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One Hundred Years of British Song, Volume 3

SOMM Recordings announces the third and final volume of the enthusiastically received One Hundred Years of British Song, with tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Nathan Williamson.

Focusing on songs written since 1950, Volume 3 celebrates what Williamson’s booklet note describes as “astonishment at the depth of expressivity of the poetry and music”.

One Hundred Years of British Song, Volume 1

SOMM Recordings launches a revealing three-volume survey of One Hundred Years of British Song with tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Nathan Williamson.

Compiled to reflect the rich variety of British song, Volume 1 throws a spotlight on composers who made a considerable contribution to the song repertoire but whose success in other genres often led to their songs being overlooked.

All four featured composers – Gustav Holst, Rebecca Clarke, Ivor Gurney and Frank Bridge – were born in the late 1800s and lived through the horrors of the First World War and the extraordinary social, cultural and political upheaval that followed.

One Hundred Years of British Song, Volume II

SOMM Recordings announces Volume 2 of its revelatory survey of One Hundred Years of British Song with tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Nathan Williamson.

Kathleen Ferrier: 20th Century British Treasures

SOMM RECORDINGS’ acclaimed series of re-mastered recitals by the much loved, fondly remembered contralto Kathleen Ferrier continues with Kathleen Ferrier: 20th Century British Treasures.

Featuring recordings made for Decca and the BBC between 1946 and 1953, it includes a previously unpublished recording of Ferrier’s passionate performance of Lennox Berkeley’s Four Poems of St Teresa of Ávila.

Sir Arthur Somervell: A Shropshire Lad & Maud

SOMM Recordings announces an important new recording of two classic English song cycles by Sir Arthur SomervellMaud and A Shropshire Lad – from the acclaimed partnership of baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Susie Allan.

Hailed as “the English Schumann” for his mastery of song setting, song cycles in particular, Somervell’s music is marked by a distinctive blend of lyricism and harmony that makes itself indelibly felt in these two seminal works of the English song repertoire.

Rachmaninov, Strauss & Dohnányi: Works for Piano & Orchestra

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1
Richard Strauss Burleske for Piano And Orchestra
Ernest Von Dohnányi Variations on a Nursery Song

Valerie Tryon, Piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Jac Van Steen, Conductor

This new release offers a unique combination of three of the most significant virtuoso works for solo piano and orchestra written during the 25 years 1889-1914 in thrilling performances by Valerie Tryon, who celebrates her 80th birthday this year.

Song of Paradise

Mark Bebbington, piano

Another ‘first’ on SOMM and a very special one at that, is the recording of piano music by the neglected lyricist and ‘king’ of light music, Reginald King.  This will be the first commercial recording of these works.

Reginald King‘s name first came onto Mark Bebbington’s horizons in August 2011 when he was visiting Siva Oke from SOMM recordings to discuss a whole range of possible future repertoire ideas and session dates. Siva Oke, Director of SOMM, had been in conversation with King’s publisher at Bardic Edition who had expressed enthusiasm for SOMM to record some of the piano miniatures by Reginald King.

Mark Bebbington was instantly won over by the easy-going charm, beautiful craftsmanship and melodic freshness of these ‘light’ piano pieces. Not for a moment did he feel that tackling this repertoire would he be at odds with the grittier world of other areas of British music he had championed on SOMM.

Mahler Symphony No. 4 and Berlioz Nuits D’été

Orchestra of the Swan conducted by David Curtis, with Heather Shipp, Mezzo Soprano.

SOMM continues its collaboration with Orchestra of the Swan under its charismatic conductor, David Curtis, with a live recording made during the orchestra’s first concert season as Resident Chamber Orchestra at Birmingham’s Town Hall, last year.

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde – Leider eines fahrenden Gesellen

Emma Curtis, Contralto
Brennen Guillory
, Tenor
David Stout
, Baritone
Orchestra of the Swan
conducted by Kenneth Woods

Following its release of the Erwin Stein chamber version of Mahler’s 4th Symphony, (SOMMCD 245/Orchestra of the Swan, David Curtis) SOMM has come up trumps again in this important Mahler Anniversary year, with yet one more new CD release of chamber versions recorded recently with Contralto Emma Curtis, Tenor Brennen Guillory and Baritone  David Stout with the excellent Orchestra of the Swan in live recordings conducted by Kenneth Woods. These are  Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen *(Arr. Schoenberg) and Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schoenberg/Riehn).

Ian Venables: Chamber Music

Ian Venables has been described as one of the finest song composers of his generation. He has written over 50 works in this genre, which includes six major song-cycles and his reputation as an art-song composer of great depth and integrity is now firmly established.