Rayfield Allied Advent Calendar 2018

30 November 2018

Welcome to the Rayfield Allied Advent Calendar 2018.

Rayfield Allied artists have released many great recordings over the past year - join us as we celebrate some of the highlights in this year's advent calendar, showcasing one recording per day in the run up to Christmas.


Legacy by Sergio Tiempo

Solo recital disc performed by Sergio Tiempo.

Released January 2018 on Avanti! Classics.

"Tiempo is at his most irrepressively original... [his]enormous resources of touch create textures that seem truly liquid." - Patrick Rucker, Gramophone.

Listen to Ginastera's 'Malambo' on Spotify.


Le Temple de la Gloire by Nicholas McGegan

Performed by Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale and Nicholas McGegan. World Premiere recording of the original 1745 version.

Released July 2018 for Philharmonia Baroque Productions.

“The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan play beautifully” – Richard Lawrence, Gramophone

Listen to the Overture from ‘Le Temple de la Gloire’ on Spotify.


The Dufay Spectacle by Gothic Voices

Performed by Gothic Voices, Andrew Lawrence-King, Jane Achtman, Emily White and Keith McGowan.

Released April 2018 on Linn Records.

"My treat of the year was definitely the return of Gothic Voices with a new recording of songs and motets by Dufay. Not just beautifully presented and assembled with originality and intelligence, this recording features performances that throw new light on this music." Critics' Choice 2018: David Fallows, Gramophone

Listen to an excerpt of 'Vergene bella' here.


Buene: Violin Concerto by Peter Herresthal

Performed by Peter Herresthal and the Arctic Philharmonic.

Released January 2018 on BIS.

"it is Peter Herresthal, whose disc of the Nørgård concertos (6/12) was such a revelation, that commands attention on this finely recorded and informatively annotated release. Warmly recommended.” – Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone

Listen to extracts from the recording here.


SoftLOUD by Sean Shibe

Performed by Sean Shibe, featuring Steve Reich's 'Electric Counterpoint'.

Released September 2018 on Delphian Records.

"An artist blessed with grace to spare, and a roar that is fearsome" - BBC Music Magazine - Instrumental Choice *****

Listen to 'Electric Counterpoint: I. Fast', praised by the composer himself as "one of the best recordings of the piece ever", on Spotify.


Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 3 with John Chest

Performed by Malcolm Martineau, featuring John Chest.

Released February 2018 on Signum Records.

"This latest installment of Martineau's Fauré cycle contains riches in plenty. He is the most poised collaborator, and his 10 illustrious singers do full justice to a carefully chosen selection" The Sunday Times

Listen to 'Tristesse d'Olympio' here.


Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal Live Vol. 2: Works by Richard Wagner and Hector Berlioz by Julia Jones

Performed by the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, conducted by Julia Jones.

Released July 2018 on HD-Klassik.

"The admirable Julia Jones brings out the dignity of the Overture much as Stokowski does in his classic RCA recording from the early 1960s." - Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International.

Listen to the Overture from Tannhäuser here.


Palestrina: Missa Confitebor tibi Domine & other works by David Hill

Performed by the Yale Schola Cantorum and principal conductor David Hill.

Released February 2018 on Hyperion.

"David Hill produces a marvellous sound from his choir, beautifully tuned, beautifully balanced and with many truly exciting moments... These tracks are an unalloyed pleasure." - David Fallows, Gramophone.

Listen to excerpts from the album on Youtube.


The Passinge Mesures by Mahan Esfahani

Released November 2018 on Hyperion.

"The Passinge Mesures takes its title from a Byrd pavan and galliard — ancient dance forms bustled into dizzying, sometimes dissonant new shapes... I suspect that Esfahani would make magic even if playing a penny whistle. This is definitely one of my albums of the year.” - Geoff Brown, The Times

Listen to excerpts from the album here.


Momento Immobile by Venera Gimadieva and Gianluca Marcianò

Released October 2018 on Rubicon Classics.

Hailed as "the new voice of Russia", Venera Gimadieva's first solo album Momento Immobile is a collection of bel canto arias from operas by Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini. The album was recorded at Manchester’s Stoller Hall with The Hallé orchestra, conducted by Gianluca Marcianò.

Listen to Qui la voce from I Puritani on Spotify.


Winter Fragments: Chamber Music by Michael Berkeley

Performed by the Berkeley Ensemble with Fleur Barron, conducted by Dominic Grier.

Released September 2018 on Resonus Classics, in honour of the ensemble's 10th anniversary, and Michael Berkeley's 70th birthday.

“Stylistically ranging from the plainchant-inspired Clarinet Quintet (1983) to the sensuous and Satie-like Seven (2007), to the jostling intensity of Catch Me If You Can (1994), it shows Berkeley at his exploratory and individualistic best, free to follow his instinct, tonal or expressionistic.” – Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

Listen to Three Rilke Sonnets: Sonnet for Orpheus on Spotify.

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