Fenella's Bach2TheFuture CD is a Gramophone Magazine pick
The second of two CDs featuring the British violinist Fenella Humphreys and the commissions from her Bach2TheFuture project has been reviewed by Gramophone magazine here and is one of their Best New Classical Albums for February 2017. This second disc opens with Adrian's Arpeggiare Variations.
You can hear excerpts on the Champs Hill site here
Adrian was one of six composers (the others being Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sally Beamish, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gordon Crosse and Piers Hellawell) commissioned by Fenella to write new works for unaccompanied violin. In Fenella's own words:
"One thing that my first violin teacher said to me has always haunted me - no violinist can be really good until they've performed Bach's 6 Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin. Of course it isn't true, but it still bothered me, and so a couple of years ago I decided it was about time I learn the movements I had always shied away from, and perform the entire set. It was when I was looking into repertoire to programme alongside them that I first realised how comparatively little British solo violin music there is. There was obviously nothing I could do about composers like Britten, Tippett and Walton who had left us no solo works, but as I have always loved playing new music and working with composers, it seemed to make sense to commission some new pieces. After being convinced by Cheryl Frances-Hoad over a cup of tea at Paddington Station that it wasn't too crazy an idea, I asked 6 incredible composers each to write a companion piece to a specific Sonata or Partita."
Fenella has already performed the works, including Adrian's, around the country include Presteigne Festival, St. Magnus International Festival, The Forge, Ryedale Festival, Aldeburgh Music and many more.