Recordings

Three Dancers Autumnal Nocturnes  
Second Suite for solo Cello Birthday Song  
Winter Music String Quartet
Aquinas Piano Trio, Iuventus Quartet, Edward Vanderspar (viola),
Katherine Jenkinson (cello), Evelina Puzaite (piano), John Traill (conductor)
Guild GMCD 7389 [2012]

LISTEN & BUY

‘...this - his first CD, but surely not his last - is a good introduction to his very musical and intelligently composed work, not least  of the attractions being the range which, within chamber musical boundaries, is quite varied. This is modern music that does not insult either listeners or performing musicians. Excellently recorded with attractive booklet notes by the composer.'
***** Musical Opinion (November 2012)

‘The representative selection included here suggests that, even though his catalogue has reached only a dozen or so opuses, he is at his best when writing on a larger or extended scale: realizing his ideas with a sensitivity and finesse allied to a thoughtful yet insistent musical personality...Hyde is fortunate in that his music has gained the advocacy of several leading soloists and ensembles, not least cellist Katherine Jenkinson and pianist Evelina Puzaite, whose playing here is all that an up-and-coming composer could wish...A fine introduction, then, to a composer of whom it is to be hoped that Guild will follow up with another release at the earliest opportunity.
Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review (December 2012)  

‘not only welcome but has been accomplished with skill and attention to detail.'
Musicweb International (January 2013) 

‘Das Iuventus Quartet spurt den feinen Verastelungen der Kompositionen nach und bringt beide Werke zu bester Geltung. Auch wegen des uberzeugenden Booklets und der tadellosen Aufnahmetechnik ist die gesamte Produktion eine Debut-CD fur einen Komponisten, wie man sie sich nur wunschen kann.'
***** klassik.com (January 2013)

‘...I commend it to your attention as the work of a young composer with some good musical ideas.'
Fanfare Magazine [USA] (August 2013)

‘This is a fine program introducing a fine composer, played with involvement and affection by a group of musicians that I hope will keep Hyde writing for them. The recording is in excellent sound and the balances are effective.'
American Record Guide (September 2013)
Sweet was the Song
Improvisation on 'Puer natus'
(from Suite on Plainchant Themes)
Stephen Farr (organ)
Choir of Worcester College, Oxford
Resonus RES10113 [2012]

BUY

‘Tired of the same old seasonal chestnuts? Here's your solution - a wonderful collection of carols from the last half century...Stephen Farr directs delectably sensitive performance and the sound is immaculate.'
***** BBC Music Magazine: Christmas Choice (December 2012)

‘...the entire sequence, wisely chosen and sung with the utmost sensitivity and skill, is a pure delight.'
***** Daily Telegraph (7 December 2012)

‘Focusing on the English repertoire, Resonus has produced a winner for the Christmas market - 20 radiant carols...all worth hearing.'
Financial Times (December 2012) 
 
‘Stephen Farr adds further distinction to the disc through some robust performances of organ solos by Leighton and Thomas Hyde' 
Gramophone (December 2012) 
 


A Little Invocation
Daniel Cook (organ)
Choir & Organ Magazine: March/April 2009 [2009]
There Is No Rose
Mayfield Singers / Neil Price
Mariner Music MMCD9801 [1998] 
Praeludium
Norman Harper (organ)
Cardinal Music CSCD104 [1996]

‘Praeludium, written for this recording in the composer’s 18th year shows great promise, multisectioned but unified by the Pange Lingua theme. Colourfully dissonant writing shows a true ear for composition…’
The Organ (February 2001)
 

 

 

 

 

 

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