New Classics

West country born Nicholas Marshall is one of the many contemporary British composers who can write in traditional harmonies and tonality and yet produce music of freshness and which is of today. This album of premiere recordings showcases several song cycles with celebrated tenor James Gilchrist as well as the Concerto for Recorder and String Quartet and is a fine addition to the Metier series of modern lyrical music. As well as Gilchrist, John Turner who is the UK’s foremost recorder virtuoso features and the ensemble is led by Richard Howarth.

—John Pitt