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  Chandos Scoops Award!

 John Wilson and Sinfonia of London triumph at BBC Music Magazine awards

Their acclaimed recording of Korngold's Symphony in F# has won this year's BBC Music Magazine Orchestral award, voted for by the listening public. On hearing the news, John Wilson said "It’s a great thrill to win the BBC Music Magazine award. The Korngold Symphony is a piece I’ve loved for years and have always wanted to record it. My thanks go to the BBC for their support and to the team at Chandos Records. But I couldn’t have done any of this without the terrific players who gave everything they could, every minute of every recording session - it was the privilege of my life to make music with them. From all of us at Sinfonia of London, thank you.’"


Schonberg: Erwartung etc

BBC Record Review

'Record of the week'

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Gramophone Gala

Enjoy online charity gala Sunday from 7pm (BST)

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Updated 31st March 2020

During the current unprecedented situation, Chandos records will remain open as usual. As many of our staff are now working remotely, we would ask you where possible to submit any queries online here rather than by telephone. CD orders are being despatched on the next working day as normal, but understandably delivery times will vary regionally, and take significantly longer than usual, depending on your location. As of 31st March, we will not be dispatching 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!

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Dido & Aeneas

Chaconne release is BBC 3's Recommended Recording!

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Sunday Times Pick

Shostakovich is Sunday Times Album of the Week!

Enjoy Symphony No 11

Gerard Schurmann

Remembering Gerard, who passed on 24 March at 96.

Explore Gerard's Film Music

Parry: Judith

BBC Record Review
'Record of the week'

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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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Louis Lortie

Louis Lortie’s thirty-year relationship with Chandos Records has produced a catalogue of over 45 recordings, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky. Current projects include the five Saint-Saëns piano concertos with Edward Gardner, solo piano works by Fauré and the complete works of Chopin.

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“… A fine selection of seventeenth-century ‘court’ songs delivered, in excellent sound, by some impressive musicians.”

“… A fine selection of seventeenth-century ‘court’ songs delivered, in excellent sound, by some impressive musicians.”

Glyn Pursglove - MusicWeb-International.com – 3 June 2020
“… This is another very fine disc of wonderful music, thoughtfully played and cleanly recorded by the Eckerle Duo. I cannot understand why these transcriptions have not been recorded before. They work very well indeed. The fascinating notes and replete with interesting details. The running time is what you would expect of orchestral performances of these two works. I shall be returning to this disc often. Full marks to the Eckerle Piano Duo and to Naxos! I already look forward to the 6th and 7th volumes, hinted at in the notes. I am rather interested to know what will be on them.”
“… This is another very fine disc of wonderful music, thoughtfully played and cleanly recorded by the Eckerle Duo. I cannot understand why these transcriptions have not been recorded before. They work very well indeed. The fascinating notes and replete with interesting details. The running time is what you would expect of orchestral performances of these two works. I shall be returning to this disc often. Full marks to the Eckerle Piano Duo and to Naxos! I already look forward to the 6th and 7th volumes, hinted at in the notes. I am rather interested to know what will be on them.”
Jonathan Welsh – MusicWeb-International.com – 4 June 2020
“… The recording is exemplary with the piano sound beautifully recorded. Vladimir Feltsman supplies the programme .. All in all, this is an extraordinary album which leaves one drained of emotion. It may be an acquired taste but Feltsman’s Schubert demands hearing. I’m looking forward to reviewing the remaining three volumes with eager anticipation.”
“… The recording is exemplary with the piano sound beautifully recorded. Vladimir Feltsman supplies the programme .. All in all, this is an extraordinary album which leaves one drained of emotion. It may be an acquired taste but Feltsman’s Schubert demands hearing. I’m looking forward to reviewing the remaining three volumes with eager anticipation.”
David R Dunsmore – MusicWeb-International.com – 4 June 2020

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“… I hope I have sufficiently conveyed my admiration for the RSNO’s superb playing on these discs. Much of the credit for this must be attributed to the conductor Eduardo Portal. Given that the recording of these seven big new works took place over a brief four day window last September, fastidious preparation on his part must have been key; the orchestra’s response to what must have been unfamiliar music speaks for itself. The entire package represents a real triumph for the adventurous folk at Signum Records and constitutes a most impressive calling-card for a truly distinctive and talented Spanish composer. Releases like this often fall beneath the radar; I sincerely hope this one bucks that trend.”

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“… I hope I have sufficiently conveyed my admiration for the RSNO’s superb playing on these discs. Much of the credit for this must be attributed to the conductor Eduardo Portal. Given that the recording of these seven big new works took place over a brief four day window last September, fastidious preparation on his part must have been key; the orchestra’s response to what must have been unfamiliar music speaks for itself. The entire package represents a real triumph for the adventurous folk at Signum Records and constitutes a most impressive calling-card for a truly distinctive and talented Spanish composer. Releases like this often fall beneath the radar; I sincerely hope this one bucks that trend.”
Richard Hanlon – MusicWeb-International.com – 5 June 2020

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“… The recording itself is dedicated to the memory of Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, and includes a favourite hymn of his – In the Flesh Thou Didst Fall Asleep - and his own son, Alexis Lukianov, intoning Chesnokov’s deeply moving Memory Eternal with such a powerful and resonant profundo at its lowest imaginable that I marvel that anybody could possibly make such a wonderful noise so deep sown in their register. Frankly, this recording would be worth buying for this magical example of true profundo singing on its own, but, in their own way, every single track (including the opening burst of carillon bells from the St Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral’s bell-ringer, Peter Lukianov) is worth hearing.”

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“… The recording itself is dedicated to the memory of Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov, and includes a favourite hymn of his – In the Flesh Thou Didst Fall Asleep - and his own son, Alexis Lukianov, intoning Chesnokov’s deeply moving Memory Eternal with such a powerful and resonant profundo at its lowest imaginable that I marvel that anybody could possibly make such a wonderful noise so deep sown in their register. Frankly, this recording would be worth buying for this magical example of true profundo singing on its own, but, in their own way, every single track (including the opening burst of carillon bells from the St Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral’s bell-ringer, Peter Lukianov) is worth hearing.”
Marc Rochester – MusicWeb-International.com – 5 June 2020

“… Bellman’s favoured story lines include much drinking, sex, hunting and outdoor activities, and can be a bit risqué but also very tender. Martin Best wonderfully captures these contrasting moods with sometime strength and sometime gentleness and pathos. Like all good troubadours, Best accompanies himself beautifully on guitar but also on an instrument you may unfamiliar with, the cyster, a sort of small guitar like an old cittern. Quite an oddity, then, which only created a few ripples at the time but a disc not without its merits and interests.”

“… Bellman’s favoured story lines include much drinking, sex, hunting and outdoor activities, and can be a bit risqué but also very tender. Martin Best wonderfully captures these contrasting moods with sometime strength and sometime gentleness and pathos. Like all good troubadours, Best accompanies himself beautifully on guitar but also on an instrument you may unfamiliar with, the cyster, a sort of small guitar like an old cittern. Quite an oddity, then, which only created a few ripples at the time but a disc not without its merits and interests.”

Gary Higginson – MusicWeb-International.com – 5 June 2020

“… Edward Gardner conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in a passionate Pelleas, while chamber forces most ably accompany the dazzling American soprano Sara Jakubiak in Erwartung’s solo vocal tour de force.”

“… Edward Gardner conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in a passionate Pelleas, while chamber forces most ably accompany the dazzling American soprano Sara Jakubiak in Erwartung’s solo vocal tour de force.”

Kevin Filipski – Flipsidereviews.blogpsot.com – 3 June 2020

“… This disc offers an unexpected pairing of works but it works extremely well and both performances are excellent.”

“… This disc offers an unexpected pairing of works but it works extremely well and both performances are excellent.”

John Quinn – MusicWeb-International.com – 3 June 2020

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