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Editor's Choice

'A real joy to listen to.' 

Gramophone (Jan. 2017)

 

Edward Gardner

renews his contract with the Bergen PO for another 3 years.

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2017 Grammy nominations

Neeme Järvi conducts Ibert Janácek: Glagolitic Mass           Fitelberg: Chamber Works

 

Recording of the Month

'a really remarkable achievement.' 

Gramophone (Dec. 2016)

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"...Little brings plenty of personality to her playing ..."
"...Little brings plenty of personality to her playing ..."
Christopher Breunig - Hi-Fi News - January 2017
"... excellent two-disc set from Fairfield Halls, Croydon... Sir Andrew conducts a stirring account of Berlioz's R&J with good soloists - Michèle Losier, Samuel Boden, and David Soar giving the stern Friar Laurence summing up - but it's the orchestral panache (terrific brass playing) and musical choral parts that propel this set..."
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"... excellent two-disc set from Fairfield Halls, Croydon... Sir Andrew conducts a stirring account of Berlioz's R&J with good soloists - Michèle Losier, Samuel Boden, and David Soar giving the stern Friar Laurence summing up - but it's the orchestral panache (terrific brass playing) and musical choral parts that propel this set..."
Sound Quality 90%
 
Christoper Breunig - Hi-Fi News - January 2017
"... this is a sheer delight and leaves you wondering which way Bavouzet will turn next in his cycle - and when."
"... this is a sheer delight and leaves you wondering which way Bavouzet will turn next in his cycle - and when."
David Threasher - Gramophone magazine - November 2016
"... They [Piano Concertos 1 & 2] are serious virtuoso scores, the second movement of the First being a modern blues-type piece, given fully authoritative readings by Martin Jones (who premiered both works), sensitive and virtuosic, with the composer himself conducting. The recordings well balanced, and the sound overall is good; recommended to those keen to explore modern Birtish concert music which rarely gets its chance in the concert hall."  *****
"... They [Piano Concertos 1 & 2] are serious virtuoso scores, the second movement of the First being a modern blues-type piece, given fully authoritative readings by Martin Jones (who premiered both works), sensitive and virtuosic, with the composer himself conducting. The recordings well balanced, and the sound overall is good; recommended to those keen to explore modern Birtish concert music which rarely gets its chance in the concert hall."  *****
James Palmer - Musical Opinion Quarterly - January-March 2017
"...The violinist on this recording is the fantastically ardent Duccio Ceccanti, with his cellist brother Vittorio, fond of big gestures, and the pianists Bruno Canino and Matteo Fossi. The disc opens with the Sonata for Violin Alone (2013), which Ceccanti plays with a deeply personal conviction and untethered flair hard to imagine from anyone else. Recorded in a massively resonant town hall in Perugia, the single 20-minute elegy feels improvisatory, austere, questioning, resolute..." ***
"...The violinist on this recording is the fantastically ardent Duccio Ceccanti, with his cellist brother Vittorio, fond of big gestures, and the pianists Bruno Canino and Matteo Fossi. The disc opens with the Sonata for Violin Alone (2013), which Ceccanti plays with a deeply personal conviction and untethered flair hard to imagine from anyone else. Recorded in a massively resonant town hall in Perugia, the single 20-minute elegy feels improvisatory, austere, questioning, resolute..." ***
Kate Molleson - The Guardian - 20 January 2017
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Erica Jeal - The Guardian - 13 January 2017
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Andrew Clements - The Guardian - 13 January 2017
"... a cello sound that gleams. Petr Limonov provides immaculately chiselled piano counterparts throughout."
"... a cello sound that gleams. Petr Limonov provides immaculately chiselled piano counterparts throughout."
Kate Molleson - The Guardian - 6 January 2017

“...The subtle, respectful orchestrations wrap around his [Finley] voice like a glove... Finley sings then all with his usual finesse and careful shading, reserving his full power for the few genuinely climatic moments, while alongside the songs Edward Gardner and his orchestra include very fine performances of three orchestral works. ..”   ****

“...The subtle, respectful orchestrations wrap around his [Finley] voice like a glove... Finley sings then all with his usual finesse and careful shading, reserving his full power for the few genuinely climatic moments, while alongside the songs Edward Gardner and his orchestra include very fine performances of three orchestral works. ..”   ****

Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 4 January 2017
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Robert Nemecek - Piano News magazine (Germany) - January/February 2017
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Marco Frei - Piano News (Germany) - January/February 2017
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Marco Frei - Piano News (Germany) - January/February 2017
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Carsten Dürer - Piano News magazine (Germany) – January/February 2017
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Isabel Fedrizzi - Piano News magazine (Germany) - January/February 2017
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Carsten Dürer - Piano News magazine (Germany) – January/February 2017
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Robert Nemecek - Piano News magazine (Germany) - January/February 2017

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