'ZEPHYR' - Carson Cooman Organ music volume 8
Erik Simmons continues his survey of organ works by Carson Cooman, one of America’s foremost organists and composers; this volume brings more recent works, and is recorded via Hauptwerk on the organ of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon.
Rawsthorne and Other Rarities
Alan Rawsthorne was one of the central figures of British 20th century music; here we have three rare works, an early and little known String Quartet, the premiere recording of his Chamber Cantata, and his complex and difficult ‘Practical Cats’. Works by eight other composers, all deserving recognition, complete the programme which is dedicated, as well as to Rawsthorne, to the memory of the late john McCabe.
Vyacheslav Artyomov - The Way to Olympus
The fourth in the celebrated series of recordings from the great Russian composer’s magnificent output; this album contains the impressive and grand symphony The Way to Olympus, and works for large chamber ensemble Gurian Hymn and Concert of the 13. Previously released on Melodiya, Russia, this and five more albums of superb works were not all widely available in the west and following the glowing praise given to our recent Artyomov discs DDA 25143 and DDA 25144, will help to cement the composer’s place at the top of today’s most creative musicians.
Eric Craven: Entangled States
Astonishing masterpiece of contemporary complexity in Eric Craven’s unique “non-prescriptive” method. Realised and performed by the genius that is Mary Dullea.
John McLeod - Complete Piano Music
A double album containing four live concerts given by Murray McLachlan which include all of the solo piano music of Scotland’s premier composer.
New Music for a New Oboe, Vol. 2
The first ‘New Oboe’ disc, msv28529, issued mid 2013, featured two epic new works by Michael Finnissy and Edwin Roxburgh, while the second, msv 28531, will include new pieces specially commissioned, by Sam Hayden, Edward Cowie, Paul Archbold, Dorothy Ker and Christopher Fox. These albums also feature two brand new instruments: the Howarth-Redgate oboe and the Lupophon, so should be of interest to all oboists.
Women of History
Famous women are often the subject of pieces by Carlotta Ferrari, one of today;s most innovative composers for organ. This new recording by Harvard organist Carson Cooman includes works inspired by St Teresa of Avila, Maria Restitua and Mary Shelley amongst others.
'Embrace of Fire' - music by Naji Hakim
An album of music for organ by Hakim, played by Simon Leach, including solo works and pieces with violin (and one for recorder and harpsichord). Also featuring John Turner and Benedict Holland with tenor Ranald McCusker.
Bass Clarinet and Friends
A miscellany of new works by a panoply of super composers from York Bowen through Alexander Goehr to Sadie Harrison and Cheryl Frances-Hoad and many more.. Featuring Ian Mitchell and Gemini, for whom many of these works were written.
Juniper Project - music for Flute and Harp
Juniper Project is Eira Lynn Jones (flute) and Anna Rosa Mari (harp). Their debut duo album is a delightful mix of familiar and new pieces with an emphasis on the Romantic and impressionist music from Debussy, Mouquet, Ibert, Vaughan Williams and more.
Currently scheduled for release in September 2018.
The Man, Hurdy-Gurdy and Me
A fascinating delve into the special interest of Howard Skempton, with works for unusual combinations of instruments; not only the Hurdy-gurdy but the accordion, Indonesian gamelan trio and medieval harp and lute among others. Splendid and individual works by one of today’s most appreciated composers, and performed by the ensemble Sirinu.
Vyacheslav Artyomov: A Symphony of Elegies
This is volume 5 of the Artymov series, bringing you the incredibly wonderful music of Russia’s foremost contemporary composer, and includes both the Symphony, performed by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and also ‘Awakening; for violin duo and ‘Incantations’ for soprano and chamber ensemble.
Sea Dream (Carson Cooman organ music vol. 9)
Erik Simmons has attracted a lot of attention and praise for his ongoing series featuring the organ works of New England-based Carson Cooman. Here on vol. 9 we have a splendid programme of non-liturgical concert music highlighting the Organ Symphony No. 2
This new addition to Metier’s ongoing Finnissy series by the Kreutzer Quartet includes the title track ‘Six Sexy Minuets Three Trios’ and the Clarinet Quintet (with Linda Merrick) among other new works for string quartet including Finnissy’s new take on the enigmatic uncompleted last part of Bach’s “Art of Fugue”
More To Come Soon:
'Reminiscence' - Most popular piano classics
For her debut album, Japanese pianist Tomono Kawamura presents a beautiful album of favorites from Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Greig and more, including some little known transcriptions and one world premiere.
A new anthology of Lieder
We welcome back Clare and David Lesser whose most recent album, of songs by Michael Finnissy, drew immense praise. This time the program includes one item each from Michael Finnissy, David Lesser, Sergei Prokofiev and Wolfgang Rihm but its main focus is on three cycles from Heinz Holliger; most of the works are receiving their first recordings.
Beethoven: the Complete Piano Sonatas
All 32 sonatas in a 9CD box, performed by Tamami Honma, will be one of our priority releases in the next year or so.
While core repertoire is not our main priority, sometimes an interpreter comes along with fresh perspectives as well as technical skill, and we hear ‘the divine art of music’ in reality.
Brian Ferneyhough: Piano Music
Following the success and critical praise for our recent CDs of chamber and choral music by Ferneyhough, we here have some of his outstanding and awesomely complex piano works, played by Ian Pace (pictured). This disc has been delayed by matters out of our hands but we hope to schedule it in the near future.
Concertos for Flute
Susan Milan (flute) with the Prague Symphony Orchestra..
This album contains flute concertos written for Milan and they are all premiere recordings, so a major release for 20th century repertoire; includes works by Robert Simpson, Richard Rodney Bennett & Carl Davis
English Piano Trios
At last the world is discovering that England was not a musical desert after Purcell -and further proof is provided by a program of piano trios, by composers of whom only one is a household name, but all of whom write fine works; Rosalind Ellicott, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Henry Waldo Warner and CCliffe Forrester. Performed by Trio Anima Mundi, one of Australia’s brightest ensembles (see also Romantic Piano Trios on DDA 25102)
Galina Ustvolskaya - Violin works
Russian pianist Natalia Andreeva has studied the unique sound world of Ustvolskaya, famed and reclusive pupil of Shostakovich, for many years. Her disc of the complete solo piano music (DDA 25130) was highly praised. She is joined by acclaimed violinist Evgeny Sorkin in Ustvolskaya’s two major works for violin and piano – the Sonata and the Duet, both substantial almost symphonic works. To be recorded in September for release in spring of 2019.
Photo of composer by Christoph Krumpel 1989.
Galuppi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4
It’s quite a while since volume 3 of this series was issued, and this one recorded. The pianist has had a rather busy time performing around the world, but this long-awaited disc is now scheduled for 2018.
Johann Froberger - Harpsichord Suites, vol. 1
A double album of Suites by the great baroque composer Froberger, rather neglected recently but enjoying new popularity. After his highly praised recordings of the works of Handel and Mattheson, Gilbert Rowland will record in July 2018, for release early in 2019. More volumes are planned in the future.
John Buckley - Choral Music
John Buckley is a leading composer from Ireland whose works have appeared on two Metier releases lately to positive notes from the critics. Coming in 2018 is an album devoted wholly to his choral music, performed by the renowned Mornington Singers.
Mariko Terashi: Baroque Keyboard Works
Music by Couperin, Rameau and Seixas in stunning performances on modern piano. Previously available in Japan only, and receiving much acclaim there, we are delighted to now offer this album globally.
Music for Saxophone Quartet
Proving again that Manchester is the hotbed of new music in the UK! A program of music for saxophones by Richard Whalley and Kevin Malone, both of whom are already represented in the Metier catalog, and played by the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet.
Robin Walker - chamber works
From English composer Robin Walker a panoply of recent works being recorded in the summer of 2018 including string quartet and solo pieces for violin, recorder, cello and double bass and presenting his superb double concerto for violin, recorder and string orchestra ‘A Prayer and a Dance of Two Spirits’ – top soloists from several countries and the award-winning Manchester Sinfonia. Scheduled for release early 2019.
Russian Piano Music Vol. 13:Rachmaninov
Alfonso Soldano returns to Russian repertoire (by critical acclaim!) with Rachmaninov’s First Sonata, Moments Musicaux, and other works.
Russian Piano Music Vol. 14:Tchaikovsky
Alfonso Soldano brings Tchaikovsky to the Russian piano series with the Grand Sonata, Op. 37; the Romance Op. 5, 6 pieces op.19 and Berceuse (Op. 72/2)
Russian Piano Music Vol. 15: Prokofiev
For the second Prokofiev album in our series, we welcome brilliant young Italian pianist Stefania Argentieri who will include the First and Sixth Sonatas, 4 Etudes, op. 2 and other works.
Songs by Ives and Cowell
Irish-American mezzo Aylish Kerrigan delights in the challenges of modern repertoire and has attracted fabulous reviews for her two recent Metier recordings – now she adapts to the quirky and personal worlds of Charles Ives and Henry Cowell, true mavericks in mainstream music, with a splendid program of songs.