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Covid-19: Update: 17th Feb 2021

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 due to the pandemic delivery times will vary and take significantly longer than usual, depending on your location. Please note there are also countries ‘on suspension’ by UK’s Royal Mail. Following Brexit EU customers should view this page regarding taxation. We thank you for your understanding.

 

BBC Orchestral Winner

Wilson & SoL's Respighi wins BBC Orchestral Award

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BBC Chamber Winner

Little & Lane win BBC Chamber Award

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The Prison wins a GRAMMY

Smyth premiere recording wins at March 2021 awards.

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Barry Douglas Podcast

Father-son-duo Barry & Liam start new music podcast.

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BBC R3 Record of Week

Weinberg String Quartets is Record Review pick of week.

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Desert Island Disc

Beethoven is Keir Starmer's castaway pick on BBC R4.

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Welcome, Francesca!

Francesca Dego joins Chandos in exclusive signing.
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We are sorry to hear of the passing of pianist Eric Parkin, aged 96. Eric made over
20 albums for Chandos; his musicianship and artistry are fondly remembered. 

Jennifer Pike MBE

Violinist awarded MBE for services to Classical Music.

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We are all moved by today’s news that soprano Erin Wall has been taken from us by cancer, aged just 44. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family & friends.        

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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Ralph Couzens Interview

Presto interviews Managing Director Ralph Couzens

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

The insatiable enthusiasm and artistic curiosity of the French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet have led him to explore a repertoire ranging from Haydn, Beethoven, Bartók and Prokofiev to contemporary works by composers such as Bruno Mantovani and Jörg Widmann. An exclusive Chandos artist his rich discography includes the complete piano works of Debussy and the complete Beethoven sonatas and concertos. Ongoing projects include the critically acclaimed surveys of Haydn sonatas, alongside the Mozart Piano concertos with the Manchester Camerata. Save 30%!

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“… Intelligent, attractive music with a very distinctive personality. That we have this anthology at all is a cause for celebration, a permit issued by Lithuania’s minister of culture granting conductor Giedre Šlekyte and pianist Gabrielus Alekna permission to fly to Vilnius last July for the recording sessions. Ondine’s sound is spectacular.”
“… Intelligent, attractive music with a very distinctive personality. That we have this anthology at all is a cause for celebration, a permit issued by Lithuania’s minister of culture granting conductor Giedre Šlekyte and pianist Gabrielus Alekna permission to fly to Vilnius last July for the recording sessions. Ondine’s sound is spectacular.”
Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 24 April 2021
“… Giltburg set himself the task of learning and recording all 32 sonatas during 2020, surely one of the reasons why the performances on this release sound so fresh. Recorded sound is excellent.”
“… Giltburg set himself the task of learning and recording all 32 sonatas during 2020, surely one of the reasons why the performances on this release sound so fresh. Recorded sound is excellent.”
Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 8 May 2021
“There’s much to enjoy here and admire, both in the performances and the selections on hand, which hardly dwell on the usual suspects or limit themselves too narrowly.”
“There’s much to enjoy here and admire, both in the performances and the selections on hand, which hardly dwell on the usual suspects or limit themselves too narrowly.”
Jonathan Blumhofer – theartsfuse.org – 18 April 2021
“… A strong group of soloists drawn from the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic orchestras bring erudition, vitality and interpretive understanding to all this music. I found every piece and movement splendidly played and interpreted. Naxos’s sound recording is excellent. The liner notes by Paul Hindmarsh are extensive and provide all the information required for enjoyment of this eclectic and wide-ranging music. It is a cliché, but I do hope that there are several more CDs of Edward Gregson’s music “in the can”, be they instrumental, symphonic or chamber.”
“… A strong group of soloists drawn from the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic orchestras bring erudition, vitality and interpretive understanding to all this music. I found every piece and movement splendidly played and interpreted. Naxos’s sound recording is excellent. The liner notes by Paul Hindmarsh are extensive and provide all the information required for enjoyment of this eclectic and wide-ranging music. It is a cliché, but I do hope that there are several more CDs of Edward Gregson’s music “in the can”, be they instrumental, symphonic or chamber.”
John France – MusicWeb-International.com – 14 May 2021
“Mokranjac’s melancholy and introspective piano music is subtly appealing and ideally presented on this fine disc.”
“Mokranjac’s melancholy and introspective piano music is subtly appealing and ideally presented on this fine disc.”
MusicWeb-International.com - 14 May 2021
“… The lighter serenading side of this buoyantly imaginative composer. The music is really glowingly recorded. The orchestra (which turns its collective hands to all sorts and conditions of music) may have been unfamiliar with the music but, guided by Adriano, betrays no clumsiness…”
“… The lighter serenading side of this buoyantly imaginative composer. The music is really glowingly recorded. The orchestra (which turns its collective hands to all sorts and conditions of music) may have been unfamiliar with the music but, guided by Adriano, betrays no clumsiness…”
Rob Barnett – MusicWeb-International.com – 13 May 2021
“… Recording at the House of Radio, St. Petersburg the engineering team achieve satisfying sound with Gülbadamova’s Bösendorfer piano having a particularly engaging tone. Gülbadamova herself has written the booklet essay which provides helpful information and some insights to her collection. If the album programme suits, there is no reason to hesitate as this is admirable playing, firm of conviction and displaying technical prowess. Gülbadamova consistently provides a really satisfying level of poetic expression which ideally suits this captivating Idylle-themed collection.”
“… Recording at the House of Radio, St. Petersburg the engineering team achieve satisfying sound with Gülbadamova’s Bösendorfer piano having a particularly engaging tone. Gülbadamova herself has written the booklet essay which provides helpful information and some insights to her collection. If the album programme suits, there is no reason to hesitate as this is admirable playing, firm of conviction and displaying technical prowess. Gülbadamova consistently provides a really satisfying level of poetic expression which ideally suits this captivating Idylle-themed collection.”
Michael Cookson – MusicWeb-International.com – 13 May 2021
“… The disc isn’t all Piazzolla … Sidorova has also programmed a series of other works to “reflect” on the Argentine composer, hence the disc’s title. The other works are interpolated among the Piazzollas, and that approach works pretty well because they have interesting conversations with their surroundings. They're all by contemporary composers, and if they can't escape Piazzolla’s orbit then that's kind of the point. I loved the seductive wheeze of Voitenko’s solo Revelation, and there is an exquisite melancholy to Roffi’s Nocturne. Angelis’ Piazzolla Fantasie is an affectionate homage (in which I loved the way the accordion dashes in, panting, from nowhere), and there is a beautiful strangeness to Akhunov’s Two Keys. The Bach/Marcello transcription is utterly magical however, giving the accordion a lyrical cantabile that I never knew it possessed. The disc ends with Piazzolla’s Libertango… The piece pulses with heart-thumping brilliance, and Sidorova plays it with the affection and expertise that you would expect from its place in her story. It's an exciting and brilliant way to end an exciting and brilliant disc, one that has fired my interest in Piazzolla and left me hungry for more…”
“… The disc isn’t all Piazzolla … Sidorova has also programmed a series of other works to “reflect” on the Argentine composer, hence the disc’s title. The other works are interpolated among the Piazzollas, and that approach works pretty well because they have interesting conversations with their surroundings. They're all by contemporary composers, and if they can't escape Piazzolla’s orbit then that's kind of the point. I loved the seductive wheeze of Voitenko’s solo Revelation, and there is an exquisite melancholy to Roffi’s Nocturne. Angelis’ Piazzolla Fantasie is an affectionate homage (in which I loved the way the accordion dashes in, panting, from nowhere), and there is a beautiful strangeness to Akhunov’s Two Keys. The Bach/Marcello transcription is utterly magical however, giving the accordion a lyrical cantabile that I never knew it possessed. The disc ends with Piazzolla’s Libertango… The piece pulses with heart-thumping brilliance, and Sidorova plays it with the affection and expertise that you would expect from its place in her story. It's an exciting and brilliant way to end an exciting and brilliant disc, one that has fired my interest in Piazzolla and left me hungry for more…”
Simon Thomson – MusicWeb-International.com – 12 May 2021

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