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Recorded at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, 12-14 February 2009
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Jac Van Steen
David Matthews's music is full of paradoxes - all of them positive. Its expressive manner and intellectual matter seem easy enough to grasp at first hearing but the openness is deceptive. There's... — More…
Philippe Graffin (violin), Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Nova, George Vass
The extensive Vivacissimo finale [of the First Violin Concerto]...provides the most breathtaking bravura on the disc, superbly negotiated by Philippe Graffin, whose beauty of tone in the slower,... — More…
Katie Bray (mezzo-soprano) & Matthew Long (tenor)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Bach Choir, David Hill, John Carewe
Non-doctrinal yet celebrating the religious sense as such, this is a work both of great beauty and genuine spiritual force...I was moved and rather awed by the mastery of large forces to such... — More…
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates
Yates and the RSNO are admirably chipper exponents…Yates’s idiomatic orchestration of the composer’s handwritten piano score [for The Blue Bird] falls most agreeably on the ear…In summary, a... — More…