New Release by pianist Lucy Parham with narration by actor Henry Goodman

We are delighted to announce the release of a new disc combining words and music ‘Enoch Arden’ by one of Britain’s finest pianists Lucy Parham with narration by actor Henry Goodman.

Enoch Arden is a narrative poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson which tells of a young fisherman and an orphaned Enoch Arden, his chidhood sweetheart Annie Lee and Enoch’s best friend Philip Ray, the Miller’s son. Composed in two halves, Strauss weaves the music around the narrative and uses three individual “leitmotifs” to portray the three characters in this dramatic and moving story.

Lucy Parham applies her sensitivity and imagination not only to concertos and recitals, but also to portraits in words and music of such composers as Schumann, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. She has played throughout the UK and around the globe and is a regular contributor to BBC Music Magazine, Pianist Magazine and the Guardian and appears frequently on BBC Radio 3 and 4, as the commentator on the Leeds International Piano Competition and as a jury member for the final of Young Musician of the Year.

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New Release by pianist Martin Roscoe features famous ‘Moonlight’ Sonata

We are delighted to announce the release of the much anticipated Volume 6 ‘Moonlight’ from Martin Roscoe’s complete Beethoven Sonata series.

Composed by a young Beethoven at the age of twelve, these early piano masterpieces perfectly illustrate the daringness and originality of the young composer.

Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, ‘Moonlight’ is the most famous work of Beethoven’s piano works.  Martin Roscoe notes how ground-breaking it is with the composer’s choice of key – C sharp minor was hardly ever used by composers, and secondly the opening with an Adagio slow triplet movement to produce a hypnotic calm while the funereal dotted rhythm of the main theme evokes the feeling of tragedy.  Producer Mike George adds that the F minor sonata is probably the most interesting and forward-thinking of Beethoven’s early sonatas.

For full details, see Volume 6 ‘ Moonlight’ (DXL 1166)

Other titles in Martin Roscoe’s Beethoven series are:

Volume 1 ‘Pathetique (DXL 1161)
Volume 2 ‘Waldstein’ (DXL 1162)
Volume 3 ‘The Final Trilogy’ (DXL 1163)
Volume 4 ‘Funeral March’ (DXL 1164)
Volume 5 ’In The Begining…(DXL 1165)