Pipistrelle Music is a new CD label founded by Alison in 2009 with the goal of bringing innovative artistic collaborations of diverse kinds to the listening world. Pipistrelle’s developing catalogue includes Baroque and Renaissance music, outside-the-box classical, and world music with a twist. Currently carrying titles by the genre-bending Ensemble Polaris and Melville herself, discs from this catalogue have earned international critical acclaim, from a BBC Music Magazine’s Disc of the Month nomination, to Toronto Star reviewer John Terauds’s “Prepare to be enchanted.”
Pipistrelle’s catalogue, now available for digital download through most on-line digital vendors, will be physically distributed across North America by Naxos of America beginning in October 2010. Check your local CD vendor in the United States or Canada.
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The latest release on Pipistrelle!
Windermere String Quartet: The Golden Age of String Quartets.
— Chris Morgan, Scene Magazine
Ensemble Polaris: UNCHARTED WATERS
Drawn from sessions recorded in April 2009 and January 2011, Uncharted Waters offers 18 tracks running the gamut from evocative laments to sizzling dance tunes, and includes several new charts by members of the band. This is Polaris’s much-anticipated fourth CD.
Released February 2012. Available in stores across North America, and digitally worldwide.
In truth it’s not how far afield we’re taken by Uncharted Waters that reflects Ensemble Polaris’ particular genius. It’s how the group leads us to rediscover what we’ve loved all along — a heartbreaking melody, a snappy dance beat — in the guise of some unexpected form.’
— Peter Goddard, Toronto Star
‘Wonderful music that refuses to be pigeon holed. Exotic instruments, accomplished players and great ideas come together for something quite unique.’
— Customer review, iTunes
‘The musicianship is outstanding and the Ensemble plays with joy and wit. Even my children like this one.’
— Customer review, cduniverse.com
The Business of Angels - Cover
The Business of Angels - Booklet
The Business of Angels explores recorder music from the cosmopolitan and eccentric musical world of early 18th-century London.
Sonatas, divisions and other tunes by Corelli, Händel, Wm. Topham, Paisible, Daniel Purcell, Mercy and several others come enthusiastically to life as played by Alison and Lucas Harris, guitar and archlute; Borys Medicky, harpsichord; Joëlle Morton, bass viol; and Nadina Mackie, baroque bassoon.
Available in stores across North America, and digitally worldwide.
‘Si l’angélisme est une entreprise, alors celle de ces musiciens de Toronto est promise à une belle prospérité… les pièces sur ce disque constituent de beaux exemples de musique profane anglaise du 17e siècle…jouées avec brillance par les musiciens torontois. Alison Melville est une interprète de premier niveau…’
‘Alison Melville is one of Canada’s leading recorder players; her performances here combine scholarship, elegance and vitality, and capture the spirit of the music with authority and conviction. The four continuo players enable various combinations to be selected that provide both substance and transparency. Deserving of special note is the bassoon playing of Nadia Mackie Jackson…a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable disc.’
Alison can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credits: Paul Orenstein (banner); Colin Savage