Discography

AIRS, BLUES & DANCES
James Turnbull (oboe), Libby Burgess (piano), Ensemble Perpetuo
Champs Hill Records, 2016

★★★★ “This is a beautifully played, interestingly programmed showcase of the oboe as a recital instrument.”
BBC Music Magazine

“Oboist James Turnbull and his collaborators, pianist Libby Burgess and the Ensemble Perpetuo, handle the many colours and technical challenges with ease and fluency.”
American Record Guide

“This new release is in every way as marvellous as the previous one… Pianist Libby Burgess again joins the soloist to create the magical backdrop for his instrumental equivalent of song.”
Fanfare

Released in July 2016, Airs, Blues and Dances is a recital disc featuring music by Jonathan Dove, Helen Grime, Richard Rodney Bennett, Michael Tippett, John Tavener, Judith Weir, Charlotte Bray, Anthony Powers and Joseph Phibbs. James Turnbull is joined by pianist Libby Burgess and by musicians of Ensemble Perpetuo.

Available to purchase from:
Champs Hill Records – here
Amazon – here

NOTES FROM THE ASYLUM
Clare McCaldin (mezzo-soprano), Libby Burgess (piano)
Champs Hill Records, 2016

★★★★ “A richly sung, richly imaginative recital. Valuable for McNeff’s 2013 monologue, Vivienne. McCaldin movingly portrays TS Eliot’s wife’s spiral into madness.”
BBC Music Magazine

“…beautifully shaped by McCaldin … both McCaldin and Burgess find just the right pathos.”
“This is a quite remarkable gathering together of songs that evoke so many emotions.”

The Classical Reviewer

“The performances are excellent. Clare McCaldin is superb. The voice is clear, warm … she portrays each character with sensitivity and respect… Libby Burgess plays with wonderful warmth; her playing rounds out at each character’s story.”
American Record Guide

Notes from the Asylum is an exploration of songs about female madness, inspired by the process of commissioning and performing Vivienne – the tale of TS Eliot’s first wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood – from composer Stephen McNeff.

Available to purchase from:
Champs Hill Records – here
Amazon – here

LENNOX BERKELEY: CHAMBER WORKS
Berkeley Ensemble
Resonus Classics, 2015

★★★★★ “Wit and polish: The Berkeley Ensemble do their namesake proud”
BBC Music Magazine (Chamber Choice)

“Outstanding in the exuberantly performed sequence are the expressive central adagio of the Op 19 String Trio and the 1971 Introduction and Allegro for double bass (Lachlan Radford) and piano (Libby Burgess).”
Sunday Times

Following their acclaimed debut recording (Clarion Call), the Berkeley Ensemble returns with a programme of chamber works by the British composer Lennox Berkeley, one of the two composers (father and son) after whom the group gets its name. Featuring a number of world premiere recordings, the ensemble presents a selection of works that covers most of Berkeley’s creative life from the early Francophile clarinet Sonatine written in Paris while a student of Nadia Boulanger to the inventive Introduction and Allegro for double bass and piano. Also featured are the Three solo pieces for viola and the large scale String Trio Op. 19 and Sextet, Op. 47 for clarinet, horn and string quartet, and the emotive miniature In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky.

Available to purchase from:
Resonus Classics – here
Amazon – here

THE ENGLISH OBOE: REDISCOVERED
James Turnbull (oboe), Libby Burgess (piano)
Champs Hill Records, 2013

“…There is no disputing the technical facility of James Turnbull or the warm, sensitive pianism of Libby Burgess…”
Observer

“An interesting programme, and all extremely well played.”
Albion Magazine

“These are wonderful performances of a variety of English works. The recording made in the Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, England is crystal clear.”
The Classical Reviewer

Released in March 2013, The English Oboe: Rediscovered is a new recital disc from James Turnbull, featuring repertoire from a number of English composers spanning the late nineteenth to twenty first century. James is joined by pianist Libby Burgess (for music by Rubbra, Walmisley, Longstaff and Vaughan Williams) and by flautist Matthew Featherstone and violist Dan Shilladay (for Terzetto by Holst).

Available to purchase from:
Champs Hill Records – here
Amazon – here