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Recordings of Matthew's Works

Symphony No.2, Viola Concerto

Symphony No.2, Viola Concerto
Record label   Toccata Classics  
Recording code   TOCC 0175
Total playing time   59'00
Release date   2013
Recorded at  

Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London

Recorded on  

24–25 January 2013 (Viola Concerto), 23 January 2009 (Symphony No.2)

Orchestra / ensemble  

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor   Garry Walker
Soloists / artists  

Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola

Notes  

Produced in association with BBC Radio 3.

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Includes the following works composed by Matthew:

Tracks   Duration   Work  
1-5   22'20   Viola Concerto (Humoreskes), Op.41
6-9   36'40   Symphony No.2, Op.10

The Second Symphony is a masterpiece of modern symphonic literature.

Robert Matthew-Walker

Music of Memory

Music of Memory
Record label   NMC  
Recording code   NMC D184
Total playing time   79'47
Release date   2013
Recorded at  

Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Hertfordshire

Recorded on  

10-11 April and 17-19 September 2012

 
 
Soloists / artists  

Antonis Hatzinikolaou, guitar

 
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Includes the following works composed by Matthew:

Tracks   Duration   Work  
4   6'50   Fantasy for Guitar, Op.47

Also includes works composed / arranged by:

John McCabe, Charlotte Bray, Bayan Northcott, Joseph Atkins, Peter Racine Fricker, Nicholas Maw

String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 7

String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 7
Record label   Toccata Classics  
Recording code   TOC 0144
Total playing time   54'09
Release date   2013
Recorded at  

All Saints’ Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, London

Recorded on  

23-24 May 2012

Orchestra / ensemble  

Dante String Quartet, Allegri String Quartet, Salieri String Quartet

 
 
 
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Includes the following works composed by Matthew:

Tracks   Duration   Work  
1-3   14'14   String Quartet No.5, Op.35
4-7   18'38   String Quartet No.6, Op.36
8-11   20'47   String Quartet No.7, Op.37

Symphony No.1 & 3, Horn Concerto

Symphony No.1 & 3, Horn Concerto
Record label   Dutton Vocalion  
Recording code   CDLX 7178
Total playing time   60'33
Release date   2006
Recorded at  

St. Jude-on-the-Hill, London

Recorded on  

27-28 April 2006

Orchestra / ensemble  

Royal Ballet Sinfonia

Conductor   Matthew Taylor
Soloists / artists  

Richard Watkins, horn

 
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Includes the following works composed by Matthew:

Tracks   Duration   Work   Sample
1-5   16'24   Symphony No.1, 'Sinfonia Brevis', Op.2  
Animato
6-14   17'13   Horn Concerto, Op.23  
Allegro Vigoroso
15-25   26'27   Symphony No.3, Op.33  
Severo

Music of substance and integrity... Anyone on the hunt for new music which draws its wellsprings from the great symphonic tradition should lose no time in making its acquaintance...

Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, May 2007

A recent Toccata Classics disc… gave notice of Matthew Taylor as a composer wholly at ease with large-scale forms…

Symphonic writing has been a mainstay of Taylor’s output and his First Symphony (1985) displays a telling symphonic logic within its single-movement dimensions…

The undoubted excellence of the performances is further testimony to Taylor’s abilities on the podium , with the detailed but immediate recorded sound a further enhancement - as are the composer’s informative annotations… These are works of real integrity and substance - well worth the attention of all inquiring listeners.

Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review, Jan 2007

Chamber Music, Music for Brass

Chamber Music, Music for Brass
Record label   Toccata Classics  
Recording code   TOCC 0015
Total playing time   65'14
Release date   2005
Recorded at  

Piano Trio: St. George's, Bristol (10 November 1997).
String Quartet No.3: University of Exeter Music Department (19 April 1997).
Conflict and Consolation: St. Augustine's Church, Kilburn (13 November 1996).

 
Orchestra / ensemble  

Piano Trio: The Lowbury Piano Trio.
String Quartet No.3: The Schidlof Quartet.
Conflict and Consolation: Members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins.

 
 
 
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Includes the following works composed by Matthew:

Tracks   Duration   Work   Sample
1-3   29'12   Piano Trio No.1, Op.17  
Grave - Allegro pesante
4-6   17'45   String Quartet No.3, Op.18  
Poco allegretto e misterioso
7-8   17'38   Conflict and Consolation, Op.19  
Conflict

Matthew Taylor's soundworlds seem to provide a vital missing link between Brahms and Schoenberg - particularly within his chamber music. Scorching performances and music.

BBC Music Magazine, Jan 2006

Matthew Taylor has not only built a notable career as a conductor over the past two decades, but has also emerged as among the most distinctive of younger British composers. His questing approach to large-scale instrumental form [follows] on from mentor Robert Simpson, of whose Eleventh Symphony and Nielsen Variations he has made impressive recordings for Hyperion.

Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review, Jan 2006

Matthew Taylor is one of the few composers striving to maintain the symphonic tradition represented by Sibelius, Nielsen and Tippett. These elegant works, dating from the mid-1990s, are an oasis of chamber and small-orchestral form amid the contemporary cacophony.

The Observer – 23 Oct 2005

White Line British Light Overtures Volume 3

White Line British Light Overtures Volume 3
Record label   Academy Sound & Vision Ltd (AS&V)  
Recording code   CDWHL2140
Total playing time   65'
Release date   2003
 
 
Orchestra / ensemble  

Royal Ballet Sinfonia

Conductor   Gavin Sutherland
 
 
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Includes the following works composed by Matthew:

Tracks   Duration   Work  
10   8'   The Needles, Op.26

Also includes works composed / arranged by:

Carey Blyton, Matthew Curtis, John Fox, Philip Lane, James Langley, Bruce Montgomery, Montague Phillips, Roger Quilter, Adam Saunders

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