08 Nov 2014
Rameau Volume 2 Released!
The second volume of Steven Devine's acclaimed 4-volume survey is now available more
Acclaimed harpsichordist Steven Devine continues his four volume survey of Jean-Philippe Rameau's works for harpsichord with the third book of his Pièces de Clavecin.
Some of the last music for solo harpsichord composed by Rameau, these masterpieces of the French Baroque make a huge contribution to the harpsichord repertoire. Written shortly after the completion of the second book, these two suites represent the most substantial of the three books of Pièces de Clavecin, and are a further mixture of traditional suite movements and fascinating character pieces, in particular the deceptive 'Les Trois Mains' and humorous depiction of 'La Poule'.
Released in the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, Devine again performs on a copy by Ian Tucker of an instrument by Andreas Ruckers (1636) with ravalement by Henri Hemsch (1763).
03 Oct 2014
New Release from Classical Opera
"Mitridate" released with stellar cast more
Classical Opera's latest recording in their cycle of Mozart operas is the opera that Mozart wrote for Rome when he was 14. Written with the white heat of inspiration, this was the composer's first attempt at Opera Seria.
Classical Opera's new set is the first recording of the work to include in an appendix Mozart's original settings of the seven arias and a duet which he rewrote before the opera's first performance, and it features an outstanding cast headed by Miah Persson, Barry Banks, Sophie Bevan and Lawrence Zazzo.
10 Jul 2014
Bach for a Summer's Evening
Soprano Kate Semmens and Steven Devine perform at Asylum, Peckham on August 10 more
A sumptuous selection of music by Johann Sebastian Bach and others for soprano and harpsichord featuring music from the Anna Magdalena book amongst other items. Download the flier here.
22 Jun 2014
New release from Ex Cathedra
Steven playing continuo on a sumptuous recital of French music with Carolyn Sampson more
Steven was delighted to make his Ex Cathedra recording debut, under their founder Jeffrey Skidmore, to accompany Carolyn Sampson in "a brilliantly planned and executed, musically illustrated biography of Marie Fel, one of the great 18th-century divas and muse of Rameau" (Gramophone). International Record Review said that Carolyn was "supported by a very stylish harpsichord continuo and the excellent orchestra". Steven will be playing with Ex Cathedra a number of times this and next year.
28 May 2014
First reviews in!
ClassicFM's "Connoisseur's Choice" and MusicWeb International rave review. more
Steven's new Chandos release of Bach harpsichord works, (including the Italian Concerto and French Overture) has been well received.
On Saturday 24 May, David Mellor selected it as his "Connoisseurs' Choice" on his ClassicFM New Releases Show. More details here.
MusicWeb International have greeted the CD very happily too. More details here.
03 May 2014
Two new releases!
Bach on Chandos and Rameau on Resonus more
Now available are two new recordings from Steven Devine.
Bach's Italian Concerto, French Overture and other harpsichord works are released on Chandos Records Chandos offer a Cd and a download service on their website
The first volume of Steven's recording of the complete works of Jean-Philippe Rameau is available as a download-only release from the Resonus website
19 Jan 2014
Happy New Year 2014!
Many exciting projects planned! more
No fewer than three new solo recordings from Steven are set for release in 2014.
For Chandos Records, Steven has recorded more harpsichord music by Bach, including his Italian Concerto and Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue. These sessions were held last October in Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK and the disc is due for release in May.
For Resonus Classics, Steven has embarked on the complete harpsichord music of Jean-Phillipe Rameau: the 250th anniversary of his death falls this year. Volume 1 (early suites) was recorded at the end of last year, Volume 2 (late suites) will be recorded in April and the Pieces en Concert will be recorded in October with the wonderful Ingrid Seifert and Charles Medlam, Steven's colleagues in London Baroque.
Highlights of Steven's conducting year include conducting a Mozart Opera and Classics Gala at the Festival Hall in February, the Mozart Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall in June and Boyce's Solomon with the OAE, also in June.
Further details of all these and more will be on the diary page
30 Sep 2013
New release of Handels' Serse
Early Opera Company new recording - already getting great reviews! more
Steven was playing harpsichord continuo for the latest in the Early Opera Company's ongoing Handel Opera recordings.
It's a fabulous cast and great orchestra, all directed by Christian Curnyn.
31 Jul 2013
New CD release with Anneke Scott
Anneke Scott plays historic horns from the Bate Collection - now available from Devine Music more
The CD information: "VOICES FROM THE PAST" Vol. 1 HORNS - Anneke Scott (horns) & others
with Joseph Walters (horns), Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin), Robin Michael (cello), Frances Kelly (harp), Steven Devine (pianos) & James Gilchrist (tenor) Featuring a magnificent selection of instruments from the Bate Collection, Oxford and played by one of the leading horn players of her generation, Anneke Scott, this anthology showcases the different sounds that were available to composers from the mid-18th century to the start of the 20th. Accompanied by instruments also of the period (including pianos from the Finchcocks Collection in Kent), a whole spectrum of colours are revealed in this wide-ranging disc.
21 Apr 2013
New Label - First Release!
"Delicatessen" - a selection of English Song with soprano Kate Semmens more
At the beginning of April, Steven launched his own record label - Devine Music to promote high quality performances of lesser-known repertoire.
The first release is a colaboration with soprano Kate Semmens called Delicatessen - a Choice Selection of English Song. It features solo songs by Purcell, Blow, Boyce and others and also harpsichord music by Blow, Purcell and Greene.
27 Mar 2013
Period piano performance and Direcing the OAE more
Steven has been working extensively on period piano with performances of Brahms' Horn trio with Anneke Scott and Matthew Truscott. Also, Danzi's horn sonatas with Anneke Scott. In addition, Steven has just directed the OAE for their series "The Works" , talking about and directing Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.
15 Jan 2013
Happy (Busy) New Year!
Lots of projects in the pipeline; good reviews for London Baroque CDs more
Steven has already been very busy this year; a revival of New Chamber Opera's production of "Il Re Pastore" at the Merchant Taylor's Hall, continuo with the OAE in a wonderful performance of Haydn's Creation - also broadcast on Radio 3 this Sunday at 2pm.
London Baroque's English Trio Sonata disc has had a good review online. A number of new discs are due out in this series soon. Keep an eye on this site!
06 Nov 2012
Brighton "Goldbergs" Review
Great reaction to Steven's appearance at Brighton Early Music Festival more
27 Sep 2012
Steven on the BBC!
Steven to appear on Early Music Show more
As part of BBC Radio 3's "piano" season, The Early Music Show is featuring the history of the keyboard on October 13 and 14. As part of the programmes, Steven will be discussing the development of the instrument with Lucy Skeaping.
21 Aug 2012
In the recording studio
Steven working with the Early Opera Company and Classical Opera more
A busy time in the recording studio for Steven: last week recording Handel's "Serse" with the Early Opera Company. Next week, a slightly later project with Classical Opera (conductor Ian Page) recording Mozart's Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots