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The Saxophone Craze: Homage to Rudy Wiedoeft

Jonathan Radford

Chamber Music - To be released April 8, 2022 | Champs Hill Records

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Mirages: The Art of French Song

Roderick Williams

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 21, 2022 | Champs Hill Records

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The Other Erlking: Songs and Ballads of Carl Loewe

Nicholas Mogg

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 19, 2021 | Champs Hill Records

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Reels, Drones & Jigs

Perpetuo

Chamber Music - Released October 22, 2021 | Champs Hill Records

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Songs of Travel and Home

Julien Van Mellaerts

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released September 17, 2021 | Champs Hill Records

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The Viennese Viola

Emma Wernig

Chamber Music - Released July 16, 2021 | Champs Hill Records

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The Children's Hour

Gareth Brynmor John

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released April 16, 2021 | Champs Hill Records

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Metamorphosen: Strauss Chamber Works

Oculi Ensemble

Chamber Music - Released January 22, 2021 | Champs Hill Records

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Richard Strauss worked on large canvases, and nobody ever thought of him as a chamber music composer. The works on this release from the small but discriminating Champs Hill label span more than 60 years and hardly represent a connected creative impulse. Yet there are several finds here that make the album of interest to more than just the Strauss completist. The performances by the Oculi Ensemble are gorgeous, nowhere more than in the unusual version of the late work Metamorphosen that is on offer here. An early draft of the work was for seven strings; arranger Rudolf Léopold drew on that version as well as on the finished work in realizing it once again for septet. It's a compelling, rather interior reading that accords well with the suggestion in the booklet that Strauss may have intended this genuinely tragic work as not only a lament for the destruction wrought by the Second World War but as a kind of apology for his own early support of the Nazis. The Two Pieces for Piano Quartet, TrV 169 (1892), form another surprise. The short "Arabischer Tanz," written by Strauss after a trip to Egypt and apparently drawing on actual Arab material, is an unusual thing, and the "Liebesliedchen" (the Little Love Song), hardly known, contains one of Strauss' most simply beautiful melodies. Elsewhere, the album is nowhere less than enjoyable. There is the opening Prelude from the rather meta late opera Capriccio, a youthful string quartet movement and full-fledged string quartet that sound like Mendelssohn but suggest things to come, and an attractive Ständchen, TrV 114, and Festmarsch for piano quartet, TrV 136, the latter more than the purely ceremonial march the title might suggest. Even if the music here is uncharacteristic, there are many moments that will linger in mind. © TiVo
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Cheryl Frances-Hoad: The Whole Earth Dances

Various Artists

Chamber Music - Released November 12, 2020 | Champs Hill Records

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To Roman Totenberg

Nathan Meltzer

Chamber Music - Released November 12, 2020 | Champs Hill Records

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Lara Melda: Chopin

Lara Melda

Classical - Released November 12, 2020 | Champs Hill Records

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John F. Larchet: Complete Songs & Airs

Various Artists

Chamber Music - Released August 28, 2020 | Champs Hill Records

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Pianist Niall Kinsella presents the complete songs and airs of Irish composer John Francis Larchet (1884-1967). This is the first time Larchets complete songs have been presented, and many of those heard here are world premiere recordings. Kinsella first encountered Larchets songs at university and was keen to find more, but discovered that many of the songs were difficult to access and long out of print. With the help of the Larchet family, Kinsella has gradually collected every song that Larchet composed across the span of his career. Kinsella writes: "I see this project not only as a revival of Larchets songs but also as an acknowledgement and celebration of the rich contribution that he has made to musical life in Ireland. Larchet was an integral part of the Irish literary revival at the beginning of the 20th century, writing music for the plays of Yeats, Lady Gregory and Synge, displaying a real skill for building and sustaining drama Larchets marriage of text and music shows the qualities of invention and wholehearted lyricism which characterise his music". Curated by Niall Kinsella (piano), this album features Raphaela Mangan (mezzo-soprano), Gavan Ring (baritone), joined by violinist Mia Cooper and cellist Verity Simmons. The songs are paired on this album with his two sets of Irish Airs for violin and piano. This is the first album to be dedicated to the works of John F. Larchet, showcasing the music of one of Irelands most influential musicians. © Champs Hill Records
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Reawakened: Clarinet Concertos by Hamilton, Gipps, Walthew & Ireland

Robert Plane

Concertos - Released July 31, 2020 | Champs Hill Records

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Boulanger, Fauré & Messiaen: Complete Preludes, Vol. 3

Alexandra Dariescu

Classical - Released April 5, 2019 | Champs Hill Records

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Messiaen: La colombe (from Preludes for Piano)

Alexandra Dariescu

Classical - Released March 29, 2019 | Champs Hill Records

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Fauré: Prelude No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 103

Alexandra Dariescu

Classical - Released March 22, 2019 | Champs Hill Records

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Boulanger: Prelude in D-Flat Major

Alexandra Dariescu

Classical - Released March 15, 2019 | Champs Hill Records

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Bartók, Beethoven, Debussy: Innovators

Benyounes Quartet

Chamber Music - Released March 1, 2019 | Champs Hill Records

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Shapira: Midnight Journeys

Ittai Shapira

Concertos - Released February 1, 2019 | Champs Hill Records

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Magic Lantern Tales: Songs by Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Various Artists

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 2, 2018 | Champs Hill Records

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