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Athene Minerva

We meet Joanna as record producer and music editor; review the start of the Athene Minerva label for modern instruments and present a complete Artistes’ Discography with reviewer comments and audio tracks. Listen to the complete recording of the Pickard Piano Concerto – first performance in Dresden 2000 played by Andreas Boyde.

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Andreas Boyde:

“In works that were new to me, or even some works that I had performed for years, I realised something quite amazing: your musical advice was extraordinary. I think it is something that you might call intuition or a certain form of instinct, inspiration.”

Martino Tirimo:

“After an initial Piano Encores recording, the opportunity arose to work on Debussy’s complete works. This was a project which was close to my heart, but it was also close to Jo’s heart for she played quite a number of these works and thus knew them intimately. This cannot be said for too many producers! Her deep knowledge meant that we could have detailed discussions, even during the sessions, and this was most stimulating for me. Throughout these recordings, sessions and post-production, her expertise and wonderfully positive attitude much contributed to the final result and the consequent success of this project. It was a happy collaboration that I treasure greatly.”

Bernard d’Ascoli:

“No, it was wonderful working with you. I certainly got more than I expected. It was always understood from within, because you just know the music more than anybody else – and Chopin in particular. It was something – we just didn’t have to say – you understood what I preferred; why I preferred it and you understood why it was important to edit before the change of pedal or just after; it was great.”

Setting up the Athene Minerva record label

Athene Minerva - Setting up the record label

Joanna and her partner Dave Turner set up D&J Recording in 1987. Their first major client in the late ’80s was Martino Tirimo who recorded Piano Encores, and a 4-set CD of the complete Debussy piano works. Gramophone: “This may yet prove to be one of the finest Debussy cycles on record.” Penguin Guide: “…probably the first choice for those wanting a modern digital recording offering the complete set.”

Prior to the founding of the Athene label in 1991, this acclaimed Debussy set was originally released on Pickwick. These discs, the first produced by Joanna, are to be found in the catalogue of Alto CD – ALC4002. The last three CDs in the series were the first edited by Joanna on the SoundMaestro digital editor.

Joanna (talking to Andreas Boyde): “We found Mike with his wonderful digital editing machine. [The first wave-form display and SCSI disc control system]. We bought his system and it changed our lives completely because it gave us the possibility of providing full in-house digital editing facilities to professional clients, such as yourself. It was wonderful; we had so much interesting work.”

The development of digital editing systems transformed possibilities and enhanced the editor’s role. Rather than having to find a suitable pause in the audio for a tape splice edit, no area was barred. You rarely get in one take, exactly what the artist is seeking to express. We tended to do three takes and Jo would listen carefully and document what she was doing. She had an audio picture in her mind of what the artist was seeking to express and being a accomplished pianist herself, she could visualise it as a flowing whole and build up the piece using the best takes.

The Athene Minerva label was set up for modern instruments and was instigated in 1995 after meeting a young Andreas Boyde in 1993. Five of Andreas Boyde’s recordings were released during the ’90s: three CDs in our Outstanding Concert Performance series and two Athene studio piano recordings. The first Minerva release was of his acclaimed WDR broadcast recording of the Schumann Recital (23008). This CD is of a live concert, broadcast by WDF, from the Schumann Saal, Düsseldorf 13th June 1995. Athene’s recordings with German pianist Andreas Boyde have been exceptionally well received by critics.

Outstanding Concert Performance
the first Athene Minerva release


Schumann: Carnaval, Waldszenen & Album für die Jugend
(link to CD23008)

Play sample track:
Papillons, Valse allemande – Paganini

BBC Music

Michelangeli challenges aural perception with his speed in Papillons, but Boyde is lighter and makes Paganini wilder and more dangerous… Boyde’s interpretation… is a stroke of genius hardly to be exceeded… wonderful performances.”

MusicWeb International

“…it is brilliantly played and excellently recorded.” – David Wright

Mike Beville

“Some musicians cannot abide Carnaval. I remember Eleanor Bailie saying how, until she heard Andreas play it at the Wigmore Hall in 2000, she had never liked it; but that she had been converted by his illuminating performance.”

Andreas Boyde and Joanna talk about how they met, their friendship, playing the square pianos and the Minerva CD releases:

Andreas Boyde was born in Oschatz, Germany, where he entered the Book of Honor in 2012. He studied with Christa Holzweißig and Amadeus Webersinke in Dresden and subsequently with James Gibb in London at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. His mentor and promoter Malcolm Frager also proved a major influence. Hailed by the critics as Monsieur 100,000 Volts, pianist Andreas Boyde’s performances have electrified audiences worldwide. His recitals in renowned concert venues and appearances as soloist with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the Zürich Kammerorchester, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Hallé Orchestra Manchester, the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Sinfoniker, the London Mozart Players, the Berliner Sinfonieorchester and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra have secured Boyde’s reputation as an esteemed performing artist.

Recording Artistes Discography

Discography – Artistes recorded on  Athene Minerva 

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Andreas Boyde


“Pictures & Reflections”
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Ravel: Miroirs

Music on the Web

Mussorgsky: “From the very first notes of the Mussorgsky I knew that this was going to be an exceptional performance. I was proved to be right. The clarity of the playing was crisp and well articulated and, what was so refreshing and welcome, was the pianist’s excellent judgement of tempi… The skill and technique is undeniable and, although I have known this inspiring work for 40 years the detail that Boyde reveals is quite astonishing as are the superlative nuances he achieves.”

Ravel: “Any artiste that can convey that level of communication coupled with such consummate skill and breathtaking ability is destined to become famous and rightly so. He is already a brilliant star. His command of the piano is staggering!”


“Schumann & Brahms: Variations”
Schumann: Impromptus and Variations
Brahms: Schumann Variations

Music on the Web

“This is an important disc as it includes the world première recording of Robert Schumann’s Variations on a theme of Schubert reconstructed from manuscripts by the pianist on this recording, Andreas Boyde.
Boyde is a fine player. We have heard his virtuosic power in the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2 and Ravel’s Miroirs but he has a remarkable gift for sensitivity as well, as shown in this disc. He has a tremendous insight and the Brahms performance gives a rare satisfaction.”

Leipziger Volkszeitung

“…one of the most impressive recordings of the piano music by Robert Schumann.”

Play sample tracks:
Schumann: “Beethoven Variations” (excerpt)

Schumann: “Ghost Variations” (excerpt)


Outstanding Concert Performance series

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.2
Symphony No.9

MusicWeb International

“Boyde makes detail come to life; he has an amazing capacity to build up long piano solos thereby making them full of interest. His cadenzas are breathtaking and the clarity of his finger work is stunning. And, thankfully, he is not a barnstorming, glamorous, athletic performer, although he generates tremendous excitement. He has enviable lyrical gifts and I have to say that, bearing in mind that this is a public performance (where one does not get a ‘second chance’), it is very impressive indeed. The orchestra and conductor must also be congratulated”.


“…one of the best interpretations I have heard. It is a fabulous performance” – Martin Anderson

Play sample track:
Tchaikovsky: 1st Movement (Cadenza)

Freiburg Symphony Orchestra – Joannes Fritzsche


Outstanding Concert Performance series

Dvořák: Piano Concerto in G minor
Schoenfield: “Four Parables”

BBC Music Magazine
Picked on release as the Reader Offer disc.

Time Out Magazine
“Seasonal Selection” – December 1999

Music on the Web

“Andreas Boyde’s performance is both very exciting and gloriously effective. His technique is unquestionable and now we have evidence of a true lyricism. He is a pianist with steel fingers and a warm heart.. Every bit a complete musician… As for the piano playing, one can only exclaim astonishment and admiration. It is a sensational success. The recording is exemplary.”

Hi-Fi News & Record Review

Dvořák Piano Concerto: “…a most moving performance.”
Four Parables: ”Boyde’s interpretation is breathtaking.”

Play sample tracks:
Dvořák: 3rd Movement (finale)

Schoenfield: “Dog Heaven” (excerpt)

andres at piano

Andreas Boyde In Concert
Joanna Leach Memorial Concert
Honiton, 29th September 2012

Audience Comments:

“Amazing musicianship, superb technique and every note profoundly felt”
“Absolutely breathtaking, a superlative player and such a nice person”
“Completely transported…. the Mussorgsky hit me between the eyes”
“Every note lived, moved and breathed”
“Wonderful, and delightful programme notes”
“I was captivated, taken to another dimension”
“Oblivious to his surroundings, every note, every rest, inflection and nuance had significance and meaning.”
“A breathtaking piano too, I had forgotten just how much difference a superb instrument makes!”


At this concert Andreas played:
Mussorgsky: “Pictures at an Exhibition”
and Ravel: “Miroirs”
see CD 23017 “Pictures & Reflections” above.

Andreas Boyde In Concert

Commission sponsored by Joanna

In 1999 Joanna commissioned John Pickard to write a concerto for Andreas Boyde, to be performed in a Millenium 2000 concert. It was given its first performance in the Dresden Kulturpalast to a packed audience and broadcast nationwide across Germany and beyond.
Although enthusiastically received at its first performance, the piano part was at times overwhelmed in the concert hall. However the broadcast balance was able to compensate and bring out the piano part with spot microphones.
Sadly, the composer withheld permission for the recording to be released on the Athene Minerva label because of a minor mishap in the percussion section at the end of the work.

There is much to be said for the excitement and spontaneity of that immense first public performance; which would not have happened but for Joanna’s generous commission and the support of Andreas, who spent several months preparing for this performance.

Play the complete Premiére performance::
Pickard: Piano Concerto
(i. Toccatta) & (ii. Passacaglia) 

Pickard: Piano Concerto
(iii. Fuga)

Raymond Clarke


Havergal Brian:
Complete Piano Works

Music on the Web

“This is very impressive music with a power, poetry and swing which should guarantee it a great deal of attention. The music is warmly rewarding to the attentive listener. Congratulations to Athene for securing the recording.” – Rob Barnett

BBC Music

“…dedication and virtuosic flair …First-rate recording: an excellent disc.” – Calum MacDonald


“I rather wish I hadn’t heard the Illuminations, grateful though I am to have encountered the two noble Preludes and Fugues. Formidable performances (even of the Double Fugue, which ideally needs at least three hands), and well recorded.” – Michael Olivier

Play sample track:  
Brian: Prelude – John Dowland’s Fancy


William Mathias: Sonatas No 1 & 2
John Pickard: Sonata & “A Starlit Dome”


“It is seriousness of purpose that informs both of his [John Pickard’s] piano pieces included in Raymond Clarke’s latest CD for Athene … Clarke – the Sonata’s dedicatee – plays both magnificently, as he does the two fine sonatas […]” – Guy Rickards


“This CD is almost unthinkable without [Clarke’s] expertise and persistence; the rhythms have to be acutely etched to keep the high-strung tensions tight and rewarding. Clarke is the man here.” – Stephen Ellis

Classic CD

“brilliantly played by Raymond Clarke, a pianist who combines an emotional commitment to the music with a prodigious technique. The whole disc is enthralling… music-making of the first order … Intelligent and passionate music performed with great insight.” – Roderick Swanston

Play sample track:  
Pickard: “A Starlit Dome”


Sonatas 1 & 2
Prelude & Fugue in D minor
24 Preludes

Music on the Web

“I have heard Shostakovich played by a myriad of pianists, including the ‘famous names’, but, after hearing Raymond Clarke’s performances, they can all be relegated into the second division.
The recording sound is brilliant, close, vibrant and it has a very exciting attack. The performances are legendary and superlative. I do not want to hear anyone else play these pieces again. These are the definitive versions.
I hesitate to say any more since I am limited as to what adjectives I can use to describe that which is of the highest quality.
I cannot evince the quality of this disc. All I can do is quote the Swiss composer Frank Martin when he said, ‘Some music and performances are far beyond what words can ever convey’.” – David Wright

Music & Musicians

“Tremendous panache… a marathon all Shostakovitch recital… Raymond Clarke is a pianistic force to be reckoned with, possessing an appetite for big projects and carrying them through with great musicality, fluid technique, and an attention to detail and delicacy not always associated with artists who think big.” – John Amis

Play sample track:
Shostakovitch: Preludes 5 & 6


Sonatas 1, 2, and 3
Prelude & Fugue in C sharp minor

Mike Beville recalls:

“The launch of the Szymonovski CD was coupled with the publication of a book about the composer. It was held at the Polish Cultural Centre. We planned to play the 3rd Sonata from the CD. But the sound system was so poor that I felt obliged to announce that it was not doing justice to the recording.”

At this point, a frustrated Raymond sitting at the back of the room, leaped to his feet and with his head swaddled in bandages [as a result of his accident], this mummified looking figure marched to the front, sat at the piano and promptly played an incredible rendering of this technically very difficult work, to great applause! It was quite extraordinary to witness, and Raymond’s bravura literally saved the day.

Music & Musicians

“Raymond Clarke’s account of Szymanowski’s Third Piano Sonata is a tour de force. It is music of enormous complexity, clarified in this performance by the pianist’s complete assimilation of its difficulties; four linked movements unfolding in a clear coherent structure and bringing a notable recital to a triumphant conclusion,” – Peter Graham Wolf

Play sample track:
Szymanovsky: Finale Piano Sonata No.3

Bernard d'Ascoli


The Complete Nocturnes


“This ranks among the most remarkable of Chopin Nocturne recordings… performances of a living, breathing presence. The recordings are vivid and immediate. A revelatory, probing disc… d’Ascoli announces himself as a top-flight pianist” – Bryce Morrison

BBC Music

“…deeply probing, exploratory, performances… bold… persuasive… compelling. His rubato… makes his Chopin alive and self-renewing.” – Tim Parry

Piano Magazine

“This superb double CD presents Chopin by a pianist of astonishing skill and musicianship … Bernard d’Ascoli’s interpretation of the Nocturnes is full of feeling, drama and serenity, demonstrating his genuine love for the music.”

Play sample track:
Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor 


Impromptus & Scherzi

American Record Guide

“Impressive sound, fine technique, and unfailing musical values.” – Alan Becker

International Record Review

”D’Ascoli has a sound that is clear, liquescent and very appropriate to Chopin. He is a pianist who sounds at one with the instrument, and conveys the feeling that this really is his music. This release is of considerable interest… whose totality upholds the distinction of its individual parts.”

Musical Opinion

“…a fascinating and stimulating experience…assured and brilliant technique and a natural sense of poetry and sound. A joy to hear.”

Play sample track:
Chopin: Impromptu No 1 in A flat

Bernard d’Ascoli In Concert
Joanna Leach Memorial Concert
Axminster, 3rd November 2012

Audience comments

“A superb evening, the quality of his playing was quite lovely.”
“Exquisite, such sensitivity and so expressive!”
“A wonderful player. His technique and musicality serves the music; putting the composer first, it is Debussy played by Bernard d’Ascoli, not d’Ascoli plays Debussy!”


“A quite extraordinary, very moving evening and very very special.”
“I found myself needing to close my eyes to listen with no distractions, sharing his world of darkness. Because of his lack of vision, sound and touch are his world.”

Stephan Loges (baritone) with Alexander Schmalzc (piano)


Schumann: Dichterliebe & Four Songs
Franz: Six Songs
Brahms: Three Songs & Five Songs

Musical Opinion

“Exceptional performances, excellent recordings.. beautifully presented account of Dichterliebe… Robert Franz settings…each an individual vocal jewel.” – Denby Richards

American Record Guide

“[Loges’ singing quality] is very beautiful… Alexander Schmalcz is a very fine accompanist. This is a great release all round.”

International Record Review

“A consistent, thought-through interpretation … Loges and his admirable partner are beautifully recorded … [a] stimulating recital.” – Piers Burton-Page


“Loges is a sensitive interpreter, beautifully recorded with a warm toned piano behind him – his hushed singing of the second stanza of [the Brahms Lullaby] showing him at his finest.” – Christopher Howell

Play sample tracks:
Schumann: Ein Jungling liebt machen

Franz: Im wonderschonen Monat Mai

Stephan Loges In Concert
with Alexander Schmalzc
Joanna Leach Memorial Concert
Honiton, 3rd March 2012

“It has been said that the finest musical instrument is the human voice. Stephan went a long way towards proving this in a recital of lieder by Brahms and Schumann. However good the singer, he is reliant upon a sympathetic piano accompaniment. This was ably provided by Alexander Schmalcz. I dislike the term ‘accompanied by’ as it implies a subsidiary role for the pianist whereas what we heard here was a partnership of musicians of equal ability who together brought out the deep emotion in these songs.
Once again another evening of first rate music in this series of concerts and we look forward eagerly to the next one.” – Trevor Bolshaw

Stephan & Alexander relaxing at Champs Hill

Peter Katin


Sonata in B minor

Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Variations & Fugue on a theme by Handel

MusicWeb International

This superlative performance of the Sonata is class.
The Brahms is also faithfully played and with a rugged grandeur and infectious swagger. There is a smart and enviable elegance in another committed performance of insight which enhances this very fine work.
The Sonetto 123 is another performance of distinction and, as often with this pianist, it was a thought-provoking performance in its extraordinary and fascinating unfolding.” – David Wright

Classic CD

“…the demonic rage of Katin’s astonishing interpretation… something to hear and wonder at.”

Play sample track:
Liszt: Sonata In B Minor (opening)

(recorded in 1983, University of Western Ontario, Canada)

Ronan Magill


Magill: Titanic
An atmospheric poem in Five Pictures for Solo Piano, composed and performed by RONAN MAGILL

MusicWeb International

“Magill wrote this piece, in five pictures, in 1988… The voices of Ravel, Debussy, Sorabji and Szymanowski are the nearest parallels I can come up with. The piano work is imaginative in its presentation of textures, echoes, rumblings and moods glimpsed rather than confronted.
Aficionados of Titanic culture should seek out this disc. Also anyone at all interested in contemporary piano literature would do well to track it down… Certainly if you enjoy the music of the composers I have mentioned then you will want this disc.” Rob Barnett

“As with all Athene CDs, the recording engineer Mike Beville has again produced superlative sound which has an amazing clarity and stunning range.” – David Wright

The composer writes

“The main impetus for the present work occurred many years later [after seeing the 1950s film, A Night to Remember] when as a student in Paris, a friend of mine died in a sailing accident off the Breton coast. I wrote Lamentation of the Sea Dead in her memory and this became the first movement or ‘picture’ of Titanic, the subject that had impressed me all those years before.”

Derek Bell

23014 Come On Northern Ireland

Bell: “The Violet Flame” Symphony
Bell: Variations & Musical Quotations:
“Come on Northern Ireland, Come On”

Performed by the Veratz Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir
Conductor: Valorie Vatcher

also on this CD:

Divertissement: Variations on a Tune (Paddy Malone)
Toccata Burlesque (1958)
Beinsa Duono: Four pieces, arr. Derek Bell

Classical Music on the Web

“There is much to enjoy here but the pleasures are low key. Nevertheless there is something about that symphony which intrigues me and I would very much like to hear more by Bell who is not afraid to write in an idiom which suits him rather than seeks after originality or the shock of yesterday’s avant-garde”. – Rob Barnett

Derek’s compositions reflect a Celtic mystical influence and his aspirations for a peaceful Ireland.

Derek wanted his CD to raise money for the orphans of Bulgaria, along with bringing the recording work to musicians and technicians living there. His busy schedule meant he could only visit in January with temperatures -15C outside; with broken windows and little heating in the concert hall. It was a challenge, that the artistes responded to with enthusiasm and commitment.

Play sample track:
: “Come on Northern Ireland, Come On”

CD 23017 information


“Pictures and Reflections”

Andreas Boyde, piano

link to Divine Arts for more detailed information

Modest Mussorgsky:
Pictures at an Exhibition – 1. Promenade (1:30)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 2. The Gnome (2:47)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 3. Promenade II (0:50)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 4. The Old Castle (4:49)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 5. Promenade III (0:26)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 6. Tuileries; Children quarrelling at Play (1:05)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 7. Bydlo (3:2)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 8. Promenade IV (0:53)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 9. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks (1:07)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 10. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle (2:18)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 11. Promenade V (1:20)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 12. Limoges: The Market Square (1:23)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 13. Catacombs (2:12)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 14. Con mortuis in lingua mortua (1:52)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 15. The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba Yaga) (3:25)
Pictures at an Exhibition – 16. The Bogatyr Gate at Kiev (5:19)

Maurice Ravel:
Miroirs – 1. Noctuelles (5:08)
Miroirs – 2. Oiseaux tristes (4:22)
Miroirs – 3. Une barque sur l’ocean (8:5)
Miroirs – 4. Alborada del gracioso (6:22)
Miroirs – 5. La vallée des cloches (6:05)

CD 23023 information


“Schumann & Brahms: Variations”

Andreas Boyde, piano

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Robert Schumann:
Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck “Impromptus”, op. 5 (14:51)
Variations on a Theme by Beethoven (15:03)
Variations on a Theme of Schubert (“Sehnsuchtswalzervariationen”) (7:32)
Variations on an Original Theme (“Geistervariationen”) (10:40)
Johannes Brahms:
Variations on a Theme by Schumann, op. 23 (19:08)

CD 23016 information


“Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 2 & Shostakovich Symphony 9”

Andreas Boyde, piano

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Peter Il’ich Tchaikovsky:
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44 – 1. Allegro brillante (21:28)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 45 – 2. Andante non troppo (15:10)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 46 – 3. Allegro con fuoco (8:30)
Dmitri Shostakovich:
Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 – 1. Allegro (5:50)
Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 71 – 2. Moderato (8:41)
Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 72 – 3. Presto (3:06)
Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 73 – 4. Largo (3:26)
Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 74 – 5. Allegretto (7:22)

CD 23021 information


 “Dvorak and Schoenfield Piano Concertos”

Andreas Boyde, piano

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Antonin Dvořák:
Piano Concerto in G minor – 1. Allegro agitato (19:49)
Piano Concerto in G minor – 2. Andante sostenuto (9:21)
Piano Concerto in G minor – 3. Allegro con fuoco (11:51)

Paul Schoenfield:
Piano Concerto “The Four Parables” – 1. Rambling till the Butcher cuts us Down (5:38)
Piano Concerto “The Four Parables” – 2. Senility’s Ride (7:38)
Piano Concerto “The Four Parables” – 3. Elegy (8:04)
Piano Concerto “The Four Parables” – 4. Dog’s Heaven (7:18)

CD 23012 information


Havergal Brian Complete Piano Music

Raymond Clarke, piano

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Havergal Brian:
Prelude – John Dowland’s Fancy (3:09)
Double Fugue in E flat (15:08)
Four Miniatures – No. 1 (2:33)
Four Miniatures – No. 2 (4:40)
Four Miniatures – No. 3 (1:48)
Four Miniatures – No. 4 (3:29)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor – 1. Prelude (4:48)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor – 2. Fugue (7:24)
The Land of Dreams (4:03)
The Birds (3:30)
The Defiled Sanctuary (2:06)
Prelude and Fugue in D minor/major – 1. Prelude (3:27)
Prelude and Fugue in D minor/major – 2. Fugue (6:12)
Three Illuminations – The Boys and the Pastille part 1 (0:57)
Three Illuminations – The Boys and the Pastille part 2 (1:20)
Three Illuminations – The Butterfly’s Waltz part 1 (0:47)
Three Illuminations – The butterfly’s Waltz part 2 (1:11)
Three Illuminations – Venus and a Bobby part 1 (2:13)
Three Illuminations – Venus and a Bobby part 2 (2:22)
Three Illuminations – No. 1 (1:21)
Three Illuminations – No. 2 (1:11)
Three Illuminations – No. 3 (2:23)

CD 24111 information


Mathias & Pickard:Piano Sonatas

Raymond Clarke, piano

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William Mathias:
Piano Sonata no. 1, op. 23 – 1. Allegro energico (6:04)
Piano Sonata no. 1, op. 23 – 2. Andante semplice (3:41)
Piano Sonata no. 1, op. 23 – 3. Vivace e ritmico (5:09)
Piano Sonata no. 2, op. 46 (14:32)

John Pickard:
A Starlit Dome (10:45)
Piano Sonata – 1. Part One (14:51)
Piano Sonata – 2. Part Two (9:57)

CD 23018 information


Shostakovich Preludes and Sonatas

Raymond Clarke, piano

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Dmitri Shostakovich:
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 1 in C major (1:11)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 2 in A minor (0:42)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 3 in G major (1:15)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 4 in E minor (1:30)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 5 in D major (0:25)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 6 in B minor (1:01)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 7 in A major (0:50)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 8 in F sharp minor (0:47)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 9 in E major (0:38)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 10 in C sharp minor (1:38)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 11 in B major (0:41)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 12 in G sharp minor (1:11)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 13 in F sharp major (0:44)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 14 in E flat minor (1:47)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 15 in D flat major (0:49)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 16 in B flat minor (1:03)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 17 in A flat major (1:46)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 18 in F minor (0:46)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 19 in E flat major (1:23)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 20 in C minor (0:33)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 21 in B flat major (0:43)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 22 in G minor (1:44)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 23 in F major (0:54)
24 Preludes, op. 34 – no. 24 in D minor (1:20)
Piano Sonata no. 1, op. 12 (10:22)
Piano Sonata no. 2 in B minor, op. 61 – 1. Allegretto (7:31)
Piano Sonata no. 2 in B minor, op. 61 – 2. Largo (7:02)
Piano Sonata no. 2 in B minor, op. 61 – 3. Moderato (14:03)
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, op. 87 no. 24 – 1. Prelude:Animato (3:15)
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, op. 87 no. 24 – 2. Fugue: Moderato (7:11)

CD 23019 information


Szymanowski Sonatas

Raymond Clarke, piano

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Karol Szymanowski:
Piano Sonata no, 1 in C minor, op. 8 – 1. Allegro moderato (6:58)
Piano Sonata no, 1 in C minor, op. 8 – 2. Adagio (5:32)
Piano Sonata no, 1 in C minor, op. 8 – 3. Tempo di minuetto (4:13)
Piano Sonata no, 1 in C minor, op. 8 – 4. Adagio – Allegro energico (9:55)
Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor – 1. Prelude (2:42)
Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor – 2. Fugue in 4 Voices (3:32)
Piano Sonata no.2 in A major, op. 21 – 1. Allegro assai (7:41)
Piano Sonata no.2 in A major, op. 21 – 2. Theme with variations and fugue (16:03)
Piano Sonata no.3, op. 36 (15:50)

CD 23201 information


Chopin: Nocturnes

Bernard d’Ascoli, piano

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Fryderyk Chopin:
Nocturne no. 1 in C flat minor, op. 9 no. 1 (5:03)
Nocturne no. 2 in E flat major, op. 9 no. 2 (4:02)
Nocturne no. 3 in B major, op. 9 no. 3 (6:43)
Nocturne no. 4 in F major, op. 15 no. 1 (3:59)
Nocturne no. 5 in F sharp major, op. 15 no. 2 (3:36)
Nocturne no. 6 in G minor, op. 15 no. 3 (3:58)
Nocturne no. 7 in C sharp minor, op. 27 no. 1 (4:56)
Nocturne no. 8 in D flat major, op. 27 no. 2 (5:15)
Nocturne no. 9 in B major, op. 32 no. 1 (4:37)
Nocturne no. 10 in A flat major, op. 32 no. 2 (4:58)
Nocturne no. 11 in G minor, op. 37 no. 1 (6:35)
Nocturne no. 12 in G major, op. 37 no. 2 (5:10)
Nocturne no. 13 in C minor, op. 48 no. 1 (5:57)
Nocturne no. 14 in F sharp minor, op. 48 no. 2 (6:54)
Nocturne no. 15 in F minor, op. 55 no. 1 (4:39)
Nocturne no. 16 in E flat major, op. 55 no. 2 (5:04)
Nocturne no. 17 in B major, op. 62 no. 1 (6:41)
Nocturne no. 18 in E major, op. 62 no. 2 (5:55)
Nocturne no. 19 in E minor, op. posth. (3:48)
Nocturne no. 20 in C sharp minor, op. posth (3:59)
Nocturne no. 21 in C minor, op. posth. (2:34)

CD 23024 information


Chopin: complete Scherzi and Impromptus

Bernard d’Ascoli, piano

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Fryderyk Chopin:
Scherzo no. 1 in B minor, op. 20 (9:23)
Scherzo no. 2 in B flat minor, op. 31 (10:14)
Scherzo no. 3 in C sharp minor, op. 39 (7:21)
Scherzo no. 4 in E major, op. 54 (7:25)
Impromptu no. 1 in A flat major, op. 29 (3:48)
Impromptu no. 2 in F sharp major, op. 36 (5:20)
Impromptu no. 3 in G flat major, op. 51 (5:16)
Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, op, 66 (4:45)

CD 23202 information


Schumann, Franz and Brahms Lieder

Stephan Loges, baritone
Alexander Schmalcz, piano

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Robert Schumann:
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 1. Im wunderschonen Monat Mai (1:31)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 2. Aus meinen Tranen spriessen (0:57)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 3. Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube (0:43)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 4. Wenn ich in deine Augen seh’ (1:56)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 5. Ich will meine Seele tauchen (0:58)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 6. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome (2:30)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 7. Ich grolle nicht (1:29)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 8. Und wussten’s dei Blumen (1:22)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 9. Das ist ein Floten und Geigen (1:30)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 10. Hor’ich das Liedchen klingen (2:14)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 11. Ein Jungling liebt ein Madchen (1:08)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 12. Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen (2:41)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 13. Ich hab’ im Traum geweinet (2:35)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 14. Allnachtlich im Traume (1:28)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 15. Aus alten Marchen (2:45)
Dichterliebe, op. 48 – 16. Die alten, bosen Lieder (4:56)
Dein Angesicht, op. 127, no. 2 (2:36)
Lehn’ deine Wang’, op. 142, no. 2 (0:47)
Es leuchtet meine Liebe,op. 127, no. 3 (2:02)
Mien Wagen rollet langsam, op. 142, no. 4 (3:31)

Robert Franz:
Im wunderschonen Monat Mai, op. 25 no. 5 (1:38)
Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen, op. 11 no. 2 (1:47)
Und wussten’s die Blumen, op. 12 no. 6 (1:36)
Ich hab’ im Traume geweinet, op. 25 no. 3 (1:37)
Allnachtlich im Traume, op. 9 no. 4 (1:40)
Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome. Op. 18 no. 2 (1:57)

Johannes Brahms:
Meine Liebe ist grun, op. 63 no. 5 (1:45)
Wenn um den Hollunder, op. 63 no. 6 (2:50)
Versunken, op. 86 no. 5 (2:19)
Funf Lieder, op. 49 – no. 1 Am Sonntag Morgen (1:17)
Funf Lieder, op. 49 – no. 2 An ein Veilchen (3:03)
Funf Lieder, op. 49 – no.3 Sehnsucht (1:52)
Funf Lieder, op. 49 – no. 4 Wiegenlied (2:11)
Funf Lieder, op. 49 – no. 5 Abenddammerung (4:33)

CD 23009 information


Peter Katin in Recital

Peter Katin, piano

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Franz Liszt:
Piano Sonata in B minor (31:21)

Johannes Brahms:
Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel, op. 24 (26:57)

Franz Liszt:
Annees de Pelerinage 2 – Sonetto 123 del Petrarca(9:16)

CD 23013 information


Titanic: 10-15 April 1912

Ronan Magill, piano

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Ronan Magill:
Titanic – 1. Picture One: Lamentation for the Sea Dead (6:56)
Titanic – 2. Picture Two: The Departure (2:15)
Titanic – 3. Picture Three: The Voyage (1:11)
Titanic – 4. Ship’s Vibration Walking about on deck (1:48)
Titanic – 5. The Wireless Room (2:13)
Titanic – 6. The Engine Room (2:17)
Titanic – 7. Back on Deck (0:28)
Titanic – 8. Talking on Deck (1:28)
Titanic – 9. The First Class Reception Room, D Deck (0:21)
Titanic – 10. Waltz (2:56)
Titanic – 11. Applause and vibration (0:47)
Titanic – 12. Two Young Girls in Third Class (1:36)
Titanic – 13. The Cold Starry Night (3:55)
Titanic – 14. Picture Four: The Iceberg (3:21)
Titanic – 15. Picture Five: Return to the Sea (5:48)
Titanic – 16. The Lass of Aughrin (2:59)
Titanic – 17. Nocturne (3:22)
Titanic – 18. Remembrance (after Archibald Joyce) (5:19)
Titanic – 19. Songe d’Automne (after Archibald Joyce) (5:45)
Titanic – 20. The Titanic Waltz (6:42)

CD 23014 information

23014 Come On Northern Ireland

Derek Bell: Symphony No. 2 and other works by him and Beinsa Duono

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Derek Bell:
Variations and Musical Quotations (14:04)
Divertissement Variations on a Tune (15:28)
Toccata Burlesca for oboe and piano (3:44)
Symphony no. 2 “The Violet Flame” – 1. Invocation of the Violet Flame and the Golden Ray (3:06)
Symphony no. 2 “The Violet Flame” – 2. Invocation of Pan, God of Nature (10:51)
Symphony no. 2 “The Violet Flame” – 3. Poeme d’Amour (7:33)
Symphony no. 2 “The Violet Flame” – 4. Waltz and Variations (4:39)
Symphony no. 2 “The Violet Flame” – 5. Procession towards Shambhalla (4:23)

Beinsa Duono:
Izgryava slunteseto (2:11)
Vehadi (2:13)
Kiamen Zenu (1:16)
Gospodi, kolko Te obicham (2:56)