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Covid-19: Update: 19th June 2020

During the current unprecedented situation, Chandos Records continues to trade as normally as possible. As many of our staff are working remotely, we would ask you to submit any queries online here rather than by telephone. CD orders are being despatched on the next working day, but understandably delivery times will vary regionally, and may take significantly longer than usual, depending on your location.  Please note that we will not be despatching 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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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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“… Beyond their [Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov] skills in terms of balance and colour they show a refinement that ideally combines lightness and virtuosity, and in addition to the technical mastery of the material also allows for true emotions. Even where the music is more sparkling, rhetoric is more important than a virtuoso show. Every piano miniature, no matter how small, is thus enhanced and instinctively polished into a small jewel. The programme ends with the transcription of the Symphonic Dances, which Rachmaninov wrote in parallel with the orchestral version and which he performed for the first time in August 1942 together with Vladimir Horowitz in a private concert in Beverly Hills. In their contrasty performance the two pianists often immerse themselves deeply in the music. Thus, all of the music’s nostalgia is emphasised with much nuanced colours and dynamics.” *****
“… Beyond their [Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov] skills in terms of balance and colour they show a refinement that ideally combines lightness and virtuosity, and in addition to the technical mastery of the material also allows for true emotions. Even where the music is more sparkling, rhetoric is more important than a virtuoso show. Every piano miniature, no matter how small, is thus enhanced and instinctively polished into a small jewel. The programme ends with the transcription of the Symphonic Dances, which Rachmaninov wrote in parallel with the orchestral version and which he performed for the first time in August 1942 together with Vladimir Horowitz in a private concert in Beverly Hills. In their contrasty performance the two pianists often immerse themselves deeply in the music. Thus, all of the music’s nostalgia is emphasised with much nuanced colours and dynamics.” *****
Remy Franck - Pizzicato.lu – 19 March 2020
Pizzicato Supersonic
“… With its clear, precise sound, this recording reflects all the expressionistic excitement of the composition, and is definitely one of Mass’s reference recordings.”
Pizzicato Supersonic
“… With its clear, precise sound, this recording reflects all the expressionistic excitement of the composition, and is definitely one of Mass’s reference recordings.”
Remy Franck - Pizzicato.lu – 19 March 2020
“… the Liszt interpretations of Amir Katz impress with their extreme clarity and the seriousness of the interpretational concern. The virtuosity is remarkable, but there is nothing demonstrative about it. Every now and then we can hear some rhythmic peculiarities, but they never seem to have been researched and are pleasing to the ear. The nuances and details, a fine and never harsh piano sound as well as careful dynamics ensure an exciting, sovereign, very cultivated and at the same time refreshing performance.” *****
“… the Liszt interpretations of Amir Katz impress with their extreme clarity and the seriousness of the interpretational concern. The virtuosity is remarkable, but there is nothing demonstrative about it. Every now and then we can hear some rhythmic peculiarities, but they never seem to have been researched and are pleasing to the ear. The nuances and details, a fine and never harsh piano sound as well as careful dynamics ensure an exciting, sovereign, very cultivated and at the same time refreshing performance.” *****
Remy Franck - Pizzicato.lu – 19 February 2020
“… Whether highly virtuosic or poetic, Korstick does full justice to these preludes, as well as to the other preludes bundled in smaller cycles. With a sparkling imagination he offers fascinating pianism with great entertainment value.” *****
“… Whether highly virtuosic or poetic, Korstick does full justice to these preludes, as well as to the other preludes bundled in smaller cycles. With a sparkling imagination he offers fascinating pianism with great entertainment value.” *****
Remy Franck - Pizzicato.lu – 13 February 2020
“… Top-class interpretations under the composer’s direction and excellent sound recordings make this production an SACD that is attractive to anyone who likes spectacular, rhythmic-dramatic symphonic music.” *****
“… Top-class interpretations under the composer’s direction and excellent sound recordings make this production an SACD that is attractive to anyone who likes spectacular, rhythmic-dramatic symphonic music.” *****
Remy Franck - Pizzicato.lu – 31 January 2020
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Remy Franck - Pizzicato.lu – 29 January 2020
“Jean-Marie Leclair contributed a lot in merging the Italian style into French music and developed a very personal style, which was inspired especially by Locatelli, whom he admired. Leclair’s Violin Concertos very well show the connection between the two national idioms. In the series of the complete recording of these two groups of works, Leila Shayegh, together with the La Cetra Baroque Orchestra from Basel, has now recorded numbers 1 and 3 respectively. Their long and intensive study of the subject matter is expressed in a playing that is as expressive as it is virtuosically natural. The soloist’s effortlessly masterful playing does not show that the works place the highest technical demands on the solo violinist. On the contrary, she develops the music in a highly creative way. This is also true for the strings of the La Cetra Baroque Orchestra. As a result, this music is offered in an exemplary and seductive manner in a historically informed style.” *****
“Jean-Marie Leclair contributed a lot in merging the Italian style into French music and developed a very personal style, which was inspired especially by Locatelli, whom he admired. Leclair’s Violin Concertos very well show the connection between the two national idioms. In the series of the complete recording of these two groups of works, Leila Shayegh, together with the La Cetra Baroque Orchestra from Basel, has now recorded numbers 1 and 3 respectively. Their long and intensive study of the subject matter is expressed in a playing that is as expressive as it is virtuosically natural. The soloist’s effortlessly masterful playing does not show that the works place the highest technical demands on the solo violinist. On the contrary, she develops the music in a highly creative way. This is also true for the strings of the La Cetra Baroque Orchestra. As a result, this music is offered in an exemplary and seductive manner in a historically informed style.” *****
Uwe Krusch - Pizzicato.lu – 25 January 2020
“Playful lightness, a wide range of colours and a constantly healthy, i.e. never overdrawn vitality characterise these interpretations with Ana de la Vega, flute, Ramon Ortega Quero, oboe, and the Trondheim Soloists. They bring excitement and life to works that blossom here. The soloists and the ensemble succeed in fully exploiting the contrasts of the music with a tense pointillism. The playing of the orchestra and the two soloists, apparently produced with a light hand, but certainly very inspired, is outstanding in its rhetorical power. The two soloists in particular leave nothing to be desired in terms of musical interpretation. They do justice both to the virtuoso character and to the changing moods of the pieces, and their dialogue among themselves and with the orchestra is delightful.”  *****
“Playful lightness, a wide range of colours and a constantly healthy, i.e. never overdrawn vitality characterise these interpretations with Ana de la Vega, flute, Ramon Ortega Quero, oboe, and the Trondheim Soloists. They bring excitement and life to works that blossom here. The soloists and the ensemble succeed in fully exploiting the contrasts of the music with a tense pointillism. The playing of the orchestra and the two soloists, apparently produced with a light hand, but certainly very inspired, is outstanding in its rhetorical power. The two soloists in particular leave nothing to be desired in terms of musical interpretation. They do justice both to the virtuoso character and to the changing moods of the pieces, and their dialogue among themselves and with the orchestra is delightful.”  *****
Remy Franck - Pizzicato.lu – 24 January 2020

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