Coleridge-Taylor - Nonet, Piano Trio, Piano Quintet | Chandos CHAN20242

Coleridge-Taylor - Nonet, Piano Trio, Piano Quintet

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN20242

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 3rd June 2022



Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is best known for his cantata Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, which brought him international success as well as propelling his career at home in the UK – success which was remarkable in stuffy late-Victorian England because of his mixed race and humble origins. Born out of wedlock to Daniel Taylor, a medical student from Sierra Leone, and Alice Holmans, Samuel was brought up by his mother and step-father, George Evans, a railway worker, in Croydon, south London.

The three pieces recorded here were all composed during his time as a student at the Royal College of Music. They were destined to remain unpublished during his lifetime, and indeed for some ninety years following his untimely death from pneumonia at the age of only thirty-seven.

Performing editions were eventually prepared from the surviving manuscripts – which had remained in the RCM’s archive – in the early 2000s, offering modern performers and audiences the chance for the first time to savour exactly how precocious the creative talents of the teenage Coleridge-Taylor had been. The Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective has consulted the manuscripts and corrected numerous inaccuracies in these editions.

Described by The Arts Desk as ‘a sparky, shape-shifting ensemble of starry young musicians’, the Collective has been thrilling audiences with its charismatic programming and outstanding musicianship.

‘Judging by their passionate performances, this British team clearly feels utterly at home in this repertoire... there are moments of genuine beauty here.’ – BBC Music (American Quintets, CHAN20224)

‘The recording is a delight from beginning to end’ – (American Quintets, CHAN20224)


The two larger works here, the Nonet and the Quintet, burst with confidence and freshness. Coleridge-Taylor may have imbibed the examples of Brahms and Schumann from his teacher, Stanford, but there is a notable individuality to his themes, harmonies and developmental gambits. ... The Kaleidoscope players coalesce around the husband-and-wife duo of Elena Urioste and Tom Poster, and with musicians of the calibre of cornist Ben Goldscheider and cellist Laura van der Heijden, the performances match the assurance and spirit of the music.  David Threasher
Gramophone July 2022
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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