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Editor's Choice

'Technical perfection allied to insight'

Gramophone (June 2017)

 

Welcome to Federico Colli

Leeds Competition winner embarks on a Scarlatti series

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Editor's Choice

'A brilliant recording all around, and an important one'

Gramophone (June 2017)

 

Instrumental Choice

'This is altogether exceptional music making'

BBC Music (May. 2017)

 

Gordon Langford

We announce the death of our dear friend Gordon Langford on 18th April 2017. He was a composer,  (with thousands of fans in the Brass Band world) pianist and close friend and colleague of the founder of Chandos Records, Mr Brian Couzens. May he rest in peace.

 

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'Immense and implacable power, astonishing'

BBC Music (Apr. 2017)

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Performance ****         Recording *****

"... performed with commitment and great immediacy by conductor Ernst Theis and an excellent team of singers and instrumentalists."

Performance ****         Recording *****

"... performed with commitment and great immediacy by conductor Ernst Theis and an excellent team of singers and instrumentalists."

Erik Levi - BBC Music magazine - June 2017
Performance ****          Recording *****
 
"... As Emilia, Roberta Invernizzi brings tremendous style and imagination to Porpora's 'Priva del caro sposo' and Hasse's 'Vede il nocchier la sponda', while Lucia Cirillo (Marzia) scintillates in Vinci's showstopper, 'Vo scolcando un mar crudele."
Performance ****          Recording *****
 
"... As Emilia, Roberta Invernizzi brings tremendous style and imagination to Porpora's 'Priva del caro sposo' and Hasse's 'Vede il nocchier la sponda', while Lucia Cirillo (Marzia) scintillates in Vinci's showstopper, 'Vo scolcando un mar crudele."
Anna Picard - BBC Music magazine - June 2017
Performance ****          Recording ****
Performance ****          Recording ****
Anthony Burton - BBC Music magazine - June 2017

Performance ****             Recording *****

"...This is a really enjoyable recording, in excellent sound."
 

Performance ****             Recording *****

"...This is a really enjoyable recording, in excellent sound."
 

Rebecca Franks - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - June 2017
Performance ****          Recording *****
Performance ****          Recording *****
Stephen Johnson - BBC Music magazine - June 2017
 Recording of the Month
 
Performance *****          Recording *****

"... McCreesh revels in Haydn's masterly skills in writing for orchestra, choir and soloists borne of decades of experience and sheer hard work - as well, of course, as innate genius... McCreesh's conducting is responsive to every subtle shade within Haydn's grand spiritual vision..." 

 Recording of the Month
 
Performance *****          Recording *****

"... McCreesh revels in Haydn's masterly skills in writing for orchestra, choir and soloists borne of decades of experience and sheer hard work - as well, of course, as innate genius... McCreesh's conducting is responsive to every subtle shade within Haydn's grand spiritual vision..." 

George Hall - BBC Music magazine - JUne 2017

Artistic Quality 10            Sound Quality 10

"After hearing the excellent Book 3 in this series from Marco Longhini and his Delitiae Musicae, I had to go back and hear the recording of Book 2—and just like its successor, this one is another winner. You have only to hear the opening two-part Non si levav’ancor l’alba novella to understand how a work in this genre could be called a masterpiece. And while the singing on this disc and in these madrigals is sometimes more aggressive and emphatic than in Book 3, some of this can be attributed to the engineering (and perhaps the different venue), with its closer perspective and higher recording level. The rest is simply due to the different character of the music, which the ensemble captures with nothing less than exemplary style and captivating, scintillating vocalism. These unusual all-male Monteverdi madrigal performances are turning out to be the versions of choice—definitely worth serious attention ".

Artistic Quality 10            Sound Quality 10

"After hearing the excellent Book 3 in this series from Marco Longhini and his Delitiae Musicae, I had to go back and hear the recording of Book 2—and just like its successor, this one is another winner. You have only to hear the opening two-part Non si levav’ancor l’alba novella to understand how a work in this genre could be called a masterpiece. And while the singing on this disc and in these madrigals is sometimes more aggressive and emphatic than in Book 3, some of this can be attributed to the engineering (and perhaps the different venue), with its closer perspective and higher recording level. The rest is simply due to the different character of the music, which the ensemble captures with nothing less than exemplary style and captivating, scintillating vocalism. These unusual all-male Monteverdi madrigal performances are turning out to be the versions of choice—definitely worth serious attention ".

David Vernier – Classics Today.com – February 2017

"Judging this release on its own, one might report "modified rapture", in WS Gilbert's phrase. Book 1 was published in 1587 when Monteverdi was not yet 20. Representing his first ventures into the established idiom of the five-voice madrigal, it shows him with a sharp eye for worthy texts and an accomplished skill in setting them...As the only current recording of Book 1, this release will appeal to the earnest Monteverdi collector."

"Judging this release on its own, one might report "modified rapture", in WS Gilbert's phrase. Book 1 was published in 1587 when Monteverdi was not yet 20. Representing his first ventures into the established idiom of the five-voice madrigal, it shows him with a sharp eye for worthy texts and an accomplished skill in setting them...As the only current recording of Book 1, this release will appeal to the earnest Monteverdi collector."

John Barker – American Records Guide – August 2003

“... The Monteverdi disc is important for filling in nearly all of the remaining unrecorded items in the composer’s discography…the performances are so winning is a necessary part of the choice… “

“... The Monteverdi disc is important for filling in nearly all of the remaining unrecorded items in the composer’s discography…the performances are so winning is a necessary part of the choice… “

JF Weber – Fanfare – November 1999
"...Strings and voices are all finely focused... Ornamentation sounds spontaneous, and the central "ballo" is highly stylised... Combattimento...contains some sparklingly fast patter as Tancredi fights Clorinda, hi beloved, in disguise."
"...Strings and voices are all finely focused... Ornamentation sounds spontaneous, and the central "ballo" is highly stylised... Combattimento...contains some sparklingly fast patter as Tancredi fights Clorinda, hi beloved, in disguise."
BBC Music magazine - October 1996
" ...this is among the most convincing performance of these works I have heard"
" ...this is among the most convincing performance of these works I have heard"
Early Music Review

“A fresh take on the sacred works of a 20th-century French master by one of England's finest. “  ★★★★½ 

“A fresh take on the sacred works of a 20th-century French master by one of England's finest. “  ★★★★½ 

Alexandra Coghlan - Limelightmagazine.com.au – 12 May 2017
“.A lovingly curated and recorded triptych by a senior Brit master. “  *****
“.A lovingly curated and recorded triptych by a senior Brit master. “  *****
Brett Allen-Bayes – Limelightmagazine.com – 12 May 2017
"... this is one of the most charming and delightful double CDs you will ever encounter. Light and jolly salon music of the very highest quality ..."
"... this is one of the most charming and delightful double CDs you will ever encounter. Light and jolly salon music of the very highest quality ..."
Edmund Whitehouse - The Light Music Society magazine – Spring 2017

 “... the SACD sound accorded these performances sets new standards in the recording of Ives’s orchestral music....”   ****

 

 “... the SACD sound accorded these performances sets new standards in the recording of Ives’s orchestral music....”   ****

 

Richard Whitehouse – ClassicalSource.com – May 2017

Album of the Week

“... he [Gardner] coaxes playing of special splendour here from the brass and strings, which reveal richer sonorities in the saturated textures and brilliant contrapuntal writing... “

Album of the Week

“... he [Gardner] coaxes playing of special splendour here from the brass and strings, which reveal richer sonorities in the saturated textures and brilliant contrapuntal writing... “

Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times – 14 May 2017

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