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Classical - To be released January 5, 2018 | Avie Records

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Concertos - To be released January 5, 2018 | Avie Records

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Concertos - Released October 6, 2017 | Avie Records

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Classical - Released October 6, 2017 | Avie Records

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From medieval times up to the early 19th century, every town and city of any note had a band of waits – Stadtpfeifer in the German-speaking realm, pifferari in Italy, alta musique or alta capella in France. Their duties included playing their instruments through the town at night, waking the townsfolk on dark winter mornings by playing under their windows, welcoming royal visitors by playing at the town gates, and leading the Mayor's procession on civic occasions. “These are the topping tooters of the town, who have gowns, silver chains, and salaries”, a 1709 reference to a professional band of musicians conjuring up the thriving city of London in the 16th and 17th centuries. The band’s sound is replicated on this release by the modern-day namesake The City Musick directed by foremost expert in the field William Lyons (who is also director of the Dufay Collective). The rather sonorous drones of dulcians and cornetts, sackbuts and shawms (hence alta musica, loud music, in contrast to basse musique, the "soft music" of recorders, viols, harps, psalteries and the like), evoke the era’s everyday civic events, theatrical productions and even liturgical service, paying homage to the unsung talents of the Waits from the period when their reputation was at its zenith. The City Musick has performed for traditional feasts and ceremonies in the City of London, at the York Early Music Festival, and in Florence and Antwerp. The present recording offers pieces by Holborne, Morley, Dowland, Adson (as well as the ubiquitous anon.), many of which written specifically for waites, and published as such three or four centuries ago. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 15, 2017 | Avie Records

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Classical - Released August 18, 2017 | Avie Records

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Classical - Released May 19, 2017 | Avie Records

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Classical - Released April 7, 2017 | Avie Records

Australian-born Percy Grainger was among the most original and free-thinking of twentieth-century composers, a multi-talented musician with outstanding gifts as colourful creator, precocious pianist, world traveller, writer and ethnographer whose fertile mind produced an expansive œuvre of highly inventive works. Star soprano Claire Booth and pianist Christopher Glynn explore Grainger’s fascinating and multifaceted folk song output, a tribute to the composer’s most enduring musical endeavour, i.e. the exploration and dissemination of folk music – in the present case, songs from the British Isles he has collected and written out the discreet but efficient harmonizations of. Grainger's success resulted among others in multiple versions of his settings, for orchestra, wind band, chamber ensemble and choir. But it's perhaps his versions for voice and piano that are the most characteristic, bringing out Grainger's own highly individual style at the keyboard. The album concludes with Grainger's most celebrated non-vocal piece, English Country Gardens, in which Claire Booth makes a cameo appearance on the piano, joining Christopher Glynn in a rousing duet. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released February 24, 2017 | Avie Records

Distinctions Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Classical - Released January 13, 2017 | Avie Records

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Classical - Released January 6, 2017 | Avie Records

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Duets - Released November 11, 2016 | Avie Records

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Solo Piano - Released November 11, 2016 | Avie Records

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Chamber Music - Released November 11, 2016 | Avie Records

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