Three New CD releases
All recently issued, John Lenehan has added three more CDs to his ever growing discography. Now available from Dutton Epoch, the Vaughan Williams Concerto for two pianos was recorded in Glasgow in January with Leon McCawley and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates. The CD also includes Vaughan Williams' London Symphony in a fascinating version which contains much music that was cut in the final revision.
"The barnstorming piano team of John Lenehan and Leon McCawley are thrilling in their traverse of this cherishable score."
A 2006 rectal in Toronto with the acclaimed Israeli violist Rivka Golani (originally recorded for CBC Radio) has been issued as a double CD by Hungaroton. The programme was of Russian works and consisted of sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich as well as two extensive suites of music from Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo and Juliet" in composer-approved arrangements by Vadim Berezovsky (violist in the legendary Beethoven Quartet).
A 2014 recording of Zemlinsky's Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano has been issued by Nimbus Alliance. John Lenehan is joined by Emma Johnson and renowned Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson. This marvellous late romantic work is coupled with the Brahms Clarinet Quintet in which Johnson and Helmerson are joined by his colleagues in the Michaelangelo Quartet.
The London Soloists Ensemble's "Transformations" series at St. John's Smith Square came to an end in June. This series explored well known pieces which are usually played by larger ensembles. The LSE presented them in chamber versions. Here are the first movements of Beethoven's second symphony (arranged by Beethoven himself for piano trio) and Mozart's piano concerto no. 25 in a version by Hummel for piano, violin, cello and flute. In this the ensemble was joined by William Bennett O.B.E. The complete works are available on youtube.