NEW RECORDINGS Dan Styffe (Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra) has recorded two works from our catalogue for contra classics (www.contraclassics.com), available now as downloads. RM753 Simon Garcia - Three Dances for unaccompanied double bass RM769 Bernard Salles - Two for Three for cello & double bass with Oystein Birkeland
In December 2016 Dan Styffe recorded John Alexander's the intelligent hand for unaccompanied double bass (RM497) for Prima Facie Records.
Venezuelan bassist Diego Zecharies, now resident in Spain, has recorded a number of Recital Music publications including Di-Ba-Dum (Teppo Hauta-aho), The Transience of Life (Simon Garcia), Concertino No.1 (Simon Garcia), Californian Duett (Simon Garcia) and The Origins (Simon Garcia). The programme notes for the CD have been written by David Heyes.
YOUNG COMPOSERS COMPETITION Recital Music recently launched a competition aimed at school age composers living or studying in Great Britain. Organised as part of the Wells Double Bass Weekend (22-23 September), the competition includes two categories (up to age 14 / 15-18 years) and asks composers to write a work for unaccompanied double bass lasting no more than 3 minutes. A minimum of five pieces will be selected for performance on Sunday 23 September, each successful composer receiving £25, with the overall winner, selected on the day by the audience, receiving a further £25. David Heyes (UK/Director), Emma Sullivan (Australia) and May Halyburton (Scotland) will judge the preliminary round. There is no entry fee and the deadline is 1 August 2018. Please contact Recital Music (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
2017 - A REMARKABLE YEAR 2017 was an exceptional year for David Heyes, founder of Recital Music, with performances of his music in many countries, the release of his CD ’No Man’s Land’ by Prima Facie Records, culminating in becoming a D’Addario Performance Artist - only the 61st classical double bassist to be selected. In 2017 David’s music was played in Britain, America, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Malta, Australia and Brazil, to name but a few, taking the tally to 15 countries in four years.
‘No Man’s Land’ features 11 works for double bass and 2 songs for soprano and piano, including a number of works inspired by the centenary of the start of the First World War, and was released in December 2017. In February David was a Featured Composer at Galicia Graves Competition & Festival in Spain and returns as a guest soloist and tutor in March 2018. In July he recorded works by Teppo Hauta-aho in Oslo, also for Prima Facie Records, alongside several of his own pieces for the CD ‘Typically Teppo’ which will be released in 2018.
David’s final composition of 2017 was ‘I Saw a Stable’ for unaccompanied female choir. Composed on Christmas Eve, setting words by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, it is dedicated to Dorothy Moore who was one of his school music teachers in the late 1970s and in 2018 they celebrate a 40 year friendship. ‘The Last Poppy’ received its Japanese premiere on 7 January 2018, taking the country tally to 16 countries to date, and France and Italy take the number to 18 countries with territoral premieres in July.