Discography

At the Speed of Stillness
Release Date: 20 October 2014
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The first disc dedicated to Charlotte’s music, part of the Debut Disc series produced by NMC Records

At the Speed of Stillness, commissioned by Aldeburgh World Orchestra, explores paradoxes of energy and movement: ‘the hummingbird motionless as a star’ (in Dora Maar’s description), or the contained energy of a power station. Caught in Treetops, a violin concerto written for Alexandra Wood and BCMG, takes its inspiration from two poems by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Federico García Lorca, while also drawing on the relentless energy of Sonny Rollins.

Two song-cycles make explicit Bray’s close relationship with poetry: Fire Burning in Snow sets three poems by Nicki Jackowska exploring desire, obsession and loss – also the subject of Songs from ‘Yellow Leaves’, a sequence of haikus based on Shakespeare’s sonnets. The album is completed by the energetic piano quartet Replay, and Oneiroi, a dark study for piano.

 

Oberon Celebrates Shakespeareoberoncd
Release Date: 25 November 2016
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Released by Cavi-Music (Harmonia Mundi)

The Oberon Trio’s name is a reference to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in which Oberon, the king of the fairies, leads and oversees the realm of magic, fantasy and playful delight. The members of the Oberon Trio have come together to explore the magical world of play and fantasy that lies at the heart of music-making. With a sense of fresh curiosity and discovery, they convey to their audiences the message that music is something perpetually vibrant, personal and alive.

Mendelssohn: Klaviertrio Nr. 2, Bray: That Crazed Smile, Beethoven: Klaviertrio Nr. 5, Mendelssohn / Hosseini: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

james-turnbullAirs, Blues and Dances
Release Date: 1 July 2016
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Released in July 2016, Airs, Blues and Dances is a recital disc featuring music by Jonathan Dove, Helen Grime, Richard Rodney Bennett, Michael Tippett, John Tavener, Judith Weir, Charlotte Bray, Anthony Powers and Joseph Phibbs.

James is joined by pianist Libby Burgess and by musicians of Ensemble Perpetuo, Lindsey Ellis, Sara Sarvamaa, Joanna Stark and Emma Whitney.

 

 

 

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Release Date: 12 February 2016
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ORA’s first album Upheld by Stillness – Renaissance Gems and their Reflections Volume 1 will be released in February 2016. The album is based around the works of Byrd including his great masterpiece the Mass for Five Voices as well as six newly commissioned works, including Bray’s Agnus Dei.

 

catch-shopCatch
Release Date: August 2015
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Sirocco Saxophone Quartet
Following their debut album La Danza – a lively programme of dances featuring several transcriptions – for their second release CATCH the quartet developed a programme of purely modern music. They have chosen five pieces by excellent living composers, two of which were commissioned by the ensemble. The quartet is committed to the promotion of new music for their instrument and these talented composers greatly enrich the saxophone’s somewhat limited repertoire.

 

 

Music of Memory
Release Date: 8 April 2013
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Recorded by guitarist Antonis Hatzinikolaou and produced by NMC Records, the disc features music by Nicholas Maw, Joseph Atkins, Peter Racine Fricker, Matthew Taylor, Bayan Northcott and John McCabe, alongside Charlotte Bray’s commissioned work Passing Shadows, supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation.

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