Bruckner: Quintet & Quartet (2015)
Available from Linn Records
Liz Johnson Recording Project
Liz Johnson’s complete string quartets are being recorded by the Fitzwilliams over the next year or so in an exciting new project with the composer. The quartet has worked closely with Liz from 2001 when her first quartet Images of Trees won the BCMS Composition Prize; they immediately struck up a great rapport and have been working together ever since. Liz’s music moves from the poetic and lyrical to the strange: "captivating...sometimes naturalistic, sometimes ethereal, the delicacy both dark and subtly disturbing" (Birmingham Post) "...a refreshing quality, evocative in subtle tonal and textural colours..." (Independent).
Intricate Web, commissioned by Bromsgrove Mixing Music was premiered by the Fitzwilliams, and Liz has written two more pieces specifically for the quartet: Forty-Something, a celebration for the quartet’s fortieth anniversary and Tide Purl, commissioned by Music in the Village in 2013.
The CD will include Sky-burial for soprano and string quartet, a huge and magical work setting Kathleen Jamie’s evocative poem with soprano Loré Lixenberg, and the premiere recording of Scintilla for clarinet quintet (commissioned by Birmingham Conservatoire, BCU). Another premiere recording will be of the exciting new solo cello suite Ben Hartley Reflections (commissioned by Peninsular Arts) performed by Fitz cellist Heather Tuach.
Salvator Mundi: The Purcell Legacy (2015)
Available from www.stsalvatorschapelchoir.co.uk
"Sung with diligent attention to both notes and words, this finely chosen selection of English church music covers the richly rewarding period from the Restoration through to the late 18th century."
**** BBC Music Magazine George Hall, December 2015
Tickets on sale for Baroque Unwrapped at Kings Place, London
The Fitzwilliam appear on 29 September, 2016