With Other Featured Artists
Christa Ludwig and Beverly Sills - Schubert, Sheperd on the Rock.
Jacqueline du Pré and Daniel Barenboim - Beethoven, Trio Op. 11 in E flat.
Eric Gruenberg, William Pleeth and Michel Béroff - Messaien, Quartet for the End of Time.
Gerald Moore - Weber Variations, Op.33. Weber Concerto No.1, Concertino; Rossini Introduction, Theme and Variations
(New Philarmonia/Fruhbeck de Burgos).
Conducting the LSO Wind Ensemble: Strauss, Sonatina, Suite for Winds.
André Previn - George Gershwin, Rhapsody In Blue - Concerto En Fa - Un Américain A Paris
Benjamin Britten - Britten Conducts Britten - Various
The concept embodied by Radiant Mastery is to offer not only favorites but also novelties that are a real treasure trove for music lovers.
This is demonstrated clearly in each of the “De Peyer Delights” and “Concert Delights” with pianist Gwenneth Pryor. A special feature is the quality of artistic collaboration between these two artists developed over thirty years of concert giving.
Other programs include two live performances with great favorites - “Birthday Celebration” and the Milan concert.
THE BEST DELIGHTS - (GDP 1009)
A compilation of titles taken from the Delights Collection. This new album offers Gervase's favorites and serves to introduce the listener to a variety of composers rarely heard compositions, each title is an exquisite mini master piece, the program as a whole is a truly unique listening experience.
DE PEYER DELIGHTS - (GDP 1001 and GDP 1002)
Music both magical and famous such as Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, Fauré’s Après un Rêve and Benjamin’s Jamaican Rumba, have as rare neighbours : Germaine Taillefere’s Arabesque, a new version of Warlock’s Pied-en-l’air by Joseph Horovitz and Leo Weiner’s brilliant and brooding Peregi Verbunk-Czardas and many others for your enjoyment.
“On each disc the pieces are grouped in fours, fives or sixes under descriptive titles, and the overall effect is delightful.” Andrew Smith, CASS Magazine (Clarinet & Saxophone Society Magazine)
“The playing has the spontaneity and panache that you would expect of de Peyer, and his sound is especially open and flexible. Gwenneth Pryor is no less characterful and inspiring.” Andrew Smith, CASS Magazine
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - (GDP 1003)
(de Peyer’s 70th birthday) at the Wigmore Hall, includes both Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets with a star studded cast of performers.
“Gervase de Peyer’s interpretations display deep insight and a wonderful freedom afforded by his many years of performing these masterpieces. Joining him here are two members of the legendary Amadeus Quartet, Norbert Brainin and Martin Lovett. CASS Magazine.
ENGLISH LILT WITH IRISH TILT - (GDP 1004)
The Anglo Irish program with the pianist Gwenneth Pryor, includes Sonatas by Charles Villiers Stanford and Arnold Bax. Four Characteristic Pieces by William Hurlstone and Arthur Benjamin’s Tombeau de Ravel. In this last work the composer who studied with C.V.Stanford asked Mr. De Peyer to arrange the original viola part for clarinet when it became clear that the intended first performer, William Primrose was becoming too deaf to perform it. Mr. de Peyer made the first recording of this work in the nineteen fifties.
“The rapport between these artists is one of the many features of the disc: Gervase de Peyer’s fluidity and subtlety of phrasing is exactly mirrored by Gwenneth Pryor. CASS Magazine.
“The Bax Sonata comes to seem one of its finest chamber works, especially in such a refined and sympathetic interpretation as this.” Calum MacDonald TEMPO Quaterly Review.
GERVASE DE PEYER I AMICI ITALIANI - (GDP 1005)
A Performance recorded in Milan includes an unusual program with Mendelssohn; Bernhard Crusell; Carl Bärman; Francis Poulenc; Ponchielli for two clarinets and piano. The performance involves Mr. de Peyer’s most gifted Italian pupil Vincenzo Perrone and the remarkable Italian prodigy pianist Carlo Balzaretti. Mr. Balzaretti was recently invited to join Mr. de Peyer’s Melos Sinfonia at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
This is terrific entertainment music, displaying thrilling coloratura in the top register, and blazing virtuosity all round in the finale.”
ILLUMINATIONS - (GDP 1006)
MerGer is a blending of Merv and Gervase de Peyer’s talents and skills.
Merv has produced for his father a merging of musical styles ranging from contemporary jazz to classical. Using all the resources of state-of-the-art electronic equipment, Merv keeps the listeners guessing throughout the program whether the music is produced electronically or by live musicians.
“Illuminations” is an extraordinary collaboration between Gervase de Peyer and his son Merv. Like a seasoned Jazz singer, De Peyer can inflect the tone with colour and vibrato, and the rythms and phrasing sound fluid and effortless.
DE PEYER CONCERT DELIGHTS - (GDP 1007)
The seven works in this “Delights” program are each substantial enough to be chosen as a significant part of concert programs. Some such as Bartok’s Roumanian Dances and Lutoslawski’s Dance Préludes have movements that are no longer than many pieces on CD’s No. 1001 or 1002 - De Peyer Delights. Others such as Diversions on a Familiar Theme by Joseph Horovitz and Martinu’s Sonatina are continuous works.
“De Peyer is superbly partnered as ever by Gwenneth Pryor...The listener is
During Gervase de Peyer's career he has recorded a great deal of the most valued repertoire for clarinet. Sharing the stage and recording studio with many of the most distinguished musicians of the twentieth century. These include Jacqueline du Pré, Daniel Barenboim, Alfred Brendal, Andre Previn, Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir Colin Davis, Simon Rattle and Lord Yehudi Menuhin to name but a few. Below is a selected discography of records, most of which are available to purchase from numerous on-line record stores.
Four recital discs with Gwenneth Pryor :
Chan 8506 - Schubert, Arpegionne Sonata; Schumann Fantasy Pieces, Romances; Weber Variations.
Chan 8563 - Brahms, Two Sonatas, Op. 120.
Chan 8526 - Saint Saens and Poulenc, Sonatas; Debussy, Première Rhapsody; works by Schmitt, Ravel, Debussy and Pierné.
Chan 8549 - Finzi, Bagatelles; Ireland, Fantasy-Sonatina; Horovitz, Arnold, Sonatinas; works by Richardson and Harvey.
Reviews include :
“ ..I find this disc an unqualified delight, sensitive, robust, lyrical. Gervase de Peyer is one of the greatest instrumentalist alive.” Fanfare U.S.A
"...You are swept along by the energy and expressive power of the playing.” CASS Magazine
Recordings Since 1980
Music Masters (with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center).
Francis Poulenc, Complete Chamber Music for Winds
New York Virtuosi/Kenneth Klein,Collins
Aron Copland, Concerto.
(Some of these recordings are out of print. Many of the Melos Ensemble have been re-issued on CDs by EMI.)
During twenty years with the Chamber Music Society of The Lincoln Center, Mr. de Peyer helped originate and assist with the creation of their recording program and also the annual touring program, developed in conjunction with Columbia Artist Management.
For Various Labels
Hoddinott, Sonata (with Eric Harrison).
Ireland, Fantasy Sonata, Sextet (with the Melos Ensemble).
Debussy, Première Raphsody (NPO/Boulez).
Hoddinot, Concerto (LSO/Atherton).
Copland, Concerto ; Crusell, Concertino No. 2
(London Mozart Players/Bernard).
Musgrave, Concerto (LSO/Del Mar).
Mozart, Quintet (with Amadeus Quintet).
Mathias, Concerto (New Philarmonia/Atherton).
Arnold, Milhaud, Ligetti, Ibert and Barber, Quintets
(with Tuckwell Wind Quintet)
Beethoven, Duo No.1 for Clarinet and Bassoon (William Waterhouse, bassoon).
Mr de Peyer, co-founder of The Melos Ensemble of London, was in charge of its very extensive recording program in the 60's and 70's for EMI (His Masters Voice), many of theses recordings are still available.
The EMI (HMV) Recordings
With the Melos Ensemble:
Mozart, Brahms Weber and Bliss Quintets.
Mozart and Beethoven, Piano and Wind Quintets.
Schubert, Octet; Beethoven, Septet and Octet for Winds.
Schumann, Fairy Tales, Fantasy Pieces.
Berwald, Septet; Nielsen, Wind Quintet.
Ravel, Introduction and Allegro.
Françaix, Divertissement; Poulenc, Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon.
Bartok, Milhaud and Khatchaturian, Trios.
Prokofiev, Overture on Hebrew Theme.
Janáçek, Concertino, Mladi (Melos Ensemble).
John Ireland, Sextet, Trios, Sonatas
The Early Recordings for Decca
Mozart, Concerto (LSO/Collins); (LSO/Maag)
Weber, Quintet; Mozart Trio (Melos Ensemble);
Weber, Concerto No.2; Spohr, Concerto No.1 (LSO Colin Davis)
Recital: Weber, Grand Duo Concertant; Schmitt, Andantino; Debussy, Petite Pièce; Horovitz, Two Majorcan Pieces; Benjamin, Le Tombeau de Ravel; Martinu, Sonatina (with Cyril Preedy)
Ravel, Introduction and Allegro (Melos Ensemble)
A specially produced compilation album is now available to buy from our store, featuring titles from the Radiant Mastery recordings. These pieces were selected by Gervase himself and represent his favourite titles from this critically acclaimed collection. You are invited to use our music player to preview some of these recordings and/or use the link and purchase them from our on-line music store.
Radiant Mastery collection
Other recordings since 1980
For various labels - 1960 to 1979
The EMI (HMV) recordings - 1963 to 1973
Gervase de Peyer with other featured artists
The Early Recordings for Decca 1950s -1962