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One of the greatest symphonies written in the twentieth century (or indeed any other), the Vaughan Williams London Symphony may need no introduction, but the same cannot be said of the version recorded here. This is an infrequent outing for its 1920 first publication, and comparisons with the final revised edition are fascinating. Much more importantly, the performance—from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra—is simply outstanding. Coupled with three rarities, this is a landmark addition to the Vaughan Williams discography, and a very special Record of the Month for November. In contrast to RVW, the name Roger Sacheverell Coke will be new to many. His richly melodic music has long enjoyed the persuasive advocacy of pianist Simon Callaghan, who now makes his Hyperion debut with Coke Piano Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5, volume 73 of our Romantic Piano Concerto series. Martyn Brabbins again conducts, this time the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
It is a particular pleasure to welcome back conductor David Hill to the label. His sensitive readings of the evergreen Fauré Requiem & other sacred music here also mark the Hyperion debut of the Yale Schola Cantorum, one of America's leading chamber choirs. Finally, Cédric Tiberghien brings his considerable pianistic finesse to bear on the Chopin Préludes, Piano Sonata No 2 & Scherzo No 2; a wonderful recital which must count as one of the year's most distinguished Chopin releases. No repertoire, however familiar, can fail to astonish anew given such superlative playing.
Sacred choral works by Roderick Williams reveals a lesser-known side of this renowned singer: his music elicits performances by turns mellifluous, contemplative and riotous from the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir. Ralph Allwood conducts this new Signum album.
1equalmusic brings us a new version of Antony Pitts' Jerusalem-Yerushalayim, the electrifying performance by the composer's own crack ensemble Tonus Peregrinus (and a sizeable supporting cast) of this 'sacred jazz' oratorio now remixed and completed with evocative narration from David Suchet.
The Sacconi Quartet has recorded the six Graham Fitkin String Quartets for Signum. Better known perhaps for his motoric percussion infusions, these six works span some fifteen years and share the same hypnotic rhythmic drive. A sixth volume in his Complete Bach Organ Works series once more finds David Goode at the Metzler console of Trinity College Chapel in Cambridge, this time revelling in a programme of chorale preludes and variations suitable for Christmas and Epiphany.
For the Signum Classics label Suzi Digby conducts her Voce Chamber Choir in 99 Words – Music by Sir John Tavener & Roxanna Panufnik in the company of cellist Matthew Barley, organist James Sherlock and narrator Simon Russell Beale.