We’re signing off this week for a short Christmas break, and with that, we’ll wish you a Happy Christmas from Philip, Joanna and Will here at Fourfortytwo, and from Onyx Brass, Endymion, the Phoenix Piano Trio and the NLCE.
If you’re still doing last-minute Christmas shopping, why not order Canite Tuba, Onyx Brass’ latest “classy collection of Christmas-related music” (according to International Record Review).
Tune in to Radio 3 tomorrow to hear Onyx Brass perform from their new CDs “Canite Tuba” and “Time to Time”.
“Time to Time”, which The Guardian called “an eclectic ear-opener of a disc, virtuosically played”, was released by Meridian records and features music by Ives, Copland and Barber as well as new music by Stuart MacRae, Joe Duddell and Tim Jackson. The luscious baritone voice of Mark Stone, currently appearing as the title role in Don Giovanni at Deutsche Oper, Berlin features in a number of beautiful new arrangements for voice and brass quintet.
“Canite Tuba” and all the individual tracks are available to download now from Amazon and iTunes. and you can buy the “Time to Time” CD via the Onyx Brass website.
You can catch Onyx Brass on ‘In Tune’ at 4:30pm on 90 – 93FM or on Digital Radio or TV, or listen to the programme for 7 days afterwards on BBC iPlayer.
Your Christmas present quandary ends here: the new CD by Onyx Brass “Canite Tuba: Music for Advent and Christmas” from Resonus Classics has been released with settings of well-loved English carols by Holst, tranquil motets from Monteverdi, Palestrina, Parsons and Schütz, and arrangements from some of the best Christmas works from across Europe, including Berlioz’s 1854 Oratorio “L’enfance du Christ” (The Childhood of Christ), Corelli’s ever-popular Concerto Grosso in G minor (known as the “Christmas Concerto”) and J.S. Bach’s Baroque masterpiece, the “Christmas Oratorio”.
Onyx Brass are also heading off around the country for their series of Christmas concerts, beginning tomorrow (Saturday 3rd December) at St Martin’s Church, Salisbury with a programme including Handel’s “Coronation Anthems” and new composition by Tarik O Regan. In the next few weeks you can also see them at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge (8th December) and St Luke’s Church, Chelsea (15th December) in London, or the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford (11th December). On 21st December they will be injecting a healthy dose of Christmas cheer to Fleet Street shoppers with Christmas Carols at midday and again at 5pm. And if you are unlucky enough not to make any of the concerts, you can catch Onyx Brass on Radio 3′s “In Tune” on Monday 12th December at around 4.30pm.
In the meantime, I’m trying to decide on my favourite track from the new CD – my new discovery of Tchaikovsky’s “Legenda” from his 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 – or the breathtakingly beautiful “Deus in adiutorium meum intende” from Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine? The new album and all the individual tracks are available to download from Amazon and iTunes.
Location: Memorial Hall, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Description: Onyx play their first concert of the year for West Wight Arts Association, in Freshwater. The light programme includes pieces by Berlioz and Copland, as well as Rossini's famous overture to "William Tell".
Endymion bring their "Hommage à Brahms" programme to the University of York.
Beethoven – Violin sonata no.10 in G major, Op.96
Ligeti – Trio for horn, violin and piano, ‘Hommage à Brahms’
Brahms – Trio for horn, violin and piano in E flat major, Op.40
Endymion at Kings Place
February 6, 2014, 7:30 pm
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
Endymion celebrates its 35th birthday with a weekend of concerts at Kings Place. Two of the concerts are also part of the Chamber Classics Unwrapped series: showcasing the Top 50 chamber works, as voted for by readers of BBC Music Magazine. At number 43 was Brahms' horn trio, and Endymion perform it with their tried and tested successful pairing of the Ligeti work for the same instruments, subtitles "Hommage à Brahms". Our principal violinist, Krysia Osostowicz, offers a Beethoven violin sonata by way of contrast.
Beethoven – Violin Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.96
Ligeti – Trio for horn, violin and piano, “Hommage à Brahms”
Brahms – Trio in E flat major for horn, violin and piano, Op.40
Violin Krysia Osostowicz
Horn Stephen Stirling
Piano Michael Dussek