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Richard Pantcheff: Chamber Music Volume 1 (PFCD225) £12.50/£17.50

John Turner, Benedict Holland, Lauren Scott, Duncan Honeybourne, Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Rachel Smith


1. New England Elegy (Narrator and Violin) [14:00]

Sonata for Viola and Pianoforte

2. Introduction and Allegretto [08:47]
3. Lento [05:16]
4. Moto Perpetuo [04:23]

Evocations (Piano solo)

5. Barcarolle [06:28]
6. Rondo [05:49]
7. Elegia [07:07]
8. Contrapunctus [05:29]

9. Nocturnus II (Violin and Harp) [05:38]

Suite on South African Folk Tunes (Flute, Viola & Piano)

10. The road to freedom [03:11]
11. Georgia blues [04:33]
12. An age-old song [03:55]
13. Roundelay [03:51]

Total [79:04]

Chamber Music Volume 1 – Richard Pantcheff CD

Following on from the highly successful release of three discs of Richard Pantcheff’s music for Organ solo (PFCD 174/5) and Organ with other Instruments (PFCD 205), Prima Facie Records has now embarked upon a project to record the Chamber and Instrumental Music of the same composer. Volume 1 of the series comprises world premiere recordings of a wide range of Richard Pantcheff’s chamber and instrumental compositions, some of which were written when the composer was resident in South Africa. His compositions were in high demand there, and these works were commissioned and performed by some of South Africa’s leading musicians.

Volume II of the CD series has already been recorded and will be released later in 2024.


John Turner narrator
Benedict Holland violin
Lauren Scott harp
Duncan Honeybourne piano
Lydia Lowndes-Northcott viola
Rachel Smith flute


Recorded and produced by Steve Plews
Edited and mastered by Phil Hardman (Tracks 1 & 5-9) & Simon Crosby Buttle (Tracks 2-4 & 10-13)

You can read more about this recording on the Prima Facie blog Recitative

Richard Pantcheff

Richard Pantcheff
Richard Pantcheff (photo: Liz Isles) is internationally renowned as one of the finest contemporary British composers of Choral, Organ, Chamber and Instrumental music. He was trained in choral music and composition from an early age, starting as a chorister at Ripon Cathedral, and thereafter reading music at Christ Church, Oxford, under Simon Preston and Francis Grier. He was mentored in composition by Benjamin Britten in the last years of Britten’s life. Since then he has been commissioned to write new works for the leading performers in their field, including Stephen Layton, Grayston Ives, David Hill, Jane Parker-Smith, and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2012-2019 he was Director of Music at St. George’s Anglican Church, Johannesburg, South Africa, where he remains Composer in Residence. He is a Patron of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. He is currently guest conductor of the Choir of St. Michael at the Northgate, Oxford, and is occasional guest organist for Ripon College, Oxford. His substantial output of compositions has been commissioned, performed, recorded, and broadcast all over the world. His 2013 work for organ, Passacaglia on a Theme of Benjamin Britten, was premiered in Essen Cathedral by Jane Parker-Smith, as part of the Britten 100 Festival. All of his music has been published, and features in major international music festivals, including the Tanglewood Festival (USA); the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (UK) and the English Music Festival. His works have been broadcast regularly on radio and TV around the world, including by the PBS (North America), Classic FM (UK and South Africa), BBC Radios 3 and 4 (UK), German radio, and TV in South Africa. His compositions are noted by critics and audiences alike for their originality and technical brilliance, combined with intellectual and emotional depth.