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Kenneth LEIGHTON (1929-1988)

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis ‘Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense’ (1959), Give me the wings of faith (1962)
An Easter Sequence (1969), Veni Creator Spiritus (1987)
What love is this of thine? (1985)
Crucifixus pro nobis (1961)
Rockingham: Chorale Prelude on ‘When I survey the wondrous Cross’ (1975)
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (The Second Service) (1971)

Review by John Quinn

Et Resurrexit Op.49 (1966)
Six Fantasies on Hymn Tunes Op.72 Nos.4-6 (1975)
Missa de Gloria Op.82 ‘Dublin Festival Mass’ (1980)

Review by Nick Barnard

Concerto for Violin and Small Orchestra, Op. 12 (1952)

Reviews by Bob Stevenson and Stephen Barber

John McCABE (1939)

Variations, op.22 (1963)
Aubade (Study No.4) (1970)
Gaudi (Study No.3) (1970)
Five Bagatelles (1964)
Mosaic (Study No.6) (1980)
Haydn Variations (1983)

Review by John France

Symphony No.1 Elegy (1965)
Fantasy on a Theme of Liszt (1967)
Capriccio (Study No.1) (1969)
Sostenuto (Study No.2) (1969)
Tuning (1985)

Review by John France

Three Marian Carols (2008/1973/1964)
Mangan Triptych (1983/1980/1979)
Amen / Alleluia (1991) Proud Songsters (1989)
The Lily-White Rose (2009) The Morning Watch (1968)
The Evening Watch (2003) Great Lord of Lords (1967)
A Hymne to God the Father (1966)
The Last and Greatest Herald (2008)

Review by John France

Cecilia McDOWALL (b. 1951)

Works for Organ

Review by John Quinn

George MacFARREN (1813-1887)

Robin Hood (1860)

Reviews by Ian Lace, Christopher Howell and John France

James MacMILLAN (b. 1959)

Seven Last Words from the Cross (1993)
Christus Vincit (1994)
Nemo te Condemnavit (2005)
... here in hiding ... (1993)

Reviews by Julie Williams and John Quinn

William MATHIAS (1934–1992)

Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 15 (1961)
Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 94 (1983)
Violin Sonata (1952)

Reviews by Rob Barnett and John France

Lift up your heads, O ye gates Op.44 No.2 (1969)
Ave Rex Op.45 (1969)
Wassail Carol Op.26 No.1 (1964)
As truly as God is our Father (1987)
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis Op.53 (1971)
Toccata Giocosa Op.36 No.2 (1967)
All thy works shall praise thee Op.17b (1961)
The Lord's Prayer (1992)
An Admonition to Rulers Op.43 (1969)
Salvator Mundi Op.89 (1982)

Reviews by Nick Barnard and John Quinn

Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b. 1934)

The Naxos Quartets

Review by Gary Higginson

Naxos Quartet No. 1 (2002)
Naxos Quartet No. 2 (2003)

Review by Colin Clarke

Naxos Quartet No. 3 (2003)
Naxos Quartet No. 4 ‘Children’s Games (2004)

Review by Colin Clarke

Naxos Quartet No. 5 'Lighthouses of Orkney and Shetland' (2004)
Naxos Quartet No. 6 (2004/5)

Reviews by Colin Clarke, Hubert Culot and William Hedley

Symphony no.1, op.119 (1976)
Mavis in Las Vegas (1997)

Reviews by Byzantion and Dan Morgan

Symphony No. 2 (1980)
St Thomas Wake (1969)

Reviews by William Hedley and Byzantion

Symphony No. 3 (1984)
Cross Lane Fair (1994)

Review by Byzantion

Symphony No. 4 (1989)
Symphony No. 5 (1994)†

Reviews by Mark Sealey and Byzantion

Symphony no.6, op.176 (1996)
Time and the Raven, op.172 (1995)
An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, op.120b (1984)

Review by Byzantion

Strathclyde Concerto no.3, for horn, trumpet and orchestra, op.139 (1989)
Strathclyde Concerto no.4, for clarinet and orchestra, op.143 (1990)

Review by Byzantion

Strathclyde Concerto No. 5 (1991)
Strathclyde Concerto No. 6 (1991)

Review by Paul Corfield Godfrey

Strathclyde Concerto No. 7 (1992)
Strathclyde Concerto No. 8 (1993)
A spell for green corn: The MacDonald dances (1993)

Reviews by Paul Corfield Godfrey and Steve Arloff

Strathclyde Concerto No. 9, Op.170 (1994)
Strathclyde Concerto No. 10, Op.179 (1996)
Carolísima, Op.168 (1994)

Reviews by Paul Corfield Godfrey and John Whitmore

Piano Concerto (1997)
Worldes Blis (1966-69)

Reviews by Rob Barnett and Byzantion

Caroline Mathilde – Ballet concert suites (1991 and 1992)
Chat Moss (1993)
Ojai Festival overture (1991)

Reviews by Stephen Barber and Göran Forsling

Black Pentecost
Stone Litany

Review by John Whitmore

The Beltane Fire (1995)
The Turn of the Tide (1992)
Sunday Morning (1994)
Threnody on a Plainsong for Michael Vyner (1989)
Sir Charles his Pavan (1992)

Reviews by John France and Paul Corfield Godfrey

Piccolo Concerto, op.182 (1996)
Trumpet Concerto, op.132 (1988)
Maxwell's Reel, with Northern Lights, op.191 (1998)
Five Klee Pictures, op.12 (1959/1976)

Review by Byzantion

The Boyfriend Suite (1971)
The Devils Suite (1971)
Seven In Nomine (1965)
The Yellow Cake Revue (1980): Yesnaby Ground, Farewell to Stromness

Reviews by Leslie Wright, Rob Barnett and John France

Linguae Ignis (2002)
Vesalii Icones (1969)
Fantasia on a Ground and Two Pavans (1968)

Review by Mark Sealey

Strathclyde Concerto no.2, for cello and orchestra, op.131 (1987)
Sonata 'Sequentia Serpentigena', for cello and piano, op.285 (2007)
Dances from 'The Two Fiddlers' (1978/1988/2007)
Little Tune for Vittorio in Maremma, for solo cello (2008)

Review by Byzantion

Sonata for Violin Alone: dedicated to Duccio Ceccanti (2013)
Dances from The Two Fiddlers (arr. violin and piano) (1978/88)
Sonata for violin and piano (2008)
Piano Trio: A Voyage to Fair Isle (2002)

Reviews by John France and Stephen Barber

The Lighthouse (1979)

Reviews by Paul Corfield Godfrey and Mark Sealey

Resurrection (1987)

Review by Paul Corfield Godfrey

Ernest MOERAN (1894-1950)

String Quartet in E flat major
String Quartet in A minor (1921)
String Trio (1931)

Review by Neil Horner

Symphony in G minor (1937)
Sinfonietta (1940)

Reviews by Rob Barnett, Neil Horner and Jonathan Woolf

Folksong Arrangements

Review by Paul Corfield Godfrey

Cello Concerto (1945)
Serenade in G (original version, 1948)
Lonely Waters (c. 1931)
Whythorne’s Shadow (1931)

Reviews by Rob Barnett, Nick Barnard and John Quinn

Overture for a Masque (1944)
In the Mountain Country (1921)
Rhapsody No. 1 in F major (1922)
Rhapsody No. 2 in E major (1924/41)
Rhapsody in F sharp major (1943)

Reviews by John France, Rob Barnett, William Kreindler and Brian Reinhart

Songs of Springtime (1929)
Blue-eyed Spring (1931)
Weep you no more, sad fountains (1922)
Phyllida and Corydon (1939)

Reviews by John France and Nick Barnard

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings PARRY (1848-1918)

I was glad when they said unto me (1902)
The Great Service: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis
Songs of Farewell (1916)
Hear my word, ye people (1894)
Long since in Egypt's plenteous land (1888)
Jerusalem (1916)

Reviews by John France and John Quinn

Robert PARSONS (c.1530-1572)

Responds for the Dead
First Great Service

Reviews by Mark Sealey and Robert Hugill

Paul PATTERSON (b. 1947)

Violin Concerto No. 2 (“Serenade”) (2013)

Reviews by Bob Stevenson and Stephen Barber

Thomas PITFIELD (1903-1999)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor (1947)
Piano Concerto No. 2 (1960)
Studies on an English Dance-Tune (1961)
Arietta and Finale (1932)
Toccata (1953)
Xylophone Sonata (1987)

Reviews by Stuart Scott, Patrick Waller and Rob Barnett

Francis POTT (1957-)

Mary’s Carol (2008)
A Hymn to the Virgin (2002)
I Sing of a Maiden (2000)
Mass for Eight Parts (2011)
Ubi caritas (2002)
Balulalow (2009)

Reviews by John Quinn and Paul Godfrey

At First Light (2014)
Word (2012)

Review by John Quinn

Roger QUILTER (1877-1953)

Complete Folk-Song Arrangements
Complete Part-Songs for Women's Voices

Review by Ian Lace

Alan RAWSTHORNE (1905-1971)

Concerto for string orchestra
Concertante pastorale for flute, horn and strings
Light music for strings
Suite for recorder and string orchestra
Elegiac rhapsody for string orchestra
Divertimento for chamber orchestra

Reviews by Andrew Achenbach, Len Mulllenger and Sybil Pentith

Violin Concerto 1
Violin Concerto 2
Fantasy Overture: Cortèges

Review by John Belcher

Piano Quintet
Piano Trio
Cello Sonata
Concertante for violin and piano
Viola Sonata

Reviews by David Wright and John Belcher

Symphonic Studies
Oboe Concerto
Cello Concerto

Reviews by Rob Barnett and Paul Conway

Piano Concerto No.1 (1939, 1942)
Piano Concerto No 2 (1951)
Improvisations on a Theme by Constant Lambert. (1960)

Reviews by John France, Colin Clarke and Tony Haywood

Symphony No. 1 (1950)
Symphony No. 2 ('A Pastoral Symphony') (1959)
Symphony No. 3 (1964)

Review by Em Marshall and Gwyn Parry-Jones

Theme and Variations for Two Violins (1937)
String Quartet No. 1 (1939)
String Quartet No. 2 (1954)
String Quartet No. 3 (1965)

Review by Paul Cook

Edmund RUBBRA (1901-1986)

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis Op.65
Missa in Honorem Sancti Dominici Op.66
Tenebrae Nocturnes Op.72
Missa Cantuariensis Op.59
Prelude and fugue on a theme of Cyril Scott for organ Op.69
Meditation for Organ Op.79

Reviews by Gary Higginson and Paul Conway

Improvisation for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 89 (1956)
Improvisations on Virginal Pieces by Giles Farnaby (1938-39)
Violin Concerto (1959)

Reviews by Dennis Day, Colin Clarke, Rob Barnett, Jonathan Woolf, Kevin Sutton and Gary Higginson

String Quartet 2 (1951) Amoretti (1935)
Ave Maria Gratia Plena; O my deir Hert (1922)
O excellent Virgin Princess (1951) Piano Trio 1

Review by Jonathan Woolf

String Quartet No.1 in F minor, Op.35 (1934/46)
String Quartet No.3, Op.112 (1964)
String Quartet No.4, Op.150 (1977)

Review by John France

John RUTTER (b. 1945)

Requiem (1985)
‘Arise, shine’ (1999)
‘Come down, O Love Divine’ (1998)
‘Musica Dei Donum’ (1998)
‘A Clare Benediction’ (1998)
‘Go forth into the world in peace’ (1988)
Toccata in 7 (1974)
Variations on an Easter Theme (1983)

Review by John Quinn

Mass of the Children (2002)
Shadows (1979)
Wedding Canticle (2004)

Reviews by John Quinn and Kevin Sutton

Gloria (1974)
Magnificat (1990)
Te Deum (1988)

Reviews by Nick Barnard and John Quinn

Psalmfest (1993)
This is the day (2011)
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (2008)
Psalm 150 (2002)

Review by John Quinn
Anthems, Hymns and Gloria for Brass Band

Review by Marc Rochester




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