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cor! CC2023
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cor! CD cover
More cor anglais music: Robert & Clara Schumann Balkan Bolero CD cover Tres Francaix CD cover

(click underlined movements to hear MP3 format sound clips)
photo of Alison Teale

             Falla: Ritual Fire Dance & Pantomime
             R Valentine: Sonata no 10 in C
                   Andante - Allegro - Andante - Vivace
             Messiaen: Vocalise
             Michael Berkeley: Snake
             Ravel: Piano Concerto in G, 2nd movement
             Piazzolla: Tango 1960
             Rubbra: Duo Op 156
             Lucchetti: Rock Song no 3
             Bozza: Divertissement Op 39
             Hindemith: Sonata
                 Langsam - Allegro - Moderato -
                 Scherzo - Moderato - Allegro
             Saint-Saëns: The Swan
             Pasculli: Amelia Fantasy
             Gordon: Bebop Tango

             Total Time 76:27

The 16-page full colour CD booklet folds out to reveal a large image of a cor anglais,
as well as biographies and track notes in English.

Introduction by Alison Teale:

"I love the cor anglais. To me, it's one of the most wonderful instruments in the orchestra. My mission is to expand its repertoire, to encourage more people to explore its hidden qualities and gain as much pleasure from playing as I do.

"I've chosen a mix of music to illustrate the astonishing versatility of the cor anglais: not only its rich and beautiful melodic tones, but also its power and extraordinary agility. Some pieces, such as Luchetti's Rock Song, push the boundaries of technique. Others, like Piazzolla's Nightclub 1960, reveal the glorious upper register. And some, such as the Bebop Tango, are just plain fun."
Alison talks about the CD on YouTube here.

Alison Teale is the principal cor anglais player with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. While studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alison was appointed co-principal oboe with the Honh]=g Kong Philharmonic orchestra. In 2003 she moved to Cardiff to become the principal cor anglais player for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

In 2001 Alison won the Isle of Wight International oboe Competition, which led to here Purcell Room debut. She has performed numerous concertos for BBC Radio 3, notably Quiet City with Alison Balsam.

She enjoys giving regular masterclasses, performing solo and chamber music recitals, and the additional variety that comes from freelance work. Alison is oboe professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Alison's website is alisonteale.com.

Pianist Elizabeth Burley performs, records and broadcasts widely in several different roles: chamber musician, orchestral pianist, soloist and accompanist. She has worked with some of the world's leading orchestras - notably the BBC Sympnony Orchestra, where she has collaborated with many of the most influential modern composers, inclding Boulez, Berio, Knussen, Adams and Maxwell Davies.

Elizabeth is a professor at the Royal College of Music.

Media Comment
"It took a while to pluck up the courage to listen to a CD devoted to music for solo cor anglais... I'm glad I did. Alison Teale is a virtuosic advocate for an instrument you don't often hear outside an orchestral context. But music of this variety, played as brilliantly as this, will always delight." Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

"On this disc Alison Teale succeeds admirably in conveying the multifaceted personality of the cor anglais. But the recital is far more than admirable, it is at times entrancing. If you've ever been curious about what the cor anglais can do, then do buy the disc." Planet Hugill - Classical Music blog from Robert Hugill. You can read the whole review here.

"Alison Teale proves herself a virtuoso of the cor anglais in terms of both excitement and poetry. This disc should win new friends and future champions for the instrument." Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International. You can read the whole review here.

"A hypnotic account of Messiaen's Vocalise, the spicy sound palette of Falla's El amor Brujo, and a luscious pas de deux with pianist Elizabeth Burley in the slow movement of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G showcase the BBCSO principal's entrancing sound, while Lucchetti's Rock song no 3 takes takes the instrument into new territory." Phillip Sommerich, Classical Music Magazine

"Luchetti's Rock Song No 3, coming as it does between the gentle Rubbra Duo and Bozza's charming Divertissement, really highlights the difference between what is 'expected' from the cor anglais and the virtuoso pyrotechnics of which, in the right hands, it is capable." Christine Pendrill (cor anglais, London Symphony Orchestra), Double Reed News

Listener Comment
"When an artist of the calibre of Alison Teale dedicates herself to the cor anglais, it quickly becomes one of the most beguiling and magical instruments you can hear. The repertoire on this simply gorgeous disc is so enjoyable and so beautifully played that I will donate one to my student's collection in my studio in Germany to show them how it should be done! Essential listening." Nicholas Daniel

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