The English Music Festival is launching its own record label with unperformed and under-performed music by indigenous composers, starting with world premieres of violin sonatas by Sir Arthur Bliss and Sir Walford Davies.
label revives overlooked works by British composers
This spring sees the launch of a
new record label devoted exclusively to English music – EM Records – whose
debut album includes
two major world-première recordings.
Violin Sonatas by
Arthur Bliss and
Henry Walford Davies have languished in manuscript form for over 100 years.
They were both given their première concert performances by Rupert Luck and
Matthew Rickard at the 2010 English Music Festival in Oxfordshire, and were
given a rapturous reception by an enthralled Festival audience. EM Records presents these two passionate and
heartfelt Sonatas alongside the opulent and darkly turbulent Violin Sonata by York
The new record company has been set
up in association with the English Music Festival (www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk).
The company’s Managing Director, Em
Marshall (also founder of the English Music Festival), describes the mission of
EM Records as “fulfilling the EMF’s goal of celebrating and preserving
neglected works by British composers, especially those from the early years of
the twentieth century – the ‘golden renaissance’ of English music.”
She says the company “will release
a mixture of live recordings from the Festival together with studio recordings,
giving listeners the chance to experience the fullest possible range of the EMF’s
work. In keeping with the unique spirit of the Festival each disc released by
EM Records will contain at least one world première recording. We want to ensure that no English works worthy of
hearing are ever again left unavailable to listeners.”
EM Records is a ground-breaking enterprise, presenting
repertoire that, though previously unrecorded, is vital, vivid and powerful;
and, through its commitment to this endeavour, complements the pioneering work
of a leading and internationally-acclaimed Festival.
are already underway for future releases. These include the World Première
Gustav Holst’s The Coming of Christ (which received its first contemporary performance in
EMF) performed by the City of London Choir under Hilary Davan Wetton; and a
Roger Quilter’s piano music, performed by David Owen Norris. Also
forthcoming is a live recording, to be made at the 2011 Festival, of part-songs
by Rawsthorne, Haydn Wood, Robin Milford, Finzi and Holst, performed by the Syred Consort
under their conductor, Ben Palmer.
Contact Em Marshall, Director, EM
Records, for more information or interview. email@example.com