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The Glory Tree

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2011


Matilda Hofman

Natalie Raybould

Catriona Scott

Kreisler Ensemble

London Mozart Trio


Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex

22-24 Sept 2008


Ates Orga


David Lefeber

Record Label
Champs Hill



Total Time - 76:03
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  for oboe, cor anglais, string trio & piano (2002)  
1 I Prelude - 8:58
2 II Fugue - 8:25
  Nicholas Daniel  

My Fleeting Angel

  for piano trio (2005)  
3 I Larghetto 1:54
4 II Allegro spiritoso e scherzando 2:59
5 III Allegretto eleganza 4:20
  Ensemble na Mara  

The Snow Woman

  for solo violin (2007)  
6 I Allegro moderato 1:59
7 II Adagietto 2:26
8 III Allegro vivace 2:28
  Natalia Lomeiko  

The Ogre Lover

  for string trio (2007)  
9 I Allegro vivace e ritmico 0:58
10 II Agitato 0:40
11 III Scherzando e eleganza 1:43
12 IV Adagietto 1:26
13 V Andante 1:09
14 VI Allegro vivace 1:28
15 VII Coade: Andantino rubato 0:43
  Lendvai String Trio  


  for solo cello, six tutti celli and double-bass (2008)  
  Leonid Gorokhov  


  for solo clarinet (2008)  
 Catriona Scott


  for piano trio (1999)  
18 Theme: Largo trascinando 3:05
19 Variation I: Più mosso 2:17
20 Variation II: Meno mosso 3:00
21 Variation III: L'istesso tempo 5:04

The Glory Tree

  for soprano & chamber ensemble (2005)  
22 I 'Behold! I shall tell the choicest of visions' - 3:50
23 II 'Hail is the whitest of grains' - 1:00
24 III 'I have often suffered on the weary seas' - 3:27
25 IV 'The sun is always a source of hope' - 1:44
26 V 'What have you done, bloodstained one?' 3:44
 Natalie Raybould
 Matilda Hofman

Cheryl Frances-Hoad has a unique and special compositional voice, recently becoming the youngest composer to win two prizes in the same year at the British Composer Awards, in 2010.
Since winning the BBC Young Composer Competition in 1996, at the age of 15, Cheryl’s works have garnered high praise and awards from all quarters. Over recent years, she has had numerous notable successes, with commissions including solo, chamber, orchestral and choral works, as well as opera.

Champs Hill Records is delighted to present this collection of Cheryl’s chamber music, performed in may cases by the musicians who commissioned and gave the premiere performances of the works.

"The Glory Tree had remarkable scoring, stratospheric singing and was performed with shamanic authority, her finak scream reverberating through the cloisters." - Keith Bruce - The Herald

The songs of the title work on this disc - The Glory Tree - are arresting settings, in original Anglo-Saxon, from The Dream of the Rood and Judith, treated as the utterances of Shamanic Ritual. Shamanism also provides the inspiration for the solo violin work The Snow Woman written for, and played here by, Natalia Lomeiko.
These works are tpical of the fertile soil for musical invention which Cheryl Frances-Hoad finds in literary inspiration. Stories, poems or literary ideas have provided the spark for many works on this disc, performed by exceptionally taleted musicians, including Nicholas Daniel (oboe), the Lendvai string Trio, The Kriesler Ensemble, Leonid Gorokhov (cello), the London Mozart Trio, Ensemble na Mara and others.

                      ’Chamber Choice’

Performance *****          Recording *****

"These compositions are full of feeking and memorable gestures ... All the performers play with an admirable combination of passion, precision and attention to tone production ..."

Barry Witherden - BBC Music Magazine - October 2011


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