4BR: The 2014 ‘Player of the Year’ makes it a personal ‘double’ with the masterly recording of a quartet of iconic concertos with the National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Bramwell Tovey.
It is the second time David Childs has won the honour following his 2010 success with ‘Moto Perpetuo’ and gained 36.4% of the votes. Not surprisingly, the recording has already gained a plethora of recording awards.
David commented, "Thank you to all those who have enjoyed the disc and all those who voted for it to receive this coveted award from 4barsrest. The disc itself represents somewhat of a milestone for me; the track-list of concerti documenting both a journey for the euphonium as a solo voice, and my own personal journey as a euphonium player.
Horovitz composed the disc's first concerto, and indeed the first in our repertoire back in 1972. I remember hearing it for the first time performed by my father and the Black Dyke Mills Band and being moved to tears.
Philip Wilby composed this disc's second concerto which also has close family links. It was written for my father and later orchestrated for me to perform in the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2000, a pivotal moment in my career.
I had the privilege of giving the London premiere of the Alun Hoddinott’s Concerto for euphonium and orchestra at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC NOW in 2004. I will forever be grateful to Alun for this experience, and only wish I could have recorded his phenomenal addition to the repertoire before he passed away.
Karl Jenkins is both a close friend and the most performed living composer in the world today. I’m extremely proud to have closed this disc with the first studio recording of his Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra, particularly as in the year of the discs release he celebrated his 70th birthday.
I am delighted to share this award with the composers, the wonderful musicians of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Chandos Records, my entire family for their unstinting support, and especially my father and lifelong teacher, Robert Childs, to whom the disc is dedicated." David Childs
4BR: Richard Marshall’s excellent showcase of cornet virtuosity with ‘The Cornet Heritage Collection - Volume II was second (25.0%), with David Thornton’s outstanding ‘Sempre Libera’ in third (15.7%), whilst there were notable mentions for Sebastien Rousseau’s ‘Flight’, John Barber’s ‘Barber’ and Owen Farr’s ‘A New Dawn’ amongst others.