Described on BBC Radio 3's Record Review as an 'absolutely exquisite album', Fenella's new disc 'So Many Stars' was released in February 2019 on Stone Records.   A collaboration with pianist Nicola Eimer, the CD is a collection of Sonatinas by Jean Sibelius, Lennox Berkeley, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, William Alwyn, Gordon Crosse and Jean Françaix.   Back in 2010 Fenella met composer Gordon Crosse for the first time at a concert she gave.  One morning shortly after, there was a thud on her doormat as the post arrived and, opening the package, she discovered a Sonatina he had written for her.  It was one of the most incredible gifts she had ever received and was the starting point for this project.  The disc's title is taken from Sibelius' diaries as he was writing his Sonatina - "My childhood sky is full of stars — so many stars"

...an absolutely exquisite album... there's a lightness and quicksilver quality...both players have this featherlike quality - they treat the music with incredible tenderness and they know how to get a small, tender sound that still projects and still is capable of capturing our attention...The sound of the recording is beautiful too...
Sarah Walker and Andrew McGregor - BBC Radio 3 Record Review

...a wonderful reading, admirably balanced...The recording quality is very fine, as is the playing of both of these gifted artists...
Robert Matthew-Walker - Five Stars - Classical Source

 

 

Winner of BBC Music Magazine's 2018 Instrumental Award, Bach to the Future vol. 2 completes the 6 newly commissioned partner works to Bach's 6 Sonatas and Partitas.   Alongside the new music written for her by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sally Beamish and Adrian Sutton, the disc includes music by Bach, Ysaye, Stravinsky and Sibelius.  Huge thanks to Champs Hill for taking on the project, to Matthew Bennett and Dave Rowell for their incredible artistry and to all the composers for agreeing to write for the project and creating such incredible music.

This sequel is also impressive, both in the quality of the playing and the variety of music....she yields nothing to the finest recordings in her accuracy and passion, the recording capturing the full range of her tone in a rich but not over-resonant acoustic...
Martin Cotton - Five Stars and Instrumental Choice CD - BBC Music Magazine

...Humphreys's utter absorption and delight in all three shines forth at every turn.   A particular joy is her realisation of the contrapuntal part-writing that is such a feature of these three and the other works on the disc, carving it with a strong-toned, easy fluidity and immaculate technique.   Both volumes will be making frequent returns to my stereo.    More than that, though, the new works themselves deserve long wider performance lives beyond this beautiful beginning. 
Charlotte Gardner - Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine