Thursday, April 6, 2017 Chart success for Vaughan Williams' piano music, in Mark Bebbington's [and Rebeca Omordia's] new album

The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams
Mark Bebbington & Rebeca Omordia, Pianos
SOMM Recordings 0164

Rebeca Omordia & Mark Bebbington

James Inverne Music

Bebbington's "The Piano Music of Vaughan Williams", with Rebeca Omordia and Somm Recordings, has spent seven weeks in the charts, reached number three, and notched up a second “Recording of the Month” in a row for the English pianist

Since Vaughan Williams fans tend to be passionate about the English composer's music to the point of devotion, there will have been many glasses raised to the extraordinary sales success of Mark Bebbington's newest album, "The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan WIlliams". Released by Somm Recordings and also featuring fellow pianist Rebeca Omordia, the album has so far featured in the UK Specialist Classical Charts for an astonishing seven weeks, reaching as high as number three.

For a release that might be regarded as niche - Vaughan Williams is not best-known for his piano music, which has tended to be overlooked - this is a remarkable success. Reviewers have also welcomed the release. Writes Andrew Achenbach in Gramophone, "(Amazingly the first CD recording of Introduction and Fugue)...and a superb one it is too, Mark Bebbington and Rebeca Omordia finding an unremitting logic, sweep and concentration that thrill to the for the solo items, Bebbington gives ideally lofty and serene renderings...Bebbington's disarmingly deft touch likewise works wonders in the two sets of teaching pieces that close proceedings..."

Similarly Music Web International, which named the album its "Recording Of The Month", noted that Bebbington's and Omordia's "deft and dedicated reading shows (Introduction and Fugue) off in all its glory." The Guardian called it "enjoyable, Classical Ear "essential", The Arts Desk "A winner!". The album has also had success in the wide-ranging Classic FM Chart. 

Comments by email: 

1)  Thanks Bill, much appreciated! All the best, James [James Inverne]

2) Thank you Bill! Regards, Rebeca [Rebeca Omordia]

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