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Love's Philosophy

Love's Philosophy

Knowles, B:

Guitar Concerto 'Visiones de Andalucia'

Orchestra of Opera North, David Angus

Poco Rondo for solo guitar

Eight Songs from Poetry Serenade

James Gilchrist (tenor)

'A Fond Farewell' for guitar & orchestra

Orchestra of Opera North, David Angus

Craig Ogden (guitar)

Read our exclusive interview with Brian Knowles here.

Craig Ogden is one of the great guitarists of our time, and has been a regular fixture in the UK Classical Charts with his albums being among the best- selling classical releases of the year. He is a firm favourite with Classic FM listeners, and this new album will be eagerly awaited by them.

Belfast-born composer Brian Knowles’ concerto written for his guitarist son is infused with Spanish traditional music and atmosphere, and is beautifully written for guitar. Fans of Rodrigo’s famous concerto will immediately be attracted to this new concerto, which also contains a slow movement that has an ability to stay in the listener’s head long after the music has stopped! 'Poco Rondo' was written for Craig, and is a virtuosic solo work that displays his artistry superbly. The 'Eight Songs' for tenor and guitar are settings of Shakespeare, Shelley, Burns, de la Mare and Byron and are sung by James Gilchrist.

Brian Knowles studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1970 he formed the group ‘Saffron’. Brian subsequently became Musical Director of concerts worldwide for Roger Whittaker, many of his songs being performed and recorded by both Saffron and Whittaker. In 2002 Brian’s anthem ‘Jubilee Tribute’ was composed and performed especially for HRH The Queen at the Service of Remembrance and was broadcast worldwide from the Royal Albert Hall.

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Craig Ogden: The Guitarist

Craig Ogden: The Guitarist

1. Memories Of Alhambra

2. Ashokan Farewell

3. Moonlight Sonata

4. Canon In D Major

5. Clair De Lune

6. Hallelujah

7. Scarborough Fair

8. Pirates Of The Caribbean – Theme

9. Le Onde

10. Siciliana

11. Romance No. 1

12. Simple Seranade

13. Lough Caragh

14. If She Loves Me Not

15. Chrysalis

16. Birds Flew Over The Spire

17. Romance No. 2

18. Canarios

19. Rondo Rodeo

20. Waltzing Matilda

Craig Ogden (guitar)

Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. He’s become known as the Classical Jack Johnson through his laid back, effortless, naturally brilliant approach to playing guitar.His new album, ‘The Guitarist’, follows up the phenomenal success of Classic FM’s guitar series, and is released 5th July.

Craig is the popular choice with Classic FM listeners, and in true ‘Listener’s Power’ mode, the album comprises brand new arrangements of the most voted for tracks, as featured in Classic FM’s ‘Hall of Fame’. Beautiful interpretations of much-loved piano pieces, bringing his own unique sound to some of the most popular and loved tunes, include, Ashokan Farewell, Clair de Lune, Moonlight Sonata, Canon in D to name but a few, as well as a number of brand new compositions.

Craig Ogden studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen and in 2004 he was honoured by the Royal Northern College of Music with a Fellowship in recognition of his achievements. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received this award from the RNCM.

He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at the major London venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican and collaborates regularly with many of the UK's top artists and ensembles.

Craig Ogden is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Classic FM have dubbed The Guitarist, ‘summer in a CD’. Not since John Williams has a guitar player been so eagerly awaited, and as the most popular instrument played by children and adults around the world, Craig is bringing guitar classics to the masses with this stunning album.




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Britten & Dowland - Lute Songs

Britten & Dowland - Lute Songs


Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70

guitar solo by Craig Ogden


Unquiet thoughts

Say love if ever thou didst find

Sorrow, stay

Away with these self-loving lads

Fantasia No. 7 from A Varietie of Lute Lessons

Come away, come, sweet love

Sleep, wayward thoughts

Come heavy sleep

Flow my teares (Lacrimæ)

I must complain

If my complaints could passions move

Captain Digorie Pipers Galliard

What if I never speed?

To ask for all thy love

Now, O now, I needs must part

In darkness let me dwell

Mark Padmore (tenor) & Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

“Padmore provides context by singing Dowland's original song before Craig Ogden steals in, alert to the Nocturnal's every nuance, and with a palette of colours both caressing and disquieting. Completing the frame, 'Flow my Tears' is beautifully inflected, though finer still is 'In Darkness let me Dwell' where in the final bars Padmore's enrapt engagement seems to conjure up the very chill of death.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2008 ****

“Mark Padmore again shows why he is one of today's finest tenors. The quicker songs, like "Away with these self-loving lads", gain in clarity from a semi-declamatory approach, while the slower are eerily viol-like.” Gramophone Magazine, Janurary 2008

“A simply brilliant disc. I can’t praise it enough. A bronze Liz Kenny should be on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square, in my opinion” Early Music Today

“Since Emma Kirkby’s first recording in the late-1970s, we have known what to expect from Dowland’s lute songs. Some fine discs have followed, but not until Mark Padmore and Elizabeth Kenny’s new release has there been one as radical in its potential impact on our understanding of the music. With tonal purity intact, voice and lute add subtle decoration, rhythmic fluidity, drama and rich poetic sensibility to these songs” The Independent on Sunday

“... extraordinary diction and whispering chamber-like intimacy … [Mark Padmore] joy in conveying the emotional core of each situation” Gramophone Magazine

Building a Library

Top recommendation - Dowland Songs - January 2013

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The English Song Series Volume 1 - Walton

The English Song Series Volume 1 - Walton


Anon in Love for tenor and guitar

Façade (excerpts)

A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table

Felicity Lott (soprano), Martyn Hill (tenor), Craig Ogden (guitar), Graham Johnson (piano)

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Sir Michael Tippett - Songs

Sir Michael Tippett - Songs



The Heart's Assurance

Boyhood's End

Songs For Achilles

Songs For Ariel

Sweeter than roses

Purcell realisation

The fatal hour comes on apace

Purcell realisation

Mad Bess (From silent shades)

Purcell realisation

An Epithalamium (A Wedding Song)

Purcell realisation

If music be the food of love

Purcell realisations by Michael Tippett and Walter Bergman

Martyn Hill (tenor), Andrew Ball (piano), Craig Ogden (guitar)

'As the fullest representation at Tippett's solo vocal music in the catalogue this disc is a must, both for devotees of the composer and for collectors of English song' (BBC Music Magazine)

“The two longest works – the cantata Boyhood'sEnd and song cycle The Heart's Assurance – challenge the musicianship and sensitivity of both singer and pianist alike. Boyhood's End (1943), a setting of prose that's never prosaic, shows the ecstasy of Midsummer Marriage to be already within the system, and the profusion of notes has to be mastered so that the dance shall seem as delicate and natural as graceful improvisation.
In The Heart's Assurance (1951) the spirit's similar, although the technical accomplishment of all concerned, composer and performers, is heightened. For the singer, in addition to the quite fearsome difficulties of pitch and rhythm, there's also likely to be some problem of tessitura, particularly in the third of the songs, 'Compassion'.
For the pianist, concentration has to be divided between the virtuoso writing of his own part and responsiveness to the singer, his notes, words and expression. Martyn Hill and Andrew Ball are wonderfully at one in all this, and the balancing of voice and piano has been finely achieved. The Songs for Achilles, with guitar, also convey a real sense of ardent improvisation, and the voice rings out freely. The Songs for Ariel here work their natural magic. Tippett's affinities with Purcell are felt at one time or another in most of these compositions, starting with the opening of the programme, the setting of Shelley's Sleep. The disc was issued to mark the composer's 90th birthday, and serves as a touching and eloquent tribute.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Walton - Chamber Music

Walton - Chamber Music


Valse from Façade

Passacaglia for solo cello

Violin Sonata

Piano Quartet

Anon in Love for tenor and guitar

John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Craig Ogden (guitar)

“This excellent Hyperion issue brings together a wide-ranging group of Walton's chamber works, from his earliest major work, the Piano Quartet, originally written when he was 16, to his last instrumental piece, the Passacaglia, which he composed for Rostropovich when he was nearly 80. As a substantial bonus there's the little song cycle for tenor and guitar, Anon in Love, as well as the two shorter pieces.
Helped by a spacious recording, the extra lightness and clarity brings an element of fantasy into such a movement as the Scherzo of the Piano Quartet and an extra tenderness into the lovely slow movement. Nowhere else does Walton so enthusiastically use modal thematic material, starting with the mysterious opening theme, which the Nash players take very reflectively at a speed much slower than the movement's main tempo, Allegramente. It's an astonishingly confident work for so young a composer, with adventurous writing for the strings that belies the fact that Walton was no string-player.
The Violin Sonata, a more elusive work, long underestimated, is given an equally persuasive performance, with Marianne Thorsen, accompanied by Ian Brown, freely expressive. John Mark Ainsley is totally undaunted by the taxing vocal writing of Anon in Love, originally designed for Peter Pears. And Craig Ogden is an ideal accompanist, totally idiomatic, adding sparkle to the vigorous songs in this offbeat collection.
Though Ian Brown gives a slightly sluggish account of Façade's 'Valse' – in the awkward piano transcription ascribed to Walton himself – cellist Paul Watkins crowns the disc with a fine reading of the solo Passacaglia.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“a powerful account of the Passacaglia for solo cello by Paul Watkins.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2002

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Craig Ogden: Summertime (Deluxe)

Craig Ogden: Summertime (Deluxe)

Craig Ogden (guitar)

In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, Classic FM are re-releasing Summertime by Craig Ogden, their most successful solo guitar album to date. Summertime was originally released in 2011, and reached no.1 on the classical chart, holding this place for 3 impressive weeks.

Summertime: Deluxe features the best classical guitar music the world has to offer, from classics such as Albeniz’s Granada and Myers’ Cavatina alongside moderns including Gershwin’s Summertime and Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission with a lovely balance of solo and guitar with string quartet renditions.

This new version for 2017 also includes 3 very special bonus tracks, a beautiful piece by Classic FM presenter John Brunning, and brand new composition by Classic FM Composer-in-Residence Debbie Wiseman and personal favourite cover a solo piece by Agustin Barrios.

These additional tracks definitely give a little extra added bonus to an already beautiful album.

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Craig Ogden (guitar), Jeremy Isaac (violin), Jonn Mills (violin), Julia O'Riordan (viola), Bozidar Vukotic (cello), Tippett Quartet (string quartet), Andrew Storey (violin), Abigail Fenna (viola), Jon Ayling (cello), Sali-Wyn Ryan (violin)

Tippett Quartet, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Sachio Fujioka

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Classic FM Hall Of Fame The Silver Edition

Classic FM Hall Of Fame The Silver Edition

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano), Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus (chorus), Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Herman Krebbers (violin), Léopold Simoneau (tenor), René Bianco (baritone), Nicola Benedetti (violin), Vesselin Gellev (leader), Christopher Warren-Green (violin), Zoltán Kocsis (piano), Craig Ogden (guitar), Jenny Sacha (strings), Kerenza Peacock (strings), Bryony James (strings), Naomi Rump (strings), Emma Johnson (clarinet), Alexei Grynyuk (piano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Alisa Weilerstein (cello), John Birch (organ), Olli Mustonen (piano), Peter Hurford (organ), Janine Jansen (violin), Liz Kenny (theorbo), Jan Jansen (harpsichord), Stacey Watton (double bass), Maarten Jansen (cello), Julian Rachlin (viola), Candida Thompson (violin), Henk Rubingh (violin), Cristina Ortiz (piano), Julia Fischer (violin), Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Carlos Bonell (guitar), Valentina Lisitsa (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Les Solistes Romands, Les Solistes Romands, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, , André Previn, Kurt Masur, David Zinman, Sir Neville Marriner, Arpad Gérecz, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jean Fournet, Stephen Layton, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Andrew Litton, Karl Münchinger, Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Chailly, Kirill Karabits, Raymo

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Juan Diego Flórez: Italia

Juan Diego Flórez: Italia


La nova gelosia


La canzone dell'amore

Parlami d'amore Mariù

Craig Ogden (guitar)


O sole mio

Curtis, E:

Torna a Surriento

Non ti scordar di me


Vaghissima sembianza


Me voglio fa'na casa


Musica proibita


Chitarra Romana


Mattinata - 'L'aurora di bianco vestita'


Nel blu, dipinto di blu


Arrivederci Roma


Mi lagnerò tacendo

Soirées musicales: La Danza



L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Juan Diego Flórez (tenor), Avi Avital (mandolin), Ksenija Sidorova (accordion)

Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini, Carlo Tenan

Juan Diego Flórez talks to Presto's Katherine Cooper about Italia! here.

Juan Diego Flórez, Decca’s “dashing tenor, the king of the bel canto repertory” (New York Times) now joins the illustrious list of tenors to record an album of ever-popular Neapolitan and Italian songs, including some in arrangements made for his idol and mentor Luciano Pavarotti.

All the classic favourites are here – from O Sole Mio to Arriverderci Roma, Mattinata and Non ti scordar di me – and to breathe fresh life into this well-known music many of the songs have been newly arranged to evoke the feel of an authentic Neapolitan café band. For these Juan Diego is joined by the star mandolin player Avi Avital and acclaimed accordionist Ksenija Sidorova. Best-selling guitarist Craig Ogden also joins Juan Diego for two songs.

To complete the full Italian flavour these recordings were made in the Italian seaside resort of Fano, just south of Pesaro where Juan Diego makes his summer home – as Pavarotti did before him. For the orchestral tracks the Pesaro-based Filarmonica Giacchino Rossini is conducted by the gifted young Italian Carlo Tenan.

This album perfectly complements Juan Diego’s first disc of popular songs ‘Sentimento Latino’ which sold in excess of 80,000 copies. The Peruvian and Latin American songs on that album have a strong connection with the older repertory of Neapolitan song. Both showcase Florez’s uniquely distinctive sound: ‘His elegant, focused tone rang out clean and clear, with his famous high register – the money-notes for a tenor of his distinction – not just firm but flamboyant.’ (The Guardian)

“The sun shines brightly out of Flórez’s open-hearted singing, capturing the carefree élan of Neapolitan songs...Mandolin, guitar and accordion add a piquant flavour to some bubbly orchestrations. The open-air ebullience is catching.” Financial Times, 25th September 2015 *****

“[Flórez] is best when he takes the foot off the throttle, relaxing into gentler moods of 'La canzone dell'amore', for example, where Craig Ogden's guitar-playing melds beautifully with the quivering urgency of Avi Avital's mandolin. A sunny album, though, which offers much to enjoy.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

Presto Discs of 2015


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