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Musician in Residence

Ivan Ilic is the new Musician in Residence for Ulster University

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Lifetime Achievement

Neeme Järvi wins Gramophone 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 the 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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Chart success!

Rodney Bennett's Orchestral Works Vol. 2 is at #2 (July 13)

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Allan Clayton: RPS winner

Allan wins RPS 2018 Singer award - congratulations!

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Juno Award Nominees

Congratulations to our Juno Award Nominees

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Grammy Award Winners

Congratulations to distributed labels on Grammy wins

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Recording of the Week

“… the latest volume of a cycle that stands up favourably against Bernstein’s own Copland recordings, and surely ranks as one of the finest orchestral series of the past few years.”

Recording of the Week

“… the latest volume of a cycle that stands up favourably against Bernstein’s own Copland recordings, and surely ranks as one of the finest orchestral series of the past few years.”

2018 International Classical Music Awards

“… There is always a place even in a crowded historical market place for Schnabel’s Mozart performances, especially when they receive top quality transfers as here.”

“… There is always a place even in a crowded historical market place for Schnabel’s Mozart performances, especially when they receive top quality transfers as here.”

Jonathan Woolf – MusicWeb-Internationa.com – December 2008

“Artur Schnabel’s Mozart is every bit as individual as [Glenn] Gould’s Beethoven [Piano Sonatas Nos 30-32, Naxos 8.111299] but infinitely more subtle, the pathos-filled Rondo in A minor, K511, providing a fine example of Schnabel’s immaculate sense of musical timing. The same Naxos CD also includes the Concertos K595 (under Barbirolli) and K365 (with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, under Boult). The transfers are excellent.”

“Artur Schnabel’s Mozart is every bit as individual as [Glenn] Gould’s Beethoven [Piano Sonatas Nos 30-32, Naxos 8.111299] but infinitely more subtle, the pathos-filled Rondo in A minor, K511, providing a fine example of Schnabel’s immaculate sense of musical timing. The same Naxos CD also includes the Concertos K595 (under Barbirolli) and K365 (with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, under Boult). The transfers are excellent.”

Rob Cowan – Gramophone magazine – November 2008

“… every track is played with an ideal blend of style and sensitivity, and the Naxos engineers have done their part by framing the music with a sonic ambience than is warm, fairly close-up, and that reveals every detail without ever sounding too analytical.”

“… every track is played with an ideal blend of style and sensitivity, and the Naxos engineers have done their part by framing the music with a sonic ambience than is warm, fairly close-up, and that reveals every detail without ever sounding too analytical.”

William Trotter – American Record Guide – May 2009

"... While the playing is utterly seamless and unaffected, it's also full of personality... As with the previous installment in this indispensible series, you need to run-not walk-to order this one."

"... While the playing is utterly seamless and unaffected, it's also full of personality... As with the previous installment in this indispensible series, you need to run-not walk-to order this one."

Jim Svejda - Fanfare - January/February 2016

“…This is magnificent programming, magnificently delivered.”

“…This is magnificent programming, magnificently delivered.”

International Piano magazine – September/October 2015

“… Angular or strident sounds are not a part of Christian Blackshaw's technique. Instead a horizontally even line and lucid touch sustain his vision of Mozart.”

“… Angular or strident sounds are not a part of Christian Blackshaw's technique. Instead a horizontally even line and lucid touch sustain his vision of Mozart.”

Gramophone magazine – August 2015

“… there is created in the listener a sense of unlimited trust in the pianist's interpretative authority - whether in his instinct for relating of tempo choice to shaping of phrases and grading of dynamics, or in his always acutely sensitive, never showy placing of detail... one of today's most completely accomplished keyboard Mozartians.” *****

“… there is created in the listener a sense of unlimited trust in the pianist's interpretative authority - whether in his instinct for relating of tempo choice to shaping of phrases and grading of dynamics, or in his always acutely sensitive, never showy placing of detail... one of today's most completely accomplished keyboard Mozartians.” *****

BBC Music magazine - August 2015

“There is no greater compliment to Blackshaw that this ongoing set surely ranks with the greats and that he appears to be one of the foremost Mozart interpreters of the day.”

“There is no greater compliment to Blackshaw that this ongoing set surely ranks with the greats and that he appears to be one of the foremost Mozart interpreters of the day.”

International Piano magazine – March/April 2015

“… He identifies completely with each work, drawing out the emotional characteristics of individual movements without unwarranted mannerism. As before, Blackshaw works within a deliberately limited dynamic range, but nonetheless exerts a subtle control of timbre and voicing and delights in projecting the sheer inventiveness of Mozart's music.”

“… He identifies completely with each work, drawing out the emotional characteristics of individual movements without unwarranted mannerism. As before, Blackshaw works within a deliberately limited dynamic range, but nonetheless exerts a subtle control of timbre and voicing and delights in projecting the sheer inventiveness of Mozart's music.”

BBC Music magazine – January 2015

“… the capacity of the modern piano for a horizontally sustained line is largely to the fore, heard through Christian Blackshaw's lucid touch, command of tone through dynamics and tactful use of pedal. His technique is unimpeachable, his concept of the music often gentle, sometimes contemplative, occasionally detached or assertive.”

“… the capacity of the modern piano for a horizontally sustained line is largely to the fore, heard through Christian Blackshaw's lucid touch, command of tone through dynamics and tactful use of pedal. His technique is unimpeachable, his concept of the music often gentle, sometimes contemplative, occasionally detached or assertive.”

Gramophone magazine – December 2014

“Simple they might seem on their surface, but Mozart’s piano sonatas make demands of poise, control and human insight unlike any other body of work. In the second of what will be a four-volume collection, Christian Blackshaw gives beautifully shaped, sparkling, aching accounts...every little turn full of import.”

“Simple they might seem on their surface, but Mozart’s piano sonatas make demands of poise, control and human insight unlike any other body of work. In the second of what will be a four-volume collection, Christian Blackshaw gives beautifully shaped, sparkling, aching accounts...every little turn full of import.”

The Sunday Times - 28 September 2014

“… It would be hard to find Mozart more soft-spoken and captivating than this.”

“… It would be hard to find Mozart more soft-spoken and captivating than this.”

The Irish Times – 11 December 2014

“Distinguishing lightness of touch, optimum clarity and ideal tempos inform this further batch of five works. One is aware of Blackshaw’s deep study of these Sonatas, and his affection and consummate approach, illuminating the music without making points or imposing self, yet there is plenty of character and individual insight to savour…enthusiastically recommended.”

“Distinguishing lightness of touch, optimum clarity and ideal tempos inform this further batch of five works. One is aware of Blackshaw’s deep study of these Sonatas, and his affection and consummate approach, illuminating the music without making points or imposing self, yet there is plenty of character and individual insight to savour…enthusiastically recommended.”

classicalsource.com - December 2014

“… His interpretations are highly cultured and lucid, models of poise and natural spontaneity…”

“… His interpretations are highly cultured and lucid, models of poise and natural spontaneity…”

International Piano magazine – January/February 2016

“… permit me to join the chorus of acclaim for his elegance of phrasing, limpid tone quality (captured in a demonstration-quality recording), tastefulness of nuance and ornamentation, and imaginative response to harmony and character. Every tiniest detail here is thought through... Yet nothing is fetishised. Perfection – or something very close to it – is in the service of freedom.”

“… permit me to join the chorus of acclaim for his elegance of phrasing, limpid tone quality (captured in a demonstration-quality recording), tastefulness of nuance and ornamentation, and imaginative response to harmony and character. Every tiniest detail here is thought through... Yet nothing is fetishised. Perfection – or something very close to it – is in the service of freedom.”

Gramophone magazine – January 2016

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