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Covid-19: Update: 23rd July 2020

During the current unprecedented situation, Chandos Records continues to trade as normally as possible. As many of our staff are working remotely, we would ask you to submit any queries online here rather than by telephone. CD orders are being despatched on the next working day, but understandably delivery times will vary regionally, and may take significantly longer than usual, depending on your location.  Please note that we will not be despatching orders to countries placed ‘on suspension’ by UK’s Royal Mail. We thank you for your understanding, and wish all our customers a healthy outcome!

Queen's Medal

Imogen Cooper awarded Queen's Medal for Music

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Gramophone Awards

BBCSO, Bergen Phil & CBSO Orchestral nominees

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Korngold BBC triumph!

Korngold wins Orchestral BBC Music Award 2020

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Schonberg: Erwartung etc

'Record of the week' on BBC 3's Record Review

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Dido & Aeneas

Chaconne release BBC 3's Recommended Recording!

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Sunday Times Pick

Shostakovich is Sunday Times Album of the Week!

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Gerard Schurmann

Remembering Gerard, who passed on 24 March at 96.

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Parry: Judith

BBC Record Review
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Colli IP Cover Star

Federico Colli on latest International Piano magazine

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Bartok with Bavouzet

BBC Building a Library recommended recording

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Reicha 250 Anniversary

Enjoy Ivan Ilic's celebrated docu-series on composer.

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Ralph Couzens Interview

Presto interviews Managing Director Ralph Couzens

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Tasmin Little

Celebrated British Violinist Tasmin Little is an exclusive Chandos artist and has recorded more than 25 albums covering a diverse and wide-ranging repertoire, from the great concertos though to new commissions.  Save 25%!

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“…this is an opera and performance offering much musical delight and another worthwhile rediscovery of a little-known work from the huge corpus of Baroque opera.” ****

“…this is an opera and performance offering much musical delight and another worthwhile rediscovery of a little-known work from the huge corpus of Baroque opera.” ****

Curtis Rogers – ClassicalSource.com – August 2020

“ … One of several striking things about Janácek’s piano music is that there's precious little of it. Thomas Adès gives us the essentials here … Wonderful music, handsomely played and recorded…”

“ … One of several striking things about Janácek’s piano music is that there's precious little of it. Thomas Adès gives us the essentials here … Wonderful music, handsomely played and recorded…”

Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 8 August 2020

“… If you’re fed up with Dvorák 9 or are wondering what to listen to next after Ives 2, try this [Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony]. This performance was taped, improbably, in Vienna, Arthur Fagen’s hardworking ORF orchestra giving it their all. The Dawson should be on everyone’s to-listen list, and Naxos's couplings make this a mandatory purchase…  His [Kay’s] Fantasy Variations and Umbrian Scene are fascinating. Kay’s dissonant but lyrical idiom is compelling,.. Genuinely ear-tickling, and wonderfully performed here.”

“… If you’re fed up with Dvorák 9 or are wondering what to listen to next after Ives 2, try this [Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony]. This performance was taped, improbably, in Vienna, Arthur Fagen’s hardworking ORF orchestra giving it their all. The Dawson should be on everyone’s to-listen list, and Naxos's couplings make this a mandatory purchase…  His [Kay’s] Fantasy Variations and Umbrian Scene are fascinating. Kay’s dissonant but lyrical idiom is compelling,.. Genuinely ear-tickling, and wonderfully performed here.”

Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 8 August 2020

“… Sumptuous sonics and good notes, too. Go on - treat yourself.”

“… Sumptuous sonics and good notes, too. Go on - treat yourself.”

Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 15 August 2020

“… The Lute Suite in E minor is the earliest of Bach’s solo lute pieces, its six movements lasting less than 15 minutes here. You’re gripped within seconds, the opening of the little Prelude played as if improvised. Shibe’s rhythmic alertness makes for compelling results … All tremendous. As is what follows. The stark counterpoint at the start of the C minor Partita is extraordinary, all the more arresting for being played with such delicacy… A gorgeous disc, Delphian’s production values perfectly attuned to Shibe’s playing.”

“… The Lute Suite in E minor is the earliest of Bach’s solo lute pieces, its six movements lasting less than 15 minutes here. You’re gripped within seconds, the opening of the little Prelude played as if improvised. Shibe’s rhythmic alertness makes for compelling results … All tremendous. As is what follows. The stark counterpoint at the start of the C minor Partita is extraordinary, all the more arresting for being played with such delicacy… A gorgeous disc, Delphian’s production values perfectly attuned to Shibe’s playing.”

Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 22 August 2020

“… There’s so much to love. Tenor and bass soloists Adam Riis and Palle Knudsen are glorious in their many solo numbers; the former’s “Like Golden Amber Is My Girl” a highlight. The “Echo Song” just before the close is another treat, a distillation of Nielsen fingerprints… Nielsen was a wonderfully catchy melodist. Andreas Delfs leads a performance brimming with affection, his Odense Symphony Orchestra collaborating with a sizeable cast of instrumentalists, singers and speakers… It’s all enchanting. If you’re a Nielsen fan (and if not, why not?) you need this disc.”

“… There’s so much to love. Tenor and bass soloists Adam Riis and Palle Knudsen are glorious in their many solo numbers; the former’s “Like Golden Amber Is My Girl” a highlight. The “Echo Song” just before the close is another treat, a distillation of Nielsen fingerprints… Nielsen was a wonderfully catchy melodist. Andreas Delfs leads a performance brimming with affection, his Odense Symphony Orchestra collaborating with a sizeable cast of instrumentalists, singers and speakers… It’s all enchanting. If you’re a Nielsen fan (and if not, why not?) you need this disc.”

Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 22 August 2020

“… If you’re new to Feldman, start with this album. Hopefully you’ll soon be hooked …String Quartet and Orchestra offers listeners 26 minutes of gradually evolving colours, the musical processes surely suggested by the patterns of the Middle Eastern rugs which Feldman so admired. A parade of soft chords, shifting textures and pregnant pauses, this glacially paced concerto grosso is gripping. The Arditti Quartet, here teamed with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emilio Pomàrico, can tackle this stuff in their sleep but all concerned sound fully committed. The sole mystery is why this performance waited a decade before release. Coptic Light dates from 1986… A vast orchestra is deployed with incredible subtlety, Feldman’s attempt to “create an orchestral pedal, continually varying in nuance” resulting in an unbroken 28-minute span of music, without silences. It’s beautifully performed here, Michael Boder accentuating the warmth along with the strangeness. Both works are captured in clear, detailed sound.”

“… If you’re new to Feldman, start with this album. Hopefully you’ll soon be hooked …String Quartet and Orchestra offers listeners 26 minutes of gradually evolving colours, the musical processes surely suggested by the patterns of the Middle Eastern rugs which Feldman so admired. A parade of soft chords, shifting textures and pregnant pauses, this glacially paced concerto grosso is gripping. The Arditti Quartet, here teamed with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emilio Pomàrico, can tackle this stuff in their sleep but all concerned sound fully committed. The sole mystery is why this performance waited a decade before release. Coptic Light dates from 1986… A vast orchestra is deployed with incredible subtlety, Feldman’s attempt to “create an orchestral pedal, continually varying in nuance” resulting in an unbroken 28-minute span of music, without silences. It’s beautifully performed here, Michael Boder accentuating the warmth along with the strangeness. Both works are captured in clear, detailed sound.”

Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 29 August 2020

“… Beautiful, heartfelt performances, in immaculate sound – more please.”

“… Beautiful, heartfelt performances, in immaculate sound – more please.”

Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 12 September 2020

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