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AV2362“To my ears, Fraser’s richly upholstered orchestration works a treat yet also manages to be astutely appreciative of the simmering passion and sense of loss that permeate this wistful creation (the Adagio slow movement is especially affecting). Plaudits, too, for Woods’s characteristically lucid and fervent performance with his own English Symphony Orchestra, opulently captured by balance engineer Simon Fox-Gál.” Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone

“The result is pretty remarkable. Fraser hasn’t just translated Elgar’s notes into rich and powerful orchestral terms, he as added (discreetly it must be said) the kinds of touches of colour and splashes of figuration Elgar himself might well have introduced. It really sounds like Elgar… beautifully realised, performed with warmth and understanding, and sympathetically recorded. Same too with the Sea Pictures” Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine

 

 

 

Krenek Cover“A witty and mercurial masterpiece. Electric performances, all.” The Sunday Times

“I cannot imagine finer performances of Ernst Krenek’s piano concertos than these from Mikhail Korzhev with the English Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Woods” The Classical Reviewer

“Korzhev is just as clear and communicative in this concerto as he is in the easeful Op. 18 – listen to how well he articulates the central Quasi cadenza – and the ESO play with thrilling focus and trenchancy throughout.” MusicWeb International

 

 

 

 

 

Wall of Water CoverEvery now and then, a new work comes along that simply takes one’s breath away…Wall of Water was written for Harriet Mackenzie, who plays this alternately elegiac and passionate music with a burning commitment and intensity that composers usually only dream of, but then she has been gifted a work whose high quality is rarely encountered. This is a wonderful performance of a wonderful concerto, completed by immaculate accompaniment from the English String Orchestra directed by the tireless Kenneth Woods. Very, very strongly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

Temps PerduTemps Perdu, Sinfonietta, The Instant Moment

English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Boughton, with Henry Herford (baritone)
BMS 419CD (1997)

“Music of real distinction … a memorable creation indeed” Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, October 1997

“This disc was issued to celebrate John Joubert’s seventieth birthday in 1997, and features première recordings of Temps Perdu — Variations for String Orchestra, the Sinfonietta, and The Instant Moment. These are taut, well-constructed works, full of a very English melancholy and wistfulness … The song-cycle The Instant Moment, which concludes the disc, is a powerful work sung well by Henry Herford. This is strong and heady stuff, in committed and sincere performances by the English String Orchestra and William Boughton.”

 

 

From our back catalogue:

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A Portrait of Britten

NI1751

A Portrait of Elgar

NI1769

A Portrait of Vaughan Williams

NI1754

Bach Six Grand Overtures

NI5403

Britten 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra'

NI5295

Britten Orchestral Favourites Volume 5

NI7017

Copland Orchestral Music

NI5246

Elgar 'Enigma Variations' and Overtures

NI5206

Elgar 'Pomp and Circustance Marches' Orchestral Favourites Volume 7

NI7088

Elgar Orchestral Favourites Volume 4

NI7015

Elgar Orchestral Favourites Volume 6

NI7029

Handel 'Messiah'

NI5709

Meditations at Sunset

NI7010

Meditations for a Quiet Dawn

NI7009

Meditations for a Quiet Night

NI7007

Meditations for All Seasons

NI1737

Meditations for Autumn

NI7069

Meditations for Spring

NI7049

Metcalf 'Cello Symphony'

NI5746

Mozart Piano Concertos

NI5749

Parry Symphony 1 and 'From Death to Life'

NI5296

Rule Britannia

NI7067

Russian Orchestral Masterworks

NI1749

Shostakovich The Piano Concertos

NI5308

Surround yourself with American Classics

NI9002

Spirit of England Volume 2

NI5450

Spirit of England Volume 1

NI5210

Vaughan Williams and Delius Orchestral Music

NI5208

The Jane Austen Companion

NI7032

Surround yourself with Elgar

NI9001

Vaughan Williams Orchestral Favourites Volume 3

20th Century British Choral Music

NI5691

A Portrait of Britten

NI1751

A Portrait of Elgar

NI1769

A Portrait of Vaughan Williams

NI1754

Barber and Bernstein Violin Concertos

NI5329

Boyce The Eight Symphonies

NI5345

Britten Orchestral Favourites Volume 5

NI7017

Britten Serenade for tenor horn and strings, Nocturne, Les Illuminations

NI5234

Butterworth, Parry, Bridge Orchestral Music

NI5068

Elgar Orchestral Favourites Volume 4

NI7015

Finzi 'A Centenary Collection'

NI5665

Finzi, Parry, Bridge - An English Suite

NI5366

Maw 'Sonata Notturna' and 'Life Studies'

NI5471

Meditations at Sunset

NI7010

Meditations for a Quiet Dawn

NI7009

Meditations for a Quiet Night

NI7007

Meditations for All Seasons

NI1737

Meditations for Autumn

NI7069

Meditations for Spring

NI7049

Mendelssohn The Complete String Symphonies Volume 1

NI5141

Mendelssohn The Complete String Symphonies Volume 2

NI5142

Mendelssohn The Complete String Symphonies Volume 3

NI5143

Orchestral Favourites Volume 1

NI7019

Orchestral Favourites Volume 2

NI7020

Prokofiev 'Peter and the Wolf'

NI5192

Rule Britannia

NI5155

Rule Britannia

NI7067

Russian Orchestral Masterworks

NI1749

Schoenberg 'Verklärte Nacht' and Strauss ' Metamorphosen'

NI5151

Sibelius Symphony No 2 and other Orchestral Works

NI7716

Sir Michael Tippett 1905-1998

NI1759

Spirit of England Volume 1

NI5210

Spirit of England Volume 2

NI5450

Surround yourself with American Classics

NI9002

Tchaikovsky and Dvořák Serenades for Strings Orchestral Favourites Volume 9

NI7084

Telemann Trumpet Concertos

NI5189

The Jane Austen Companion

NI7032

Tippett - A Collection

NI7026

Tippett and Berkeley Music for String Orchestra

NI7082

Vaughan Williams 'An Oxford Elegy'

NI5166

Vaughan Williams Orchestral Favourites Volume 3

NI7013

Weill Violin Concerto

NI5582

Wilde 'The Happy Prince'