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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.

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2017 Grammy nominations

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

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Editor’s Choice – Orchestral Section

“... Job receives a performance of striking composure, lustre and palpable dedication. Not only do the Bergen Philharmonic respond with notable poise and eagerness (solo contributions are of the highest quality throughout), Davis conducts with unobtrusive authority as well as a sure hand on the structural tiller, uncovering a wealth of telling harmonic and textural detail along the way ... There’s heaps to praise too, in Davis’s scrupulously observant and nobly unforced conception of the Ninth Symphony ... a mightily impressive Ninth ...”

Editor’s Choice – Orchestral Section

“... Job receives a performance of striking composure, lustre and palpable dedication. Not only do the Bergen Philharmonic respond with notable poise and eagerness (solo contributions are of the highest quality throughout), Davis conducts with unobtrusive authority as well as a sure hand on the structural tiller, uncovering a wealth of telling harmonic and textural detail along the way ... There’s heaps to praise too, in Davis’s scrupulously observant and nobly unforced conception of the Ninth Symphony ... a mightily impressive Ninth ...”

Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – March 2017

“Edward Gardner directs the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in a traversal of Holst’s The Planets that genuinely excites in its combustible power, enormous physical impact and technical accomplishment. Insights are plentiful ...”

“Edward Gardner directs the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in a traversal of Holst’s The Planets that genuinely excites in its combustible power, enormous physical impact and technical accomplishment. Insights are plentiful ...”

Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - March 2017
"... intriguing and entertaining disc."
"... intriguing and entertaining disc."
Richard Bratby - Gramophone magazine – February 2017

“...It’s great to have Marin Alsop’s fine interpretations, splendidly played by the Baltimore Symphony and with the benefit of Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s superb pianism in ‘The Age of Anxiety’. The recorded sound is excellent. It’s punchy and immediate and with ample body, which is just what this music needs. “

“...It’s great to have Marin Alsop’s fine interpretations, splendidly played by the Baltimore Symphony and with the benefit of Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s superb pianism in ‘The Age of Anxiety’. The recorded sound is excellent. It’s punchy and immediate and with ample body, which is just what this music needs. “

John Quinn – MusicWeb-International.com – February 2017

"...Marin Alsop, a specialist in music of Leonard Bernstein, has several disks with the Bournemouth Symphony. With the Baltimore Symphony, of which she has been music director since 2007, she directed their acclaimed version of the Mass, and the following year, Symphony No. 3: Kaddish. Now we have this outstanding disk coupling the first two symphonies, Jeremiah and The Age of Anxiety. These are early works of the composer, fresh and original, devoid of the pretentious scope of his last symphony, and they are presented with style. Jennifer Johnson Cano is a rich mezzo for the final movement of Symphony No. 1, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet could not be bettered in the major piano part in Anxiety. …Audio is state-of-the-art. …Don’t miss this terrific issue!"

"...Marin Alsop, a specialist in music of Leonard Bernstein, has several disks with the Bournemouth Symphony. With the Baltimore Symphony, of which she has been music director since 2007, she directed their acclaimed version of the Mass, and the following year, Symphony No. 3: Kaddish. Now we have this outstanding disk coupling the first two symphonies, Jeremiah and The Age of Anxiety. These are early works of the composer, fresh and original, devoid of the pretentious scope of his last symphony, and they are presented with style. Jennifer Johnson Cano is a rich mezzo for the final movement of Symphony No. 1, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet could not be bettered in the major piano part in Anxiety. …Audio is state-of-the-art. …Don’t miss this terrific issue!"

Robert Benson – ClassicalCDReview – February 2017

“With its layers of fiercely bubbling musical lava, the volatile Second Symphony (‘The Age of Anxiety’) boasts virtuosic flair from the Baltimore players, Alsop whipping things along with involving pace and a fine ear for detail and dynamics.”  *****

“With its layers of fiercely bubbling musical lava, the volatile Second Symphony (‘The Age of Anxiety’) boasts virtuosic flair from the Baltimore players, Alsop whipping things along with involving pace and a fine ear for detail and dynamics.”  *****

Michael Quinn – ClasicalEar – January 2017

Disc of the Week

“…the prominent piano part is performed enthusiastically by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Bernstein disciple Marin Alsop with just the right combination of understanding, affection and pizazz.”

Disc of the Week

“…the prominent piano part is performed enthusiastically by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Bernstein disciple Marin Alsop with just the right combination of understanding, affection and pizazz.”

Andrew McGregor – BBC Radio 3 – January 2017

Artistic Quality  10         Sound Quality 10

"...In the central Profanation movement, Alsop really does outdo Bernstein himself; the playing of the Baltimore Symphony here is sensational, and in the finale Jennifer Johnson Cano sings with great sensitivity and a beautiful tone. The tragic climaxes hit you right in the gut. In the Second Symphony, Jean-Yves Thibaudet offers a first class account of his solo part. The Masque is especially outstanding—virtuosic but at the same time nicely “cool.” Again, I don’t think that Bernstein could have done better, and as suggested above the engineering is also rock solid and brilliant by turns. A marvelous release by any standard."

Artistic Quality  10         Sound Quality 10

"...In the central Profanation movement, Alsop really does outdo Bernstein himself; the playing of the Baltimore Symphony here is sensational, and in the finale Jennifer Johnson Cano sings with great sensitivity and a beautiful tone. The tragic climaxes hit you right in the gut. In the Second Symphony, Jean-Yves Thibaudet offers a first class account of his solo part. The Masque is especially outstanding—virtuosic but at the same time nicely “cool.” Again, I don’t think that Bernstein could have done better, and as suggested above the engineering is also rock solid and brilliant by turns. A marvelous release by any standard."

David Hurwitz – ClassicsToday.com – January 2017

“... The BBC Philharmonic under Rumon Gamba have a ball playing this music ... Artwork, picture stills, comprehensive music notes and a fine recording add their own allure to this significant addition to Alwyn’s cinematic output.”

“... The BBC Philharmonic under Rumon Gamba have a ball playing this music ... Artwork, picture stills, comprehensive music notes and a fine recording add their own allure to this significant addition to Alwyn’s cinematic output.”

Adrian Edwards – Gramophone magazine – March 2017

Recording of the Month

"... I commend Petrenko's as one of the finest modern cycle of Tchaikovsky's symphonies currently available."
 

Recording of the Month

"... I commend Petrenko's as one of the finest modern cycle of Tchaikovsky's symphonies currently available."
 

Mark Pullinger - Gramophone magazine - February 2017
Editor's Choice - February 2017
Editor's Choice - February 2017
Colin Anderson – classicalsource.com – February 2017
Editor's Choice - February 2017
Editor's Choice - February 2017
Colin Anderson – classicalsource.com – February 2017
Editor’s Choice – February 2017
Editor’s Choice – February 2017
Colin Anderson – classicalsource.com – 28 February 2017
"...Three Russians and a German—Barakhovsky, Zemtsov, Nebolsin, and Schmidt—contributed to these fine performances. …they perform these works with all the freshness and passion of a new love or a new discovery."
"...Three Russians and a German—Barakhovsky, Zemtsov, Nebolsin, and Schmidt—contributed to these fine performances. …they perform these works with all the freshness and passion of a new love or a new discovery."
Phil Muse - Audio Video Club of Atlanta - February 2017
"...The four players here have been active over much of Western Europe, but all have had some Russian training. Their Brahms is rich and expressive, unmannered and technically secure. Tempos are in the conventional range with no attempts at showiness or virtuosity. All four are terrific players, but I was most taken with pianist Nebolsin, who plays with subtle grace and admirable clarity. A fine job all around."
"...The four players here have been active over much of Western Europe, but all have had some Russian training. Their Brahms is rich and expressive, unmannered and technically secure. Tempos are in the conventional range with no attempts at showiness or virtuosity. All four are terrific players, but I was most taken with pianist Nebolsin, who plays with subtle grace and admirable clarity. A fine job all around."
Paul L Althouse - American Record Guide - March 2017
**** Excellent
**** Excellent
Lorenzo Tozzi - Musica magazine (Italy) - February 2017

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