A rebel with a cause

October 22, 2010

Set against the political turmoil and tensions between London and Edinburgh in the early 18th century, Rebellion! – Music of the Jacobite Rebellions by Handel, Geminiani & Avison was inspired by the discovery of a Charles Avison (1709-1770) manuscript of songs in tribute to the Jacobite Rebellions of 1715 and 1745. Siding with King George I, Handel had his own comments to make.  On A CD just released by Cavalier Classics, Robert Howarth directs The Avison Ensemble in this unique musical exploration of the causes north and south of the border.The programme can be heard live at St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh on October 30.
In strong contrast, at King’s Place, London Howarth recently committed to disc the Monteverdi Vespers with the Orchestra and Choir of the Enlightenment.  Following a successful European tour of the work earlier this year, this inaugural release on the OAE’s own label with be availble in Spring 2011.

Robert Howarth conducts a talented young cast in rare performances on Antonio de Almeida’s La Spinalba at The Guildhall School of Music , London on November 4, 6, 8 & 10. Listen to the podcast interview with the creative team here.

And the winners are …

October 14, 2010

Congratulations to Two CPM artists who feature on winning discs at the 2010 Gramophone Awards: Cyndia Sieden with her portrayal as Ariel in Thomas Adès The Tempest on EMI and Helen-Jane Howells as Eve in the DVD of Glyndebourne’s production of The Fairy Queen on Opus Arte. 

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For many, the most memorable writing in The Tempest comes attached to Ariel’s vocal high-wire act. Few coloratura sopranos are able to dispatch it like Cyndia Sieden, whose sound lends special colour to the performance” Gramophone

Helen-Jane Howells will be singing the role of Amore in L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Glyndebourne on Tour between October 23 and December 2.

We are delighted to announce the addition of German baritone Dietrich Henschel to the CPM list for UK representation. An artist of exceptional versatility, Henschel is highly-regarded for his appearances as recitalist, on the concert platform and on the opera stage with repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to the most challenging works of the present day.
“The subtlety of Henschel’s acting matches the complexity of his vocal characterization so that, by the end, you not only feel you’ve been taken on a vast journey from joy to grief and back again, but also believe that Orfeo’s own music really has the power to affect both gods and nature.”  **** The Guardian 11 December 2009
Henschel’s opera engagements this season include Beckmesser and Don Alfonso in Leipzig and Pollux at the Theater an der Wien. He will perform Schubert with Radio Sinfonieorchester Berlin / Janowski and  Mahler with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic / Herreweghe. He joins Semyon Bychkov for both Brahms and Glanert with the Munich Philharmonic and Britten with the Accademia Santa Cecilia as well as Chailly for Mahler with the Gewandhaus Orchestra.