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BBC Music Magazine Awards

[Orchestral Award nomination]

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Editor's Choice 

‘Full of perceptiveness and personality’

Gramophone, January 2018

Grammy nomination 

[Best Choral Performance] Congratulations to Sir Andrew Davis, Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (see the full list here).

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Concerto Choice 

'A phenomenal talent'

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Get your free copy of the new Classical Music magazine issue featuring our star violinist Tasmin Little.

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Gramophone Awards

Congratulations to Silesian Quartet, winner of the Chamber Award for their Bacewicz album.

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“...Violinist Heyjin Chung, with pianist Warren Lee, begin the first of Franz Schubert’s three posthumously published sonatas for violin and piano with rich tonal warmth and an ingratiatingly fluid manner… Lee’s thoughtful accentuation provides constant interest as it underlies Chung’s generally smoothly flowing lines. That still and smooth lake-like reflection continues in the slow movement’s middle section. The duo’s reading of the finale combines the first two movements’ geniality with gently rocking triple time, with several darker moments to offset the gaiety.”

“...Violinist Heyjin Chung, with pianist Warren Lee, begin the first of Franz Schubert’s three posthumously published sonatas for violin and piano with rich tonal warmth and an ingratiatingly fluid manner… Lee’s thoughtful accentuation provides constant interest as it underlies Chung’s generally smoothly flowing lines. That still and smooth lake-like reflection continues in the slow movement’s middle section. The duo’s reading of the finale combines the first two movements’ geniality with gently rocking triple time, with several darker moments to offset the gaiety.”

Robert Maxham – Fanfare – November/December 2017

“...One thing this recording does is to reveal the strength and power of Brian’s orchestral imagination: The climaxes are absolutely tremendous. The excellent sound expands to accommodate these peaks, and again Walker is expert at controlling the rise and fall of the musical progress. The new Naxos disc is a must for Brian aficionados.”     Phillip Scott

 

“Walker is a superb Brian conductor. He understands the very “British” nature and quality of this music and, moreover, phrases everything with the utmost care and an exquisite sense of legato without sacrificing clarity. Along with his wonderful sense of legato one hears very fine textural clarity without sounding overly fussy … a very fine disc and thanks to the two world premiere recordings, a valuable one for Brian fanciers. The New Russian State Symphony plays this British music very well, too!”    Lynn René Bayley

“...One thing this recording does is to reveal the strength and power of Brian’s orchestral imagination: The climaxes are absolutely tremendous. The excellent sound expands to accommodate these peaks, and again Walker is expert at controlling the rise and fall of the musical progress. The new Naxos disc is a must for Brian aficionados.”     Phillip Scott

 

“Walker is a superb Brian conductor. He understands the very “British” nature and quality of this music and, moreover, phrases everything with the utmost care and an exquisite sense of legato without sacrificing clarity. Along with his wonderful sense of legato one hears very fine textural clarity without sounding overly fussy … a very fine disc and thanks to the two world premiere recordings, a valuable one for Brian fanciers. The New Russian State Symphony plays this British music very well, too!”    Lynn René Bayley

Fanfare – September/October 2015

“...The playing is confident—even swaggering. The dark Russian color makes the performance seem more integrated. In all these works, [Walker’s] direction makes them sound fascinating and, I suspect, as coherent as anyone ever will.”

“...The playing is confident—even swaggering. The dark Russian color makes the performance seem more integrated. In all these works, [Walker’s] direction makes them sound fascinating and, I suspect, as coherent as anyone ever will.”

Don O’Connor – American Record Guide – September/October 2015

“... Alexander Walker’s interpretations…stand up well against their older rivals and in the Sinfonia tragica he produces a marvellously nuanced, rather Russian-sounding performance, with some occasionally Shostakovichian brass. The New Russia State Symphony Orchestra do the music proud. The sound quality is very good, too, as it needs to be for Brian’s complex, multi-layered invention. Recommended.”

“... Alexander Walker’s interpretations…stand up well against their older rivals and in the Sinfonia tragica he produces a marvellously nuanced, rather Russian-sounding performance, with some occasionally Shostakovichian brass. The New Russia State Symphony Orchestra do the music proud. The sound quality is very good, too, as it needs to be for Brian’s complex, multi-layered invention. Recommended.”

Guy Rickards – Gramophone magazine – July 2015

Recording of the Month

“…the partnership between conductor Alexander Walker and the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra is a fruitful one. My expectations of high performance quality were fully met by these gripping accounts. Walker achieves extraordinarily intense playing that illuminates this music to its best advantage. There’s excellent sound quality with the disc being especially well balanced and with good clarity. This Naxos release is a prime recommendation, de rigueur for all Brian admirers and lovers of British music alike.”

Recording of the Month

“…the partnership between conductor Alexander Walker and the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra is a fruitful one. My expectations of high performance quality were fully met by these gripping accounts. Walker achieves extraordinarily intense playing that illuminates this music to its best advantage. There’s excellent sound quality with the disc being especially well balanced and with good clarity. This Naxos release is a prime recommendation, de rigueur for all Brian admirers and lovers of British music alike.”

Michael Cookson – MusicWeb-International.com – May 2015

Artistic Quality 8        Sound Quality 8

“…the performances under Alexander Walker sound remarkably assured given the unfamiliarity of the material, and they are very well recorded”

Artistic Quality 8        Sound Quality 8

“…the performances under Alexander Walker sound remarkably assured given the unfamiliarity of the material, and they are very well recorded”

David Hurwitz – ClassicsToday.com – May 2015
ICMA - Early Music Award Nominee  
ICMA - Early Music Award Nominee  
2018 International Classical Music Awards

“...Phantasm’s playing is very beautiful, and the melodic expression and detail in articulation and harmonic balance makes for fascinating listening.”

“...Phantasm’s playing is very beautiful, and the melodic expression and detail in articulation and harmonic balance makes for fascinating listening.”

Dominy Clements - MusicWeb-International.com – 28 November 2017

‘Supersonic Award’

“...The English Renaissance composer Christopher Tye was known for his capricious character, which can also be observed here and there in his sometimes perky music. Phantasm’s performances are highly enjoyable, nuanced, fresh and playful...”

‘Supersonic Award’

“...The English Renaissance composer Christopher Tye was known for his capricious character, which can also be observed here and there in his sometimes perky music. Phantasm’s performances are highly enjoyable, nuanced, fresh and playful...”

Uwe Krusch – Pizzicato magazine (Germany) – November 2017

Performance ****         Recording *****

“... the consort's percussive energy brings a contemporary feel to proceedings and the result, beautifully recorded in Boxgrove Priory, turns out to be very convincing.”

Performance ****         Recording *****

“... the consort's percussive energy brings a contemporary feel to proceedings and the result, beautifully recorded in Boxgrove Priory, turns out to be very convincing.”

Hannah French - BBC Music magazine – November 2017

“... This collection of his complete consort music throws up surprise after surprise – a revelation of a recording that offers a startling perspective on a familiar musical landscape...”

“... This collection of his complete consort music throws up surprise after surprise – a revelation of a recording that offers a startling perspective on a familiar musical landscape...”

Alexandra Coghlan – Gramophone magazine – October 2017

“...It’s hard to imagine Tye’s complexities and idiosyncrasies being laid before us by a viol consort with more beauty than this...”

“...It’s hard to imagine Tye’s complexities and idiosyncrasies being laid before us by a viol consort with more beauty than this...”

Andrew McGregor – BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’ – 23 September 2017

“Sometimes plangent, often ebulliently uplifting, these are ever unpredictable pieces...all are exquisitely played by Phantasm...”  ****

“Sometimes plangent, often ebulliently uplifting, these are ever unpredictable pieces...all are exquisitely played by Phantasm...”  ****

Richard Fairman – Financial Times – 15 September 2017

“...what strikes me about this recording is its suaveness, its evenness, its consistent beauty.”  ****

“...what strikes me about this recording is its suaveness, its evenness, its consistent beauty.”  ****

Kate Molleson – The Guardian – 31 August 2017

“...sublime and majestic...”

“...sublime and majestic...”

UH – Crescendo magazine (Germany) – December 2017
“...Given the outstandingly tuned singing and ensemble, the result is to expose Monteverdi’s often dazzling counterpoint in rare detail and clarity...a finely conceived and splendidly executed achievement. ...” *****
“...Given the outstandingly tuned singing and ensemble, the result is to expose Monteverdi’s often dazzling counterpoint in rare detail and clarity...a finely conceived and splendidly executed achievement. ...” *****
Brian Robins – Early Music Review – November 2017

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