BBC Music Magazine
We reveal who’s recording what, and where…
Toronto’s innovative opera theatre, Against the Grain, has launched its own label in order to capture what it cites as its ‘fresh and daring’ performances. The first release will be a live recording, made in December, of Osvaldo Golijov’s song cycle Ayre. Performed by soprano Miriam Khalil, the work takes in many influences, including Sephardic lullabies and Byzantine chant.
Soprano Mary Bevan joins forces with organist Joseph Nolan in January to record a disc of German Lieder at All Saints Church, East Finchley. The album, called Divinity, Mythology and Love, will explore the work of iconic Lieder composers Schubert, Haydn and Wolf and Signum Classics will release it later in the year.
Soloists Jack Liebeck (violin) and John Parricelli (mandolin) joined members of the National Symphony Orchestra (UK) at Abbey Road recently to record new music by Debbie Wiseman based on Stephen Fry’s book Mythos. A selection of his takes on Greek myths have been set to music by the composer for a new album being produced by Audio Nation.
Ahead of Oxford’s Keble Early Music Festival in February, Keble College Choir and the Academy of Ancient Music have teamed up to record Francisco Valls’s Missa Regalis.
It is the first time that the Catalan composer’s work – written in 1740 – has been recorded. The recording marks a new partnership between the festival and the Academy of Ancient Music.
British guitarist Sam Cave has just put the finishing touches on his debut album, which marks his recent signing by Métier Records. The Royal College of Music alumnus, who is also a chamber performer and composer, performs world premiere recordings by a variety composers on the disc, which is due out in March.