Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – The Fabulous Sir John (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – The Fabulous Sir John (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:40 minutes | 1,09 GB | Genre: Classical
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Sir John Manduell (1928-2017) was a pivotal figure in British music – as composer, BBC producer, first principal of the Royal Northern College of Music and founder of the European Opera Centre. Beloved and revered by musicians, yet someone whose name is shamefully little known outside the music and broadcasting professions.

This album is a sequel to ‘Songs for Sir John’ (DDA 25210) which in tribute to Sir John presented works by 16 composers from more than one generation. On this new album we present music by Sir John himself, and by William Alwyn, Michael Berkeley, Adam Gorb and Richard Stoker, all well crafted works which will give great enjoyment as well as perhaps inspiring musicians to add them to their repertoire.

Even without the Manduell connection this is a wonderfully constructed program of new chamber and vocal music. The performers, like Sir John, are based in and around Manchester, England, which is a dynamic ‘hotspot’ for fine musical creativity.

Tracklist:
01. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Gorb: Aria for Sir John (03:58)
02. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Manduell: Elegy for String Quartet (2020 Version) (08:21)
03. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Manduell: Recitative & Aria for Violin & Viola (05:32)
04. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Manduell: 3 Chansons de la Renaissance: No. 1, Mignonne, allons voir si la rose (03:26)
05. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Manduell: 3 Chansons de la Renaissance: No. 2, D’un vanneur de blé aux vents (02:51)
06. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Manduell: 3 Chansons de la Renaissance: No. 3, À sa dame malade (01:52)
07. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Manduell: Bell Birds from Nelson (02:53)
08. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Manduell: Nocturne & Scherzo for Clarinet & String Trio (11:31)
09. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Manduell: Tom’s Twinkle (01:46)
10. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Berkeley: A Dark Waltz (04:52)
11. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Alwyn: Songs of Innocence: No. 1, The Ecchoing Green (02:15)
12. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Alwyn: Songs of Innocence: No. 2, Spring (01:14)
13. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Alwyn: Songs of Innocence: No. 3, The Divine Image (03:46)
14. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Alwyn: Songs of Innocence: No. 4, Laughing Song (00:59)
15. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Alwyn: Songs of Innocence: No. 5, Nurse’s Song (04:16)
16. Rachel Speirs, Linda Merrick, John Turner, Peter Lawson, Victoria String Quartet – Stoker: Memento Mary Magdalene, Op. 84 (06:02)

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