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The Heavens and the Heart

The Heavens And The Heart

Resonus Classics RES10227

JAMES FRANCIS BROWN
The Heavens and the Heart, for choir and small orchestra
Trio Concertante, for violin, viola, cello and string orchestra
Clarinet Concerto – Lost Lanes, Shadow Groves
George Vass conductor
Benjamin Nabarro violin
Rachel Roberts viola
Gemma Rosefield cello
Catriona Scott clarinet
The Choir of Royal Holloway
Orchestra Nova

Orchestra Nova under respected conductor George Vass return to Resonus with a recording of major works for soloists, choir and orchestra by contemporary British composer James Francis Brown. In an album of world premiere recordings, this enterprising ensemble is joined by Benjamin Nabarro, Rachel Roberts and Gemma Rosefield for the exquisite Trio Concertante, while Catriona Scott and The Choir of Royal Holloway vividly bring to life Brown’s Clarinet Concerto (Lost Lanes – Shallow Groves) and his inspired trio of psalm settings The Heavens and the Heart. James Francis Brown studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has made significant contributions to chamber music, and has arranged several well-known pieces for the Royal Opera House and the City of London Festival. He has held multiple fellowships and composer-in-residence titles, including at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove, and Ulverston Festival.

Reviews:

Four Stars from BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine, JP

Excellent soloists…a must-buy disc!

Gramophone, Guy Rickards

A must-buy disc!

Gramophone, Guy Rickards

Commissioned by the enterprising Presteigne Festival

Classical Ear, Michael Quinn

Pastoral delicacy and delight

Classical Ear, Michael Quinn

Related news:

Rachel Roberts – Radio 3 Record Review – 'The Heavens and the Heart'

On Saturday 17th November, BBC Radio 3’s ‘Record Review’, featured ‘The Heavens and the Heart’, a disc of James Francis Brown’s orchestral and choral music, released in November of this year. As part of the review, the station played the opening of James Francis Brown’s Trio Concertante for string trio and string orchestra, with agency artist Rachel Roberts as the violist alongside Benjamin Nabarro (violin), Gemma Rosefield (cello) and Orchestra Nova.

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21/09/2020