Conductor, Martin Yates, has recorded some 80 discs over the last couple of decades, with over 30 of these recordings appearing on the Dutton Epoch label. Yates’ latest release is Vaughan William’s much loved Symphony No. 5, recorded with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and coupled with Wright’s Violin Concerto, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. This recording is a world premiere of Peter Hoxton’s new edition of Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 which addresses certain textual problems found in earlier editions.
Yates, a proponent of British Twentieth Century repertoire has held a long term ambition to record the Vaughan Williams which is evident in this wonderfully passionate interpretation. Yates has devoted much of his later career to British Twentieth Century repertoire and has accumulated a vast knowledge of performance practice and interpretation which is evident in all of his recordings to date. Yates is also an extremely talented composer and is fast becoming known for his masterly score completion techniques of unfinished works. His most notable completion to date is Moeran’s much anticipated Sketches for Symphony No. 2 which was released by Dutton Epoch last year to great critical acclaim. Graham Parlett of BMS News comments “Yates develops the material skilfully and to exciting effect… Yates has produced an uplifting and undeniably effective movement… Many congratulations to Martin Yates and the Dutton team.”
Other recent discs include Widor Piano Concertos with Martin Roscoe and the BBC Concert Orchestra and world premiere recordings of the Catoire and Sherwood Piano Concertos with pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.