I love the vocal artwork and intense intelligence tenor Mark Padmore brings to every phrase
New York Philharmonic Cello Quartet
Vivaldi Concerto grosso in D minor
I fell in love with this track when I was at school. I played it and played it until the record wore out. The fugue in the last movement has an entry from each player, and the last entry, well into the top of the violin’s range, used to make me tingle from head to foot.
Galina Vishnevskaya, Moscow Chamber Orchestra/Mstislav Rostropovich
Shostakovich Symphony no.14
When I heard this recording I was completely overwhelmed by the power and sombre beauty coming through my record player. Vishnevskaya’s soprano voice was deeply moving and more perfect than any singing I had ever heard. By the way, the two bass parts are brilliant to play.
James Bowman, Crispian Steele-Perkins, King’s Consort
Buxtehude The Eternal Source of Light
James Bowman’s unique countertenor voice is paired with sublime natural trumpet playing by Crispian Steele-Perkins. This particular track got under my skin and stays in my head more clearly than any other recording I have heard. The opening phrase puts me in an altered state: heaven on a good day.
Mark Padmore, Schubert Ensemble
Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge; Piano Quintet
I love the vocal artwork and intense intelligence tenor Mark Padmore brings to every phrase. The Piano Quintet has been the most exciting musical discovery of the past 30 years for me. In my opinion it is the best full-blown romantic chamber music that includes double bass. I have never been happier to hear myself on a recording than I have been on this one.
Martin Butler American Rounds
This recording is a testament to the Schubert Ensemble’s commissioning policy over the past 30 years. We have played this quintet about 50 times in concerts all over the world. Again, this feels like a bass player’s chance to perform great chamber music. The quintet’s outer movements are full of driving rhythmic energy. The use of colour and the instrumental balance bring an irresistible glitter to the soundscape.