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Korngold BBC triumph!

Korngold wins Orchestral BBC Music Award 2020

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Schonberg: Erwartung etc

'Record of the week' on BBC 3's Record Review

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Dido & Aeneas

Chaconne release BBC 3's Recommended Recording!

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Sunday Times Pick

Shostakovich is Sunday Times Album of the Week!

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Gerard Schurmann

Remembering Gerard, who passed on 24 March at 96.

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Parry: Judith

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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

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Ralph Couzens Interview

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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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“…  Quinn’s urbane performances of the C and D major solo concertos, joined by Gent in the F major double concerto, are stylishly accompanied by Cohen’s period band.”
“…  Quinn’s urbane performances of the C and D major solo concertos, joined by Gent in the F major double concerto, are stylishly accompanied by Cohen’s period band.”
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times – 12 July 2020
“… Sakari Oramo’s dynamic account crackles with the kind of electricity usually associated with authentic live performances. Anna Patalong’s tones as Julie may not always be pretty, but they’re psychologically honest: this character isn’t playing hostess at a tea party. For dark fervour, Patalong is beaten by her husband, Benedict Nelson, who plays the valet Jean with a brazen authority especially rare for a singer parachuted into the cast at short notice. Rosie Aldridge brings plenty of personality to the cook Kristin, while I wouldn’t want to face a gun held by Samuel Sakker’s gamekeeper Ulrik (Alwyn’s invention). The BBC musicians, for their part, revel in a score so opulently emotional that parts might have been composed by Richard Strauss.” ****
“… Sakari Oramo’s dynamic account crackles with the kind of electricity usually associated with authentic live performances. Anna Patalong’s tones as Julie may not always be pretty, but they’re psychologically honest: this character isn’t playing hostess at a tea party. For dark fervour, Patalong is beaten by her husband, Benedict Nelson, who plays the valet Jean with a brazen authority especially rare for a singer parachuted into the cast at short notice. Rosie Aldridge brings plenty of personality to the cook Kristin, while I wouldn’t want to face a gun held by Samuel Sakker’s gamekeeper Ulrik (Alwyn’s invention). The BBC musicians, for their part, revel in a score so opulently emotional that parts might have been composed by Richard Strauss.” ****
Geoff Brown – The Times – 10 July 2020
“…a rewarding programme that repays concentration. Gilchrist is, as ever, a hugely clear and communicative singer, in perfect balance with Tilbrook’s sense of focus and poise, even if at some moments in the Barber the piano seems a bit tasteful when something gaudier is called for. As a team, they are highly effective at building slow-burning tension, shaping long crescendos while holding just a little bit back. In that way, it’s the Purcell that’s arguably the highlight; its ending, with Gilchrist holding the final note as if he’ll never let go, is quietly devastating, a sting in the tail that might be felt especially by those who have recently experienced solitude not by choice. ****
“…a rewarding programme that repays concentration. Gilchrist is, as ever, a hugely clear and communicative singer, in perfect balance with Tilbrook’s sense of focus and poise, even if at some moments in the Barber the piano seems a bit tasteful when something gaudier is called for. As a team, they are highly effective at building slow-burning tension, shaping long crescendos while holding just a little bit back. In that way, it’s the Purcell that’s arguably the highlight; its ending, with Gilchrist holding the final note as if he’ll never let go, is quietly devastating, a sting in the tail that might be felt especially by those who have recently experienced solitude not by choice. ****
Erica Jeal – The Guardian – 9 July 2020
“The Italian composer’s lyrical yet economical drama confirms its status as one of the finest short stage works of the 20th century.” ****
“The Italian composer’s lyrical yet economical drama confirms its status as one of the finest short stage works of the 20th century.” ****
Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 2 July 2020
Performance ****      Recording ****
“… Part of the success of the concertos performance certainly lies in Michael McHale’s high-energy fingers, confidently shifting between glittering decorations and bravura solo spurts. Meanwhile, John Wilson and his BBC musicians are fully a match for Bennett’s nervous rhythms and the melodic urge that won’t be denied, for all the work’s surface ‘modernity’. It’s a really memorable and thoroughly exhilarating piece…”
Performance ****      Recording ****
“… Part of the success of the concertos performance certainly lies in Michael McHale’s high-energy fingers, confidently shifting between glittering decorations and bravura solo spurts. Meanwhile, John Wilson and his BBC musicians are fully a match for Bennett’s nervous rhythms and the melodic urge that won’t be denied, for all the work’s surface ‘modernity’. It’s a really memorable and thoroughly exhilarating piece…”
Geoff Brown – BBC Music magazine – July 2020
Performance ****      Recording ***
“… Roderick Williams is effortlessly boyish in the Beethoven, matched by Iain Burnside’s transparent sound. The Schubert begins relaxed, but emotions are soon ratcheted up. Burnside’s unhurried pace and clear pedalling reveals each detail of these beautifully crafted miniatures. Williams’s ‘Ständchen’ … offers a honey-smooth seducer, albeit with a heart of gold…I longed for just a few more rough edges in this beautifully polished recording.”
Performance ****      Recording ***
“… Roderick Williams is effortlessly boyish in the Beethoven, matched by Iain Burnside’s transparent sound. The Schubert begins relaxed, but emotions are soon ratcheted up. Burnside’s unhurried pace and clear pedalling reveals each detail of these beautifully crafted miniatures. Williams’s ‘Ständchen’ … offers a honey-smooth seducer, albeit with a heart of gold…I longed for just a few more rough edges in this beautifully polished recording.”
Natasha Loges – BBC Music magazine – July 2020
“This magnificent album sweeps through Gregson’s career of writing for symphonic brass, with a plethora of colours and stylistic influences. Glittering sound and production to boot,” ****
“This magnificent album sweeps through Gregson’s career of writing for symphonic brass, with a plethora of colours and stylistic influences. Glittering sound and production to boot,” ****
Freya Parr - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - July 2020
"... A heady selection of songs to intoxicate the senses; vivid storytelling and musicality." ****
"... A heady selection of songs to intoxicate the senses; vivid storytelling and musicality." ****
Michael Beek - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - July 2020

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