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Mendelssohn “Scottish” and “Italian” Symphonies
Apollo Chamber Orchestra, David Chernaik conductor
Meridian Records CDE 84261

"The dynamic young American conductor, David Chernaik, gives performances of these two symphonies which in their freshness and vitality are second to none." The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

"...marvellous sound...the playing is consistently fine...the finale was brilliantly articulated" BBC Music Magazine

An excellent live recording of these two popular and contrasting works.

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Jim Parker Concerto for Clarinet & Strings
Betjeman’s London
Oscar Wilde-Symphony in Yellow
Music by Gershwin & Bud Powell Apollo Chamber Orchestra with Poems on the Underground

Meridian Records CDE 84396


"Chernaik and the Apollo Chamber Orchestra are fluid and fluent throughout" Gramophone

The popular BAFTA award-winning composer Jim Parker wrote his Clarinet Concerto for Ian Herbert and the ACO, and the result is a lyrical and tuneful delight. The ACO are joined by Poems on the Underground readers Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert for musical settings of Betjeman and Oscar Wilde.  

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Meridian Records


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Sempre Amor
Portuguese Love Songs from the Romantic Age
Lorna Anderson, soprano
Apollo Chamber Players
London Independent Records LIR002

“A charming and unusual disc…In Anderson they have a singer with a delightfully warm, evenly produced voice, smilingly engaged, technically assured…The Apollo Chamber Players (with Chernaik as cellist and director) give stylish support, and the recorded balance with the voice is ideal.” Gramophone

A delightful collection of Portuguese Modinhas discovered and arranged by David Chernaik. These beautiful songs are rarely heard, and are here brought to life in ravishing performances.

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The Carnival of the Animals
With new poems commissioned by Poems on the Underground. Illustrations by Satoshi Kitamura.
Apollo Chamber Players, Musical Director David Chernaik

A music CD and beautifully illustrated picture book based on one of the most famous pieces of music for children. An exciting new project which will enchant children and adults of all ages.

“Many of us who will have had our earliest introduction to classical music through hearing Saint-Saëns' work for children. This new interpretation is a delightful package which brings together 11 newly commissioned poems by the likes of James Berry, Valerie Bloom, Kit Wright and Wendy Cope. Who better to bring the animals gloriously to life than the inimitable Kitamura? Just when you think things can't get any better, Walker includes a CD containing the poems and the music itself performed by the Apollo Chamber Players. A must-have for every home and school.”

Publishing News

"This beautifully produced book with accompanying CD was the idea of the Poems on the Underground team — Gerard Benson, Judith Chernaik and Ciciely Herbert who also read the poems; and the idea is inspired.  They asked 13 contemporary poets to write a poem for each animal in Saint-Saëns' musical Carnival and the brilliant Satoshi Kitamura is the illustrator.  Not only that, but the Apollo Chamber Players provide a fresh and immediate performance of the music interspersed with readings of the poems…

Either book or CD can be enjoyed alone , but together the music, poetry and illustrations work in beautiful harmony to allow a deeper contemplation and enjoyment of all three elements.  Stunning."

Papertigers.org (4 stars)


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Candlewick Press


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