• Beethoven Piano Concertos

    The culmination of the fabulous Beethoven 250 series by French pianist Elizabeth Sombart, conductor Pierre Vallet and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; a boxset featuring spectacular performances of Beethoven’s piano concertos and his ‘Triple’ Concerto. Sombart and the RPO examine each concerto in sublime detail, demonstrating the various contrasts of each piece in an elegant and passionate fashion. Richard Harwood on cello and Duncan Riddell on violin enter the recordings with a bang for the final piece in the series, and immediatly connect with Sombart, Vallet and the RPO to produce an epic culmination to this great series.
  • Although being a global company, Signum is London born and bred so for the first in our series of Classical Destination playlists, our home city was the obvious choice! From Westminster to Whitechapel, Cherry Tree Lane to Fleet Street, Berkley Square to Battersea Park, taking in a Waterloo Sunset along the way, this musical tour of London shows it off as one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world.
  • 'I am thrilled to be able to share this concert with you. The Liszt sonata is one of the pinnacles of the piano repertoire and probably the finest piano sonata ever written after Beethoven. I am also very excited to be joined by Miho Kawashima for the beautiful 16 Brahms Waltzes, which will be featured on our upcoming Brahms album. Being able to play music together during this difficult time has been such a special experience for us. Thank you so much for your support and we hope to see you soon in a concert hall!' - Emmanuel Despax Repertoire: Franz Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor S178 Johannes Brahms 16 Waltzes, Op. 39 for Piano Four-Hands with Miho Kawashima Standard Ticket: - £10 to receive a Youtube link to view the digital concert LIVE and for 15 days after the broadcast Premium Tickets: Profits for the following premium tickets will go towards promoting Emmanuel Despax’s next recording - £50 to receive a digital concert ticket, and a signed copy of Emmanuel Despax - Spira, Spera album: Bach Transcriptions (released 26 March 2021) -  £100 to receive a digital concert ticket, plus signed copies of Emmanuel Despax - Spira Spera Bach: Transcriptions (released March 26th) and Emmanuel Despax - Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 and Sixteen Waltzes (released July 2021) - £200+ will receive all of the above (digital concert ticket, signed copies of Bach and Brahms albums) plus a special mention of thanks printed on Emmanuel Despax's upcoming Brahms CD (released July 2021) Pease click here to make a donation of £200 or more.
  • Composer, musician and broadcaster John Brunning is perhaps best known for his choral work Pie Jesu. The piece was initially recorded by the vocal group ‘All Angels’, and there has since been around a dozen recordings including an acapella arrangement by The King’s Singers.

    In his introduction to the disc, John Brunning writes: There are probably more euphemisms employed when speaking of death than any other subject. Take a walk around a graveyard and you will see any number of headstones bearing inscriptions such as ‘passed away’, ‘fell asleep’, ‘called to rest’, and so on. Yet death is the one inescapable certainty that each of us must ultimately confront. I have sought to address this issue in as positive a way as possible with my cycle, ‘Swansongs’.

    Elin Manahan Thomas is one of the most versatile sopranos of her generation. Since releasing her début album Eternal Light in 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, festivals and events, including the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018. On this recording she is accompanied by pianist Daniel Grimwood, a performer of international renown who combines an exceptional talent with rare versatility and refinement.

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