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'Immense and implacable power, astonishing'

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Ivan Ilić signs with Chandos

The pianist has signed a multi-album recording contract, starting with Reicha's music.

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Find all about all about Hi-Res and USB Fidelity and get discounts on Chandos SACDs releases.

 

2 labels join our website

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'Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays dazzling Mozart concertos.'

Pianist (Feb. 2017)

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"... Performances are sensitive and polished and sonics are clear, clean, and realistic. Wind players and listeners drawn to their repertoire will find much of interest in these unpretentious and enjoyable sonatas."
"... Performances are sensitive and polished and sonics are clear, clean, and realistic. Wind players and listeners drawn to their repertoire will find much of interest in these unpretentious and enjoyable sonatas."
Mark Lehman - American Record Guide - March/April 2017
"This young German ensemble plays beautifully with a light touch, fleet tempos ... The first two works shine with this treatment... I will go back to this recording for the first two performances, some of the best Haydn quartet playing I've heard in recent years."
"This young German ensemble plays beautifully with a light touch, fleet tempos ... The first two works shine with this treatment... I will go back to this recording for the first two performances, some of the best Haydn quartet playing I've heard in recent years."
Stephen Chakwin - American Record Guide - March/April 2017
"...Opera lafayette is an opera company in Washington DC, that has specialized in 18th Century operas. This performance is an complete sucess. The singers are excellent and know how to stress the comic elements and keep the plot light and fluffy. Ryan Brown conducts the orchestra and chorus in a fleet-footed manner... I found this short comic one a delight. The sound is excellent ..."
"...Opera lafayette is an opera company in Washington DC, that has specialized in 18th Century operas. This performance is an complete sucess. The singers are excellent and know how to stress the comic elements and keep the plot light and fluffy. Ryan Brown conducts the orchestra and chorus in a fleet-footed manner... I found this short comic one a delight. The sound is excellent ..."
Elliot Fisch - American Record Guide - March/April 2017
"... It'd be easy to overlook this, but you'd miss out on some beautiful strange sounds and viscerally thrilling pianism."
"... It'd be easy to overlook this, but you'd miss out on some beautiful strange sounds and viscerally thrilling pianism."
Stephen Wright - American Record Guide - March/April 2017
"... full of charm, brilliance, playfulness, and bewildering variety. This welcome recital gives us three chamber works from various eras, each distinctly different, performed by the superb New York Music Ensemble ..."
"... full of charm, brilliance, playfulness, and bewildering variety. This welcome recital gives us three chamber works from various eras, each distinctly different, performed by the superb New York Music Ensemble ..."
Jack Sullivan - American Record Guide - March/April 2017

“This wonderful Fauré recital is labelled Volume 1, so I expect several more discs to com ... The 20 tracks are a well thought and well ordered group that has been a pleasure to listen to many times. Lortie, a renowned French Canadian pianist, has the maturity, musical sensibilities, and technique to begin a series in such a promising manner... He [Lorte] plays a beautifully prepared Fazioli piano, with exemplary sound captured by Chandos and excellent booklet essays.”

“This wonderful Fauré recital is labelled Volume 1, so I expect several more discs to com ... The 20 tracks are a well thought and well ordered group that has been a pleasure to listen to many times. Lortie, a renowned French Canadian pianist, has the maturity, musical sensibilities, and technique to begin a series in such a promising manner... He [Lorte] plays a beautifully prepared Fazioli piano, with exemplary sound captured by Chandos and excellent booklet essays.”

James Harrington – American Record Guide – March/April 2017
"If you like Holmboe, Nielsen or Vainberg, you'll like Einar Englund's 1981 violin concerto. The language is stoic and noble, chromatic but essentially tonal, and romantic in spirit... Sound is good, performances strong ..." 
"If you like Holmboe, Nielsen or Vainberg, you'll like Einar Englund's 1981 violin concerto. The language is stoic and noble, chromatic but essentially tonal, and romantic in spirit... Sound is good, performances strong ..." 
Stephen Wright - American Record Guide - March/April 2017
"..."... very well played and exciting, worthy of shelf-space..."
"..."... very well played and exciting, worthy of shelf-space..."
Paul Althouse - American Record Guide - March/April 2017
"... impressive and highly entertaining score. In the operetta canon, this is a true musical find. There are beautiful love songs, lively dances and choruses, and snappy comedy numbers that will not only raise your spirits but will require immediate replay. The performances are effercescent and you can sense that the cast and audience is having a good time. All the performers in the very large cast are excellent. The sound is very good,"
"... impressive and highly entertaining score. In the operetta canon, this is a true musical find. There are beautiful love songs, lively dances and choruses, and snappy comedy numbers that will not only raise your spirits but will require immediate replay. The performances are effercescent and you can sense that the cast and audience is having a good time. All the performers in the very large cast are excellent. The sound is very good,"
Elliot Fisch - American Record Guide - March/April 2017
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BBC Radio 3 Record Review
"... The ensemble plays expressively together with good balance of voice, flute, and continuo. Their sound is vivid and at the same time warm and lovely..."
"... The ensemble plays expressively together with good balance of voice, flute, and continuo. Their sound is vivid and at the same time warm and lovely..."
Robert Moore - American Record Guide - March/April 2017
"...This is an opportunity to hear works that look back to the Baroque and forward to the classical style of Haydn. Their playing makes about as good a case for this music as imaginable. If music of this transitional period appeals to you, you can't go wrong with these warm and glowing performances."
"...This is an opportunity to hear works that look back to the Baroque and forward to the classical style of Haydn. Their playing makes about as good a case for this music as imaginable. If music of this transitional period appeals to you, you can't go wrong with these warm and glowing performances."
Robert Moore - American Record Guide - March/April 2017
"... thoroughly fluent performances and idiomatic interpretations from all the players, using copies of period instruments."
"... thoroughly fluent performances and idiomatic interpretations from all the players, using copies of period instruments."
Tom Moore - American Record Guide - March/April 2017
"... Rykkvin displays a remarkable vocal agility with a clean and pure tone and excellent intonation. He sings with great aplomb ... His artistry is remarkable for one of his age, and listeners who admire the sound of a first-rate boy treble will not be disappointed."
"... Rykkvin displays a remarkable vocal agility with a clean and pure tone and excellent intonation. He sings with great aplomb ... His artistry is remarkable for one of his age, and listeners who admire the sound of a first-rate boy treble will not be disappointed."
William Gatens - American Records Guide - January/February 2017
"... Henk Neven's medium weight baritone is smooth and elegant, he sings with the panache needed. He's alert to textual nuance, and his diction is clean and clear. His readings will stand up against any competition. Hans Eijsackers is always alert to the mood of the music, and the two artists collaborate effectively..."
"... Henk Neven's medium weight baritone is smooth and elegant, he sings with the panache needed. He's alert to textual nuance, and his diction is clean and clear. His readings will stand up against any competition. Hans Eijsackers is always alert to the mood of the music, and the two artists collaborate effectively..."
Robert Moore - American Record Guide - January/February 2017
"... The performances are outstanding. I haven't heard singing of this high level in many years. Ms Devos and Ms Meng have splendid, solid and beautiful voices that emphasize the words with remarkable meaning and clarity. The Quator Giardini plays splendidly in the instrumental selections and to accompany the singers. The sound is excellent ..."
"... The performances are outstanding. I haven't heard singing of this high level in many years. Ms Devos and Ms Meng have splendid, solid and beautiful voices that emphasize the words with remarkable meaning and clarity. The Quator Giardini plays splendidly in the instrumental selections and to accompany the singers. The sound is excellent ..."
Elliot Fisch - American Record Guide - January/February 2017

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