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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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Grammy Award Winners

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Performance ****      Recording ****

“… Françaix’s Impromptu for flute and strings (1983) is an unashamedly melodic romp stuffed full of spiralling motifs that Wilson performs with an enviable lightness …”

Performance ****      Recording ****

“… Françaix’s Impromptu for flute and strings (1983) is an unashamedly melodic romp stuffed full of spiralling motifs that Wilson performs with an enviable lightness …”

Claire Jackson - BBC Music magazine – April 2019

Concerto Choice

Performance ****        Recording ****

“This engaging disc offers beautifully-recorded performances of three substantial works from contemporary Danish composer Svend Hvidfelt Nielsen (b.1958). Hvidtfelt Nielsens’s scores are renowned for their mesmerising delicacy of sound amid highly complex textures, and his music is performed here with impeccable clarity by the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Aarhus Sinfonietta…”

Concerto Choice

Performance ****        Recording ****

“This engaging disc offers beautifully-recorded performances of three substantial works from contemporary Danish composer Svend Hvidfelt Nielsen (b.1958). Hvidtfelt Nielsens’s scores are renowned for their mesmerising delicacy of sound amid highly complex textures, and his music is performed here with impeccable clarity by the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Aarhus Sinfonietta…”

Kate Wakeling - BBC Music magazine – April 2019

Performance ****    Recording ****

“… he [Rouvali] steers the Gothenburg Symphony, of which he was appointed Chief Conductor in 2016, through vital and idiomatic live performances of Sibelius’s First Symphony and the revised version of his tone poem En Saga… this is a genuinely competitive release.”

Performance ****    Recording ****

“… he [Rouvali] steers the Gothenburg Symphony, of which he was appointed Chief Conductor in 2016, through vital and idiomatic live performances of Sibelius’s First Symphony and the revised version of his tone poem En Saga… this is a genuinely competitive release.”

Bayan Northcott – BBC Music magazine – April 2019
Performance ****      Recording ****
"...this is still the recording of the First Symphony to own. And it's paired with the first recording of the Fourth Symphony in D minor, written in 1945 but only premiered in concert last year, by Jeter and his Arkansas musicians. From the soulful, bittersweet string melody in the opening Allegro ma non troppo to the emphatic Scherzo finale, this a rich score that winningly blends European and African American influences."
Performance ****      Recording ****
"...this is still the recording of the First Symphony to own. And it's paired with the first recording of the Fourth Symphony in D minor, written in 1945 but only premiered in concert last year, by Jeter and his Arkansas musicians. From the soulful, bittersweet string melody in the opening Allegro ma non troppo to the emphatic Scherzo finale, this a rich score that winningly blends European and African American influences."
Rebecca Franks - BBC Music magazine - April 2019
Orchestral Choice
Performance *****     Recording ****
"Noseda and the LSO paint a vivid picture of the Russian composer's masterpiece."
Orchestral Choice
Performance *****     Recording ****
"Noseda and the LSO paint a vivid picture of the Russian composer's masterpiece."
David Nice - BBC Music magazine - April 2019
Building a Library – Gershwin Piano Concerto in F major
“This 2013 interpretation takes the listener on a thoughtful but often exuberant musical journey featuring many moments of memorable characterisation, as Xiayin Wang deftly balances the incisive dynamism and lush Romanticism which lie at the heart of the piece. This balance is mirrored by the richly coloured playing of the Royal Scottish national Orchestra under Peter Oundijian, and enhanced by the recording’s superb audio quality”
Building a Library – Gershwin Piano Concerto in F major
“This 2013 interpretation takes the listener on a thoughtful but often exuberant musical journey featuring many moments of memorable characterisation, as Xiayin Wang deftly balances the incisive dynamism and lush Romanticism which lie at the heart of the piece. This balance is mirrored by the richly coloured playing of the Royal Scottish national Orchestra under Peter Oundijian, and enhanced by the recording’s superb audio quality”
BBC Music magazine – April 2019
“…A fascinating, engagingly played quartet of quartets” ****
“…A fascinating, engagingly played quartet of quartets” ****
The Observer – 15 October 2017
“…The Borusan Quartet gives a keenly-felt performance of the Vasks, is energetic in the spiky String Quartet No.2 by fellow Turkish composer Hasan Ucarsu, and throws in minimalist extras by Arvo Part and Philip Glass”
“…The Borusan Quartet gives a keenly-felt performance of the Vasks, is energetic in the spiky String Quartet No.2 by fellow Turkish composer Hasan Ucarsu, and throws in minimalist extras by Arvo Part and Philip Glass”
The Financial Times – October 2017
“…The Borusan’s brilliant, vivid tone colours and infectious drive give full weight to its shifts of mood… Recorded sound has inviting clarity coupled with all the edge-of-your-seat immediacy of a live performance, in a disc that demands attention.”
“…The Borusan’s brilliant, vivid tone colours and infectious drive give full weight to its shifts of mood… Recorded sound has inviting clarity coupled with all the edge-of-your-seat immediacy of a live performance, in a disc that demands attention.”
The Strad
“…An auspicious Beethoven recital, then, by two outstanding musicians whose consonance and synergy are once again to the fore. While their Kreutzer sonata could perhaps do with a little more cut-and-thrust, these are nonetheless impeccably executed performances…”
“…An auspicious Beethoven recital, then, by two outstanding musicians whose consonance and synergy are once again to the fore. While their Kreutzer sonata could perhaps do with a little more cut-and-thrust, these are nonetheless impeccably executed performances…”
Des Hutchinson - MusicWeb-International.com – 18 July 2017
“…[Beethoven’s Sixth Sonata] responds particularly well to James Ehnes’s velvet cantabile and purity of intonation” 
“…[Beethoven’s Sixth Sonata] responds particularly well to James Ehnes’s velvet cantabile and purity of intonation” 
The Strad – June 2017
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Diapason magazine (France) – April 2017
“…There’s a clarity of ideas that means they never have to overstate...For some listeners, the featherweight diction won’t be brawny or volatile enough for mid-period Beethoven, but it would be wrong to mistake cleanliness for lack of emotional heft...The uncluttered, conversational generosity of this duo speaks volumes.” ****
“…There’s a clarity of ideas that means they never have to overstate...For some listeners, the featherweight diction won’t be brawny or volatile enough for mid-period Beethoven, but it would be wrong to mistake cleanliness for lack of emotional heft...The uncluttered, conversational generosity of this duo speaks volumes.” ****
The Guardian – 16 February 2017
“…The warmth and sweetness of James Ehnes’s tone stand him in very good stead, and his pianissimo playing conveys an admirable sense of mystery. He’s greatly helped by having a sympathetic fellow-violinist as conductor: Andrew Manze keeps a tight grip on things, never allowing the music to meander, as it sometimes can. This is essentially a traditional performance…but certainly none the worse for that.” ****
“…The warmth and sweetness of James Ehnes’s tone stand him in very good stead, and his pianissimo playing conveys an admirable sense of mystery. He’s greatly helped by having a sympathetic fellow-violinist as conductor: Andrew Manze keeps a tight grip on things, never allowing the music to meander, as it sometimes can. This is essentially a traditional performance…but certainly none the worse for that.” ****
BBC Music magazine – Christmas 2017
Recording of the Month
“…the Beethoven concerto is the star here, and Ehnes and Manze have given us an interpretation for the ages, one that stands proudly alongside the competition and, in many cases, faces it down. If you’re looking for a recent, modern digital version, then I think this could well now be first choice.”
Recording of the Month
“…the Beethoven concerto is the star here, and Ehnes and Manze have given us an interpretation for the ages, one that stands proudly alongside the competition and, in many cases, faces it down. If you’re looking for a recent, modern digital version, then I think this could well now be first choice.”
Simon Thompson - MusicWeb-International.com – November 2017
“…Any danger of a routine account of this popular concerto is instantly dispelled by the freshness and colour of the opening bars...Ehnes’s fluent playing has similar virtues. In his hands, the finale’s repeated main theme is always a delight, so perfectly articulated.”
“…Any danger of a routine account of this popular concerto is instantly dispelled by the freshness and colour of the opening bars...Ehnes’s fluent playing has similar virtues. In his hands, the finale’s repeated main theme is always a delight, so perfectly articulated.”
The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 15 October 2017

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