Rawsthorne Rarities

As a sequel to the forthcoming release (February) ‘A Garland for John McCabe’, Divine Art will release later in the year another album of rare 20th/21st century British works, centred around the music of Alan Rawsthorne. This includes the premier recording of his 1939 Chamber Cantata, an unknown early String Quartet and his entertaining but rarely heard ‘Practical Cats’ (after T.S. Eliot) – a world away from the Lloyd Webber musical and heard here in the arrangement by Peter Dickinson for reciter and piano in similar fashion to Walton’s ‘Façade’. The program includes complementary works, all rarities deserving recognition, by eight other composers and is also dedicated by all concerned to the memory of the late John McCabe. The album is likely to be released around June or July on Divine Art DDA 25169 (CD and digital formats).

The performers are:
Clare Wilkinson (mezzo-soprano)
Mark Rowlinson (baritone/reciter)
John Turner (recorder)
Harvey Davies (harpsichord)
Peter Lawson (piano)
Solem String Quartet

Full program:
Alan Rawsthorne: Chamber Cantata (1939)
Alan Rawsthorne: Practical Cats (1954)
Alan Rawsthorne: String Quartet in B minor (1932-3)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Willow Whistle (c.1939)
Halsey Stevens: Sonatina Piacevole (1955-6)
Basil Deane/Raymond Warren: The Rose Tree (2008)
Karel Janovický: The Little Linden Pipe (2016)
Donald Waxman: Serenade and Caprice (2016)
Arthur Bliss: The Buckle (1921)
Malcolm Lipkin: The Journey (2016)
David Ellis: Mount Street Blues (2016)