#throwbackThursday Mark Padmore’s Britten. Serenade with the Britten Sinfonia in 2012 won a Diapason d’Or among many other accolades. #tbt http://ow.ly/BFii3
Padmore has four East Coast concerts in October, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' White Light Festival on Oct 7: http://ow.ly/BFieE
Camerata Pacifica introduces John Harbison’s curvy string trio - Los Angeles Times
"…Harbison’s inspiration was back to Mozart. He mirrors the six-movement structure of the Divertimento. The new trio begins each movement with a harmonically skewered version of Mozart’s melodic gambits. But Harbison’s path is ultimately closer to Schoenberg’s. The motives seem to have a life of their own, moving into surreal terrains.
Were Harbison to name his 30-minute trio, it might be “Red Herring.” He throws curves, not that that is the right metaphor. Melodic shapes may be Mozartean, but the pitch material for melodic motives comes from the letters of Lionel Messi’s name, for the simple reason, Harbison writes, that the Argentine is the Mozart of soccer.
Even the knife in the ribs is an intriguing red herring. The viola part is written for an exciting and sassy player, Richard Yongjaei O’Neill, and it gets wildly unhinged at the end. But Harbison precedes that with an extraordinary series of theatrical relationships between three exceptional players — the others being violinist Movses Pogossian and cellist Ani Aznavoorian.
By the end, violence is no longer out of the question. This is a major addition to the tiny string trio repertory…”
Harbison. String Trio, Songs on iTunes: http://ow.ly/BEvdY Amazon: http://ow.ly/BEvmU
Delphian Wins 2014 Gramophone Award for Label of The Year - harmonia mundi distribution
"Delphian is delighted to announce that Gramophone Magazine has awarded it the prestigious Label of the Year 2014 accolade. Owned, managed and curated by Paul Baxter, Delphian has risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most-talked-about independents in the UK. The business was launched in 2000, when two Edinburgh University graduates approached forward-thinking individuals for aid in founding a classical record label in Edinburgh. Baxter’s aim was to promote the already-rich artistic activities that take place in Scotland and in Edinburgh during its famous International Festival in August. He has since built a catalogue focused on chamber music, choral, vocal, and instrumental repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day.
The carefully curated catalogue now numbers over 150 titles, almost every one of which has been produced by Baxter himself. With a focus on chamber music, choral and organ music, keyboard works (particularly using historically important instruments), and roots/folk projects with a Scottish accent, Delphian is internationally recognized for its innovative approach to programming and its firm support for new music.
Commending Delphian on its remarkable achievements in 2014, Gramophone Editor in Chief, James Jolly writes: ‘A timely focus on Scotland in a less divisive light! Imagination, courage, style and very high production values have produced a stream of magnificent recordings this year - four have received Gramophone’s Editor Choice accolade. And we’re delighted to salute this small label with grand designs!’
Click through to see the Editor’s Choice releases.