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Covid-19: Update: 23rd July 2020

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 delivery times will vary regionally, and may take significantly longer than usual, depending on your location.  Please note that we will not be despatching orders to countries placed ‘on suspension’ by UK’s Royal Mail. We thank you for your understanding, and wish all our customers a healthy outcome!

Gramophone Awards

BBCSO, Bergen Phil & CBSO Orchestral nominees

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Korngold BBC triumph!

Korngold wins Orchestral BBC Music Award 2020

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Schonberg: Erwartung etc

'Record of the week' on BBC 3's Record Review

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Dido & Aeneas

Chaconne release BBC 3's Recommended Recording!

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Sunday Times Pick

Shostakovich is Sunday Times Album of the Week!

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Gerard Schurmann

Remembering Gerard, who passed on 24 March at 96.

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Parry: Judith

BBC Record Review
'Record of the week'

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Colli IP Cover Star

Federico Colli on latest International Piano magazine

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Bartok with Bavouzet

BBC Building a Library recommended recording

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Reicha 250 Anniversary

Enjoy Ivan Ilic's celebrated docu-series on composer.

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Ralph Couzens Interview

Presto interviews Managing Director Ralph Couzens

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Louis Lortie

Louis Lortie’s thirty-year relationship with Chandos Records has produced a catalogue of over 45 recordings, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky. Current projects include the five Saint-Saëns piano concertos with Edward Gardner, solo piano works by Fauré and the complete works of Chopin.

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Performance ****      Recording ****

“… the work [Die Seejungfrau] has an unmistakable cumulative power, and its iridescent orchestration is as beautiful as anyone’s… the players [NPO] rise impressively to the score’s intricate technical demands, and Marc Albrecht’s conducting has superb sweep and sureness of purpose.”

Performance ****      Recording ****

“… the work [Die Seejungfrau] has an unmistakable cumulative power, and its iridescent orchestration is as beautiful as anyone’s… the players [NPO] rise impressively to the score’s intricate technical demands, and Marc Albrecht’s conducting has superb sweep and sureness of purpose.”

Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music magazine - September 2020

Performance ****      Recording ****

“… Soloist Suzuki, with the lively and responsive partnership of the Bach Collegium Japan provide invigorating performances… Masamitsu San’ nomiya is an expressive oboist, and his eloquent dialogue with Suzuki is pleasing.”

Performance ****      Recording ****

“… Soloist Suzuki, with the lively and responsive partnership of the Bach Collegium Japan provide invigorating performances… Masamitsu San’ nomiya is an expressive oboist, and his eloquent dialogue with Suzuki is pleasing.”

Nicholas Anderson - BBC Music magazine - September 2020

Performance ****      Recording *****

“… what makes this fine-honed account stand out from the pack is the inclusion of Astor Piazolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (arranged expertly by Peter von Wienhardt), which season by season introduces each concerto in the traditional Vivaldi order – Spring Summer, Autumn and Winter… Steinbacher treads the fine line between Argentinian heat and Parisian cool with flair and sensitivity…”

Performance ****      Recording *****

“… what makes this fine-honed account stand out from the pack is the inclusion of Astor Piazolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (arranged expertly by Peter von Wienhardt), which season by season introduces each concerto in the traditional Vivaldi order – Spring Summer, Autumn and Winter… Steinbacher treads the fine line between Argentinian heat and Parisian cool with flair and sensitivity…”

Julian Haylock - BBC Music magazine - September 2020
Performance ****      Recording *****
"... The recording combines a lovely, resonant acoustic with well-focused details."
Performance ****      Recording *****
"... The recording combines a lovely, resonant acoustic with well-focused details."
Kate Bolton-Porciatti – BBC Music magazine – September 2020

Opera Choice

Performance *****      Recording *****

“… Gianandrea Noseda and his Danish forces offer a thrilling account of this masterpiece, its all-important orchestral detail meticulously realised. As the prisoner, Michael Nagy is alive to every nuance of the role. Stephan Rügamer’s caressing voice is ideal for the falsely sympathetic jailer too… A thrilling disc, splendidly recorded.”

Opera Choice

Performance *****      Recording *****

“… Gianandrea Noseda and his Danish forces offer a thrilling account of this masterpiece, its all-important orchestral detail meticulously realised. As the prisoner, Michael Nagy is alive to every nuance of the role. Stephan Rügamer’s caressing voice is ideal for the falsely sympathetic jailer too… A thrilling disc, splendidly recorded.”

Misha Donat – BBC Music magazine – September 2020

Performance *****      Recording *****

“This new version of Mascagni’s one-act wonder is everything that verismo should be: intense, passionate and heart stopping as it reaches its grisly climax. Marek Janowski working with his own orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, transforms what is often a lumbering warhorse into a Wagnerian thoroughbred… And his [Janowski] orchestra rewards him with some sumptuous playing – particularly the strings – and always a scrupulous attention to detail. The youngish cast is on point too…”

Performance *****      Recording *****

“This new version of Mascagni’s one-act wonder is everything that verismo should be: intense, passionate and heart stopping as it reaches its grisly climax. Marek Janowski working with his own orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, transforms what is often a lumbering warhorse into a Wagnerian thoroughbred… And his [Janowski] orchestra rewards him with some sumptuous playing – particularly the strings – and always a scrupulous attention to detail. The youngish cast is on point too…”

Christopher Cook - BBC Music magazine - September 2020

Performance ***     Recording ****

“… Vocally, Elsa Dresig’s neat, precise Martiana and Marion Lebègue’s purposeful Lazarille (who is given a very pretty lullaby) represent the best of a recommendable account based on solid choral and orchestral foundations, all overseen by a conductor whose enthusiasm proves infections.”

Performance ***     Recording ****

“… Vocally, Elsa Dresig’s neat, precise Martiana and Marion Lebègue’s purposeful Lazarille (who is given a very pretty lullaby) represent the best of a recommendable account based on solid choral and orchestral foundations, all overseen by a conductor whose enthusiasm proves infections.”

George Hall - BBC Music magazine - September 2020
Performance ****      Recording **
""... This is a live recording, with audible coughs, bangs and page-turns, but the performance itself fizzes with exuberance. Mert Süngü, a tenor in the Flórez vein, brings great expressive rdour to the role of Peleo, and Eleonora Bellocci is his vocally-radiant bride. The dieties perform their musical acrobatics with agility and dramatic commitment: Leonor Bonilla gives a stand-out performance as Cerere..."

 

Performance ****      Recording **
""... This is a live recording, with audible coughs, bangs and page-turns, but the performance itself fizzes with exuberance. Mert Süngü, a tenor in the Flórez vein, brings great expressive rdour to the role of Peleo, and Eleonora Bellocci is his vocally-radiant bride. The dieties perform their musical acrobatics with agility and dramatic commitment: Leonor Bonilla gives a stand-out performance as Cerere..."

 

Alexandra Wilson - BBC Music magazine - September 2020

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