Villiers Stanford: Partsongs / Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-11-12

Works: Charles Villiers Stanford: On Time, ode for double chorus, Op. 142; Part Songs (4), Op. 110; To Chloris, part song for chorus; Elizabethan Pastorals (6), for chorus, Op. 49; Partsongs (8), for chorus...
Conductors: Spicer, Paul
Ensemble: Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir

It seems a paradox that over the years we have gone to such great lengths to become familiar with the music of Gustav Holst, Ralph...continue...
Recording information: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Highdale, Birmingham (06/24/2012-06/25/2012)....continue...
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SOMM 128
Gypsy Ballad - Works by Torroba, Rodrigo, Afshar, Tadic, Bodorova, Lauro et al. / Eleftheria Kotzia: guitar
Gypsy Ballad - Works by Torroba, Rodrigo, Afshar, Tadic, Bodorova, Lauro et al. / Eleftheria Kotzia: guitar

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-11-12

Works: Federico Moreno Torroba: Suite castellana for guitar; Joaquín Rodrigo: Junto al Generalife; Dusan Bogdanovic: Balkan Miniatures (6) "For World Peace"; Lily Afshar: Dareneh-Jaan / Aziz-Joon, folk...
Performers: Kotzia, Eleftheria

In a few words, the celebrated Greek guitarist Eleftheria Kotzia describes her new release for SOMM: "It was the folkoric element, expressed by the special,...continue...
Recording information: Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Herts, England (2012-10-22&2013-02-25_2013-)....continue...
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Delius: Orchestral Music Arranged for Two Pianos, Vol. 2 / Simon Callaghan: piano; Hiroaki Takenouchi: piano
Delius: Orchestral Music Arranged for Two Pianos, Vol. 2 / Simon Callaghan: piano; Hiroaki Takenouchi: piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-11-12

Works: Frederick Delius: Paris; Eventyr (Once upon a Time), ballad for orchestra, RT vi/23; Fantastic Dance, for orchestra, RT vi/28; Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra; A Song of the High Hills, for wordless c...
Performers: Callaghan, Simon; Takenouchi, Hiroaki

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Delius, and SOMM joined his many admirers in paying tribute to the composer, who...continue...
Recording information: Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire (09/15/2011-09/16/2011)....continue...
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SOMM 129
Schubert: Impromptus, D899 & D935 / Cordelia Williams: piano
Schubert: Impromptus, D899 & D935 / Cordelia Williams: piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-10-08

Works: Franz Schubert: Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90; Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142; Ländler (17) for piano (Deutsche Tänze), D. 366
Performers: Williams, Cordelia

SOMM's verdict on hearing Cordelia Williams play Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto at the finals of the Dudley International Competition two years ago was "absolutely stunning!"...continue...
Recording information: Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton (11/10/2012/11/11/2012)....continue...
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SOMM 127
Twentieth-Century Cello Sonatas by Bridge, Delius, Ireland, Clarke, Keys, Rubbra / Alexander Baillie, cello; John Thwaites, piano
Twentieth-Century Cello Sonatas by Bridge, Delius, Ireland, Clarke, Keys, Rubbra / Alexander Baillie, cello; John Thwaites, piano

2 CD / SOMM / 2013-10-08

Works: Frank Bridge: Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, H 125; Frederick Delius: Sonata for cello and piano, RT viii/7; John Ireland: Sonata for cello & piano in G minor; Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for viola ...
Performers: Baillie, Alexander; Thwaites, John

SOMM is well known for its promotion of British music, and its catalog boasts many world premiere recordings. This impressive double disc is no exception,...continue...
Recording information: Sendesaal Bremen (12/16/2012-12/22/2012)....continue...
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SOMM 251
Turina: Rhapsodia Sinfonica; Franck: Symphonic Variations; Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain / Valerie Tryon, piano
Turina: Rhapsodia Sinfonica; Franck: Symphonic Variations; Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain / Valerie Tryon, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-09-10

Works: Joaquín Turina: Rapsodia sinfónica, for piano & orchestra, Op. 66; César Franck: Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46; Manuel de Falla: Nights in the gardens of Spain; En...
Performers: Tryon, Valerie
Conductors: Woods, Kenneth
Ensemble: ; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

SOMM embarks on an exciting new series of recordings with pianist Valerie Tryon and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra! This first album, recorded in London last...continue...
Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (02/16/2000); National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (02/16/2000); St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol (02/16/2000); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/13/2003)...continue...
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SOMM 250
Vivat Brahms! Vol. 1 - Sonata No. 1, Op. 38; Hungarian Dances WoO 1 / James Barralet, cello; Simon Callaghan, piano
Vivat Brahms! Vol. 1 - Sonata No. 1, Op. 38; Hungarian Dances WoO 1 / James Barralet, cello; Simon Callaghan, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-09-10

Works: Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38; Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1
Performers: Barralet, James; Callaghan, Simon

The hugely gifted cellist/composer/arranger James Barralet has made a special arrangement of Brahms' Hungarian Dances for cello and piano. The Dances have appeared in many...continue...
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SOMM 126
Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - Sonatas nos 1-5 / Peter Donohoe, piano
Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - Sonatas nos 1-5 / Peter Donohoe, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-08-13

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 1; Sonata for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 14; Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28; Sonata for Piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 29; Sonata for Pia...
Performers: Donohoe, Peter

Recording the Prokofiev Sonatas is an important landmark for Peter Donohoe, who first came to international recognition in Moscow in 1982, when he won second...continue...
Recording information: Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton (04/03/2012-04/04/2012)....continue...
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Jacques Ibert: Chamber Music / Bridge Quartet with Michael Dussek, Bryn Lewis & Richard Alsop
Jacques Ibert: Chamber Music / Bridge Quartet with Michael Dussek, Bryn Lewis & Richard Alsop

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-08-13

Works: Jacques Ibert: String Quartet; Jeux, sonatine for flute (or violin) & piano; Ghirlarzana, for solo cello; Trio for violin, cello & harp; Aria, for solo instrument & piano; Caprilena, for solo violin;...
Performers: Alsop, Richard; Dussek, Michael; Lewis, Bryn; Schofield, Catherine [Violin]; Schofield, Michael; Twigg, Colin [Violin]; Wilding, Lucy
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Ensemble: Bridge Quartet

Jacques Ibert (1890 - 1962) is a significant French composer whose success began early, when he worn the Prix de Rome. He became sought after...continue...
Recording information: All Saints Church, Childs Hill, London (09/06/2011-09/07/2011)....continue...
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Song of Paradise: Piano Music by Reginald King / Mark Bebbington, piano
Song of Paradise: Piano Music by Reginald King / Mark Bebbington, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-07-09

Works: Reginald King: Song of Paradise; Melody at Dusk, for piano; Miniatures (3) for piano; June Night on Marlow Reach, for piano; Money Spider, for piano; Humoreske for piano; Moonlight Reverie, for piano...
Performers: Bebbington, Mark

These are all premiere recordings of the music of neglected pianist, lyricist, and composer Reginald King (1904 - 1991). He was a soloist with Henry...continue...
Recording information: Symphony Hall, Birmingham (01/05/2012/01/06/2012)....continue...
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SOMM 125
Piano Music by Billy Mayerl, Vol. 1 - incl. Railroad Rhythm; Robots; Siberian Lament; Aquarium Suite / Philip Martin, piano
Piano Music by Billy Mayerl, Vol. 1 - incl. Railroad Rhythm; Robots; Siberian Lament; Aquarium Suite / Philip Martin, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-06-11

Works: Billy Mayerl: Autumn Crocus, for piano; Wistaria, for piano in G major; Evening Primrose, for piano; Aquarium Suite for piano; Marigold, a syncopated impression for piano; From a Spanish Lattice, a S...
Performers: Martin, Philip [Piano, Composer]

Irish-born pianist and composer Philip Martin has become famous for his interpretations of American and British jazz and ragtime music. He is a well-known figure...continue...
Recording information: Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire (01/03/2012-01/04/2012)....continue...
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SOMM 124
British Opera Overtures - by Benedict, Barnett, Balfe, Loder, Wallace, MacFarren / Richard Bonynge
British Opera Overtures - by Benedict, Barnett, Balfe, Loder, Wallace, MacFarren / Richard Bonynge

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-05-14

Works: Julius Benedict: The Lily of Killarney; John Barnett: The Mountain Sylph; Michael William Balfe: The Siege of Rochelle; Le Puits d'Amour; Edward James Loder: The Night Dancers; William Vincent Wallac...
Conductors: Bonynge, Richard
Ensemble: ; Victorian Opera Orchestra

This interesting new release comes to us from Victorian Opera Northwest, whose UK director Raymond Walker - together with conductor Richard Bonynge - have carried...continue...
Recording information: Urmston Grammer School, Manchester, England (07/16/2011-07/17/2011)....continue...
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Federico Mompou: Selected Works, Vol. 1 / Clélia Iruzun, piano
Federico Mompou: Selected Works, Vol. 1 / Clélia Iruzun, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-04-09

Works: Federico Mompou: Cançons i Danses (Songs and Dances); Pessebres, for piano; Impresiones intimas (9); Variations sur une thème de Chopin, for piano or orchestra
Performers: Iruzun, Clelia

Brazilian pianist Clelia Iruzun has delighted critics over the years with her performances and recordings of music by Villa Lobos, Granados, Ginastera, Mignone, and Marlo...continue...
Recording information: Church of All Saints, Childs Hill, London (02/03/2011-02/04/2011)....continue...
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Beethoven: Piano Trios Vol. 2 / Trios Op. 1/3 & Op. 70/2; Trio in E flat, WoO 38
Beethoven: Piano Trios Vol. 2 / Trios Op. 1/3 & Op. 70/2; Trio in E flat, WoO 38

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-03-12

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for Piano and Strings in E flat major, WoO 38; Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 1 no 3; Trio for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 70/2
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Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary, the Gould Piano Trio has a glittering career that places them among the top piano trios internationally. The trio is currently...continue...
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Geminiani: The Complete Sonatas, Op. 1 / London Handel Players
Geminiani: The Complete Sonatas, Op. 1 / London Handel Players

2 CD / SOMM / 2013-03-12

Works: Francesco Geminiani: Trio Sonata for violin, violone (or 2 violins) & continuo no 1 in A major, Op. 1/1; Trio Sonata for violin, violone (or 2 violins) & continuo no 2 in D minor, Op. 1/2; Trio Sonat...
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Ensemble: London Handel Players

The 250th anniversary of Italian composer Francesco Geminiani (1687 - 1762) has gone by largely unnoticed by other record labels, and it is with great...continue...
Recording information: St. Mary's Church, Walthamstow, London, England (2012-02-06_2012-02-08&2012-)....continue...
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SOMM 248
Frederick Delius, John Ireland: Partsongs / Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir
Frederick Delius, John Ireland: Partsongs / Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-02-12

Works: Frederick Delius: German Partsongs (6), for chorus, RT iv/1; On Craig Dhu, for chorus, RT iv/2; Songs (2) to be sung of a Summer Night on the Water; The splendour falls on castle walls, for chorus, R...
Conductors: Spicer, Paul
Ensemble: ; Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir

Both Delius and Ireland produced an impressive output of songs for unaccompanied voices. Somm Recordings simply couldn't let Delius' 150th anniversary - and Ireland's 50th...continue...
Recording information: Church of St. Alban the Martyr, Highgate, Birmingham (07/04/2011-07/05/2011)....continue...
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SOMM 119
April Fredrick Sings Copland, Barber, Gershwin / David Curtis, Orchestra of the Swan
April Fredrick Sings Copland, Barber, Gershwin / David Curtis, Orchestra of the Swan

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-01-08

Works: Aaron Copland: Quiet City; Poems (8) of Emily Dickinson for voice & orchestra (arr. from 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson); Samuel Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24; Capricorn Concerto, for flute,...
Performers: Fredrick, April
Conductors: Curtis, David
Ensemble: ; Orchestra of the Swan

This CD showcases the spectacular voice of American soprano April Fredrick. SOMM first heard her in concert singing the songs of Ivor Gurney, which she...continue...
Recording information: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon (05/29/2011)....continue...
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SOMM 118
The Piano Music of John Ireland, Vol. 4 / Mark Bebbington, piano
The Piano Music of John Ireland, Vol. 4 / Mark Bebbington, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2013-01-08

Works: John Ireland: The Towing Path, for piano; Pastels (3), for piano; Summer Evening, for piano; Soliloquy, for piano; Spring will not wait, for piano; In Those Days ("Daydream"; "Meridian"), pieces (2) ...
Performers: Bebbington, Mark

With the final volume of SOMM's four-volume series of the complete piano music of John Ireland, we reach the end of our fabulous journey through...continue...
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SOMM 115
Brahms: Handel Variations, Op. 24; Waltzes, Op.39; Piano Pieces, Op. 118 / Leon McCawley, piano
Brahms: Handel Variations, Op. 24; Waltzes, Op.39; Piano Pieces, Op. 118 / Leon McCawley, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-11-13


BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
McCawley's beautifully recorded Brahms recital strikes exactly the right balance between the monumental, intimate and light-hearted aspects of the composer'...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording SOMM 116
Elgar: The Longed-for Light - Elgar's Music in Wartime / Susan Gritton, soprano; BBC Concert Orch., Wilson
Elgar: The Longed-for Light - Elgar's Music in Wartime / Susan Gritton, soprano; BBC Concert Orch., Wilson

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-11-13

Works: Edward Elgar: Polonia, Op. 76; Carillon, Op. 75; Sospiri; Une voix dans le désert, for reciter & orchestra, Op. 77; Carissima; Le drapeau belge, for reciter & orchestra, Op. 79; Rosemary; The Sa...
Performers: Gritton, Susan
Conductors: Wilson, John

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
This recording, subtitled 'The Longed-for Light', is a collection of Elgar's shorter works composed during the first World War, an affair...continue...
Recording information: Watford Colosseum (02/13/2012-02/15/2012)....continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording SOMM 247
In London Town: A Musical Tour of the Historic Sights of London / Iain Sutherland
In London Town: A Musical Tour of the Historic Sights of London / Iain Sutherland

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Sutherland, Iain
Ensemble: Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

This is a fascinating and entertaining compilation of music licensed from River Records Ltd. and remastered by expert sound engineer Paul Arden-Taylor. The music was...continue...
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SOMM 117
Beecham conducts - Berlioz: Corsaire Overture; Grieg: Old Norwegian Romance; D'indy: Enchanted Forest; Saint-Saëns: Sym. 3
Beecham conducts - Berlioz: Corsaire Overture; Grieg: Old Norwegian Romance; D'indy: Enchanted Forest; Saint-Saëns: Sym. 3

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-08-14

Works: Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21; Edvard Grieg: Old Norwegian Romance with Variations for 2 Pianos, Op. 51; Vincent d'Indy: La forêt enchantée, symphonic legend after Uhland for...
Performers: Gamley, Douglas; McCall, Tom; Vaughan, Denis
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

This long-awaited live performance, from the Royal Festival Hall in October 1954, joins SOMM's growing collection of unforgettable performances by a conductor who genuinely loved...continue...
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SOMM 3200
John Joubert: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 3 / Brodsky Quartet
John Joubert: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 3 / Brodsky Quartet

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-08-14

Works: John Joubert: Quartet for Strings no 1 in A flat major, Op. 1; Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 91; Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 112
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Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet

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.... For those who are drawn to the genre, Joubert’s quartets are very satisfying. There is a strange beauty and a complexity here...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording SOMM 113
Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol. 1 - Trios Op. 1/2; Op. 70/1
Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol. 1 - Trios Op. 1/2; Op. 70/1 "Ghost"; Variations Op. 44 / Gould Piano Trio

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-07-10

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for Piano and Strings in G major, Op. 1/2; Trio for Piano and Strings no 8 in B flat major, WoO 39; Trio for Piano and Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 44 "Variations on ...
Performers: Trio, Gould Piano
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Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio

This dynamic group, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has been exploring the remarkable variety displayed in the Beethoven Trios in many of their...continue...
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Delius: Orchestral Music Arranged for Two Pianos, Vol. 1 / Simon Callaghan & Hiroaki Takenouchi, pianos
Delius: Orchestral Music Arranged for Two Pianos, Vol. 1 / Simon Callaghan & Hiroaki Takenouchi, pianos

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-06-12

Works: Frederick Delius: A Dance Rhapsody (no 1), for orchestra, RT vi/18; Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra; Brigg Fair - An English Rhapsody; Poem of Life and Love, for orchestra; A Song of Summer, for orche...
Performers: Callaghan, Simon; Takenouchi, Hiroaki

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Delius, and SOMM now pays tribute to the composer who held a special place in...continue...
Recording information: Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire (04/21/2011-04/22/2011)....continue...
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SOMM 112
Mátyás Seiber: Yugoslav, Hungarian & Nonsens Songse & Other Choral Music / Choir of the 21st Century
Mátyás Seiber: Yugoslav, Hungarian & Nonsens Songse & Other Choral Music / Choir of the 21st Century

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-06-12

Works: Mátyás Seiber: Yugoslav Folk Songs (6), for chorus; Hungarian Folk Songs (3), for chorus; Soldiers' Songs (2), for men's chorus; Missa Brevis, for chorus; Sirmio, for chorus; Madrigals (2),...
Conductors: Williams, Howard
Ensemble: ; Choir of the 21st Century

A delightful collection of a cappella choral music written by a composer of great talent who died tragically at age 55, at the height of...continue...
Recording information: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London (10/14/2011/10/15/2011)....continue...
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SOMM 105
The Beecham Collection: Handel: Concerto Grosso; R. Strauss: Til Eulenspiegels; Don Juan; Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3; Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnole
The Beecham Collection: Handel: Concerto Grosso; R. Strauss: Til Eulenspiegels; Don Juan; Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3; Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnole

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-03-13

Works: George Frederick Handel: Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.6/10, HWV 328; Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28; Don Juan, Op. 20; Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 3...
Conductors: Beecham, Thomas
Ensemble: ; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

This amazing Beecham/Furtwängler release contains works from two concerts that Furtwängler was to have conducted at the Royal Festival Hall, London, in January 1955. Sadly,...continue...
Recording information: Royal Festival Hall (01/18/1955/01/20/1955)....continue...
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SOMM BEE31
Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes / Peter Katin, piano
Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes / Peter Katin, piano

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-03-13

Works: Sergey Rachmaninov: Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3; Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23; Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32
Performers: Katin, Peter

This beautifully remastered CD by revered pianist Peter Katin appeared in the SOMM catalog recently as a tribute to Peter Katin's 80th birthday. It was...continue...
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SOMM 110
Vaughan Williams: Fantasy for Piano & Orchestra; Mathias: Piano Concertos / Mark Bebbington
Vaughan Williams: Fantasy for Piano & Orchestra; Mathias: Piano Concertos / Mark Bebbington

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-02-14

Works: William Mathias: Concerto for Piano no 1; Concerto for Piano no 2; Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia for piano and orchestra
Performers: Bebbington, Mark
Conductors: Vass, George
Ensemble: ; Ulster Orchestra

This is an extremely important album - not only does it contain three world premiere recordings, but the Vaughan Williams Fantasia has excited and intrigued...continue...
Recording information: Ulster Hall, Ulster (05/15/2011-05/16/2011)....continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording SOMM 246
Tucapsky: Choral Music - The Sacrifice, Lauds, etc / Perrin, Bath Camerata
Tucapsky: Choral Music - The Sacrifice, Lauds, etc / Perrin, Bath Camerata

1 CD / SOMM / 2012-02-06

Works: Antonín Tucapsky: The Sacrifice; Lenten Motets (5); Lauds; The Seven Sorrows
Performers: Foulkes, Stephen; Hunt, Colin; Tulacek, Tomas
Conductors: Perrin, Nigel
Ensemble: Bath Camerata
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