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Robert Plane to record with BBC Scottish and Martyn Brabbins

Robert Plane to record with BBC Scottish and Martyn Brabbins

In June of this year, Robert Plane will be recording a new disc with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins. The disc will include premiere recordings of clarinet concerti by three twentieth-century British composers, building on both Martyn’s and Rob’s continuing advocacy of British music.

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Clarice Assad and the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

We are thrilled to present the collaboration between the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet and Clarice Assad, who have known each other for many years, having discovered a striking musical affinity early on in their friendship.  They have developed an eclectic programme of genre-defying music full of rhythm, energy, humour and emotion, which they look forward to presenting on disc and in concert in 2020 and the 20-21 season. The new CD, featuring this extraordinary combination of musicians, will be released by Chandos in July 2020.

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Solem Quartet Offers Education Work in Schools and Universities

Solem Quartet Offers Education Work in Schools and Universities

The Solem Quartet is committed to taking its music to as wide an audience as possible, and especially to young people. Each member of the group is an experienced teacher and as a quartet they have performed and collaborated with young people in many contexts through their regular university visits, workshops and classes with primary and secondary schools and work with the charity ‘Live Music Now’ which provides support to people with special needs.

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The Solem Quartet plays Richard Blackford

The Solem Quartet plays Richard Blackford

February 2019 saw the release of a CD on the Nimbus label of music by Richard Blackford, prominently featuring the Solem Quartet. The first work on the disc, Seven Hokusai Miniatures, was written for the quartet in 2018 and is offered among their current programme proposals.

Videos: Blazing Beethoven and Bartók from Solem Quartet

Those who were lucky enough to hear the fabulous Solem Quartet perform at Wigmore Hall last July will remember their sizzling account of Bartók’s Quartet no. 4. Nothing can replace being in the concert hall as a member of the audience, but this video of the fifth movement immediately demonstrates why this award-winning, vibrant string quartet has developed such a strong following. We are also delighted to be able to bring you their recording of the Allegro molto from Beethoven String Quartet in C major, op. 59, no. 3, Razumovsky. Read more

Hiroaki Takenouchi announced as Blüthner Artist

Hiroaki Takenouchi announced as Blüthner Artist

Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi has been invited to become a Blüthner Artist, joining a rank of distinguished performers including Artur Pizarro and Nikolai Demidenko. Established in Leipzig in 1853, Blüthner is one of the world’s most prestigious piano manufacturers, with an impressive history of quality and innovation.  Their artist cooperation scheme provides an especially strong and direct connection between the company and performers around the world.

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