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Classical - Released March 29, 2019 | Chandos

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Bennett had a gift for human relationships – family, partners, friends, and fellow artists. Occasionally, his personal loyalty could become an obstacle to his creativity but overwhelmingly, his relationships were an inspiration. Each of the four works recorded here has connections to a significant individual in his life. The composition of his First Symphony coincided with the arrival in his life of Dan Klein, who would become his long-term partner. Zodiac is dedicated to the composer Elisabeth Lutyens, whose music and personality Bennett cherished throughout his life, despite her often caustic manner. A History of the Thé Dansant sets poems by his older sister, the poet Meg Peacocke, and doubles as a perceptive but unsentimental memoir of their long-dead parents. And Reflections on a Sixteenth Century Tune is dedicated to the conductor John Wilson, with whom Bennett shared a musical connection that deepened into a true and lasting friendship. © Chandos
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Concertos for wind instruments - Released July 6, 2018 | Chandos

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Classical - Released November 3, 2017 | Chandos

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The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its Associate Guest Conductor John Wilson record for the first time together on Chandos, embarking on a new series devoted to the brilliant orchestral works of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. While internationally famous for his dances, jazz creations, and film and TV scores, Bennett wrote sumptuous works of ‘concert music’, as he called it. This first volume reveals him as one of the most brilliant natural talents to emerge in post-war British music. Influenced by both the American Songbook and his teacher Pierre Boulez, he also always strove to place melody – and emotional honesty – at the centre of his music. These traits are coupled in the epic Marimba Concerto, an innovative piece for the composer, moving from a colourful and lyrical first movement to highly virtuosic passages and strikingly athletic cadenzas. The demanding solo part is tackled here by Colin Currie, nowadays seen as a champion of contemporary music. © Chandos Records
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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Naxos

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Julian Bream urged several British composers to compose for the guitar, to expand both the repertoire and the instrument's possibilities beyond the styles and conventions of Spanish guitar music. Yet it is odd to note how they turned, almost reflexively, to Spanish music for inspiration, and how many of their pieces retained its most salient features. Despite the modernist touches, the Bagatelles (5) by William Walton are not that far removed from the moods or techniques found in flamenco music or in modern concert works by Spanish composers. The same may be said for the pieces by Lennox Berkeley -- the Sonatina, the Theme and Variations, and Pièces (4) -- and Richard Rodney Bennett's Impromptus (5); if played in a blindfold test, it is likely that the average listener would mistake these pieces for Rodrigo or Ponce, so strong are the similarities. Exceptions to this stylistic imitation may be found in the folk-ish Farewell to Stromness by Peter Maxwell Davies, and in the fairly abstract Elegy by Alan Rawsthorne; but these short works do not represent significant departures, and do little to alter the strong Iberian flavor of this CD. Guitarist Graham Anthony Devine plays the works with sensitivity and great technical control, and Naxos offers its usual fine sound quality.
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Cinema Music - Released November 1, 2000 | Chandos

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Classical - Released October 4, 2011 | Chandos

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Sarah Connolly will probably win many hearts with this stellar album of English songs, My True Love Hath My Heart, and the same could be said for her accompanist Malcolm Martineau, who is a fabulous interpreter as well. Connolly's technique is seemingly flawless, and her mezzo-soprano is clean, crisp, and bright, yet full. Add to this excellent diction, and the results are interpretations that may well be definitive for years to come. British greats like Benjamin Britten are featured, and the four songs chosen here are probably familiar to many listeners. Early one morning sounds the most archaic in its character, as if influenced by Handel or the Baroque period. The sound quality of the recording on this first cycle is a bit too soft compared to the other tracks, which detracts from the listening experience. Herbert Howells appears twice with two sets of songs. King David is interpreted with an appropriately majestic piano that rolls the chords, and the Gavotte has graceful, nuanced, well-phrased lines, and a piano part that sets the mood for a courtly dance. Come sing and dance reveals a central strength of the recital, which is that Connolly's interpretations are operatic without going over the top; she knows when to sing out, as on the melismas, and when to use more restraint. John Ireland's songs are arguably the most exciting of the older pieces on the album (Richard Rodney Bennett's are from the late 20th century, and in 2011 he is the only composer is still living.) In Her song, which has a 1920s Austro-Germanic popular feel, and in Tryst, Connolly captures the mood of anticipation for a loved one. Michael (Dewar) Head is represented by two songs, and he gives singer and pianist a chance to show off their best, such as Connolly's canny emphasis of the right words in Foxgloves and Martineau's communicative piano interludes in Cotswold Love. A History of the Thé Dansant by Bennett is very different in character, as it was written in 1995, yet it fits well with the repertoire of the recording. One hears jazzy syncopations and wonderful rubato, such as in Tango, where Martineau plays out and takes center stage for a moment. This is a fantastic album, reflecting the mezzo-soprano's wise choice of repertoire that suits her voice perfectly.
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Full Operas - Released January 1, 2005 | Chandos

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Classical - Released April 1, 2012 | NMC Recordings

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Classical - Released December 10, 2012 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Chandos

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released July 20, 2018 | SOMM Recordings

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Classical - Released June 16, 2011 | Collegium

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released March 1, 2013 | Collegium

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Soundtracks - Released November 28, 2012 | BSX Records