In this section we’d like to bring you back to certain albums which we continue to enjoy long, long after their release, and which you may have missed first time round.
Through the Lens of Time was the debut recording from violinist Francisco Fullana, and was designed to bring together modern perspectives reimagining the Baroque tradition.
The recording begins with Max Richter’s daring reworking of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and continues with three other works, by Schnittke, Isang Yun and Salvador Brotons, that each provide a unique take on the legacy of the Baroque period.
Accordionist Rafał Łuc and violist Ian Anderson have a love of contemporary music which led them to name their duo after the late, great Don van Vliet — better known by his avant-garde rock persona, Captain Beefheart.
Their album features an amazing array of works from arrangements of John Dowland songs and Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae, to four contemporary works for solo viola, solo accordion and for the duo.
Bjarke Mogensen, a star in his native Denmark and much in demand as soloist having made his debut aged 13 with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, recorded his first album for Orchid back in 2011.
The repertoire is taken from a rich repertoire of accordion music, much of it based on Russian folk music, and includes Mogensen’s own transcriptions for the instrument of works by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky.
William Howard’s Sixteen Love Songs has streamed many, many millions of times. Featuring 16 19th & 20th century songs without words, the album forms part of a project designed to explore contemporary realisations of the love song genre and was followed by a collection of 16 new, commissioned love songs to act as responses to those on this first album.