New Joseph Tong CD: ‘Works for Violin and Piano’

Joseph Tong, pioan and Fenella Humphreys, violin credit Dave Rowell

We are delighted to announce that pianist, Joseph Tong and violinist, Fenella Humphreys have recorded a new album of works by Sibelius for Violin and Piano.

‘Works for Violin and Piano’ will be released on the Resonus Classics label on 7 January 2022.

‘Fenella Humphreys’s playing is a genuine revelation in the way it brings out the music’s dark and introspective qualities’        BBC Music Magazine

‘Tong’s readings intelligently balance impulse and discipline, offering wide tonal variety, but never at the expense of textural clarity’  The Sunday Times

This CD celebrates Sibelius’ dominance in the history of Finnish music. This release follows two other recordings by Joseph Tong on Quartz label which were received with critical acclaim, plus several concerts in Finland including a recital at Ainola on the composer’s original Steinway grand piano and The Sibelius Museum in Turku.

Biographies

Joseph Tong enjoys a busy and varied career as soloist, duo pianist, chamber musician, writer, teacher and adjudicator. Joseph made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1997 as winner of the Maisie Lewis Young Artists Award and gives regular recitals throughout the UK and abroad. 

Joseph Tong has a keen interest in contemporary music and has given premieres of new works in his piano duo with Waka Hasegawa, Piano 4 Hands, by composers including Dai Fujikura, Nicola LeFanu, Robert Keeley, Jonathan Powell, David Matthews, Edwin Roxburgh and the late John McCabe. Piano 4 Hands has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room on the South Bank and the Cheltenham Music Festival as well as in the USA, Germany and Japan. As soloist, he gave the premiere of ‘The Gate of Dawn’by Cydonie Banting at the 2018 Presteigne Festival and the chamber ensemble premiere of ‘Dolly Shot’ by Gareth Moorcraft as well as working with the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür. Joseph is now commissioning a new set of pieces from David Matthews, inspired by British trees, to be performed at the Three Choirs Festival in July 2022, in a recital shared with Fenella Humphreys. Joseph is also performing a solo Wigmore Hall recital next autumn.


Fenella Humphreys, winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, has won critical admiration and audience acclaim with the grace and intensity of her playing.

Described in the press as “unforgettable” and “a wonder”, Fenella is one of the UK’s most established and versatile violinists. She enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work, performing in prestigious venues around the world. She is frequently broadcast on the BBC, Classic FM, Scala Radio and international radio stations.

Fenella performs widely as a soloist. Her most recent album of Sibelius’ solo works with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and George Vass on Resonus has been featured in BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library, and was Album of the Week on Scala Radio. BBC Music Magazine has written of the recording: “Humphreys offers searching and beautifully focused lyrical expression, laser-like accuracy of tuning (in the double-stopped passages remarkably so), plus wonderful tawny-brown sonority.”

‘this repertoire has been criminally ignored: where the concerto/symphonies/tone poems have been performed to death, there are very few recordings of the violin/piano works’     Fenella Humphreys. Over the past decade Fenella has captured international attention by applying spellbinding virtuosity and depth of emotion to a strikingly broad range of compositions. Her Bach 2 the Future albums, the second of which won the coveted BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, combined newly commissioned works with two of Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas and other repertoire landmarks. She has given the first performances of scores by, among others, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sally Beamish, Gordon Crosse, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Freya Waley-Cohen and Adrian Sutton.

Fenella is grateful for the support of the Royal Philharmonic Society, Harriet’s Trust and Arts Council England for their support to keep making music during the Covid Pandemic.

Further information/ Press kit on Joseph Tong can be found at

Joseph Tong: Piano – (polyphonyarts.com)

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