The Heavens and the Heart

The Heavens and the Heart

Resonus Classics RES10227

JAMES FRANCIS BROWN

The Heavens and the Heart, for choir and small orchestra
Trio Concertante, for violin, viola, cello and string orchestra
Clarinet Concerto – Lost Lanes, Shadow Groves

George Vass conductor
Benjamin Nabarro violin
Rachel Roberts viola
Gemma Rosefield cello
Catriona Scott clarinet
The Choir of Royal Holloway
Orchestra Nova

Orchestra Nova under respected conductor George Vass return to Resonus with a recording of major works for soloists, choir and orchestra by contemporary British composer James Francis Brown. In an album of world premiere recordings, this enterprising ensemble is joined by Benjamin Nabarro, Rachel Roberts and Gemma Rosefield for the exquisite Trio Concertante, while Catriona Scott and The Choir of Royal Holloway vividly bring to life Brown’s Clarinet Concerto (Lost Lanes – Shallow Groves) and his inspired trio of psalm settings The Heavens and the Heart. James Francis Brown studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has made significant contributions to chamber music, and has arranged several well-known pieces for the Royal Opera House and the City of London Festival. He has held multiple fellowships and composer-in-residence titles, including at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove, and Ulverston Festival.

BBC Music Magazine, JP

Gramophone, Guy Rickards

Classical Ear, Michael Quinn