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Alpesh Chauhan and Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective among nominees at Royal Philharmonic Society Awards

The Shortlist for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2024 has been announced and we are over the moon to see Alpesh Chauhan nominated in the conductor category! Explore Alpesh's debut album, Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Works Volume 1 and keep your eyes peeled for Volume 2 coming very soon.

In the Ensemble category the wonderful 'Kaleidos' have earned themselves a nomination! Their latest album, Transfigured, casts a light on lesser known repertoire from members of the Second Viennese School, highlighting exactly what this exciting group of musicians does best!

John Wilson and Sinfonia of London nominated twice for BBC Music Magazine Awards 2024

We're delighted to share the news that 'Music for Strings' and 'Oklahoma!' from John Wilson and Sinfonia of London have been nominated in the Orchestral and Opera categories respectively. You can vote by visiting the BBC Music Magazine website.

 

Margaret Fingerhut appointed MBE in the 2024 New Year Honours

To celebrate pianist Margaret Fingerhut being recognised for services to music and charitable fundraising why not explore her brilliant back-catalogue.

 

Brian Pidgeon GRAMMY nominated for Producer of the Year!

Sinfonia of London's latest album 'Record of the Week' on Record Review!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new release from Sinfonia of London and John Wilson, Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, was featured on BBC Radio 3's much-loved Saturday morning Record Review show (4/11). We're delighted to report that the new recording was picked as RECORD OF THE WEEK. The show remains available all month on-demand so don't worry if you missed it live, listen here!

 

This week we will be celebrating the upcoming launch of Oklahoma! from John Wilson and Sinfonia of London at The Savile Cub in Mayfair. This landmark album will be the first full recording of the original Rodgers & Hammerstein score, to commemorate this very special release we have produced a series of limited edition numbered vinlys available to pre-order now! Don't miss this historic album, out on Friday 15th September!

 

Gramophone Awards Shortlist 2023

We are delighted to have FOUR albums shortlisted for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2023! See the shortlist here, including albums from Kaleidscope Chamber Collective, Arcadia Quartet, and Sinfonia of London.

 

Gramophone Editor's Choice: October

'Parry's compelling response to Shelley's lyrical drama is given a superb performance of real conviction, conduction by William Vann and with a line-up of starry soloists'

Listen in full on Chandos

'Orchestra of the Year' nomination!

Our friends and collaborators BBC Philharmonic have been nominated for Orchestra of the Year at the Gramophone Awards 2023! 

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Artist in Focus
 

Sir Andrew Davis

One of today’s most recognised and acclaimed conductors, Sir Andrew Davis has enjoyed a career that spans more than fifty years, during which he has been the musical and artistic director at several of the world’s most distinguished opera and symphonic institutions. These include Lyric Opera of Chicago (Music Director and Principal Conductor 2000 – 21), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Chief Conductor 1991 – 2004, now Conductor Laureate), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Music Director 1988 – 2000), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Chief Conductor 2013 – 19, now Conductor Laureate), and Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Principal Conductor 1975 – 88, now Conductor Laureate). He also holds the honorary title Conductor Emeritus from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Maestro Davis has performed at many of the world’s important opera houses, among them The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and appeared with virtually every internationally prominent orchestra, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and all the major British orchestras.

A vast and award-winning discography documents the artistry of Sir Andrew, his CDs including recordings of the works of Berlioz, Bliss, Elgar (winner of the 2018 Diapason d’Or de l’Année in the category Musique Symphonique), Finzi, Grainger, Delius, Ives, Holst, Handel (nominated for a 2018 GRAMMY® for Best Choral Performance), and York Bowen (nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY® for Best Orchestral Performance). His lauded recordings with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus celebrating British composers were recently released as a sixteen-CD retrospective collection. He currently records for Chandos Records, with whom he has been an exclusive artist since 2009.

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"...Rattle is absolutely on fire, drawing from his singers and players musicianship of incredible subtlety and force ... A triumph." ***** 
"...Rattle is absolutely on fire, drawing from his singers and players musicianship of incredible subtlety and force ... A triumph." ***** 
Dan Cairns - The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) - 3 March 2024

“…Michael Jarrell is an important composer with a large and varied output, a composer with a vision who knows what to say and how to say it best. In this, he is wonderfully served by performers such as those here. Pascal Rophé has repeatedly confirmed his sympathy for and empathy with Jarrell’s music. Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire play superbly, as they did for the composer on the BIS release. This is a splendid disc on all counts, and a must for Jarrell followers, but I am sure others will find much to admire.”

“…Michael Jarrell is an important composer with a large and varied output, a composer with a vision who knows what to say and how to say it best. In this, he is wonderfully served by performers such as those here. Pascal Rophé has repeatedly confirmed his sympathy for and empathy with Jarrell’s music. Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire play superbly, as they did for the composer on the BIS release. This is a splendid disc on all counts, and a must for Jarrell followers, but I am sure others will find much to admire.”

Herbert Culot – Musicwebinternational.com – 27 February 2024

“…The Michelangelo Quartet go for all these works with vigour and there is also some really lovely playing.  Siobhan Stagg sings well in ‘There was no wind’ and Giuseppe Mentuccia is a fine partner in Alexander’s piano quintet. The recording, made in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk Kultur, is good… If you are interested in the byways of Russian music you will like this.”

“…The Michelangelo Quartet go for all these works with vigour and there is also some really lovely playing.  Siobhan Stagg sings well in ‘There was no wind’ and Giuseppe Mentuccia is a fine partner in Alexander’s piano quintet. The recording, made in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk Kultur, is good… If you are interested in the byways of Russian music you will like this.”

Stephen Barber – Musicwebinternational.com – 27 February 2024

Déjà Review: this review was first published in February 2005 and the recording is still available.

“…This is a beautiful recording in every way …”

Déjà Review: this review was first published in February 2005 and the recording is still available.

“…This is a beautiful recording in every way …”

Paul Shoemaker – Musicwebinternational.com – 27 February 2024

“…This was a thoroughly enjoyable wallow, which is, after all, I am sure, what the performers would wish us to enjoy. Hopefully, too, it may herald a new cycle of recordings by the Welsh National Opera … The orchestra remains on excellent form, responding well to their former music director, and the recording is well managed…”

“…This was a thoroughly enjoyable wallow, which is, after all, I am sure, what the performers would wish us to enjoy. Hopefully, too, it may herald a new cycle of recordings by the Welsh National Opera … The orchestra remains on excellent form, responding well to their former music director, and the recording is well managed…”

Paul Corfield Godfrey – Musicwebinternational.com – 25 February 2024

Déjà Review: this review was first published in February 2002 and the recording is still available.

“…The Northern Sinfonia under Richard Hickox are splendid in their support of guitarist Craig Ogden whose considered approach to these works is apparent. Of course the strong personality of their dedicatee, Julian Bream, is ever present but Ogden more than rises to the task. A fine disc.”

Déjà Review: this review was first published in February 2002 and the recording is still available.

“…The Northern Sinfonia under Richard Hickox are splendid in their support of guitarist Craig Ogden whose considered approach to these works is apparent. Of course the strong personality of their dedicatee, Julian Bream, is ever present but Ogden more than rises to the task. A fine disc.”

Andy Daly – Musicwebinternational.com – 25 February 2024

“…the couplings aptly demonstrate the siblings’ extraordinary range. Fanny’s Gartenlieder cycle represents a most agreeable discovery … It all adds up to a strong recommendation from me …”

“…the couplings aptly demonstrate the siblings’ extraordinary range. Fanny’s Gartenlieder cycle represents a most agreeable discovery … It all adds up to a strong recommendation from me …”

Richard Hanlon – Musicwebinternational.com – 27 February 2024

“…The sonata by Mel Bonis …, is perhaps the most revelatory piece – richly Romantic, with occasional undertones of the composer’s teacher Franck. Urioste makes the most of the first movement’s arching chromatic lines, presenting an effortlessly suave sound; she and Poster also compelling capture its languid mood….”

“…The sonata by Mel Bonis …, is perhaps the most revelatory piece – richly Romantic, with occasional undertones of the composer’s teacher Franck. Urioste makes the most of the first movement’s arching chromatic lines, presenting an effortlessly suave sound; she and Poster also compelling capture its languid mood….”

Edward Bhesania – The Strad – March 2024
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