Taliesin's Songbook
Yr Alarch /The Swan for solo voice (Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano)
Ty Cerdd Records TCR031 www.tycerddshop.com 

Rhian Samuel's 'Yr Alarch' (The Swan) for solo soprano offers a potent contrast to this more lyrical style and is performed with real bravura by Elin Manahan Thomas. Samuel's ingenious setting of this anonymous 14th-century poem offers a striking musical evocation of the swan in all its guises, from soaring arcs of melody to pattering snippets of exploratory vocalisation. 
                                                         Kate Wakeling, BBC Music Magazine, September 2021
Songs of Solitude
Salve Nos (Hiyoli Togawa, viola)
BIS Records BIS-2533SACD www.bis.se
Clytemnestra (BBCNOW, and Ruby Hughes, soprano)
BIS Records BIS-2408 SACD www.bis.se
It’s a powerful and exuberant work ... there is a rich and vivid imagination at work here, and Hughes gives it her all.                                          Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph 22 February 2020 
Time and again on this album soloist and composer make Clytemnestra’s wrenching drama something tangible ... The instrumental fabric is equally strong, with beautiful playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, on the top of its top form, conducted by Jac van Steen.                  
                                                                              George Brown, The Times 31 January 2020 
Samuel’s musical response is something of a tour de force – at once fiercely dramatic and always coherent ... Hughes rises to the challenge with bombproof technical strength and control, plenty of repower where needed, and a thrilling instinct for capturing the persona of this fearsome anti-heroine. 
                                                           Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine,  February 2020 
Samuel’s musical language is accessible and powerful, with an appropriately craggy granitic strength to it ... Jac van Steen gets excellent, vivid playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales ... [I]t’s for Samuel’s punchy work that this new album is primarily worth seeking out. 
                                                                  Hugo Shirley, The Gramophone February 2020 
Song Lied Cân 
The White Amaryllis (Katharine Dain, soprano, and Jocelyn Freeman, piano) 
Yr Alarch/The Swan for solo voice (Paul Carey Jones, baritone)
The Flowing Sand (Paul Carey Jones, baritone, and Jocelyn Freeman, piano) 
Tŷ Cerdd Records TCR027 www.tycerddshop.com 
The Gate of Heaven 
Love bade me welcome (Choir of New College)
Novum Records NCR 1391 www.newcollegechoir.com 
British Rhapsody: Music for Viola and Piano 
Blythswood (Su Zhen, viola, and Simon Lepper, piano) 
Stone Records 5060192780352 www.stonerecords.co.uk 
The Mavron Quartet’s 10th Anniversary Commissions 
Quartet: Threaded Light (Mavron Quartet)
Tŷ Cerdd Studios: www.tycerdd.org 

Plum Pudding 
Jolly Wat the Shepherd (Joyful Company of Singers)
Champs Hill Records CHRCD013 www.champshillrecords.co.uk 
Ariel (Catherine Handley, flute, and Andrew Wilson-Dickson, piano) 
A0267-CD  www.creighton-griffiths.co.uk 
Rhian Samuel: Light and Water 
The Hare in the Moon (Lucy Crowe, soprano, and Simon Lepper, piano)
Time out of Time (Gemma Rosenfield, cello, and Simon Lepper, piano)
A Garland for Anne (Chenyin Li, piano)
Trinity (Joana Seara, soprano, Adam Walker, flute, and John Reid, piano)
Quartet: Light and Water (Fidelio Piano Quartet: Michael Dussek, piano, Tamás András, violin, Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola, and Gemma Rosenfield, cello) 
Gaslight Square II (Piano Duo Antithesis: Dimitris Karydis and Petros Moschos) 
Deux-Elles DXL1128 www.deux-elles.co.uk
This recording succeeds on two counts, being both a rounded ‘composer portrait’ and a show-case for some young musicians.                
                                             Peter Palmer, Tempo Vol. 62, Issue 244, April 2008 
Everywhere a distinctive voice shines through Samuel’s craftsmanship.
                                              George Hall, The Independent on Sunday, 9 December 2007 
North Star 
Threnody with Fanfares (Deborah Calland, trumpet, and William Whitehead, organ) 
Deux-Elles DXL1097 www.deux-elles.co.uk
British Music for Flute, Oboe and Piano 
Shadow Dance (Nancy Ruffer, flute, John Anderson, oboe, and Helen Crayford, piano) 
Dutton Epoch CDLX 7181 www.duttonvocalion.co.uk
A Garland for Presteigne 
Nantcol Songs: A Perfect View (Gillian Keith, soprano, and Simon Lepper, piano) 
Metronome METCD1065 
Music by Women 
Songs of Earth and Air: The Kingfisher and April Rise (Sharon Mabry, mezzo-soprano, and Rosemary Platt, piano)
Capstone CPS-8714 (2-CD set)  (USA)
Daystream Dances 
Traquair Music (Cynthia Green Libby, oboe) Hester Park CD 7707 (USA)