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Covid-19: Update: 27th Aug 2021

During the current unprecedented situation, Chandos Records continues to trade as normally as possible. As many of our staff are working remotely, we would ask you to submit any queries online here rather than by telephone. CD orders are being despatched on the next working day, but understandably due to the pandemic delivery times will vary and take significantly longer than usual, depending on your location. Please note there are also countries ‘on suspension’ by UK’s Royal Mail. We thank you for your understanding.

Gramophone Awards

Peter Grimes named 'Record of the Year!'

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Sinfonia of London debut!

SoL & John Wilson make stunning Proms debut

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Recording with Sir Roger

Francesca Dego shares experiences in the Strad

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The Times Album of Week

The Times name Donohoe's Busoni highlight of the week

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BBC R3 Record of Week

Bruckner is Record Review's pick of the week!

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Thais wins Juno Award!

Sir Andrew Davis disc wins Best Classical Album (Vocal)

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BBC Orchestral Winner

Wilson & SoL's Respighi wins BBC Orchestral Award

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BBC Chamber Winner

Little & Lane win BBC Chamber Award

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The Prison wins a GRAMMY

Smyth premiere recording wins at March 2021 awards.

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Barry Douglas Podcast

Father-son-duo Barry & Liam start new music podcast.

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Sinfonia of London

Following John Wilson's reformation of the Sinfonia of London in 2018, the super-orchestra have released six albums to universal critical acclaim. As they make their BBC Proms debut on September 4th, we feature their discography to date with              25% discount on all titles.

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“… Normally, I hesitate to strongly recommend a disc with less than an hour's worth of music, but this excellent Brahms Fourth and the high artistic quality of the new MacMillan work make this SACD a standout fully deserving of a strong recommendation.”
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“… Normally, I hesitate to strongly recommend a disc with less than an hour's worth of music, but this excellent Brahms Fourth and the high artistic quality of the new MacMillan work make this SACD a standout fully deserving of a strong recommendation.”
Robert Cummings – MusicWeb-International.com – 25 November 2021
“… Czerny obviously enjoys the fantasy genre; it leaves him so much scope in musical and dramatic terms and while there is brilliance aplenty here it is not often for display or pyrotechnics but rather for contrast. He is as likely to opt for a simple accompaniment and to change the mood from wild excitement to brooding melancholy at a bar's notice. Each fantasy, is packed with melody and harmonic invention and they make for a highly enjoyable listen; I have to say they sound a treat for the performers too… Both capture the spirit of these pieces well and respond to the drama with enthusiasm and no lack of brilliance. Gingher has previously recorded Czerny Piano trios and it is good to hear him and Pei-I Wang bringing more unknown works to light.”
“… Czerny obviously enjoys the fantasy genre; it leaves him so much scope in musical and dramatic terms and while there is brilliance aplenty here it is not often for display or pyrotechnics but rather for contrast. He is as likely to opt for a simple accompaniment and to change the mood from wild excitement to brooding melancholy at a bar's notice. Each fantasy, is packed with melody and harmonic invention and they make for a highly enjoyable listen; I have to say they sound a treat for the performers too… Both capture the spirit of these pieces well and respond to the drama with enthusiasm and no lack of brilliance. Gingher has previously recorded Czerny Piano trios and it is good to hear him and Pei-I Wang bringing more unknown works to light.”
Rob Challinor – MusicWeb-International.com – 25 November 2021
“.. The sound quality of this live recording under López-Cobos is, overall, highly agreeable, yet bear in mind that the stage microphones cannot consistently pick up the voices evenly. As one might expect, there is some minor stage noise and the audience applause, of which there is plenty, has been left in. The Orfeo album contains a helpful booklet essay by Christian Springer and a synopsis … This outstanding album is, in my view, the finest new release of the opera since Herbert von Karajan’s 1989 recording also from the Wiener Staatsoper and I will keep it alongside my treasured recordings from Leinsdorf, Bartoletti and Votto.”
“.. The sound quality of this live recording under López-Cobos is, overall, highly agreeable, yet bear in mind that the stage microphones cannot consistently pick up the voices evenly. As one might expect, there is some minor stage noise and the audience applause, of which there is plenty, has been left in. The Orfeo album contains a helpful booklet essay by Christian Springer and a synopsis … This outstanding album is, in my view, the finest new release of the opera since Herbert von Karajan’s 1989 recording also from the Wiener Staatsoper and I will keep it alongside my treasured recordings from Leinsdorf, Bartoletti and Votto.”
Michael Cookson – MusicWeb-International.com – 25 November 2021
“… there is nothing here which I would not be happy to have with me at any point over Christmas, and beyond. Cleobury would have loved it all; The King’s Singers have done his memory proud.”
“… there is nothing here which I would not be happy to have with me at any point over Christmas, and beyond. Cleobury would have loved it all; The King’s Singers have done his memory proud.”
Marc Rochester – MusicWeb-International.com – 25 November 2021
“A delightful collection, representing the best of the composer’s orchestral works.”
“A delightful collection, representing the best of the composer’s orchestral works.”
Gary Higginson – MusicWeb-International.com – 24 November 2021
“… With Victor Nicoara in such compelling form, Busoni admirers need not hesitate and surely the curious piano music enthusiast will enjoy making many discoveries here, too.”
“… With Victor Nicoara in such compelling form, Busoni admirers need not hesitate and surely the curious piano music enthusiast will enjoy making many discoveries here, too.”
Michael Cookson – MusicWeb-International.com – 23 November 2021
“… Pentatone continue their current run of state-of-the-art recordings … the NDR Radiophilharmonie play like a dream for Manze. This is wonderful Mozart. Unless you have an absolute need to hear this music played on period instruments, this is a recording to get.”
“… Pentatone continue their current run of state-of-the-art recordings … the NDR Radiophilharmonie play like a dream for Manze. This is wonderful Mozart. Unless you have an absolute need to hear this music played on period instruments, this is a recording to get.”
David McDade – MusicWeb-International.com – 23 November 2021
“… The playing by Sergio Monteiro captures the magic of this music. He can seize Vierne’s “colourful, imaginative and inspiring” approach to the piano. The recording is superb. The liner notes by Peter Siepmann are excellent; they give a brief overview of the composer’s life and achievement, detailed notes about each piece, and successfully manages to fit them into Vierne’s overall achievement. Bearing in mind that there are few other sources of information about this music, they make essential reading… I enjoyed this exploration of Louis Vierne’s piano oeuvre. To whom will this disc appeal? I guess that listeners who appreciate the great tradition of French piano music, from Alkan to Messiaen. It fills a gap that has been ignored by most recitalists and I look forward to the second volume soon.”
“… The playing by Sergio Monteiro captures the magic of this music. He can seize Vierne’s “colourful, imaginative and inspiring” approach to the piano. The recording is superb. The liner notes by Peter Siepmann are excellent; they give a brief overview of the composer’s life and achievement, detailed notes about each piece, and successfully manages to fit them into Vierne’s overall achievement. Bearing in mind that there are few other sources of information about this music, they make essential reading… I enjoyed this exploration of Louis Vierne’s piano oeuvre. To whom will this disc appeal? I guess that listeners who appreciate the great tradition of French piano music, from Alkan to Messiaen. It fills a gap that has been ignored by most recitalists and I look forward to the second volume soon.”
John France – MusicWeb-International.com – 23 November 2021

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