Jonathan Hope returns to Willowhayne Records to present the sixth release in their critically acclaimed Experience series. Played on the stunning Harrison & Harrison organ of St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, (of which Arthur Harrison considered the instrument his best work), Jonathan Hope has chosen a selection of pieces that are perfectly suited to show off all the colours of this magnificent instrument, the disc including his own transcriptions of Brahms' Tragic Overture and Elgar's In the South (Alassio). Several of the works on this disc are given world premiere recordings, including award-winning composer Cecilia McDowall's Sacred and hallowed fire. More >>
Classical guitarist Alison Smith presents a collection of expressive, lyrical, soulful and evocative music that has been inspired by a poem, title, story or emotion. Many of the works are world premiere recordings, with 9 of them composed or arranged by William Lovelady, whose works for guitar have been performed worldwide, as well as being broadcast on radio and television. More >>
Musick to Heare is soprano Olivia Hunt's debut solo recording, and showcases a wide range of sacred and secular song throughout the ages.John Hosking accompanies on three rather striking instruments: an Italian replica harpsichord built by Goble, the Hill, Norman & Beard organ designed by George Guest and William Mathias at Bangor University, and a Steinway concert grand. Olivia's naturally pure yet colourful tone shines throughout this recording, bringing a new lease of life to the later repertoire. Her effortless upper range and rich lower range make this essential listening. More >>
Robin A. Smith has had success in so many different genres, having studied composition at the Royal College of Music.He has conducted, composed and arranged for some of the greatest artists in the world, including Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin and Burt Bacharach. He conducted the Opening Ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics for Mike Oldfield.Le Weekend is a suite of music written as small scenarios, imagining a couple in France and the feelings they have for each other, expressed through music. The titles evoke each unspoken emotion that the lovers feel sharing time together in a beautiful village anywhere in France. More >>
Mikhail Shilyaev uses a Bechstein piano from 1897 for this recording, presenting a programme of works (with the exception of the Mompou Variations) that were written around the time this piano was built. The pianistic sound worlds of Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin and Mompou are reflected in the sound world of this, their contemporary (or near contemporary) instrument. More >>
Francis Grier is well known as a composer as well as a performer. This recording by organist Tom Winpenny gives listeners a unique insight into the organ music of Francis Grier in world premiere recordings. Played on the magnificent organ of St Albans Cathedral, this instrument shows the depth of range and colour of Grier's magnificent organ music. More >>
Willowhayne Records presents the debut CD from violinist Emmanuel Bach in a delightful programme of original works and arrangements from great violinists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Leopold Auer and Joseph Joachim.
Royal Overseas League String Competition winner Emmanuel Bach has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at venues including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St George's Bristol, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James's Piccadilly. More >>