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British composer Philip Wood writes in a beautifully lyrical and melodic style which is totally accessible, Here his work is profiled by top soloists in vocal and chamber works of great variety.

Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano)
James Bowman (counter-tenor)
John Turner (recorder)
Heather Bills & Jonathan Price (cellos)
Harvey Davies (harpsichord)
Manchester Camerata Ensemble


AUDIO SAMPLE: When as the Rye (from 'Five Spring Songs'

dealer release date: March 11, 2016





CD program:
Sonnets, Airs and Dances (6 tracks)
Five Spring Songs
Two Motets
Partita for Recorder and Cello
Aria, Recitative and Rondo
A Lonsdale Dance
Concertino for Recorder and String Quartet
review extracts: for full reviews click here
“[The Concertino is] an enjoyable and approachable work that deserves a place in the concerted recorder repertoire. There is a simplicity [in the Motets] that is both moving and inspirational. They are beautifully sung by Lesley-Jane Rogers.This significant work [(Aria, Recitative and Rondo)] is ideally suited to Bowman's fabulous voice. The sound quality of this Divine Art disc is clear and vibrant. The playing by all the performers is, as would be expected, absolutely splendid. Special commendation goes to John Turner's superb recorder playing and Lesley-Jane Rogers' delightful soprano voice.” – John France (MusicWeb)

“A most gifted composer... 71 minutes of sheer delight ... utterly clear, undistorted, intimately comforting sound. The musicians serve this beautiful music with a neat mix of flair and accuracy coupled to that elusive style so difficult to imitate, so impossible to pin down, so quintessentially English.” - Rafael de Acha (Music for all Seasons)

“Music that lies firmly and delightfully in the neo-classical camp, with a pronounced sort of late renaissance/baroque-meets-modern feel. Wood is a new voice who carries on with music that captures the English countryside as the English composers are fond of capturing it - regenerative, idyllic, like Hardy's Wessex, only without his ultimately tragic outlook. Performances are first-rate and the music transcends some of our weary, dreary present! Recommended!” – Grego Edwards (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music)

“ The music on this beautiful Divine Art release stands in the mainstream English musical idiom well-known in the works of Malcolm Arnold, and aesthetically related to the pastoral sound of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The Partita is a stunning work for recorder and cello. This disc provides high audio quality, and the CD package is very well designed. The notes by the composer invite the listener into the pieces. The enunciation of Bowman and Rogers is so clear that the inclusion of song texts in the booklet is almost unnecessary.” – Tom Bickley (American Recorder)

“Woods's own characteristic musical language is ever present, especially in his writing for the voice. Philip Wood is a composer who displays his craft and inspiration in music of considerable appeal; the musicians on this CD are clearly at one with his musical creativity, and give fine performances of considerable insight and commitment – highly recommended.” - Andrew Mayes (Recorder Magazine)