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Chamber works by Judith Bingham and Organ Music by Stanford

Yeree Suh soprano
Chamber Domaine
Thomas Kemp violin
James Boyd viola
Adrian Bradbury cello
Stephen de Pledge piano

Landscapes, real and imagined

Fifty Shades of Green (2001) for string trio 1. Exotic Forest 2. The Agave 3. The Shadow and... Jaguar ! [Rousseau Negro attacked by a jaguar R] 4. The Moon over Westminster Cathedral (2003) for solo piano 5. The Cathedral of Trees (1998) for solo soprano Chapman’s Pool (1997) for piano trio 6. Sombre, vague, con rubato 7. Fossil Forest: Minuet and Trio 8. Flying from Lulworth to Corfe Castle 9. Chapman’s Pool and the Hale-Bopp Comet 10. The Shadow Side of Joy Finzi (2001) for soprano and piano 11. L’Usignolo from The Lost Works of Paganini (2007-9) for solo violin 12. The Mystery of Boranup (2002) for piano quartet See and keep silent (2009) for solo cello Shelley Dreams (1998) for violin and piano 13. Seeking for ghosts 14. Paper boat building 15. Bedtime stories 16. Venice: Lagoon scene, moonlight 17. Fire balloons, laden with knowledge 18 My Father’s Arms (2002) for soprano and string trio 19. Prelude Amputation 20. My Father’s Arms 21. Cornerstone Postlude

Total playing time [91:11]


This second release by RESONUS (downloads only) offers a 90 minute Portrait Recording (most earlier equivalents on CD are limited to c. 70 mins) of Judith Bingham (b. 1952), one-time member of the BBC Chorus, now firmly established as a prolific and leading British composer, for whom responses to landscapes have been a recurring theme in her work.

This is a classy production of her chamber and vocal works by an enterprising and innovative group. The presentation is lavish, and not restricted by the exigencies of "jewel case" booklets, which are well on the way to obsolescence.

The notes in the full colour e/booklet [© 2011 Nigel Simeone] are extensive and illuminating, and there is also a long essay about herself by Judith Bingham; all supplied for study on the computer (with texts at size of your choice) or for easyprinting out if you will be listening elsewhere (I use a Panasonic large screen with Sony Home-Cinema for enhanced sound, linked to my iMac computer with AppleTV).

Performances are assured and their sound excellent on the .MP3 download audio files which serve me well (for audiophiles with top-of-the-range gear there is choice of Flac...)

Recommended as of interest throughout and very good value.

Do try Resonus' new improved download system, which delivers everything you'd expect from a premium quality CD.

Peter Grahame Woolf

The latest download received for review from Resonus is a collection of organ music by Stanford (1852-1924), pillar of the late 19th century British school, with music including symphonic works in a Brahmsian idiom, Charles Villiers Stanford was a notable teacher at the Royal College of Music of many 20 C composers.

The organ world is one apart, and not really mine centrally, but I have sampled some of the pieces, including the substantial Fantasia & Fugue Op.57, and found the recording made at Queens College Cambridge impressive.

Downloading is easy, the notes comprehensive and lavishly illustrated.

Recommended to organists and organ enthusiasts who are "computer comfortable".

That, we'll all have to become, and I wonder how long paper-only review media without on-line equivalent can survive? Resonus seems to have "got it right" and I hope they do well... Check out full details at http://resonusclassics.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=9&Itemid=2&vmcchk=1&Itemid=2