Vaughan Williams: Complete Works for Violin and Piano
Midori Komachi (violin), Simon Callaghan (piano)
Release on 1st July 2022
Available now as CD and streaming on all major platforms
'This excellent recording, issued on the violinist's own label, deserves wide circulation...Indeed, the booklet notes for this excellent CD are by Midori Komachi herself, beautifully and insightfully written, and containing information which is rarely encountered elsewhere....Midori Komachi is outstandingly well partnered throughout by Simon Calllaghan' - Musical Opinion
As part of Vaughan Williams’s 150th Anniversary celebrations, RVW150, this album will give listeners a full insight into the composer’s works for Violin and Piano, played by Midori Komachi and Simon Callaghan, who have performed and researched the music of 20th Century British composers to critical acclaim. Accompanying their performance will be a CD booklet including photos specially taken with the artists for this album at Leith Hill Place, Vaughan Williams’s childhood home. Additionally, based on extensive research in the manuscript archives, Komachi's liner notes in this booklet illustrate how these pieces encompass the composer's complete musical development.
Recorded at Wyastone Recording Studio, Monmouth UK, on 30th & 31st July 2021
Producer: Adrian Farmer
Editor: Simon Callaghan
This release is part of 'RVW Project' led by Midori Komachi, aiming to bring Vaughan Williams's music to a wider audience in the UK and Japan through publication, recordings film and events.
With a particular connection to Leith Hill Place, the 1st track Romance has inspired a production of a music video, which has been filmed with the artist at this location, and this will be released along with the album.
The CD will be available in both English and Japanese versions. The Japanese version will be released in August 2022
CD Launch Concert
Saturday 9th July 2022, 6:30pm
Leith Hill Place, Leith Hill Lane, Dorking RH5 6LU
A launch concert at Leith Hill Place (National Trust), Vaughan Williams’s childhood home, where Midori Komachi and Simon Callaghan will present the album with an illustrative talk about the composer’s works for violin and piano.
Celebrating the 150th Birthday of Ralph Vaughan Williams
RVW150 Gala Concert - National Trust
Wednesday 12th October, 6:30pm
Leith Hill Place
Be inspired by an intimate performance with violinist Midori Komachi and pianist Simon Callaghan performing a selection of RVW pieces.
The evening will also include ‘New Light on the Lark’ a talk by writer & broadcaster Andrew Green, which reveals the true origins of how the 'Lark Ascending' came to be written for the brilliant young violinist Marie Hall.
Also one of the first viewings of a short film celebrating the landscape which inspired both George Meredith and Vaughan Williams.
The ticket price will include a celebratory piece of birthday cake and a glass of bubbles. Additional drinks can be purchased on the night.