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Presto Award winner!

Federico Colli wins Top 10 Recording of the Year

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Diapason d'Or de l'Année

Chandos won two awards, including Sound Recording

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ICMA nominations

Chandos has been nominated for two ICMA awards 2019!

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Album launch

Congratulations to Ferio for a fantastic Rhinegold Live!

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Musician in Residence

Ivan Ilic is new Musician in Residence at Ulster University

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Lifetime Achievement

Neeme Järvi wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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Finley's special release

Gerald Finley has released a single ahead of LNOTP 2018.

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Album of the Week

New release Finzi album is the Guardian's Album of Week.

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Gramophone Nomination

For Bergen Philharmonic's Grieg album, congratulations!

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Doric String Quartet 

Doric Quartet feature on the cover of the Strad

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100th anniversary of RAF

Some of the finest RAF bands on one album to celebrate

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Ilic: Reicha Rediscovered

All 4 episodes of the series are now available.

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Allan Clayton: RPS winner

Allan wins RPS 2018 Singer award - congratulations!

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Misha Donat - BBC Music magazine - March 2019

Performance *****      Recording *****

“…Gardner keeps the firm rhythmic definition and a certain elegance of phrasing in the great Unfinished, but the sonorities, not least of the three trombones and the horn edge that surfaces fitfully in the earlier works, partly dictate a greater power, easily embraced in the spacious, truthful recording. The central swathes of both movements are powerful indeed, the pianissimos even more intense, and how far we’ve come from the jaunty wind solos of No. 3 to the pathos of clarinet, oboe and flute in the slow movement’s second theme. On this evidence I can’t wait for Gardner’s Great C major.”

Performance *****      Recording *****

“…Gardner keeps the firm rhythmic definition and a certain elegance of phrasing in the great Unfinished, but the sonorities, not least of the three trombones and the horn edge that surfaces fitfully in the earlier works, partly dictate a greater power, easily embraced in the spacious, truthful recording. The central swathes of both movements are powerful indeed, the pianissimos even more intense, and how far we’ve come from the jaunty wind solos of No. 3 to the pathos of clarinet, oboe and flute in the slow movement’s second theme. On this evidence I can’t wait for Gardner’s Great C major.”

David Nice – BBC Music magazine – March 2019

Performance ****      Recording ****

“… The opening melody’s graceful flow in the overture from Los esclavos felices (The Happy Slaves) immediately gets the listener smiling, and throughout the album Juanjo Mena’s BBC musicians have little trouble keeping that smile in place. Pastoral woodwind solos, often features, are especially winning. There are further delights in the fresh pealing tones of the Norwegian soprano Berit Norbakken Solset … Mena conducts with the fervour expected from an Arriaga champion … Chandos’s recording is wonderfully vivid. Buy and enjoy.”

Performance ****      Recording ****

“… The opening melody’s graceful flow in the overture from Los esclavos felices (The Happy Slaves) immediately gets the listener smiling, and throughout the album Juanjo Mena’s BBC musicians have little trouble keeping that smile in place. Pastoral woodwind solos, often features, are especially winning. There are further delights in the fresh pealing tones of the Norwegian soprano Berit Norbakken Solset … Mena conducts with the fervour expected from an Arriaga champion … Chandos’s recording is wonderfully vivid. Buy and enjoy.”

Geoff Brown – BBC Music magazine – March 2019

“…Ever a supremely intelligent musician, Bavouzet brings clarity, gentleness and urgency to all, with a sense of distilled struggle in the five Gesänge der Frühe (Songs at Dawn).”

“…Ever a supremely intelligent musician, Bavouzet brings clarity, gentleness and urgency to all, with a sense of distilled struggle in the five Gesänge der Frühe (Songs at Dawn).”

Fiona Maddocks – The Guardian – 17 February 2019

“The experience of hearing this disc lives with you for some time afterwards … this is a fine, clear, spacious recording … these two concerti are stunning …”

“The experience of hearing this disc lives with you for some time afterwards … this is a fine, clear, spacious recording … these two concerti are stunning …”

Gary Higginson – MusicWeb-International.com – 11 February 2019

Recommended

“This is a lovely premiere disc recital which will give immense pleasure, not only for the playing of Elisa Netzer but also for its imagination, reaching well beyond what might have been safer choices… The recording is wonderfully clear, complementing both the music and the skill of the splendid Elisa Netzer.”

Recommended

“This is a lovely premiere disc recital which will give immense pleasure, not only for the playing of Elisa Netzer but also for its imagination, reaching well beyond what might have been safer choices… The recording is wonderfully clear, complementing both the music and the skill of the splendid Elisa Netzer.”

Michael Wilkinson – MusicWeb-International.com – 12 February 2019

Recommended

“… I always find him [Gardiner] a wonderfully inspirational conductor and here he elicits from the orchestral players a sensitivity to the text in terms of nuance and inflection. I particularly liked his hand-picked soloists. I would single out Furio Zanasi as an excellent Ulysses, noble yet world-weary. Lucile Richardot similarly impresses, successful in bringing both warmth and drama to the part.  Krystian Adam as Ulysses' son Telemachus brings sufficient vitality to his role. The opera is superbly recorded, and the engineers have achieved an admirable balance between soloists, choir and instrumental players. This is music-making of the highest order.”

Recommended

“… I always find him [Gardiner] a wonderfully inspirational conductor and here he elicits from the orchestral players a sensitivity to the text in terms of nuance and inflection. I particularly liked his hand-picked soloists. I would single out Furio Zanasi as an excellent Ulysses, noble yet world-weary. Lucile Richardot similarly impresses, successful in bringing both warmth and drama to the part.  Krystian Adam as Ulysses' son Telemachus brings sufficient vitality to his role. The opera is superbly recorded, and the engineers have achieved an admirable balance between soloists, choir and instrumental players. This is music-making of the highest order.”

Stephen Greenbank – MusicWeb-International.com – 12 February 2019

Recommended

“This marvellous recording has helped me become a Messiaen convert.”

Recommended

“This marvellous recording has helped me become a Messiaen convert.”

Simon Thompson – MusicWeb-International.com – 12 February 2019

Recommended

“… The sound reproduction in both works is highly detailed and well balanced, the audiences remaining remarkably quiet and not intruding on the performances… There are many other fine recordings of these two works, especially from complete sets of the symphonies, but the performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski are outstanding in both conception and execution, and I can’t say I’ve heard better accounts of either symphony from the plentiful competition. Here’s a case where live performances clearly stand with the best studio efforts.”

Recommended

“… The sound reproduction in both works is highly detailed and well balanced, the audiences remaining remarkably quiet and not intruding on the performances… There are many other fine recordings of these two works, especially from complete sets of the symphonies, but the performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski are outstanding in both conception and execution, and I can’t say I’ve heard better accounts of either symphony from the plentiful competition. Here’s a case where live performances clearly stand with the best studio efforts.”

Robert Cummings – MusicWeb-International.com – 13 February 2019
"... The music on this disc is too good to languish in obscurity and it’s good news that these three works have been gathered together on one disc. Even better, two of the pieces, Hexensabbat and Hebridentänze are new additions to the growing Braunfels discography. The performances are strong ones. Tatjana Blome is a fine soloist and she receives sterling support from Gregor Bühl and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. The recorded sound is very good … Admirers of Walter Braunfels’ music should not hesitate.”

 

"... The music on this disc is too good to languish in obscurity and it’s good news that these three works have been gathered together on one disc. Even better, two of the pieces, Hexensabbat and Hebridentänze are new additions to the growing Braunfels discography. The performances are strong ones. Tatjana Blome is a fine soloist and she receives sterling support from Gregor Bühl and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. The recorded sound is very good … Admirers of Walter Braunfels’ music should not hesitate.”

 

John Quinn – MusicWeb-International.com – 13 February 2019

“…I did find that the recital was typically excellent… some songs seem better suited to powerful bass/baritone Mark Rowlinson’s singing style than others. They explore a considerable tonal range, and sometimes demand that the singer venture into territory where he is less than comfortable... The pianist, Peter Lawson, delivers a consistently satisfying performance. I was delighted to have a chance to hear this CD. It is a fascinating exploration of ‘English’ songs by several composers who write in an ‘expanded’ traditional, but never pastiche, style. This reissue will be of great interest to all those enthusiasts of song who, like me, missed this disc first time around.”

“…I did find that the recital was typically excellent… some songs seem better suited to powerful bass/baritone Mark Rowlinson’s singing style than others. They explore a considerable tonal range, and sometimes demand that the singer venture into territory where he is less than comfortable... The pianist, Peter Lawson, delivers a consistently satisfying performance. I was delighted to have a chance to hear this CD. It is a fascinating exploration of ‘English’ songs by several composers who write in an ‘expanded’ traditional, but never pastiche, style. This reissue will be of great interest to all those enthusiasts of song who, like me, missed this disc first time around.”

John France – MusicWeb-International.com – 14 February 2019

“… This series is definitely worth exploring. Splendidly played and recorded, if the repertoire suits there is no need to hesitate with this album. Reizenstein’s cello concerto is a real discovery…”

“… This series is definitely worth exploring. Splendidly played and recorded, if the repertoire suits there is no need to hesitate with this album. Reizenstein’s cello concerto is a real discovery…”

Michael Cookson – MusicWeb-International.com – 14 February 2019

Recommended

“… These fascinating and rewarding works are brilliantly performed by the different members of Karolos, and the programme is beautifully recorded. Stephen Dodgson would have been delighted.”

Recommended

“… These fascinating and rewarding works are brilliantly performed by the different members of Karolos, and the programme is beautifully recorded. Stephen Dodgson would have been delighted.”

William Hedley - Musicweb-International.com – 14 February 2019

“… Recorded live in concert performance at Konzerthaus Vienna the sound quality is agreeable being clear and well balanced, quite close but never drowning the singers… Bertrand de Billy directs his vocal and orchestral forces in a dramatic and suitably decadent depiction of Wilde’s passionate Florentine love triangle.”

“… Recorded live in concert performance at Konzerthaus Vienna the sound quality is agreeable being clear and well balanced, quite close but never drowning the singers… Bertrand de Billy directs his vocal and orchestral forces in a dramatic and suitably decadent depiction of Wilde’s passionate Florentine love triangle.”

Michael Cookson – MusicWeb-International.com – 15 February 2019

“… I am very impressed with these new accounts that can take their place in the top echelon of recordings of this music, where one can fully appreciate Johannes Moser’s impeccable intonation, fabulous technique, and vibrant sound. He receives sterling support from the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under the direction of Thomas Søndergård, equaling the best of earlier recordings…”

“… I am very impressed with these new accounts that can take their place in the top echelon of recordings of this music, where one can fully appreciate Johannes Moser’s impeccable intonation, fabulous technique, and vibrant sound. He receives sterling support from the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under the direction of Thomas Søndergård, equaling the best of earlier recordings…”

Leslie Wright – MusicWeb-International.com – 15 February 2019

Recommended

“…The singing is ideal on this recording. Mornington Singers and their director Orla Flanagan present a purity of sound, a perfect balance of parts and an enthusiastic understanding of the music and texts… I cannot fault this CD. It is already shaping up to be one of my major discoveries of the year. I am making a belated New Year’s Resolution to explore more of John Buckley’s music at every opportunity.”

Recommended

“…The singing is ideal on this recording. Mornington Singers and their director Orla Flanagan present a purity of sound, a perfect balance of parts and an enthusiastic understanding of the music and texts… I cannot fault this CD. It is already shaping up to be one of my major discoveries of the year. I am making a belated New Year’s Resolution to explore more of John Buckley’s music at every opportunity.”

John France – MusicWeb-International.com – 15 February 2019

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