The Heavens and the Heart: Choral and Orchestral Music by James Francis Brown

The Heavens and the Heart: Choral and Orchestral Music by James Francis Brown

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Benjamin Nabarro (violin)
Rachel Roberts (viola)
Gemma Rosefield (cello)
Catriona Scott (clarinet)
The Choir of Royal Holloway
Orchestra Nova
George Vass (conductor)


Orchestra Nova, under respected conductor George Vass, returns 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 (violin), Rachel Roberts (viola) and Gemma Rosefield (cello) 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.

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'This is likeable stuff. Brown’s largely accessible style is most inventive in the depictions of countryside scenes from his childhood in the Clarinet Concerto, the central work here.'

- BBC Music Magazine

'This is likeable stuff. Brown’s largely accessible style is most inventive in the depictions of countryside scenes from his childhood in the Clarinet Concerto, the central work here.'
BBC Music Magazine

'The music of James Francis Brown (b.1969) is one of Britain’s well-kept secrets…Orchestra Nova’s performances are thoroughly committed and wining, proving themselves real partners to the four excellent soloists and splendid Royal Holloway Choir, all playing with a relish matched on the podium by Vass. The sound is terrific, too. A must-buy disc!'
Gramophone

'There’s much to enjoy here in music of crafted, refined eloquence and obvious kinship with Vaughan Williams at his most lyrical and elegant while retaining its own, articulate identity.'
Classical Ear

'A warm, rewarding work'
BBC Radio 3 Record Review

'[...] the orchestral writing bringing energy and intensity to the Latin texts.'
Lark Reviews

© 2018 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2018 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10227
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262791349
Release date: 2 November 2018
Cover image: Presteigne, Powys, Wales © Alex Ramsay