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Sir Hubert Parry: 12 Sets of English Lyrics, Volume III

SOMM Recordings’ historic, enthusiastically reviewed survey of Sir Hubert Parry’s 12 Sets of English Lyrics reaches its end with a third revelatory volume.

Volume III features pianist Andrew West and baritone Roderick Williams (both heard on Volumes I and II) and the return of soprano Sarah Fox (who appeared on Volume II).

Parry: English Lyrics Volume 1

Susan Gritton 
James Gilchrist
Roderick Williams

This new release  brings exciting news for all lovers of English Song. SOMM have recently recorded Hubert Parry’s Twelve Sets of English Lyrics in three volumes, complete for the first time. Volume I is now available and the other two will be released at six-monthly intervals.

This has been a close collaboration between SOMM and Andrew West partnering Susan Gritton, James Gilchrist and Roderick Williams, three charismatic singers at the top of their profession, all sharing the same fondness for the expressive lyricism and eloquence inherent in Parry’s songs. SOMM is grateful to Professor Jeremy Dibble whose dedicated research filled in the gaps and organised the English Lyrics into an impressive œuvre, ripe for recording.

Sir Hubert Parry: Twelve Sets of English Lyrics Volume II

In the centenary anniversary year of Hubert Parry’s death, the eagerly-awaited second volume in Somm’s complete survey of his English Lyrics highlights a deeply-felt connection to the richly evocative language of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. There is breadth, too, ranging eloquently into the romantic realms of 18th- and 19th-century texts and the nascent modernity of the 20th century.

A Century Of English Song, Volume 2

This CD is devoted to Parry, Somervell, and Stanford, three of the greatest songwriters of the Late-Victorian Renaissance. Parry is considered to be a very fine composer indeed, and this collection includes some of the best of his songs. The Stanford songs are, perhaps, better known, and Somervell’s setting of the Shropshire Lad cycle is more than just a minor masterpiece. A rare treat!

Composers at the Savile Club

A piano recital by Alexander Karpeyev of music by 12 Savilian composers

SOMM Recordings is pleased to announce the first commercial release of Composers at the Savile Club, pianist Alexander Karpeyev’s vivid and varied recital celebrating the 150th anniversary of the venerable London club.

Devised by Karpeyev and Jeremy Barlow (who will celebrate his 60th year as a Savile member in 2020 and also provides informative booklet notes) the recital includes music for solo piano by 11 leading Savile members to chart the development of British music from late romanticism to modernism – and back again.

In Remembrance

In the centenary anniversary year of the end of the First World War and on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, SOMM Recordings pays tribute to those who fought and fell in battle with In Remembrance.

A moving compendium of music spanning 130 years, it features the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Choir of Chelsea Pensioners, Staff and Volunteers, sopranos Katy Hill and Leah Jackson, baritone Gareth John and organists James Orford and Hugh Rowlands under the direction of William Vann.

The Long Day Closes – English Romantic Part-Songs

21 selections of beautiful poetry set to beautiful music. This is “easy listening” at its best. The Canzonetta Chamber Choir rises superbly to the occasion.

Kathleen Ferrier Remembered

Remembering Kathleen Ferrier: A collection of German Lieder and British songs, including 19 previously unpublished tracks: 1947-1952, with Bruno Walter, Gerald Moore and Frederick Stone. Kathleen Ferrier’s legacy of recordings has been well-known and widely-admired for over 60 years. So it seems amazing that, after so long, a treasury of previously unpublished and little-circulated BBC broadcasts is now being released. In typical fashion, SOMM leads the way in remembering great composers and artists of the past and Kathleen Ferrier is one of the most divinely gifted among them.


Delius: Orchestral Music Arranged for 2 Pianos, Vol. 2

Simon Callaghan, Hiroaki Takenouchi, pianos

Following SOMM’s successful release, last year,  of Volume I of arrangements for two pianos of Delius’s orchestral music (SOMMCD 0112, A Dance Rhapsody No. 1, On hearing the First Cuckoo in spring, Brigg Fair, Poem of Life and Love, A Song of Summer, La Calinda) SOMM has now released Volume II transcribed by largely the same composers and friends of Delius in the same enjoyable, interesting mix as before.

Partsongs by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choice/Paul Spicer

There has been renewed interest in the music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford recently and with the kind support of the Stanford Society, SOMM now turns the spotlight on Stanford’s Partsongs in the second of a series of recordings with the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir who have become one of Britain’s best choral groups in recent years, under the direction of Paul Spicer.

Stanford’s church music as well as the orchestral and chamber music are well represented on disc. Some of his secular songs have, in the past, been performed and recorded yet his 60-or-so partsongs are far less well known.

This is the first CD fully devoted to Stanford’s partsongs. In addition, the beautifully crafted eight Partsongs Op. 119 set to poems by Mary Coleridge (The Witch, Farewell My Joy, The Bluebird, The Train, The inkbottle, The Swallow, Chillingham, My heart in thine),  appear on CD as a complete set for the very first time. SOMM’s recording also contains 9 Songs, which are premiere recordings (Diaphenia,  Corydon Arise, A Dirge , Peace Come Away, To Chloris, On a hill, Like Desert Woods, To his flocks, A lover’s ditty, Praised be Diana).