| Bach to the Future has just been released by Champs Hill Records. The disc contains the first three of my new commissions to partner Bach's Sonatas and Partitas (by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gordon Crosse and Piers Hellawell) alongside works by Bach, Biber, Ysaye and Cyril Scott. I'm super grateful to David and Mary Bowerman at Champs Hill for letting me record for them, and to my magnificent producers and sound engineer, Matthew Bennett, Patrick Allen and Dave Rowell. The disc is available direct through Champs Hill, or through Amazon, iTunes or probably most places really.
She shapes the music with skill... rich and varied tone... her double stops are impeccable, and there is complete confidence in the rapid changes of character... a nicely understated, virtuoso ending to an enjoyable and accomplished CD.
Instrumental CD Choice October 2015, 5 stars, BBC Music Magazine
Golden precision and effortless virtuosity... Contemporary works give a refreshing balance to a contemporary programme.
Ken Walton, Five stars, The Scotsman
Spirited yet unhurried... She rises emphatically to their challenges
Erica Jeal, The Guardian
Impressive conviction... Humphreys is triumphantly on her mettle.
Peter Quantrill, The Strad Magazine
|My recording for Dutton Epoch of Christopher Wright's violin concerto is now available through iTunes, Amazon, Dutton's own website and all good retailers! I was fortunate to perform with the wonderful Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Martin Yates, with Christopher Watson singing the tenor solo in the last movement. The concerto is coupled with the first ever recording of the newly revised version of Vaughan Williams's 5th Symphony. |
....Violinist Fenella Humphreys responds to its elegiac reflection and technical display at top flight level, offering emotional depth and weight of tone....
Orchestral Choice and Five Star Review, both for performance and recording quality, BBC Music Magazine, October 2012
Fenella Humphreys captures the music's wistful cantabile to perfection, producing a golden tone in all registers with the utmost sensitivity to where every phrase is moving. Her violin entwines with the glowing textures of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the expert guidance of Martin Yates to alluring effect...... An outstanding release.
Julian Haylock, The Strad Magazine, August 2012
....There is no empty display: the soloist is a constant singing presence, though there are some technical challenges......Fenella Humphreys's performance is a wonder.....I warmly recommend this beautifully recorded disc.
William Hedley, International Record Review, May 2012