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Thais wins Juno Award!

Sir Andrew Davis disc wins Best Classical Album (Vocal)

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BBC Orchestral Winner

Wilson & SoL's Respighi wins BBC Orchestral Award

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BBC Chamber Winner

Little & Lane win BBC Chamber Award

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The Prison wins a GRAMMY

Smyth premiere recording wins at March 2021 awards.

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Barry Douglas Podcast

Father-son-duo Barry & Liam start new music podcast.

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BBC R3 Record of Week

Weinberg String Quartets is Record Review pick of week.

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Desert Island Disc

Beethoven is Keir Starmer's castaway pick on BBC R4.

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Welcome, Francesca!

Francesca Dego joins Chandos in exclusive signing.
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We are sorry to hear of the passing of pianist Eric Parkin, aged 96. Eric made over
20 albums for Chandos; his musicianship and artistry are fondly remembered. 

Jennifer Pike MBE

Violinist awarded MBE for services to Classical Music.

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We are all moved by today’s news that soprano Erin Wall has been taken from us by cancer, aged just 44. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family & friends.        

Queen's Medal

Imogen Cooper awarded Queen's Medal for Music

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Gramophone Awards

BBCSO, Bergen Phil & CBSO Orchestral nominees

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Korngold BBC triumph!

Korngold wins Orchestral BBC Music Award 2020

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Ralph Couzens Interview

Presto interviews Managing Director Ralph Couzens

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

The insatiable enthusiasm and artistic curiosity of the French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet have led him to explore a repertoire ranging from Haydn, Beethoven, Bartók and Prokofiev to contemporary works by composers such as Bruno Mantovani and Jörg Widmann. An exclusive Chandos artist his rich discography includes the complete piano works of Debussy and the complete Beethoven sonatas and concertos. Ongoing projects include the critically acclaimed surveys of Haydn sonatas, alongside the Mozart Piano concertos with the Manchester Camerata. Save 30%!

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“… This is music that grips the listener and draws him into the musical universe of its composer, one not quickly forgotten, and indeed demanding repeated playings to allow the listener to absorb its intricacies. The strong orchestral playing under conductor John Storgårds and the vivid and breathtaking recorded sound is an additional draw, propelling this disc into a position as a strong contender for my next Want List. In short: my top recommendation.”
“… This is music that grips the listener and draws him into the musical universe of its composer, one not quickly forgotten, and indeed demanding repeated playings to allow the listener to absorb its intricacies. The strong orchestral playing under conductor John Storgårds and the vivid and breathtaking recorded sound is an additional draw, propelling this disc into a position as a strong contender for my next Want List. In short: my top recommendation.”
David DeBoor Canfield – Fanfare – March/April 2021
".. The only word to describe the performances is "terrific". You will be missing something very special if you pass this release by. Urgently recommended."
".. The only word to describe the performances is "terrific". You will be missing something very special if you pass this release by. Urgently recommended."
Jerry Dubins – Fanfare – March/April 2021
“… Roman Patkoló demonstrates with his agile and wonderfully cantible playing, the instrument can sing in its upper registers every bit as beautifully as the cello. The concertos and sinfonia … are bright and engaging with meltingly lyrical slow movements – these vary close in style to the slow movements of Haydn’s cello concertos. The small German chamber orchestra plays brightly in a well-learned period style on modern instruments – although one wishes the strings would not without vibrato complete from long held notes. If you ever wanted an apostle for solo double bass, you could find no one better than Roman Patkoló…”
“… Roman Patkoló demonstrates with his agile and wonderfully cantible playing, the instrument can sing in its upper registers every bit as beautifully as the cello. The concertos and sinfonia … are bright and engaging with meltingly lyrical slow movements – these vary close in style to the slow movements of Haydn’s cello concertos. The small German chamber orchestra plays brightly in a well-learned period style on modern instruments – although one wishes the strings would not without vibrato complete from long held notes. If you ever wanted an apostle for solo double bass, you could find no one better than Roman Patkoló…”
Michael De Sapio – Fanfare – March/April 2021
“… top-rank saxophone and piano playing throughout, and Scott proves himself to be a master composer, worthy of the attention of music lovers everywhere. Saxophonists and aficionados will snap this up, not because of my hearty endorsement (which it receives), but because of the reputation of McCallister in the saxophone world. Beyond saxophonists, all lovers of standard-setting performances of fine music should give this a listen as well. You will be won over by the artistry of all concerned.”
“… top-rank saxophone and piano playing throughout, and Scott proves himself to be a master composer, worthy of the attention of music lovers everywhere. Saxophonists and aficionados will snap this up, not because of my hearty endorsement (which it receives), but because of the reputation of McCallister in the saxophone world. Beyond saxophonists, all lovers of standard-setting performances of fine music should give this a listen as well. You will be won over by the artistry of all concerned.”
David DeBoor Canfield – Fanfare – March/April 2021
“… Listening to the Emerson Quartet in this new recording of Schumann’s string quartets, I can say that the world-famous ensemble has lost none of its technical grip or tonal luster. This is rapt, highly focused, and intensely beautiful playing throughout in every way, and of Schumann’s quartets rate a high enough likeability quotient for you to admit of more than a token recording or two of them on your shelf, I can unequivocally say that the Emerson’s should be one of them… Pentatone’s recording … is superb, allowing each instrument its own space on the soundstage but without any undue highlighting or compromise of tonal balance and ensemble equanimity…”
“… Listening to the Emerson Quartet in this new recording of Schumann’s string quartets, I can say that the world-famous ensemble has lost none of its technical grip or tonal luster. This is rapt, highly focused, and intensely beautiful playing throughout in every way, and of Schumann’s quartets rate a high enough likeability quotient for you to admit of more than a token recording or two of them on your shelf, I can unequivocally say that the Emerson’s should be one of them… Pentatone’s recording … is superb, allowing each instrument its own space on the soundstage but without any undue highlighting or compromise of tonal balance and ensemble equanimity…”
Jerry Dubins – Fanfare – March/April 2021
“… The Gramercy Trio … are musicians of the highest caliber. They provide sympathetic and informed performances to these highly challenging works. Their sense of ensemble is remarkable. Leventhal’s playing in the Aucoin is, at times, breathtaking. The richness of sound of the playing of cellist Jonathan Miller is clearly on display in the Aucoin. The technique and sensitivity in the playing of Randall Hodgkinson is outstanding. They all play as one with a shared sense of the music. The ensemble displays a great deal of expression, strength, intensity, and focus, emphasizing, especially in the Schuller, the basic Romantic impetus of this non-tonal work.”
“… The Gramercy Trio … are musicians of the highest caliber. They provide sympathetic and informed performances to these highly challenging works. Their sense of ensemble is remarkable. Leventhal’s playing in the Aucoin is, at times, breathtaking. The richness of sound of the playing of cellist Jonathan Miller is clearly on display in the Aucoin. The technique and sensitivity in the playing of Randall Hodgkinson is outstanding. They all play as one with a shared sense of the music. The ensemble displays a great deal of expression, strength, intensity, and focus, emphasizing, especially in the Schuller, the basic Romantic impetus of this non-tonal work.”
Karl F Miller – Fanfare – March/April 2021
"... the major works here are given absolutely inspiring performances. Strongly recommended."
"... the major works here are given absolutely inspiring performances. Strongly recommended."
Huntley Dent – Fanfare – March/April 2021
"... Jacobs's performances are worth hearing..."
"... Jacobs's performances are worth hearing..."
James H North – Fanfare – March/April 2021

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