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We are delighted - and extremely proud - to have been awarded Gramophone's coveted 'label of the year'. Editor Martin Cullingford writes "A commitment to the finest artists and the highest sound quality, the Colchester-based company is a shining beacon for the art of recording".

 

Vaughan Williams

This month we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the great composer Vaughan Williams. Enoy our recently released reissue of his complete symphonies, including 6 discs and bonus material.

We are saddened to hear that the conductor Bramwell Tovey has passed away. Known for his work with Brass Bands & orchestras, he will be greatly missed.

BBC R3 Disc of the Week!

Georgia Mann enjoys Donohoe's Mendelssohn.

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Happy 85th Maestro!

Wishing maestro Neeme Järvi a happy 85th birthday.

Neeme Järvi on Chandos

Critics Circle Award

TTOTS is the joint winner for Outstanding Achievement!

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Dutilleux wins BBC Award!

SoL/Wilson win Orchestral award for third year running!

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Presto Record of Year

English Music for Strings is Presto Music's 2021 Pick

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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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Thais wins Juno Award!

Sir Andrew Davis disc wins Best Classical Album (Vocal)

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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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Artist in Focus
 

Peter Donohoe

Born in Manchester in 1953, Peter Donohoe CBE studied at Chetham’s School of Music and Leeds University before going on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derek Wyndham and in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique.

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“…and there is no denying that Louis Lortie and Helene Mercier are among the most judicious interpreters of these French masterpieces, with every detail of the pianistic soundscape caught with great felicity by the Chandos engineers. An essential disc, not least for lovers of Debussy – even if you possess other recordings of these pieces.”

“…and there is no denying that Louis Lortie and Helene Mercier are among the most judicious interpreters of these French masterpieces, with every detail of the pianistic soundscape caught with great felicity by the Chandos engineers. An essential disc, not least for lovers of Debussy – even if you possess other recordings of these pieces.”

Barry Forshaw – cdchoice.co.uk – 20 September 2022

“… This new recording in splendid surround sound by James Ehnes and the BBCSO under Sir Andrew Davis is one of the most involving that the piece has ever received, and the fill-ups – the three Orchestral Pieces and Andrew Davis’ orchestration of the piano Sonata complete a desirable disc.”

“… This new recording in splendid surround sound by James Ehnes and the BBCSO under Sir Andrew Davis is one of the most involving that the piece has ever received, and the fill-ups – the three Orchestral Pieces and Andrew Davis’ orchestration of the piano Sonata complete a desirable disc.”

Barry Forshaw – cdchoice.co.uk – 20 September 2022

“…On SACD until now there has been no version I have heard that combines both a top flight performance with the demonstration quality sound that the music deserves. I have no hesitation in stating that, at a stroke, Wilson’s masterly and sympathetic reading combined with the luxuriant Chandos 5.0 multi-channel recording makes this a clear first choice among modern recordings.”

“…On SACD until now there has been no version I have heard that combines both a top flight performance with the demonstration quality sound that the music deserves. I have no hesitation in stating that, at a stroke, Wilson’s masterly and sympathetic reading combined with the luxuriant Chandos 5.0 multi-channel recording makes this a clear first choice among modern recordings.”

Graham Williams – cdchoice.co.uk – 29 November 2022

“…Nothing on this disc better illustrates the outstanding quality of the orchestral playing [‘The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex’ (1939)] – a combination of discipline, spontaneity and technical security. Needless to say the opulent sound quality achieved by the Chandos recording team … is all one could wish for…. This is release that is certain to be relished by both aficionados of Hollywood film scores and admirers of John Wilson and his Sinfonia of London’s exceptional musicianship.”

“…Nothing on this disc better illustrates the outstanding quality of the orchestral playing [‘The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex’ (1939)] – a combination of discipline, spontaneity and technical security. Needless to say the opulent sound quality achieved by the Chandos recording team … is all one could wish for…. This is release that is certain to be relished by both aficionados of Hollywood film scores and admirers of John Wilson and his Sinfonia of London’s exceptional musicianship.”

Graham Williams – cdchoice.co.uk – 29 November 2022

“…there were late works which recaptured the energy and vivacity of Stravinsky’s earlier music, notably the remarkable Symphony in Three Movements, and it’s particularly engaging here in this new performance from the BBC Philharmonic under Sir Andrew Davis, couched in impeccable Chandos surround sound. Particularly important in the Stravinsky piece is the concertante piano part, and here that registers with all the ear-tingling vitality that is so necessary. The other pieces are given equally persuasive readings…”

“…there were late works which recaptured the energy and vivacity of Stravinsky’s earlier music, notably the remarkable Symphony in Three Movements, and it’s particularly engaging here in this new performance from the BBC Philharmonic under Sir Andrew Davis, couched in impeccable Chandos surround sound. Particularly important in the Stravinsky piece is the concertante piano part, and here that registers with all the ear-tingling vitality that is so necessary. The other pieces are given equally persuasive readings…”

Barry Forshaw – cdchoice.co.uk – 29 November 2022

“… this new take [Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy] from Yevgeny Sudbin and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra is something special, with a full-blooded performance showcased in the best possible sound. Alexander Scriabin had a lifelong obsession with occult and mystical ideas. Initially under the influence of Chopin, Wagner and Liszt, his music later became more complex, taking on an expressive power which provoked extreme reactions from audiences – of adulation as well as repulsion. The unusually large orchestra and a wordless choir produces a kaleidoscope of contrasts, colours and sounds caught up in an ecstatic whirl.”

“… this new take [Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy] from Yevgeny Sudbin and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra is something special, with a full-blooded performance showcased in the best possible sound. Alexander Scriabin had a lifelong obsession with occult and mystical ideas. Initially under the influence of Chopin, Wagner and Liszt, his music later became more complex, taking on an expressive power which provoked extreme reactions from audiences – of adulation as well as repulsion. The unusually large orchestra and a wordless choir produces a kaleidoscope of contrasts, colours and sounds caught up in an ecstatic whirl.”

Barry Forshaw – Classical CDChoice.co.uk – 29 November 2022

“… Bernard Haitink’s revelatory Brahms recordings with the LSO demonstrated why fresh new interpretations of his major works are so important, and why the composer’s music is still so relevant today…”

“… Bernard Haitink’s revelatory Brahms recordings with the LSO demonstrated why fresh new interpretations of his major works are so important, and why the composer’s music is still so relevant today…”

Barry Forshaw – Classical CDChoice.co.uk – 29 November 2022

“… John Wilson and the Sinfonia of London here deliver an authoritative version of Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, in impressive SACD surround sound, along with The Isle of the Dead and Rachmaninoff’s own orchestral version of the Vocalise… for those who want an SACD take on the work, this will become the gold standard.”

“… John Wilson and the Sinfonia of London here deliver an authoritative version of Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, in impressive SACD surround sound, along with The Isle of the Dead and Rachmaninoff’s own orchestral version of the Vocalise… for those who want an SACD take on the work, this will become the gold standard.”

Barry Forshaw – cdchoice.co.uk – 29 November 2022

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