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.

Available from Chandos (Chan0797)

31 Jul 2013

New CD release with Anneke Scott

Anneke Scott plays historic horns from the Bate Collection - now available from Devine Music more

Recorded partly at Finchcocks Musical Museum, this wonderful disc features repertoire from Handel to Dukas and is available (with more details) from Devine Music.

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

Happy Easter!

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

The Brighton Argus reviewed Steven's performance of the Goldberg Variations at Hove's Ralli Hall on 4 November. "A stylish, highly expressive and bravura performance". Read the review here.

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

22 Jul 2012

New Recording with London Baroque

"The Trio Sonata in 18th Century France" released on BIS more

Continuing their survey of 17th and 18th century Trio Sonatas across Europe, London Baroque (Ingrid Seifert & Richard Gwilt violins, Charles Medlam cello, Steven Devine harpsichord) have released a wonderful collection including Couperin's majestic L'Impériale Trio Sonata and works by Dollé, Leclair, Boismortier and Guignon.

21 May 2012

2 New Recordings!

New recordings featuring Steven Devine released this month more

Apollo et Hyacinthus - Mozart Classical Opera Company (conducted by Ian Page); the first recording in a projected series of the complete Mozart operas. Linn Records CKD 398

Byrd - The Great Service Musica Contexta. Chandos Records 0789

30 Apr 2012

Bostridge Sings Bach - Reviews

Steven directs the OAE in Bach works with tenor Ian Bostridge. Positive press reaction! more

Please click the following for links direct to online reviews:

The Times also praised the concert very highly.

20 Apr 2012

Steven on BBC & New MIDI samples!

Steven plays JS & CPE Bach on "In Tune" with Sean Rafferty more

Steven played live and did an interview on BBC Radio 3's magazine programme, In Tune, on Thursday 19th ahead of his appearance directing the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on Wednesday 25th April at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. You can listen again for up to 1 week on the BBC iplayer

Something slightly different - Steven took his Fleischer harpsichord into the Air Studios in London and made a set of samples for Spitfire Audio. If you want to see what it's all about, there's a pre-release demo on YouTube - here's a link.

05 Mar 2012

March and April Highlights

Steven very busy playing and directing... more

Having just returned from a highly successful tour with London Baroque and Emma Kirkby, Steven is gearing up for a very busy couple of months. An Education Tour of with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is intersperssed with a return to the Southbank Bach Weekend at the Purcell Room where Steven will play a programme of Bach's Italian Concerto alongside some of Bach's arrangements of concertos by Vivaldi. A recording of this repertoire will take place in 2013 for Chandos Records.

In April, Steven takes the helm of the OAE for the start of a patch of work with the outstanding tenor Ian Bostridge in works by Bach. Details posted here very soon!

09 Jan 2012

Steven to direct recording of Bertali sacred music

Exciting co-production with Dutch and English musicians based in The Hague more

Steven will be travelling out to Holland later this week for rehearsals and a recording of wonderful polychoral music by Antonio Bertali (1605-1699). A fantastic team of singers, wind players, strings and continuo join forces. The sessions will take place in the Zeeuwse Concertzaal, Middelburg.