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Classical - To be released March 15, 2019 | Signum Records

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Classical - To be released March 1, 2019 | Signum Records

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Classical - To be released February 22, 2019 | Signum Records

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Classical - To be released February 1, 2019 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released December 3, 2018 | Signum Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 23, 2018 | Signum Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 9, 2018 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released November 9, 2018 | Signum Records

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In the centenary year of the Armistice of 1918, thoughts turn to the great human cost of the First World War and many subsequent armed conflicts. Released in support of the charity Combat Stress, this commemorative recording explores the themes associated with human conflict. The programme brings together texts and music pointing to the frailty that leads to the violence of war, but also to triumphs of the human spirit that so often arise from situations of the deepest desolation. The Choir of Chichester Cathedral are led by Charles Harrison in this collection of works by composers affected by the great war including Stanford, Bainton, Ireland, Howells, Parry and Elgar. (Editor's note)
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Classical - Released November 2, 2018 | Signum Records

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

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Classical - Released October 26, 2018 | Signum Records

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Chamber Music - Released October 26, 2018 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | Signum Records

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The work that shares its title with the album, A Walk With Ivor Gurney by Judith Bingham (born in 1952) is a world premiere recording, while the rest of this very British programme revolves around Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells and, of course, Gurney. Following the magical Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams that opens the album, we quickly find ourselves in Gurney's dark and thoughtful world. It seems that he suffered throughout his (short) life from manic-depressive disorder, to such an extent that he spent his last fifteen years in a psychiatric institute, without composing any more music. A psychoanalyst would probably pick up on the warning signs in these superb arrangements, but for the average listener, they are quite simply wonderful works, which are unfortunately rarely heard. The Songs, orchestrated by Howells and Finzi, are sung by the sumptuous Sarah Connolly and it is once again with Vaughan Williams, who was also Gurney's teacher, that this beautiful album by the Tenebrae ensemble and the Aurora Orchestra closes. The extraordinary Oxford Elegy is definitely a highlight of the record. Composed for choir, strings and a narrator (Simon Callow, in this case), here we find twenty-two minutes of heavenly beauty. © SM/Qobuz
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 12, 2018 | Signum Records

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Chamber Music - Released October 12, 2018 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released October 5, 2018 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released September 28, 2018 | Signum Records

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The matter shouldn’t even me mentioned, since it is in no way the guarantee of whatever musical quality, one way or another; let’s say that the London-based Chineke! Orchestra is predominantly composed of musicians whose skin colour is slightly more dark than what is usually seen in symphony orchestras (barring Brasil as a matter of fact, where some orchestras are extraordinarily mixed), as well as some from « minorities », but this is no way some kind of reverse segregation. The conductor Roderick Cox, by the way, is of African-American descent, and also by the way, he is an excellent musician with a beautiful posture when conducting, and a superb musical mind; as for pianist Gerard Aimontche, his origin is more unusual since he is Russian… of African descent! This album begins with a very clear and transparent interpretation of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, in which Aimonthc refrains from any superfluous hyper-romantic slush, rather aiming at offering the purest interpretation there is. As for Sibelius’ Second Symphony, it is offered in a reading where Cox draws a superb arc from beginning to end, which is not always so easy in this ample and long-breathed music. It is not for nothing that Cox is already Associate conductor at the Minnesota Orchestra, and his career is now developing worldwide. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 21, 2018 | Signum Records

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Opera - Released September 14, 2018 | Signum Records

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