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Aquilae Trio play Ravel, Debussy, Arlene Sierra, Max Mitchell, Gubaidulina, William Frampton and Saint-Saëns

22/10/2019

‘The garden of joy and sorrow is a one-movement piece for harp, flute and viola. It was conceived under the strong influence of two directly contradictory literary phenomena: 1) the work “Sayat-Nova” by Iv Oganov (Moscow), about the famous Eastern story-teller and singer, and 2) verses by the 20th century German poet Francisco Tanzer. Vivid Eastern color was counterposed to a typically Western consciousness. But both of these works had significant inner similarities: their contemplativeness and refinement.’ Sophia Gubaidulina

Jazz at the University: Huw Warren (piano), Mark Lockheart (saxophone)

26/10/2019

Master craftsmen in an Italian winery… and distil the most beautifully rich, intimate, piano-and-tenor magic in their live recording from Livio Felluga (part of ’s 12-album series). ‘NEW DAY’, available NOW:

Brahms and the Schumanns performed by the Primrose Quartet

29/10/2019

n 2019 the Quartet released their latest recording of the complete Brahms piano quartets. This was the culmination of years of research into Historically Informed Performance Practice and involved the musicians and recording team travelling to Vienna to record in the historic “Ehrbahr Saal” (where Brahms himself frequently performed), using three different pianos of the period from the famous Gert Hechner collection. The result has been hailed by critics as “revelatory”.