MusicWeb International critics have released their 2018 Recordings of the Year nominees, and we’re excited to share that the Londinium Chamber Choir’s The Gluepot Connection received two nominations (1 of only 8 with that distinction), and our Celeste release of Rubbra’s Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Adrian Boult and Edmund Rubbra also received a nomination!
“Probably my favourite disc of the year. Such an interesting programme and a brilliant concept for a disc. Favourite works such as Mater Ora Filium receive powerful performances with revelatory Lutyens in the mix as well. Excellent documentation and recording complete the package.” Nick Barnard, MusicWeb International
“I agree wholeheartedly with Nick Barnard’s comment when he says that ‘Over time I have got used to the very high quality of Somm’s engineering, presentation, programming and performances. But even by those high standards, this is a very fine disc indeed, possibly one of their finest.’ This is a wonderful collection of English music for voices, flawlessly performed by the Londinium Chamber Choir conducted by Andrew Griffiths, including Bax’s Mater Ora Filium, so highly regarded by Bax champion, the late Vernon Handley; plus works by Delius, Walton, Ireland, Moeran, Warlock, Rawsthorne, Alan Bush and Elisabeth Lutyens.” Ian Lace, MusicWeb International
“Two Rubbra symphonies in historic mono and vividly performed. The Fourth, conducted at its 1943 premiere by the composer, all of three quarters of a century ago, stands tall, dignified and majestic. A magnificent performance now accessible to everyone. The Second is exemplary but the Fourth is the make or break and here it is definitely the ‘make’.” Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International