Two new releases by SOMM Recordings on January 22, 2021

Gabriella Ross

Songs of Love, Faith and Nonsense

Feeling like you need a little love and happiness in your life right now?  Charles Villiers Stanford’s major new recording could be just the remedy.  

Songs of Love, Faith and Nonsense continues SOMM’s widely acclaimed commitment to Stanford’s music with baritone Roderick Williams, tenor James Way (making his SOMM debut) and pianist Andrew West throwing revealing new light on his gift for word setting and the variety of his responses to matters of emotional ardour, spiritual fervency and the sublime nonsense poems of Edward Lear.

Setting poems by Tennyson and Walt Whitman, Songs of Faith demonstrates Stanford’s ability to give unique expression to the profound and the arcane with music of dramatic force and harmonic ingenuity.
Belle Époque 1886  

Belle Epoque is a new recoding celebrating a golden age of French chamber music, uniquely coupling Cello Sonatas by César Franck and Benjamin Godard with cellist Corinne Morris and pianist Petr Limonov both making their debuts.

Of Anglo-French heritage, Morris continues to reveal herself a formidable musician. She made a triumphant comeback after a shoulder injury forced her to withdraw from the concert platform for more than five years. She has been hailed by Mstislav Rostropovich as “‘Corinotchka’, my colleague”.  

With a burgeoning profile at the keyboard and conductor’s podium, Russian-British pianist Petr Limonov has been described as “an extremely multi-faceted, phenomenal musician who has an endless array of abilities” (Classical Music magazine).


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