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Editor's Choice

'Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays dazzling Mozart concertos.'

Pianist (Feb. 2017)

 

BBC Magazine Awards

Congratulations to all our label partners nominated at this year's BBC Music Magazine Awards!

 

Edward Gardner

renews his contract with the Bergen PO for another 3 years.

Full article here

 

2017 Grammy nominations

Neeme Järvi conducts Ibert Janácek: Glagolitic Mass           Fitelberg: Chamber Works

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Programme *****         Performance *****         Recording *****         Presentation *****

"... I found the blend of works appropriate, and all the compositions and arrangements of quality... The production quality of the recording is clear, and the interpretation and performances realised by Michael Fowles are both musically and technically outstanding throughout. In my view, this disc is a serious musical offering that has lasting quality and should be inclused in the libraries of all followers of brass band music."

Programme *****         Performance *****         Recording *****         Presentation *****

"... I found the blend of works appropriate, and all the compositions and arrangements of quality... The production quality of the recording is clear, and the interpretation and performances realised by Michael Fowles are both musically and technically outstanding throughout. In my view, this disc is a serious musical offering that has lasting quality and should be inclused in the libraries of all followers of brass band music."

Nigel Clarke - Brass Band World magazine - February 2017
"Jakob Lindberg has well and truly earned his reputation as one of the top lute players in the world. In this fine recital, he performs the music of Francesco da Milano, Marco dall’Aquila and Alberto da Mantova... A lovely homage to the great lute masters of the past." ****
"Jakob Lindberg has well and truly earned his reputation as one of the top lute players in the world. In this fine recital, he performs the music of Francesco da Milano, Marco dall’Aquila and Alberto da Mantova... A lovely homage to the great lute masters of the past." ****
Paul-Balham-Cross - limelightmagzine.com.au - 16 February 2017

“...So much to enjoy here, so much that makes me want to listen again. Perhaps perversely I began my deep dive into this set with the final sonata, Opus 111, which contains qualities that recommend the set as a whole: a sense of urgent dispatch, the intensity of Bavouzet’s rhythmic flow, the sheer unadorned beauty as those final double-trills seem to transcend the sonata ideal, and perhaps music, into the fabric of sound itself. The muscle Bavouzet brings to the Hammerklavier is athletically honed rather than stodgy. Beethoven’s Fugue becomes a high-wire act again; Bavouzet plays the notes expertly, yes, but with an improvisational freedom that lets them take over the asylum. I also admire the almost disinterested air with which he tackles Opus 90, letting Beethoven’s material tell its own story – which is enough."  *****

“...So much to enjoy here, so much that makes me want to listen again. Perhaps perversely I began my deep dive into this set with the final sonata, Opus 111, which contains qualities that recommend the set as a whole: a sense of urgent dispatch, the intensity of Bavouzet’s rhythmic flow, the sheer unadorned beauty as those final double-trills seem to transcend the sonata ideal, and perhaps music, into the fabric of sound itself. The muscle Bavouzet brings to the Hammerklavier is athletically honed rather than stodgy. Beethoven’s Fugue becomes a high-wire act again; Bavouzet plays the notes expertly, yes, but with an improvisational freedom that lets them take over the asylum. I also admire the almost disinterested air with which he tackles Opus 90, letting Beethoven’s material tell its own story – which is enough."  *****

Philip Clark - Limelight.com (Australia) - 16 February 2017

"This extremely well performed and recorded, 77 minute Chandos album, allows the adventurous to discover two of RVW’s more interesting works... The ballet, Job, was created in 1927 Much of the music is however excellent.  And some parts are very beautiful, such as Elihu’s Dance of Youth and Beauty, which is very reminiscent of the Lark.The sleeve note here details the complicated plot, and gives all the information needed to make this a most enjoyable listen... This 33 minute symphony [Sym No 9] is well worth discovering, and shows what an extraordinary musician RVW was, keeping his creativity and his inspiration going until the very end."  

"This extremely well performed and recorded, 77 minute Chandos album, allows the adventurous to discover two of RVW’s more interesting works... The ballet, Job, was created in 1927 Much of the music is however excellent.  And some parts are very beautiful, such as Elihu’s Dance of Youth and Beauty, which is very reminiscent of the Lark.The sleeve note here details the complicated plot, and gives all the information needed to make this a most enjoyable listen... This 33 minute symphony [Sym No 9] is well worth discovering, and shows what an extraordinary musician RVW was, keeping his creativity and his inspiration going until the very end."  

David Mellor - Classic FM - February 2017
“... Andrew Davis, vastly experienced as a conductor of this composer, is every bit as idiomatic as the score’s dedicatee and finds the Bergen Philharmonic in virtuoso and sensitive form. From pastoral and hymnal beauty through heart-rending eloquence to Satan’s maniacal music via transcendent eruptions to a return-journey ‘Epilogue’ of rapt tenderness, this is music that gets under the skin and haunts the listener long afterwards... Andrew Davis conducts an inspired performance, superbly recorded, as is Job, the credit for the Domkirken no doubt acknowledging the organ that Job requires and which is specified in detail in the booklet...”     *****
“... Andrew Davis, vastly experienced as a conductor of this composer, is every bit as idiomatic as the score’s dedicatee and finds the Bergen Philharmonic in virtuoso and sensitive form. From pastoral and hymnal beauty through heart-rending eloquence to Satan’s maniacal music via transcendent eruptions to a return-journey ‘Epilogue’ of rapt tenderness, this is music that gets under the skin and haunts the listener long afterwards... Andrew Davis conducts an inspired performance, superbly recorded, as is Job, the credit for the Domkirken no doubt acknowledging the organ that Job requires and which is specified in detail in the booklet...”     *****
Colin Anderson – classicalsource.com – February 2017
“... Edward Gardner’s conducting of Strauss’s Nietzsche-inspired symphonic poem is impressively flowing and direct while still being flexible and also alive to small details; in return the member of the National Youth Orchestra play with confidence poise and bravura, and a lack of indulgence on Gardner’s part is refreshing to the music as a whole... However, it’s The Planets that takes the bouquets ... this is a notable version of The Planets.”    ****
“... Edward Gardner’s conducting of Strauss’s Nietzsche-inspired symphonic poem is impressively flowing and direct while still being flexible and also alive to small details; in return the member of the National Youth Orchestra play with confidence poise and bravura, and a lack of indulgence on Gardner’s part is refreshing to the music as a whole... However, it’s The Planets that takes the bouquets ... this is a notable version of The Planets.”    ****
Colin Anderson – classicalsource.com – February 2017
"...strange but interesting." ****
"...strange but interesting." ****
Rebecca Franks - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - March 2017
"Pianist Natalya Pasichnyk and friends explore rare gems from the time of Soviet occupation of Ukraine ... strong performances." ****
"Pianist Natalya Pasichnyk and friends explore rare gems from the time of Soviet occupation of Ukraine ... strong performances." ****
Elinor Cooper - BBC Music magazine (Brief notes section) - March 2017
"You'll be hard pushed to find a disc of Pärt choral music more enjoyable than this. Immaculate control and balance does not mean lack of drama - there's intensity and vibrancy too." *****
"You'll be hard pushed to find a disc of Pärt choral music more enjoyable than this. Immaculate control and balance does not mean lack of drama - there's intensity and vibrancy too." *****
Jeremy Pound - BBC Music magazine (Brief notes section) - March 2017
"Interspersed with songs, this is an indispensable introduction to Nielsen's organ music ..."  ****
"Interspersed with songs, this is an indispensable introduction to Nielsen's organ music ..."  ****
Jeremy Pound - BBC Music magazine (Brief notes section) - March 2017
"... this versatile young soprano records the great Mozart/Da Ponte arias, attractively ..."  ****
"... this versatile young soprano records the great Mozart/Da Ponte arias, attractively ..."  ****
Michael Scott Rohan - BBC Music Magazine (Brief Notes Section) - March 2017
"Lively, refined performances of two significant 20th-century Hungarians..."  ****
"Lively, refined performances of two significant 20th-century Hungarians..."  ****
Rebecca Franks - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - March 2017
“...This music certainly brings out good things in the Tickle-Fiddlers, who fully justify their name. There is real joy in the music-making. The ensemble-playing, under the artistic direction of Robert Rawson, is crisp and buoyant. And even the soloists – cellist Kinga Gáborjáni, violinist Rodolfo Richter and harpsichordist David Wright, who contributes a delicate fugue by Bohuslav Matej Cernohorský – wear their virtuosity lightly.”
“...This music certainly brings out good things in the Tickle-Fiddlers, who fully justify their name. There is real joy in the music-making. The ensemble-playing, under the artistic direction of Robert Rawson, is crisp and buoyant. And even the soloists – cellist Kinga Gáborjáni, violinist Rodolfo Richter and harpsichordist David Wright, who contributes a delicate fugue by Bohuslav Matej Cernohorský – wear their virtuosity lightly.”
Hanna Nepil – Gramophone magazine – February 2017

“... These performances of his [Guretzky] concertos are every bit as frisky and fun as the music itself.”  ****

“... These performances of his [Guretzky] concertos are every bit as frisky and fun as the music itself.”  ****

Jeremy Pound – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – March 2017
"Colourful and characterful playing by this Lugano-based orchestra makes this exploration of music by 20th-century Italian composers a pleasure. Casella's quirky and quick Divertimento per fulvia is a particular treat."  ****
"Colourful and characterful playing by this Lugano-based orchestra makes this exploration of music by 20th-century Italian composers a pleasure. Casella's quirky and quick Divertimento per fulvia is a particular treat."  ****
Elinor Cooper - BBC Music magazine (Brief notes section) - March 2017
"These are good performances ... sparkling performances of Byrd's Laudibus in sanctis." ***
"These are good performances ... sparkling performances of Byrd's Laudibus in sanctis." ***
Elinor Cooper - BBC Music magazine (Brief notes section) - March 2017

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