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BBC Awards nominee

Korngold up for BBC Music Magazine Award

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Wilson on Gramophone

John Wilson is February's cover star!

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5-stars for Alder

Lines Written.. receives blanket 5-stars from press

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Brodsky Guardian pick

Late String Quartets are Guardian's album of week

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Louise Alder Concert

Enjoy Louise's Wigmore Hall concert on BBC Radio 3  

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Mariss Jansons

Remembering our innovative work with him

Mariss on Chandos

Purcell's Dido & Aeneas

Chaconne release is R3's Recommended Recording

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ICMA 2020 Awards

Iberia y Francia and Lyatoshynsky shortlisted!

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Recording of the Week!

Like to the Lark is pick on BBC R3's Record Review

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Coates Concert

Enjoy John Wilson & BBC Phil's live concert on R3  

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Ralph Couzens Interview

Presto interviews Managing Director Ralph Couzens

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Gramophone Nominee

Doric String Quartet's Britten/Purcell shortlisted!

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SoL's Triumphant Return!

John Wilson re-establishes SoL with Korngold release

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LPO's New Conductor

Edward Gardner to be next LPO Principal Conductor

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A Life in Music

Marking 100 years since pioneer Tommy Reilly's birth

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Landmarks

40-disc Anniversary Box Set is now yours to explore

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We are 40!

Thanks for all your support and congratulations

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Sue Revill

(1955-2019) An irreplaceable friend and colleague

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Performance ****     Recording *****

Performance ****     Recording *****

Michael Tanner – BBC Music magazine – March 2020

Performance ****      Recording *****

“… the 13 youthful voices of Siglo de Oro produce a fresh, ingenious sound. Their timbre is open and expressive – the use of vibrato adding a tremulous urgency to some of the more emotive passages. The young singers respond sensitively to the music and liturgical range of the programme … Textures vary, too, from the luscious full ensemble to fragile solo voices (their sound tender, if a shade tentative at times). Director Patrick Allies shapes the architecture of the large-scale music edifices with admirable control. Both the ensemble and the recording are well-balanced, and the acoustic has an aptly sacred bloom.”

Performance ****      Recording *****

“… the 13 youthful voices of Siglo de Oro produce a fresh, ingenious sound. Their timbre is open and expressive – the use of vibrato adding a tremulous urgency to some of the more emotive passages. The young singers respond sensitively to the music and liturgical range of the programme … Textures vary, too, from the luscious full ensemble to fragile solo voices (their sound tender, if a shade tentative at times). Director Patrick Allies shapes the architecture of the large-scale music edifices with admirable control. Both the ensemble and the recording are well-balanced, and the acoustic has an aptly sacred bloom.”

Kate Bolton-Porciatti – BBC Music magazine – March 2020

Performance ****      Recording *****

“… Mesmerising.”

Performance ****      Recording *****

“… Mesmerising.”
Paul Riley – BBC Music magazine – March 2020
Performance ****      Recording ****
Performance ****      Recording ****
Natasha Loges - BB Music magazine - March 2020
Performance ****      Recording ****
Performance ****      Recording ****
Roger Nichols - BBC Music magazine - March 2020

Choral & Song Choice

Performance *****      Recording ****

“Expressive performances make these works dazzle … Ruby Hughes rises to the challenge with bombproof strength.”

Choral & Song Choice

Performance *****      Recording ****

“Expressive performances make these works dazzle … Ruby Hughes rises to the challenge with bombproof strength.”

Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music magazine – March 2020

Opera Choice

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

“…Haute-contre (high tenor) Reinoud van Mechelen is a seductive Orpheus – small wonder that his limpid, pliant, expressive voice and eloquent diction enchants both his nymph bride Eurydice (brought to life here by the dewy-voiced Déborah Cachet) and the god Pluto (stylishly sung by Geoffrey Buffière). Mechelen also co-directs (with Lionel Meunier) the period ensemble A Nocte Temporis, and the sensitive interplay of voices and instruments has all the intimacy of chamber music (fitting for a work originally performed in the private salons of the Parisian Duchess of Guide)… Alpha Classic’s recording is luminous and detailed.”

Opera Choice

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

“…Haute-contre (high tenor) Reinoud van Mechelen is a seductive Orpheus – small wonder that his limpid, pliant, expressive voice and eloquent diction enchants both his nymph bride Eurydice (brought to life here by the dewy-voiced Déborah Cachet) and the god Pluto (stylishly sung by Geoffrey Buffière). Mechelen also co-directs (with Lionel Meunier) the period ensemble A Nocte Temporis, and the sensitive interplay of voices and instruments has all the intimacy of chamber music (fitting for a work originally performed in the private salons of the Parisian Duchess of Guide)… Alpha Classic’s recording is luminous and detailed.”

Kate Bolton-Porciatti – BBC Music magazine – March 2020

Concertos Choice

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

“…Dalene plays throughout with an engaging flair, command and emotional range remarkable from such a young player… this is one of the finest violin debuts of the last decade.”

Concertos Choice

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

“…Dalene plays throughout with an engaging flair, command and emotional range remarkable from such a young player… this is one of the finest violin debuts of the last decade.”

Julian Haylock - BBC Music magazine - March 2020
Performance ****      Recording ****
Performance ****      Recording ****
Bayan Northcott - BBC Music magazine - March 2020

Performance ****      Recording ****

“…Like Sibelius, Gunning believes in binding symphonies together with constantly mutating themes and mood changes that creep up by degrees. None of the trio here escapes dark thoughts, certainly not the one-movement Symphony No. 10 from 2016, or the more expansive No. 2 (2002) … In both, mood and theme transformations are pursued through a slippery eel kind of tonality. The Twelfth (2018), simpler and more settled, still has its burden of sorrow … In his orchestrations Gunning likes to exploit the lower brass, with the bass clarinet, contra bassoon and bass trombone all in the spotlight at times… there’s no doubt that Kenneth Woods and the BBC national Orchestra of Wales really enjoy themselves performing such personable and communicative music. The recorded sound is excellent too.”

Performance ****      Recording ****

“…Like Sibelius, Gunning believes in binding symphonies together with constantly mutating themes and mood changes that creep up by degrees. None of the trio here escapes dark thoughts, certainly not the one-movement Symphony No. 10 from 2016, or the more expansive No. 2 (2002) … In both, mood and theme transformations are pursued through a slippery eel kind of tonality. The Twelfth (2018), simpler and more settled, still has its burden of sorrow … In his orchestrations Gunning likes to exploit the lower brass, with the bass clarinet, contra bassoon and bass trombone all in the spotlight at times… there’s no doubt that Kenneth Woods and the BBC national Orchestra of Wales really enjoy themselves performing such personable and communicative music. The recorded sound is excellent too.”

Geoff Brown – BBC Music magazine – March 2020

Performance ***    Recording ****

“… Goossens revels in quick-changing, imaginative orchestral textures, succulently displayed in Chandos’s typically lustrous and wide-ranging recording.”

Performance ***    Recording ****

“… Goossens revels in quick-changing, imaginative orchestral textures, succulently displayed in Chandos’s typically lustrous and wide-ranging recording.”

Geoff Brown – BBC Music magazine – March 2020

From an article on Sofia Gubaidulina

Essential Recording 

“An extraordinary performance of one of Gudbaidulina’s most bizarre yet atmospheric works, featuring choir & a virtuosic cello part.”


 

From an article on Sofia Gubaidulina

Essential Recording 

“An extraordinary performance of one of Gudbaidulina’s most bizarre yet atmospheric works, featuring choir & a virtuosic cello part.”


 
Daniel Jaffe – BBC Music magazine – March 2020

“This eminently worthwhile release from the Australian Trio Anima Mundi opens the window on a neglected corpus of English chamber music, the coal-smoke nostalgia of Muriel Draper’s Music at Midnight a rustle away… “

“This eminently worthwhile release from the Australian Trio Anima Mundi opens the window on a neglected corpus of English chamber music, the coal-smoke nostalgia of Muriel Draper’s Music at Midnight a rustle away… “

Ates Orga - International Piano magazine - March 2020
"... a quietly delightful disc, nicely recorded ..."
"... a quietly delightful disc, nicely recorded ..."
Guy Rickards - International Piano magazine - March 2020

Review for SIGCD833 & 834

“The third and fourth volumes of Llyr Williams’ Schubert cycle for Signum are issued as separate discs. The piano sound on both is warm yet detailed, qualities that could equally apply to Williams’ playing. His strength is finding tempos that feel right, something immediately noticeable in the first Impromptu of the D899 set. Assertion without over-emphasis is another of Williams’ strengths, as is a sure and firm sense of rhythm … There is no doubt that Williams’ Schubert is compelling, even considering the wealth of fine alternatives available … Temptingly, disc seven of this series will comprise transcriptions of Schubert Lieder, offering yet another slant on Williams’ Schubert.”

Review for SIGCD833 & 834

“The third and fourth volumes of Llyr Williams’ Schubert cycle for Signum are issued as separate discs. The piano sound on both is warm yet detailed, qualities that could equally apply to Williams’ playing. His strength is finding tempos that feel right, something immediately noticeable in the first Impromptu of the D899 set. Assertion without over-emphasis is another of Williams’ strengths, as is a sure and firm sense of rhythm … There is no doubt that Williams’ Schubert is compelling, even considering the wealth of fine alternatives available … Temptingly, disc seven of this series will comprise transcriptions of Schubert Lieder, offering yet another slant on Williams’ Schubert.”

Colin Clarke - International Piano magazine - March 2020

Review for SIGCD833 & 834

“The third and fourth volumes of Llyr Williams’ Schubert cycle for Signum are issued as separate discs. The piano sound on both is warm yet detailed, qualities that could equally apply to Williams’ playing. His strength is finding tempos that feel right, something immediately noticeable in the first Impromptu of the D899 set. Assertion without over-emphasis is another of Williams’ strengths, as is a sure and firm sense of rhythm … There is no doubt that Williams’ Schubert is compelling, even considering the wealth of fine alternatives available … Temptingly, disc seven of this series will comprise transcriptions of Schubert Lieder, offering yet another slant on Williams’ Schubert.”

Review for SIGCD833 & 834

“The third and fourth volumes of Llyr Williams’ Schubert cycle for Signum are issued as separate discs. The piano sound on both is warm yet detailed, qualities that could equally apply to Williams’ playing. His strength is finding tempos that feel right, something immediately noticeable in the first Impromptu of the D899 set. Assertion without over-emphasis is another of Williams’ strengths, as is a sure and firm sense of rhythm … There is no doubt that Williams’ Schubert is compelling, even considering the wealth of fine alternatives available … Temptingly, disc seven of this series will comprise transcriptions of Schubert Lieder, offering yet another slant on Williams’ Schubert.”

Colin Clarke - International Piano magazine - March 2020

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