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30 Oct 2016

The Notebooks of Anna Magdalena Bach released!

New disc from Devine Music more

Kate Semmens (soprano) and Steven Devine (harpsichord) have released their second disc together. Entitled "The Notebooks of Anna Magdalena Bach", this disc contains beautiful songs and wonderful harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach and others.
It includes the haunting "Bist du bei mir", "Schlummert ein" and the 4th and 5th French Suites, amongst many other things.
To get hold of a copy, please click this link.


30 Sep 2016

Orpheus with His Lute - animation

Emma Jane Semmens and Sam Moore's animation of a track from "Delicatessen" more

The illustrator behind all of Devine Music's releases, Emma Jane Semmens, has teamed up with fellow illustrator Sam Moore and created this beautiful representation of Maurice Green's "Orpheus with His Lute" from the first release of the label, Delicatessen.


18 Aug 2016

Steven last-minute "jump-in" in Trondheim

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Steven is thrilled to be taking part in the Oslo Chamber Music Festival with Trondheim Barokk this Sunday. The concert features the amazing soprano of Aksel Rykkvin (see website here)


01 Apr 2016

New CD!

Andrew Parrott's latest release featuring harpsichord solos with Steven Devine more

Very proud to be part of this wonderful creation! A fabulous vocal group, the Taverner Choir (including Kate Semmens), Emily Van Evera, Charles Daniels and a host of other musicians singing and playing music from the court of Henry VIII. Available from Amazon, amongst other places!


10 Feb 2016

Busy February ahead...

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Steven will be playing Bach's Goldberg Variations as the opening concert of the Lamberhurst Festival (12 Feb). The next day, he'll be taking the baton to conduct Mozart Masterpieces at the Royal Festival Hall (13 Feb).


08 Nov 2015

Danzi Volume 2 Released

"the expressive fortepiano playing of Steven Devine ...making tricky passages sound effortless" more

Devine Music, the specialist label devoted to rare and unusaul repertoire played on appropriate instruments, is delighted to launch Volume 2 in the ongoing series of music for Piano and Wind by Franz Danzi. After the launch concert, Andrew Benson Wilson wrote "The playing of the solo instruments in both of these Sonatas was exemplary, with Jane Booth and Anneke Scott both managing to balance details of articulation (so important in music of this period) with musical expression. "


17 Feb 2015

Concerto & Gramophone Review

Steven plays a concerto as part of Mozart 250" with Classical Opera and Rameau Volume 2 gets great review in Gramophone magazine! more

Steven is taking part in many of the events of "Mozart 250" - a major survey of Mozart's life exactly 250 years ago. It is organised and conducted by Ian Page with Classical Opera and takes place throughout 2015. A Wigmore Hall concert in January is followed by 4 concerts at London's Milton Court where Steven will play a J C Bach harpsichord concerto as part of the first concerto.

Details here.

Steven's latest release on the Resonus label - Rameau Volume 2 has just received a great review in Gramophone magazine, the reviewer praising Steven's "meticulous technique and thoughtful musicianship" .


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.

Available from Chandos (Chan0797)