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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.

 

Recording of the Month

'Immense and implacable power, astonishing'

BBC Music (Apr. 2017)

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Interpretation ******      Sound  *****      Repertoire *****
Interpretation ******      Sound  *****      Repertoire *****
Carsten Dürer - Piano News magazine (Germany) – March/April 2017

“Sousa familiar and unfamiliar, played with plenty of pizzazz. It is all enormously uplifting, especially the Kern – and Gershwin inspired humoresques.” ****

“Sousa familiar and unfamiliar, played with plenty of pizzazz. It is all enormously uplifting, especially the Kern – and Gershwin inspired humoresques.” ****

Jeremy Pound – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section) – June 2017
"Solid 19th-century fare, played with charm and skill - Röntgen's music is a colourful mosaic of the great German composers ..." ****
"Solid 19th-century fare, played with charm and skill - Röntgen's music is a colourful mosaic of the great German composers ..." ****
Oliver Condy - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section)- June 2017
"An introspective and reverent take. The seven slow movements never sound wearisome or laboured, instead taking on an almost meditative quality." ****
"An introspective and reverent take. The seven slow movements never sound wearisome or laboured, instead taking on an almost meditative quality." ****
Elinor Cooper - BBC Music magazine (Brief notes section) - June 2017
"British composer Peter Fricker's taut and focused quartets receive impressive world premieres by Villiers Quartet. ..." ****
"British composer Peter Fricker's taut and focused quartets receive impressive world premieres by Villiers Quartet. ..." ****
Rebecca Franks - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - June 2017
"... this is measured yet magisterial playing - Richard Lester lets the music do the talking to great effect. Articulation is employed sparingly and tempos are very nicely judged... "  ****
"... this is measured yet magisterial playing - Richard Lester lets the music do the talking to great effect. Articulation is employed sparingly and tempos are very nicely judged... "  ****
Oliver Condy - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section)- June 2017
Performance ****            Recording *****
Performance ****            Recording *****
Erik Levi - BBC Music magazine - June 2017
Performance  ****          Recording *****
Performance  ****          Recording *****
Misha Donat - BBC Music magazine - June 2017
Performance *****          Recording ****
 
"...The two viols are finely balanced in the recording, and the open sound enhances the ethereal quality of these delicate, gut-strung instruments."
Performance *****          Recording ****
 
"...The two viols are finely balanced in the recording, and the open sound enhances the ethereal quality of these delicate, gut-strung instruments."
Kate Bolton-Porciatti - BBC Music magazine - June 2017
Performance ****          Recording *****
Performance ****          Recording *****
Martin Cotton - BBC Music Magazine - June 2017
Performance ****           Recording *****
 
Performance ****           Recording *****
 
Kate Bolton-Porciatti - BBC Music magazine - June 2017

Performance ****           Recording  ****

"... Ruby Hughes's soprano has an effortless beauty: pliant, subtly expressive, never forced. She captures the chaste fervour of the sacred works ... Brinkman and Nordberg proffer aptly spontaneous continuo realisations, varying timbre and texture and adding discreet embellishments according to the poetic moment. Their playing in the instrumental pieces is equally refined..."

Performance ****           Recording  ****

"... Ruby Hughes's soprano has an effortless beauty: pliant, subtly expressive, never forced. She captures the chaste fervour of the sacred works ... Brinkman and Nordberg proffer aptly spontaneous continuo realisations, varying timbre and texture and adding discreet embellishments according to the poetic moment. Their playing in the instrumental pieces is equally refined..."

Kate Bolton-Porciatti - BBC Music magazine - June 2017
Performance ****          Recording ****
Performance ****          Recording ****
Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music magazine - June 2017

Performance ****           Recording *****

"...The Sixteen's singing is predictably high in quality..."

Performance ****           Recording *****

"...The Sixteen's singing is predictably high in quality..."

Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - June 2017
Performance ****          Recording *****
 
Performance ****          Recording *****
 
Paul Riley - BBC Music magazine - June 2017

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

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