Christmas Card Carols
Foremost recorder player John Turner, star of many acclaimed recordings, has been composing Christmas Carols for decades and each year sends the score of one out as his seasonal Card. He has now brought together a fine collection of carols, mainly on the Nativity theme which are lovingly performed by soloists and Intimate Voices. Not congregational Carols but a lovingly crafted set of works setting new tunes to ancient texts.
David Braid: Songs, Solos and Duos
A fascinating new album (currently scheduled for November) with a new set of works by Welsh composer David Braid featuring the velvet tone of the electric archtop guitar in a chamber, solo and vocal setting; also includes Braid’s evocative duos for flute/classical guitar and clarinet/piano – plus his 1st Piano Sonata: an eclectic range of recent works from the one of the UK’s most original yet approachable composers, performed by a dynamic set of world-class players.
France Revisited: Music for Piano Duo
New ‘Divine Artists’ but with a long and successful career, Robert Stoodley and Linda Ang Stoodley are “Piano à Deux” and present a suitably Gallic programme of Debussy, Poulenc and Georges Onslow – music both very familiar and refreshingly new. Due for release in 2017.
Madeleine Mitchell: Violin Muse
A fabulous collection of lyrical contemporary works by leading British composers: Geoffrey Poole, David Matthews, Michael Berkeley, Judith Weir, Michael Nyman, Sadie Harrison and Guto Puw. Music for violin/ piano, two violins and Puw’s wonderful Violin Concerto.
ANDREAS WILLSCHER: Organ Symphonies 19 & 20
Following the first in his Willscher series, Carson Cooman turns to two brand new Symphonies, composed in 2017, together with the much earlier ‘The Beatitudes’. Works of great variety, ideal organ spectaculars showing why Willscher is a natural successor to the great Germanic tradition of organ composition.
Carson Cooman - The Cloak with the Stars
The sixth volume of this series of organ music, which is attracting more and more praise with each instalment. (Volume 7 will be out in early 2018)
Performed once again by the exceptional Erik Simmons.
IL RITORNO: MUSIC BY MICHAEL ALEC ROSE
A splendid program of works for solo violin and violin/viola duo are played with customary virtuosity by Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Diana Mathews. Composer Michael Alec Rose has brought genius to the challenges of writing extended works for a solo/duo of ‘high-voice’ instruments.
Out of the Shadows: Music by Nan Schwartz
Nan Schwartz, 5-time Grammy nominee and 7-time Emmy nominee, is without doubt America’s foremost woman composer with many iconic film scores and jazz masterpieces to her credit; but her concert music has remained hidden until now with the premier recording of her orchestral gems. The Synchron Stage Orchestra, Vienna, is conducted by Kevin Purcell. Also on this album is the Concerto for Orchestra by Brenton Broadstock – an homage to Miles Davis. Sure to be one of 2018’s iconic and seminal recordings.
More To Come Soon:
"Sappho, Shropshire and Supertramp" (2CD)
The title reflects the wide range of titles on this double album of English art-song presented in conjunction with the English Poetry & Song Society. Twelve composers are represented; performers are soprano Sarah Leonard, baritone Johnny Herford and pianist Nigel Foster. The release has been held up by the complex work involved in tracing the authors and their representatives for permissions to print the texts but now we hope to schedule release for the first quarter of 2018.
A new anthology of Lieder
We welcome back Clare and David Lesser whose most recent album, of songs by Michael Finnissy, drew immense praise. This time the program includes one item each from Michael Finnissy, David Lesser, Sergei Prokofiev and Wolfgang Rihm but its main focus is on three cycles from Heinz Holliger; most of the works are receiving their first recordings.
Beethoven: the Complete Piano Sonatas
All 32 sonatas in a 9CD box, performed by Tamami Honma, will be one of our priority releases in the next year or so.
While core repertoire is not our main priority, sometimes an interpreter comes along with fresh perspectives as well as technical skill, and we hear ‘the divine art of music’ in reality.
Brian Ferneyhough: Piano Music
Following the success and critical praise for our recent CDs of chamber and choral music by Ferneyhough, we here have some of his outstanding and awesomely complex piano works, played by Ian Pace (pictured). This disc has been delayed by matters out of our hands but we hope to schedule it in the near future.
Carson Cooman "Owl Night"
Volume 7 of the Cooman organ music series scheduled for around March 2018, as ever a varied, original and inspired set of works, played by Erik Simmons.
Christopher Fox - Complete music for Clarinet
Eclectic, iconic and individual – all descriptions which explain why Christopher Fox is one of our favorite composers, as with him you can take nothing for granted. Here is everything that Fox has written for clarinet (so far) and that includes the full family from E flat soprano to the contrabass, all played by the exciting Canadian clarinetist Heather Roche.
English Piano Trios
At last the world is discovering that England was not a musical desert after Purcell -and further proof is provided by a program of piano trios, by composers of whom only one is a household name, but all of whom write fine works; Rosalind Ellicott, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Henry Waldo Warner and CCliffe Forrester. Performed by Trio Anima Mundi, one of Australia’s brightest ensembles (see also Romantic Piano Trios on DDA 25102)
Eric Craven: Entangled States
Astonishing masterpiece of contemporary complexity in Eric Craven’s unique “non-prescriptive” method. Realised and performed by the genius that is Mary Dullea.
Galuppi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4
It’s quite a while since volume 3 of this series was issued, and this one recorded. The pianist has had a rather busy time performing around the world, but this long-awaited disc is now scheduled for 2017.
John Buckley - Choral Music
John Buckley is a leading composer from Ireland whose works have appeared on two Metier releases lately to positive notes from the critics. Coming in 2018 is an album devoted wholly to his choral music, performed by the renowned Mornington Singers.
Music for Saxophone Quartet
Proving again that Manchester is the hotbed of new music in the UK! A program of music for saxophones by Richard Whalley and Kevin Malone, both of whom are already represented in the Metier catalog, and played by the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet.
New Music for a New Oboe, Vol. 2
The first ‘New Oboe’ disc, msv28529, issued mid 2013, featured two epic new works by Michael Finnissy and Edwin Roxburgh, while the second, msv 28531, will include new pieces by Richard Barrett and Sam Hayden and other brand new compositions. These albums also feature two brand new instruments: the Howarth-Redgate oboe and the Lupophon, so should be of interest to all oboists.
Orchestral Music by Marcus Blunt
Acclaimed British composer Marcus Blunt presents his Piano Concerto (with pianist Murray McLachlan), Concertino for Bassoon (soloist Lesley Wilson), Aspects of Saturn and Symphony No. 2. The Manchester Camerata is conducted by Stephen Threlfall. All these works are receiving their first recording.
Russian Piano Music Vol. 13:Rachmaninov
Alfonso Soldano returns to Russian repertoire (by critical acclaim!) with Rachmaninov’s First Sonata, Moments Musicaux, and other works.
Russian Piano Music Vol. 14:Tchaikovsky
Alfonso Soldano brings Tchaikovsky to the Russian piano series with the Grand Sonata, Op. 37; the Romance Op. 5, 6 pieces op.19 and Berceuse (Op. 72/2)
Russian Piano Music Vol. 15: Prokofiev
For the second Prokofiev album in our series, we welcome brilliant young Italian pianist Stefania Argentieri who will include the First and Sixth Sonatas, 4 Etudes, op. 2 and other works.
Songs by Ives and Cowell
Irish-American mezzo Aylish Kerrigan delights in the challenges of modern repertoire and has attracted fabulous reviews for her two recent Metier recordings – now she adapts to the quirky and personal worlds of Charles Ives and Henry Cowell, true mavericks in mainstream music, with a splendid program of songs.
American composer Joshua Fineberg is known for his spectacular ‘spectral’ piano works (msv 28524) and we are delighted to present a new anthology of chamber works.
All these works are receiving their first recording.
From the hand of multi-talented composer Ed Hughes, whose chamber music and operas have been highly acclaimed (see Metier catalog) comes a unique DVD showcasing his music for silent film. Not only does this include his new scores for vintage movies ‘The Nose’ and ‘Journey to the Moon’, and historic Royal Air Force footage, but also an extened score for the new film ‘Symphony of a City’ – a moviemontage of the city of Brighton.