New disc with Callum Smart

Callum Smart and I have a new disc out called Transatlantic, with Orchid Classics. Lockdown played its part in presenting us with the time finalise the programme, rehearse and record, though we’d already been talking about the project for some time. Callum wrote the following, which eloquently sums up the repertoire choices:

“This album is a musical selection from the past to present day of the two countries I have lived in, America and England. The programme was born out of the COVID-19 quarantine, and offered me a chance for both outward discovery and inward reflection. It combines music that’s part of my heritage and that I grew up listening to, as well as music I discovered anew but already felt some intrinsic connection to. My programming decisions were purely instinctive, based on music I am deeply in love with, from the two places I call home.”

Elgar : Violin Sonata
Beach : Romance
Kate Whitley : Three pieces for violin and piano
Coleridge-Taylor : Romance
John Adams : Road Movies
Traditional : Amazing Grace (arr. Smart)

It’s been reviewed here (Karine Hetherington, Art Muse London), here (Philip R Buttall, Music Web International) and here (Norman Lebrecht, Album of the Week, La Scena Musicale).