The compositions on this album have been described as emotional and alluring, classical yet contemporary and with a certain cinematic quality. The sense of storytelling is all-pervasive and flowing piano textures, lush string writing and lyrical melodic lines alternate with moments of solitude and contemplation.
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 >>
Willowhayne Records presents an album of virtuoso piano music album which shows every facet of Leeds Piano Competition 2016 semi-finalist Ashley Fripp's astounding playing. Included in the programme is Thomas Adès Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face, the only available recording apart from the composer's own.
"Ashley Fripp is a genuine virtuoso, an astoundingly brilliant and masterly pianist, and his total grasp of the music is a joy to hear.” - Thomas Adès More >>
After her critically acclaimed début CD of piano music from Bach to Kapustin, Yasmin Rowe joins Australian cellist Yelian He (collectively known as Y2) in a programme of music by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Henryson, Kapustin and Piazzolla.
Y2 has also achieved outstanding success on the world’s competition stages, notably 1st Prize in the 2009 Royal Over-Seas League String Competition in London and the Grand Prize and Audience Prize in the 2014 Australian Cello Awards Competition (now amalgamated as the Young Performer’s Awards) in Sydney.
This release includes the world première recording of Svante Henrysson's On A Day Like This for solo cello.
"Yelian He plays On A Day Like This and Black Run with all the passion, energy and technical mastery that I as a composer could wish for. It is a joy to hear his versions." - Svante Henryson More >>
Although these two masterpieces are of differing styles - the Schubert (1828) being a 4 movement sonata in the Viennese classical tradition and the Mussorgsky (1874) a sequence of 15 short sections in a deliberately Russian idiom that rejects western European influence, there are parallels between them. Neither was published until after their composer’s death, the sonata in 1838 and Pictures in 1931, though an edited version by Rimsky-Korsakov had appeared in 1886. Neither work received real appreciation and understanding until the 20th century. More >>
In his second album for Willowhayne Records, virtuoso pianist Dominic John presents 24+1, a truly ground breaking recording based on the ‘circle of fifths.’ From the power of Eduard Abramyan’s Prelude in F sharp minor to the poetry of John Ireland’s The Holy Boy, 25 composers extending across 2 centuries of music are represented in this unique musical journey that is sure to delight the listener.
This is the début album featuring pianist Yasmin Rowe, a rising and talented exponent of all genres of piano music. Since her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK, Yasmin has won numerous prestigious awards and prizes, having given recitals both in the UK and overseas. Venues have included the Wigmore and Bridgewater Halls, as well as recital and concerto appearances in Peru, Australia and Canada.
She has also appeared on BBC Radio 3. This album shows Yasmin Rowe’s technical and musical mastery to its full extent, in music from J. S. Bach to Nikolai Kapustin. More >>
Recorded in Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, London, UK, this album features a dazzling display of virtuosity through a broad selection of repertoire, including the rarely recorded transcription by N. Vaneyev of Fritz Kreisler's Praeludium & Allegro to Earl Wild's mighty Fantasy on Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. More >>