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Covid-19: Update: 12th Jan 2021

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 due to the pandemic delivery times will vary and take significantly longer than usual, depending on your location.  Please note there are also countries ‘on suspension’ by UK’s Royal Mail. We thank you for your understanding, and wish all our customers a healthy outcome!

 

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.

Jennifer on Chandos

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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Gerard Schurmann

Remembering Gerard, who passed on 24 March at 96.

Explore Gerard's Film Music

Colli IP Cover Star

Federico Colli on latest International Piano magazine

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Reicha 250 Anniversary

Enjoy Ivan Ilic's celebrated docu-series on composer.

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Ralph Couzens Interview

Presto interviews Managing Director Ralph Couzens

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John Wilson

John Wilson has a large and varied discography which includes a series of discs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra exploring the works of Richard Rodney Bennett, with the BBC Philharmonic devoted to the symphonic works of Aaron Copland and Eric Coates. In 2019 Chandos released Wilson’s first recording with the Sinfonia of London which featured Korngold’s Symphony in F Sharp, followed by a highly praised French album Escales. His latest release with the orchestra, the Respighi Roman Trilogy, reached Number 1 in the UK Classical Charts in August 2020 Save 20%!

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Nominee in Baroque Vocal category
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ICMA 2019
“… The character roles are strongly etched, and I particularly loved Roxana Constantinescu and Martin-Jan Nijhof’s final exit duet as La Frugola and Talpa. The MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus makes a small but strong contribution. Whilst the orchestra plays finely for Marek Janowski, making a strong contribution to the recording, overall I found Janowski’s approach to tempos rather too steady, too sensible…”
“… The character roles are strongly etched, and I particularly loved Roxana Constantinescu and Martin-Jan Nijhof’s final exit duet as La Frugola and Talpa. The MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus makes a small but strong contribution. Whilst the orchestra plays finely for Marek Janowski, making a strong contribution to the recording, overall I found Janowski’s approach to tempos rather too steady, too sensible…”
Robert Hugill – Opera Today.com – January 2021
"... An outstanding release!"
"... An outstanding release!"
ClassicalCDReview.com - December 2020
“… It is that kind of all-encompassing performance. I have no idea whether Antonini is exercised by the naivety some perceive in The Creation. If he is, he doesn’t for one moment betray any such concern. It is his inspiring direction, his multi-faceted conception of a work that runs a gamut from ultimate grandeur to near child-like wonder, that has produced this spellbinding, life-enhancing testament.”
“… It is that kind of all-encompassing performance. I have no idea whether Antonini is exercised by the naivety some perceive in The Creation. If he is, he doesn’t for one moment betray any such concern. It is his inspiring direction, his multi-faceted conception of a work that runs a gamut from ultimate grandeur to near child-like wonder, that has produced this spellbinding, life-enhancing testament.”
Brian Robins – Early Music Review.com – 20 November 2020
“… The recordings are characterized by honest joy of playing and warmth. The fluid music-making, full of vibrant life, fills the listener with enthusiasm for these beautiful Hungarian pieces. Very charming are Geza Frid’s and Laszlo Weiner’s string trios, masterly likewise the Sonata for Violin and Cello by Sandor Veress. The sound of the Offenburg String Trio is beautifully balanced, the musical discipline exemplary, the expression enchanting. Nothing is artificial, nothing designed for contrasts and effects, but for natural flow, with a healthy balance between the musicality of the works and their anchoring in the 20th-century.” *****
“… The recordings are characterized by honest joy of playing and warmth. The fluid music-making, full of vibrant life, fills the listener with enthusiasm for these beautiful Hungarian pieces. Very charming are Geza Frid’s and Laszlo Weiner’s string trios, masterly likewise the Sonata for Violin and Cello by Sandor Veress. The sound of the Offenburg String Trio is beautifully balanced, the musical discipline exemplary, the expression enchanting. Nothing is artificial, nothing designed for contrasts and effects, but for natural flow, with a healthy balance between the musicality of the works and their anchoring in the 20th-century.” *****
Remy Franck – Pizzicato.com.lu – 16 January 2021
Pizzicato Supersonic
Pizzicato Supersonic
Remy Franck – Pizzicato.com.lu – 14 January 2021
“… The 12th Symphony was written in the 1970s as a commission from the University of Uppsala on nine poems by Pablo Neruda, translated into Swedish, which are mainly about death and desolation and human cruelty. The music is typical Petterson, mostly fluid and rhythmically urgent, with an occasional inserted lament. It is not an easy work, and one has to follow the music by the text to get its message. Christian Lindberg’s conducting is exciting especially since, in addition to the orchestra from Norrköping, he has a vocal ensemble at hand – the Swedish Radio Choir and the excellent Eric Ericson Chamber Choir – which impressively shapes the quasi continuous vocal part.” ****
“… The 12th Symphony was written in the 1970s as a commission from the University of Uppsala on nine poems by Pablo Neruda, translated into Swedish, which are mainly about death and desolation and human cruelty. The music is typical Petterson, mostly fluid and rhythmically urgent, with an occasional inserted lament. It is not an easy work, and one has to follow the music by the text to get its message. Christian Lindberg’s conducting is exciting especially since, in addition to the orchestra from Norrköping, he has a vocal ensemble at hand – the Swedish Radio Choir and the excellent Eric Ericson Chamber Choir – which impressively shapes the quasi continuous vocal part.” ****
Norbert Tischer - Pizzicato.com.lu - 13 January 2021
“… Elena Sartori exerts a tense grip on the music and gives it immediate impact thanks to a good and committed ensemble of soloists. The singing – both solo and ensemble – is excellent throughout, with very characterful interpretations that help the listener follow the action without constantly looking at the libretto. And so this is a very good performance (and recording) of a work that really deserves to be better known.” ****
“… Elena Sartori exerts a tense grip on the music and gives it immediate impact thanks to a good and committed ensemble of soloists. The singing – both solo and ensemble – is excellent throughout, with very characterful interpretations that help the listener follow the action without constantly looking at the libretto. And so this is a very good performance (and recording) of a work that really deserves to be better known.” ****
Nobert Tischer - Pizzicato.com.lu - 12 January 2021

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