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Alessandro Fisher Sings
A Gardener’s World

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall 20 July 2021 (BBC Radio 3)
Rubicon Classics RCD1087 |

Release 23 February 2024

Schubert Die Blumensprache D 519 1817
Mendelssohn Das Erste Veilchen Op 19a No 2
Schumann Myrthen Op 25 No 7 Die Lotosblume
Clara Schumann Das Veilchen
Schumann from 6 Gedichte und Requiem Op 90: Meine Rose
Sibelius Six Songs Op 88
Fauré Le papillon et la fleur Op 1 No 1
Chausson Les papillons Op 2 No 3
Poulenc from Fiançailles pour rire No 6 Fleurs
Toldrà A l’ombra del lledoner (from A l’ombra del lledoner); Menta i Farigola & Floreix l’ametller
Guastavino La rosa y el sauce &, from Flores Argentinas, Cortadera, plumerito
Muriel Herbert Violets & To Daffodils
Elgar The Language of Flowers
Haydn Wood Love’s Garden of Roses
Encore: Flanders & Swann Misalliance

Released in time for Spring, Alessandro Fisher is joined by pianist Anna Tilbrook to offer a fragrant bouquet in music, made up of songs about almond blossom, anenomes, daffodils, mint, roses, thyme and violets let alone honeysuckle and convulvulus. Recorded live at London’s Wigmore Hall and released by Rubicon Classics on 23 February 2024, this is the ideal soundtrack to any gardener or flower lover in Spring – or even at any time during the gardening year.

Trio Isimsiz plays Brahms, Coll & Korngold

Trio Isimsiz piano trio

Korngold Piano Trio Op No 1
Francisco Coll Piano Trio
Brahms Piano Trio No 2 in C major Op 87

Rubicon Classics RCD1107 |

Released 8 December 2023

Trio Isimsiz commissioned, with BrittenPears Arts and Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical Madrid, Francisco Coll’s Piano Trio. Delayed by a year, the world premiere was given in Madrid in January 2022 and the UK premiere was given at the Britten Studio in Aldeburgh in June 2022. In August 2022 the Trio took it into the recording studio for Rubicon Classics, where its musical bedfellows were Brahms’ C major Trio Op 87 and Korngold’s Piano Trio – his Op 1. The CD – completing Trio Isimsiz’s Brahms cycle – is released on 8 December 2023. This completes Trio Isimsiz’s Brahms cycle.

Tessa Lark The Stradgrass Sessions

Tessa Lark violin
Jon Batiste piano
Michael Cleveland fiiddle
Sierra Hull mandolin
Edgar Meyer double bass

The Stradgrass Sessions

Tessa Lark Jig and Pop (Lark)
Sierra Hull Chasin’ Skies (Hull)
Tessa Lark Le Soka – Cheese in the Wine (Lark)
Edgar Meyer Concerto Duo for Violin and Bass – movements 1 and 4 (Lark/Meyer)
Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata for Solo Violin no.5 in G major, Op.27
Tessa Lark Hysedelje (Lark)
Béla Bartók 44 Duets for Two Violins, Sz 98 – Nos 35, 39 and 43 (Lark/Hull)
Michael Cleveland Lazy Katie (Lark/Cleveland)
John Corigliano STOMP (Lark) premiere recording
Stephen Foster Meditation on ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ (Lark/Batiste)

First Hand Records FHR100 |


Long-awaited and finally released on 5 May on First Hand Records, violinist Tessa Lark’s The Stradgrass Sessions brings together luminaries of the bluegrass world to duet with Tessa. Bridging the classical and bluegrass worlds in scintillating style, the folk tradition behind such classical composers as Ysaÿe and Bartók meets the American tradition of bluegrass with Sierra Hull on mandolin; Edgar Meyer on bass; Michael Cleveland on fiddle and Jon Batiste on piano. This music is infectious!

Dudok Quartet Reflections

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

Shostakovich String Quartet No 5 in B flat Op 92
Shostakovich arr Judith van Driel & David Faber Six of 24 Preludes Op 34
Bacewicz String Quartet No 4

Rubicon Classics RCD1099 |

“The music we play is never old or new, but always relevant and present.” After focusing on Haydn and Brahms, Amsterdam’s Dudok Quartet turn east to pair Polish Grażyna Bacewicz and Russian Dimitri Shostakovich quartets (Nos 4 and 5 respectively) with the quartet’s own arrangements of some of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes Op 34. These composers lived and worked in a time and social environment of repression and control but, although both these quartets were written in 1951, they display contrasting moods. Shostakovich demands intense physical, emotional and intellectual stamina from the players, while the Bacewicz offers an abundance of virtuosic fun and rhythmic exuberance, reflecting her original and independent spirit. Release date: 25 November

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