Programme Notes

David is a freelance classical music writer who specialises in providing notes for concert programmes and CD booklets. He has written sleeve notes for Naxos on composers ranging from Balakirev to Tavener and in addition to contributing programme notes for music festivals in Bath, Lichfield and Swansea, he regularly provides notes for those in Bury St Edmunds, Petworth, Swaledale and for the English Music Festival.

Amongst other organisations for which David regularly writes are the Apex Centre, Bury St Edmunds; Lancaster University International Concert Series and Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon.

He has provided notes for a number of distinguished solo artists including Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Isserlis and Mark Padmore, and for numerous string quartets including the Arditti, Dante, Jerusalem, Navarra, Royal and Skampa. Orchestral programme notes include the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

The note library regularly expands and the current list can be found below. If you don’t see what you are looking for, just email David who will be pleased to accept new commissions. Details of fees are available on request.

Albeniz – Busoni
Albéniz España: ‘Seis Hojas de album’
Arensky Piano Concerto in F minor
Bacewicz String Quartet No.4
Bach, C.P.E. Magnificat
Bach, J.S Brandenburg Concertos 3 & 4
Cantata BWV 131, ‘Aus der Tiefen’
Cantata BWV 170, ‘Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust’
Cello Suites (complete)
Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060
Fantasia in G (for organ), BWV 572
Goldberg Variations
Mass in B Minor
Partita No. 4, BWV 828
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion
Orchestral Suite No. 2, BWV 1067
The Well Tempered Clavier (Book One)
Bairstow Blessed City, Heavenly Salem
Balakirev Grande Fantasia on Russian Folksongs, Op. 4
Piano Concertos 1 & 2
Barber Dover Beach
String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11
Cello Sonata, Op. 6
Bartók Divertimento
String Quartets 4 & 6
Bax Piano Sonata No. 1
Beethoven Cello Sonata in A, Op. 69
Clarinet Trio in B flat, Op. 11
Mass in C
Octet in E flat, Op. 103
Piano Sonatas: Opp. 13, 31 (2 & 3), 53, 57, 101 & 109
Septet in E flat major, Op. 20
String Quartets: Opp. 18 (nos. 4 & 6), 59 (nos. 1 -3), 95, 131 & 132
Symphonies: 1 & 9
Violin Concerto
Violin Sonatas: Opp. 12 in D; 24 in F; 30 in G & 47 in A
Berg Piano Sonata
String Quartet No. 3
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Boccherini Cello Concerto in B flat
Borodin Symphony No. 2
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Fantasias, Op. 116
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
String Quartets: 1-3
String Sextets: 1-2
Bridge Phantasie Piano Quartet
Piano Trio No. 2
Three Songs with Viola
Britten A Ceremony of Carols
Rejoice in the Lamb
Sacred and Profane
St Nicolas
String Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 25
The Ballad of Little Musgrave
Bruch Eight pieces, Op. 83
Bruckner Symphony No. 7
Busoni Kammer-Fantasie über Carmen, BV 284
Carissimi – Dyson
Carissimi Jephte
Chopin Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise
Ballades 1, 3 & 4
Berceuse in D flat
Nocturnes (complete)
Piano Sonatas: 2 & 3
Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat
Copland Two Emily Dickinson Songs (‘Why do they shut me out of Heaven?’ & ‘Heart, we will forget him’)
Corelli Concerti grossi, Op. 6 (1 & 4)
Debussy Children’s Corner
L’isle joyeuse
Petite Suite
Piano Trio in G
Prelude a ‘L’après midi d’un faune’
Première Rhapsodie
Quatre chansons de jeunesse: (‘Clair de lune’, ‘Pierrot’, ‘Apparition’ & ‘Pantomime’)
String Quartet in G minor
Suite Bergamasque
Delius Seven Danish Songs
Cello Sonata
Dohnányi Sonata for Cello and Piano in B flat minor, Op. 8
Dvořák Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81
Serenade for Strings, Op. 22
String Quartets: Opp. 96, (The ‘American’) 105 & 106
Te Deum
Zigeunermelodien (Gypsy Songs), Op. 55
Duruflé Requiem
Dyson Concerto da Chiesa
Elgar – Gurney
Elgar Cello Concerto
Great is the Lord
Serenade for Strings
The Dream of Gerontius
The Music Makers
Fauré Barcarolle No.5, Op. 66
Dolly Suite
Impromptu No.5 in F sharp minor, Op.102
Nocturne No. 6 in D flat, Op. 63
Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120
Finzi Eclogue
Interlude for Oboe and String Quartet
Let us Garlands bring
Lo, the full final sacrifice
Franck Prélude, Choral et Fugue
Gabrieli Sonata Piano e Forte
In ecclesiis
Gershwin An American in Paris
Gowers Viri Galilaei (Ye men of Galilee)
Granados Valses Poeticos
Grieg Holberg Suite
Peer Gynt Suite
Gurney Ludlow and Teme
Handel – Kreisler
Handel Birthday Ode to Queen Anne
Suite No. 5 in E major HWV 43
Organ Concerto No. 13 in F, ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’
Dixit Dominus
Israel in Egypt
Nisi Dominus
Concerto Grosso in G
Harris (Roy) Symphonies: 3, 4, 5 & 6
Haydn Cello Concerto in C
Nelson Mass
Piano Sonatas in E flat (Hob XV1/52) & C major (Hob XV1/50)
Piano Trios in C (Hob XV/27) & E flat (Hob XV/29)
Symphonies: 6, 49, 85 & 104
Symphonies: 6, 85 & 104
String Quartets: Opp. 20 (2 & 3), 33 (1 & 3), 50 (1), 54 (2), 55 (3), 74 (3) & 77 (1 & 2)
The Creation
Variations in F minor, Hob. XV11/6
Henze Royal Winter Music
Holst St Paul’s Suite
The Hymn of Jesus
Howells Phantasy String Quartet, Op. 25
Ireland A Downland Suite
Concertino Pastoral
These things shall be
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Ives Variations on ‘America’
Janáček Diary of One Who Disappeared
String Quartets: 1 & 2
Kodály Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8
Korngold String Sextet
Kreisler Recitativo and Scherzo for violin solo, Op. 6
Lalo – Mussorgsky
Lalo String Quartet
Lambert The Rio Grande
Liszt Années de Pèlerinage (Book Suisse)
Les Jeux d’eau a la villa d’Este
Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod’s ‘Faust’ (S 407)
Piano Sonata in B Minor
Rhapsodie Espagnole
Three Petrarch Sonnets, (47, 104 & 123)
Variationen über das Motif von J S Bach: ‘Weinen, Klagen’, S180
Lloyd Webber Nocturne
Locatelli Cello Sonata in D Major
Lutosławski String Quartet
Mahler Symphony No. 4
Mäntyjärvi Four Shakespeare Songs
Martinů String Quartet No. 7
Mathias Ave Rex
Mendelssohn Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28
Hebrides Overture
Lobgesang (Symphony No.2)
String Symphony No. 10
String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Messiaen ‘Les Anges’ from La Nativité du Seigneur
‘Le baiser de l’enfant Jésus’ (Vingt regards)
‘Transports de Joie’ from L’Ascension
Milhaud Scaramouche
Monteverdi Vespers (1610)
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Divertimento in F, K. 138
Kegelstatt Trio, K 498
Mass in C Minor
Oboe Quartet in F, K.370
Piano Concertos in E flat (K. 271) & F (K.459)
Piano Quartet in E flat, K. 493
Piano Sonatas in A, K 331 & B flat major, K.333
Quintet for Piano and Wind, K. 452
Regina Coeli in C (K.108)
String Quartets in E flat (K. 428) & D (K. 575)
Symphonies: 29, 31 & 40
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Nielsen – Purcell
Nielsen Helios Overture
Offenbach ‘Scintille diamant’ from The Tales of Hoffman
Paganini Variations on One String on a Theme from Moses in Egypt by Rossini.
Parry Blest Pair of Sirens
Pärt Te Deum
Poulenc Clarinet Sonata
Fiançailles pour rire
Litanies a la vierge noire
Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn
Trois Pièces (Pastorale, Hymne & Toccata)
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 119
String Quartet No. 2
Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 80
Visions Fugitives
Puccini Missa di Gloria
Purcell Chacony
My Heart is Inditing
Suite from Abdelazar
Rachmaninov – Szymanowski
Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op.36 (original 1913 version)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42
Vespers (All Night Vigil)
Rameau Suite from Les Indes galantes
Ravel Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
Gaspard de la nuit
Jeux d’eau
La Valse
Ma Mère l’oye (Mother Goose Suite)
Piano Concerto in G
Piano Trio in A minor
String Quartet in F
Respighi Brazilian Impressions
Church Windows
Rossiniana – Suite for Orchestra
Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumblebee
Rossini Overtures: The Silken Ladder & The Italian Girl in Algiers
Stabat Mater
Saint-Säens Cello Concerto No. 1
Danse Macabre
‘Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix’ from Samson et Dalila
Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op. 92
Scarlatti Keyboard Sonata in A major, K. 208
Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin
Gesang der Geister über den Wassern
Octet in F major, D. 803
Piano Sonatas: in C minor (D. 958), B flat (D. 960) & G (D. 894)
Piano Trios in B flat and E flat
Rondo Brillant in B minor, D. 895
String Quartet in D minor, D. 810 (‘Death and the Maiden’)
String Quintet in C, D. 956
Symphony No. 5
Wanderer Fantasy
Schumann Arabesque in C, Op. 18
Dichterliebe, Op. 48
Kinderszenen, Op.15
Maria Stuart-Lieder, Op. 135
Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44
Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80
Waldszenen, Op.82
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht
Scriabin Piano Sonatas: 2 & 4
Shostakovich Piano Quintet
Preludes, Op. 34
String Quartets: 3, 4, 8 & 12
Sibelius Symphonies 1 & 2
Suite: Pelléas & Mélisande
Smetana String Quartet No. 1 (‘From my Life’)
Stanford For lo I raise up
Strauss Fantasie from Die Frau ohne Schatten
String Sextet from Capriccio
Till Eulenspiegel
Violin Sonata
Stravinsky Concerto in E flat
Concertino for string quartet
Dumbarton Oaks
Oedipus Rex
Scherzo à la Russe
Suite from Pulcinella
Symphony in 3 Movements
The Soldier’s Tale
Suk Meditation on ‘St Wenceslas’, Op. 35a
Szymanski Five Pieces for string quartet
Szymanowski String Quartet No. 2
Tallis – Vivaldi
Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah
Tartini Sonata in G minor (‘The Devil’s Trill’)
Tavener Ex Maria Virgine
Tchaikovsky Overture: Romeo and Juliet
Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50
Souvenir de Florence
Telemann Concerto for 3 Violins
Tippett Little Music for string orchestra
String Quartet No. 5
Triple concerto
Vasks Das Buch
Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Dona nobis pacem
Five Variants on ‘Dives & Lazarus’
Mass in G minor
On Wenlock Edge
String Quartets: 1 & 2
Ten Blake Songs
Toward the unknown region
Verdi Requiem
Villa-Lobos Alma Brasileira, Bachianas Brasileiras No.4, Impressões Seresteiras, Valsa da Dor,
Vine Inner World
Vivaldi Gloria
The Four Seasons
Flute concerto (‘La Notte’)
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Wesendonk Lieder
Walton Sonata for strings
Weber Le Spectre de La Rose
Webern Langsamer Satz
Weir Ettrick Banks
Wesley Symphony in E flat
Whitacre Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
Widor Marche Pontificale
Wieniawski Fantaisie Brillante on themes from Gounod’s Faust, Op. 20
Ysaÿe Solo Violin Sonata No. 2
Trio à cordes: ‘Le Chimay’
Zemlinsky String Quartets: 1 & 2