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In 2005 I discovered David Dubery’s delightful Parisian waltz Mrs Harris in Paris on the Dutton CD British Recorder Concertos. I have been searching for more of this composer’s music and this new issue on Metier devoted to songs and chamber music is just the ticket!

A treasure trove of works recorded for the first time and in good sound and some very fine performances. I was particularly struck by the beautiful voice of Adrienne Murray, who is new to me. Her diction is wonderfully clear and with the composer at the piano, has a real sympathy with his music. Try the lovely song ‘The Birds’, the characterful ‘Onyons’, or the moving setting of Rossetti’s ‘Remember’.

There is fine oboe playing from Richard Simpson in the ‘Oboe Sonatina’, a great opener for the CD with such a memorable middle movement. The CD features the cello of Peter Dixon (BBC Philharmonic Orchestra) partnered by Paul Janes who plays piano stylishly on all the instrumental tracks. The ‘Cello Sonata’ is the centre-piece of the disc with a lyrical first movement, a profound and moving slow movement, and a finale that gives plenty of opportunity and excitement for the two players. I would love to hear this work in recital!

Other highly enjoyable pieces include ‘Walking Cimbrone’ for bassoon and piano played by the Halle Orchestra’s principal bassoonist Graham Salvage who is also featured in the four ‘Escapades’, a trio with recorder and piano.

The four movement ‘Harlequinade’ suite is scored for recorder and guitar and receives a characteristic and bravura performance by the recorder player John Turner, with one of the UK’s best loved guitarists Craig Ogden. The ‘Arlecchino’ movement is a real virtuoso display! I look forward to Dubery’s next CD offering. Great to see the tracks are also available as MP3 downloads.

—Charwood