Vocal acappella settings of Buddhist religious texts interspersed with Buddhist temple bells.
Catalogue No: 5060192780055
an expert choral hand at work (Gramophone)
Album of the Week (The Independent)
An artless quality informed but not stifled by western choral tradition – ***** (Classic FM Magazine)
The première recording of Carr’s Requiem and other choral works.
Catalogue No: 5060192780048
CD OF THE WEEK (Classic FM)
A moving tribute to the mother of Paul and Gavin Carr, similar in structure and mood to the requiems of Fauré and Brahms… ever-developing orchestral colours… all lovingly sung and performed. **** (Classical Music Magazine)
Sends the soul off to a better and blissful place. (The Classical Music Sentinel)
A collection of songs by Ronald Corp OBE, including his settings of Walt Whitman & A.E. Housman.
Catalogue No: 5060192780031
His spare, bittersweet settings of 12 Housman poems and some interestingly febrile Walt Whitman settings are the highlights… they find terrific champions in Stone and pianist Simon Lepper, who perform them with sensitivity and intelligence. (The Metro)
RECORDING OF THE FORTNIGHT – Ronald Corp is perhaps best known for his choral compositions but here he displays a knack for finding everyone’s favourite verse, whether comedic or rapturous, and setting it for solo voice with a simplicity that nonetheless achieves freshness and impact. (Classical Music Magazine)
There are thirty-nine songs on this disc and it is a tribute to all involved that interest very seldom wanes. More please. (Musicweb International)
The only complete recording of the songs of world war I casualty George Butterworth (1885-1916).
Catalogue No: 5060192780024
EDITOR’S CHOICE – This very enjoyable Butterworth selection, on Stone’s own label, finds him at the top of his game – secure and expressive. (Gramophone)
CONNOISSEURS’ CHOICE – Wonderful in every possible way. (Classic FM New CD Show)
In many ways, this is one of the most significant CDs of English Music to have been issued for a long time. (Musical Opinion)
Stone and his pianist, Stephen Barlow, treat the songs with Âintelligence and sensitivity. (The Guardian)
Violin and piano Fantasy repertoire by Messiaen, Schoenberg and Schubert together with connected vocal works.
Catalogue No: 5060192780017
This debut recital disc stands out for high-quality playing but also for the inclusion of three fascinating early works by Messiaen: the haunting La Mort du Nombre (1930), which includes parts for soprano (Rhona McKail) and tenor (Nicky Spence), the ethereal Theme and Variations and the Fantaisie, thought lost until 2007. All were written at the time of Messiaen’s tragic first marriage, to the violinist Claire Delbos who, left mentally incapacitated by surgery in the 1940s, spent the remainder of her life in an asylum. Schubert’s Fantasie and Schoenberg’s Phantasy provide stimulating companion pieces. (The Observer)
The Messiaen Fantasie and his nearly contemporaneous Thème et variations are very much in the contemplative vein of La Mort du nombre, and in some ways suit Yamada best. She also makes neat work of Schoenberg’s late (1947) Phantasy. (International Record Review)
This disc, cannily constructed and inter-thematically programmed, sheds light upon the various works performed. Its intelligence in this respect is matched by the performances, and good recorded sound. (Musicweb International)
For those who enjoy thematic collections, this highly appealing and deeply thoughtful one should be irresistible. Strongly recommended to everyone across the board. (Fanfare)
A collection of English love songs from 1597 through to the present day.
Catalogue No: 5060192780000
Baritone Mark Stone has it all: a terrific technique, theatrical presence and a voice guaranteed to tingle bits of your spine never tingled before. (Classic FM Magazine)
This is not a recital restricted to one vocal hue. Each song is looked at and receives relevant response from both singer and pianist. (International Record Review)
Versatile in his response to the varying stylistic demands, Stone communicates with charm and eloquence, Stephen Barlow accompanying his voice with a genuine feeling for tone-colour and shape. (Birmingham Post)
Stone’s light, lyric baritone is perfectly suited for this mostly gentle material, and he sings with great sensitivity to text and to dynamic shading. (Fanfare)