Current Releases

On this page you will find all our recent recordings released on the Naxos label. Click on the CD covers for full information and to purchase items.

RECENT RELEASE

 

Malcolm Williamson

Organ Music

 

Many of these recordings are the first on CD and there are detailed booklet notes by Tom Winpenny and full organ specification.

 

 

Australian Malcolm Williamson settled in Britain and rose to the position of Master of the Queen’s Music in 1975. A skilled keyboard player and a Catholic convert, he wrote for the organ throughout his life and these works reveal his deep immersion in religious music, initially inspired by Messiaen. Tom Winpenny's earlier release of Williamson's organ music was greeted enthusiastically.

  • The Sunday Times "...this disc, impressively realised by Winpenny, presents six pieces culminating in the grand Symphony for Organ... "
  • Bruce Reader in The Classical Reviewer: "... Tom Winpenny gives us some terrific performances..."
  • John France provides a comprehensive review in an article on MusicWeb International

Naxos 8.571375-76

 

W H Squire

Miniatures for Cello and Piano

 

This release was featured on Classic FM, and entered the Classical Charts soon afterwards.

 

 

 

William Henry Squire was Britain’s leading cellist from the late 1890s to the late 1920s and a prolific artist in the early recording era. He composed a series of exquisite miniatures for the instrument, the finest of which are collected here for the first time. Five of the twenty have never before been recorded. Cellist Oliver Gledhill has researched Squire's performance style extensively, and brings this knowledge to bear on his interpretations.

 

Naxos 8.571373

John Ireland

Music for String Orchestra

 

This release has been welcomed by the reviewers, and indeed featured in the Classical Charts for four weeks running.

 

 

Here are some mentions from recent articles:

  • Bob McQuiston in Classical Lost and Found: "... spirited, immaculately played performances."
  • David Mellor in the Daily Mail: "The passionate Cello Sonata, ...transcribed for cello and strings by Matthew Forbes, is brilliantly dispatched by cellist Raphael Wallfisch."
  • Bruce Reader in The Classical Reviewer: "... ...some really beautiful English string gems, exquisitely played by all concerned."
  • Andrew Achenbach in The Gramophone: "That tireless champion of British music Raphael Wallfisch plays with full-throated eloquence..."

 

Naxos 8.571372

 

Francis Chagrin

Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2

 

The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins has certainly done justice to these neglected works, recorded here for the first time.

 

Reviewers have welcomed this recording with acclaim:

  • Rob Barnett on musicweb-international: "... just what the adventurous Naxos and the admirable BMS should be doing."
  • Andrew Clements in The Guardian: "... the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s fiercely engaged performances under Martyn Brabbins..."
  • Andrew Achenbach in The Gramophone: "... this bold issue is definitely worth seeking out."

 

Naxos 8.8571371

John McCabe

Piano Music

  • Variations
  • Aubade
  • Gaudí
  • Five Bagatelles
  • Mosaic
  • Haydn Variations

 

John McCabe plays his own compositions on this Naxos release.

Described as "explosively powerful" in this August review in The Guardian.

 

Naxos: 8.571367

 

John Joubert

The Instant Moment (1)

Temps Perdu (2)

Sinfonietta (3)

 

Henry Herford, Baritone (1)
Christopher Hirons and Pierre Joubert, Solo Violins (2)
Paul Arden-Taylor and Anna Evans, Oboes (3)
Keith Rubach and Christine Predota, Bassoons (3)
Stephen Roberts and James Buck, French Horns (3)
English String Orchestra
William Boughton

 

Naxos: 8.571368

 

 

THE MALCOLM SMITH MEMORIAL ALBUM

 

Piano Music - HOLLOWAY, R. / HOWARD, L. / MATTHEW-WALKER, R. / SEARLE, H. (Malcolm Smith Memorial Album) (Lill, L. Howard, Bebbington, Jacobson)

This unique recording owes its existence to Malcolm Smith (1932–2011), who was a leading and popular figure in London’s musical life. He was a stalwart of numerous organisations and festivals, a friend of the greatest composers and a tireless advocate of British music. A vice president of the British Music Society, Smith bequeathed a sum of money to facilitate this recording, which includes Robin Holloway’s six-handed Grand Heroical March, Leslie Howard’s Sullivan-inspired Ruddigore Fantasy, and Humphrey Searle’s Sonata, described by The Times in 1951 as ‘suffused with darkling, elegiac poetry and commanding thought’.

 

Holloway, Robin

1.  Grand Heroical March 00:05:20

Howard, Leslie

2.  Ruddigore, Op. 40 00:11:11

Matthew-Walker, Robert

3.  Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 34, "Fantasy Sonata: Hamlet" 00:16:43

Handel, George Frideric, Howard, Leslie, arranger(s)

4.  L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Come, but Keep Thy Wonted State 00:03:57

Searle, Humphrey

5.  Piano Sonata, Op. 21 00:18:08

 

Total Playing Time: 00:55:19                                              Naxos: 8571354

 

Robert Still

String Quartets Nos. 1-4 (Villiers Quartet)

 

Robert Still’s four string quartets vividly encapsulate his compositional career. The first two, of which No. 1 was first performed in 1948, display an early inclination towards folk-song and pre-classical models, while Nos. 3 and 4, written during the 1960s “without key”, reflect his later change towards a continental European-influenced method of composition that can be summed up by the abandonment of writing in a tonal style. These world première recordings owe a considerable debt to the editorial expertise of James Dickenson, leader of the Villiers Quartet, who prepared the performance material from the original scores.

 

 

Total Playing Time: 01:16:24                                            Naxos: 8571353

Arnold Cooke

 

Three String Sonatas

 

Susanne Stanzeleit, Violin

Morgan Goff, Viola

Raphael Wallfisch, Cello

Raphael Terroni, Piano

 

 

Naxos 8571362

 

 

 

York Bowen

 

String Quartets 2 and 3

Phantasy-Quintet

 

Archaeus Quartet

Timothy Lines, Bass Clarinet

 

 

Naxos 8571366


Maurice Jacobson

Chamber Music and Songs

 

Julian Jacobson, piano
Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano

Raphael Wallfisch, cello

Mariko Brown, piano

 

This is a release of a BMS recording on the Naxos label. Click on the CD for detaILS.

 

Naxos: 8571351



British Music for Cello and Piano:
Wordsworth, Holbrooke, Busch

 

Raphael Wallfisch cello
Raphael Terroni piano

 

This is a re-release of a BMS recording on the Naxos label. Click on the CD cover for further details.

 

Naxos: 8571352

 

Patric Standford:
First Symphony (The Seasons)
Cello Concerto
Prelude to a Fantasy (The Naiades)
Raphael Wallfisch cello
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by
David Lloyd-Jones

 

Naxos 8571356 

 

Joubert Choral Music

 

The Louis Halsey Singers

BMS102CDH  £7.50

 

 

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Patrick Piggott: Piano Music

 

Malcolm Binns piano
BMS430CD  £9.00

 

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John McCabe: Piano Music

John McCabe piano
BMS424CD - £9

 

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Winner of the Gramophone Critics' Choice Award in 1999, and described as “an exceptionally fine issue... that not only serves as a superb tribute to McCabe the composer, but also his prowess as a pianist and interpreter.

Frank Bridge and
Cyril Scott:
Piano Quintets

 

 
Raphael Terroni, piano
Bingham String Quartet

BMS442CD

 

English Music for Clarinet and Piano:
Arnold Bax, Roger Fiske, Iain Hamilton,

Hugh Wood and Richard Rodney Bennett

 

Nicholas Cox clarinet
Ian Buckle piano
BMS440CD £9

Kenneth Leighton:
Complete Chamber Works for Cello

 

Raphael Wallfisch cello
Raphael Terroni piano
BMS439CD £9

E.J. Moeran:
Complete Solo Folksong Arrangements

Adrian Thompson tenor
Marcus Farnsworth baritone
John Talbot piano
Members of the Weybridge Male Voice Choir
(Conductor Christine Best)
BMS438CD £9

Alun Hoddinott: Landscapes - Song Cycles and Folksongs

 

Claire Booth soprano
Nicky Spence tenor
Jeremy Huw Williams baritone
Andrew Matthews-Owen and Michael Pollock piano
BMS437CD £9

An English Recital

 

John McCabe piano
BMS103CDH £7.50

Songs of Rutland Boughton

 

Louise Mott, mezzo-soprano
Alexander Taylor, piano
BMS431CD  £9

 

English Piano Sonatas

BMS434-5CD

 

Malcolm Binns, piano

 

Arnold Bax - Piano Sonata No 1 in F sharp minor - Piano Sonata No 2 in G - Piano Sonata No 3 in G minor - Piano Sonata No 4 in G

John Ireland - Piano Sonata
Frank Bridge - Piano Sonata

Brian Blyth Daubney: October Roses

 

Anna Dennis soprano
William Berger baritone
John Talbot piano
BMS433CD £9

Sorabji: Legendary Works for Piano

 

Michael Habermann piano
BMS427-29CD £18
3 CDs

Twentieth Century Piano Concertos: Bliss, Stravinsky, Shostakovich

Noel Mewton-Wood piano
BMS101CDH £7.50

English Recorder Music: The Dolmetsch Legacy

 

Ross Winters, recorder
Andrew Ball, piano
BMS425CD £9

English Cello Sonatas: Foulds, Walker, Bowen

Jo Cole, cello
John Talbot, piano
BMS423CD £9
2 CDs for the price of one

Sixty Glorious Years

 

The Midlands Chorale, Robert Williams conductor & Ian Wass organ
John Talbot piano, Katy Morell soprano, Phillida Bannister contralto
Campbell Russell tenor, Fiona Murphy cello, Wilfred Goddard clarinet
BMS422CD £9

Tracey Chadwell's Songbook

 

Tracey Chadwell soprano
Pamela Lidiard piano
John Turner recorders
BMSCD420/1 £18
2 CDs

John Joubert: Orchestral Works

 

English String Orchestra/ William Boughton
Henry Herford baritone
BMS419CD £9

English Piano Trios: Bridge, Friskin, Ireland, Moeran

 

Caroline Balding violin
Jo Cole cello
Timothy Lissimore piano
BMS418CD £9

Songs of Springtime

 

City Chamber Choir of London

Stephen Jones, conductor
BMS417CD £9

Lennox Berkeley: Music for Solo Piano and Piano Duet

 

Raphael Terroni &
Norman Beedie, pianos
BMS416CD £9

Edgar Bainton and Julius Harrison: Viola Sonatas

Martin Outram, viola
Michael Jones, piano
BMS415CDR £7.50

Kenneth Leighton: Music for Solo Piano and Piano Duet

 

Kenneth Leighton &
Colin Kingsley, pianos
BMS408CDR £7.50

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