Percy Hilder Miles Chamber Works Volume 1
Ensemble Kopernikus (Kasia Zimińska, violin, Alice Purton, cello, Ian Tindale, piano), MPR
Percy Hilder Miles (1878-1922) was a child prodigy violinist, born in Erith, north Kent. He was a Professor of Harmony and Counterpoint at the Royal Academy of Music in London, one of his students being the renowned Rebecca Clarke. The music is beautifully crafted, full of harmonic and melodic invention and although somewhat conservative is absolutely beautiful to play and to listen to. This is the first in a series featuring his music. The recording was made in the beautiful acoustic of Henry Wood Hall, London with producer Mike Purton and recording engineer Tony Faulkner.
The Big Picture: Chilcott, McDowell, Weir
Bristol Choral Society, Bristol Youth Choir, Hilary Campbell (conductor), Ian Tindale & Annabel Thwaite (pianos), Delphian Records
High in energy and rich in expression and range of subject matter, these three works for mixed choral and instrumental forces show contemporary British music at its most accessible and engaging. Bristol Choral Society is joined by a children’s choir, solo soprano and solo piano in Cecilia McDowall’s contemplation of the human lifespan and our place in the universe. Bob Chilcott explores the sights and sounds of London through the ages, with the two choirs layering street cries, and piano duet and percussion tracking the changes of mood – from bustle to lyrical evocation – before the arrival of bells draws the work to a resonant conclusion.