Viola and Orchestral Concerti

Best of British – 20th Century Classics
Live from Royal Albert HallBest of British
BBC Proms 2007
Delius : A Song of Summer
Tippett: Triple Concerto

Daniel Hope
Philip Dukes
Christian Poltéra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis

Int. Release 10 Sep. 2007
DG Concerts

DG: 4777352

Bax: Phantasy;
Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
Four Orchestral Pieces; Overture, Elegy and Rondo

Philip Dukes
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis
Chandos Records CHAN 10829

All three of these rarely heard works come from the first half of Bax’s career as a composer. The earliest is the lightweight but charming set of Four Orchestral Pieces from 1914, recorded here for the first time.

Sir Andrew Davis is among the most distinguished interpreters of British music today and here turns to the works of Sir Arnold Bax. With the inclusion of the Phantasy for Viola and Orchestra, this disc marks the completion of Chandos’s long project to record Bax’s complete orchestral music over time. Full Guardian Review

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Riders to the SeaV Wiiliams Riders to the sea front
Household Music
Flos Campi

Ingrid Attrot  – soprano
Karl Morgan Daymond – baritone
Linda Finnie  – contralto
Lynne Dawson  – soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen  – mezzo-soprano
Philip Dukes – viola
Sinfonia Chorus
Northern Sinfonia
Richard Hickox
Release Date: 01-08-1995

“Philip Dukes proves a rich and eloquent viola soloist in Flos Campi in which the Northern Sinfonia Chorus is balanced more forwardly and powerfully than usual, and this is a remarkably successful performance on all counts.” (Penguin Guide)


A String Around Autumn Takemitsu_String_Autumn_BISCD1300
I Hear the Water Dreaming
A Way a Lone II

Sharon Bezaly, flute
Philip Dukes, viola
Noriko Ogawa, piano
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, orchestra
Tadaaki Otaka, conductor

The music of Takemitsu successfully bridged the cultures and philosophies of east and west, and few composers of our time created music of such fascination and colour. The majority of his large output of compositions were related to natural phenomena in one way or another, often by referring to the sounds of nature that inform our living environment.  ( read on)

BIS Records

Editor’s Choice Gramophone

Geoffrey Burgon

Viola Concerto ‘Ghosts of the Dance’ (2008)
Merciless Beauty (1996-97)
Cello Concertoo (2007)

Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano g burgon
Philip Dukes viola
Josephine Knight cello
City of London Sinfonia
Nicholas Ward – leader

Chandos Records

Thanks to Geoffrey Burgon’s highly successfully career in film and television soundtracks, his concert music sits comfortably among those composers working in a modern tonality. Both concertos are recent and given their world premiere recordings here. The Viola Concerto, written in 2008 for Philip Dukes, gets its subtitle from (Read on)

The Film Music of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (b. 1936)the film music front

Murder on the Orient Express
Far from the Madding Crowd
Lady Caroline Lamb*
Nicole’s Theme from ‘Tender is the Night’
Enchanted April
Cynthia Miller ondes martenot
Love Scene from ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’

Philip Dukes viola*
BBC Philharmonic
Rumon Gamba

Chandos Records

William Alwyn

Orchestral Musicalwyn
Pastoral Fantasia

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
David Lloyd-Jones
Philip Dukes
Rachel Pankhurst

Release Date: 29-07-2008

The seven works on this recording show Alwyn responding in his own individual way to the various challenges presented to him in writing for the orchestra, from the early Five Preludes, in which one can sense already his keen ear for orchestral colour, through to the self-assured scoring of his maturity in the evocative Autumn Legend.

Britten, Benjamin
Simple Symphony Britten
Temporal Variations
Suite on English Folk Tunes

 Colin Matthews
 Steuart Bedford
 Northern Sinfonia
 Nicholas Daniel
Philip Dukes
Catherine Wyn-Roger

No: 8.557205 Release: 12/2004

Piers Hellawell

Inside Storyhellawell
The Still Dancers
Quadruple Elegy

BBC Scottish SO
The Vanbrugh String Quartet
Clio Gould
Philip Dukes
Martyn Brabbins



Sally Beamish

Viola Concertobeamish
Cello Concerto “River”
Tam Lin

Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor; Ola Rudner
Artists: Robert Cohen ; Philip Dukes; Gordon Hunt

“Utterly compelling performances superbly recorded” Classic CD
“I recommend this disc most strongly” Gramophone
“The performances have that sense of deep commitment and precision missing in so many recordings of modern music.” Fanfare

Sally Beamish’s music has been underrepresented on CD for far too long. This superb release puts right that omission but it does much more than that: it provides first-rate performances of three of her most dramatic and personal compositions in excellent digital sound. (read on )

BIS Records
Catalogue No: BIS-CD-971

Frank Martin

Ballades Frank Martin Ballades front

Adrian Bending timpani
Celia Chambers flute
Ian Bousfield trombone
Keith Millar percussion
Martin Robertson saxophone
Peter Dixon cello
Philip Dukes viola
Rachel Gledhill percussion
Rachel Masters harp
Roderick Elms piano/harpsichord

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Matthias Bamert


Vivaldi’s Children

Six Concerti, Op. 10 CDVivaldi's Chrildren

Wisdom Boustany, P Manning,
S Morris, P Dukes,
T Hugh, Mary Scully,
S Devine

 Nimbus Alliance

There are many sound versions of these concertos, both in their published form and in their original versions, with modern and with period instruments, but what I particularly like about this set is that it bridges the different approaches by employing modern instruments, including the double bass, but in chamber proportions. Better still, there’s sheer joy in the faster sections of the music, while the nightmare quality of la Notte is fully brought out, too….” (February 2012)

Lebanon-born flautist Wissam Boustany, acclaimed not only as a performer and teacher but also as a peace activist, is leading the new wave of today’s enlightened artists. The recordings Wandering Winds and Vivaldi’s Children,(Read on)