Recording Of The Month: Jonathan Dove's In Damascus

Sacconi Quartet recording tops Gramophone's picks in the August edition

Jonathan Dove's In Damascus has been chosen as Recording of the Month in Gramophone’s August edition. The release features tenor Mark Padmore with the Sacconi Quartet on the moving title track, and Charles Owen joins the quartet for Dove's Piano Quintet.

In Damascus sets a translation of Syrian poet Ali Safar’s A Black Cloud in a Leaden White Sky an eloquent, thoughtful, contained yet vivid account of life in a war-torn country, which is all the more moving for its restraint.

‘Beautifully performed, it’s a very impressive insight into a distinctive composer.’ Gramophone


This month also saw the release of Dove's complete works for mezzo-soprano. Performed by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Kitty Whately and pianist Simon Lepper, Nights Not
includes settings of Ursula Vaughan Williams, Federico García Lorca, Edna St Vincent Millay and Vikram Seth.


Tickets for a newly orchestrated version of Dove’s opera Mansfield Park have just been released for the Grange Festival for 16 & 17 September. The work celebrates two significant milestones for Hampshire occurring in 2017: the 200th anniversary of the death of Austen, and the inaugural season of The Grange Festival in the heart of the county with highly entertaining musical staging of one of her best-loved novels.

Further information is available on the Grange Festival website

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