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Wilson on Gramophone

John Wilson is February's cover star!

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5-stars for Alder

Lines Written.. receives blanket 5-stars from press

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Brodsky Guardian pick

Late String Quartets are Guardian's album of week

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Louise Alder Concert

Enjoy Louise's Wigmore Hall concert on BBC Radio 3  

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Mariss Jansons

Remembering our innovative work with him

Mariss on Chandos

Purcell's Dido & Aeneas

Chaconne release is R3's Recommended Recording

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ICMA 2020 Awards

Iberia y Francia and Lyatoshynsky shortlisted!

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Recording of the Week!

Like to the Lark is pick on BBC R3's Record Review

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Coates Concert

Enjoy John Wilson & BBC Phil's live concert on R3  

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Ralph Couzens Interview

Presto interviews Managing Director Ralph Couzens

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Gramophone Nominee

Doric String Quartet's Britten/Purcell shortlisted!

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SoL's Triumphant Return!

John Wilson re-establishes SoL with Korngold release

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LPO's New Conductor

Edward Gardner to be next LPO Principal Conductor

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A Life in Music

Marking 100 years since pioneer Tommy Reilly's birth

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Landmarks

40-disc Anniversary Box Set is now yours to explore

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We are 40!

Thanks for all your support and congratulations

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Sue Revill

(1955-2019) An irreplaceable friend and colleague

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Editor’s Choice – Orchestral section

“… Andrew Manze elicits playing of remarkable clarity and rhythmic vitality from the NDR Radiophilharmonie – as crucial in the Brahms as it is in the Schumann – and the recorded balance between soloists and orchestra is close to ideal. Indeed, these interpretations are now my top recommendation for both concertos.”

Editor’s Choice – Orchestral section

“… Andrew Manze elicits playing of remarkable clarity and rhythmic vitality from the NDR Radiophilharmonie – as crucial in the Brahms as it is in the Schumann – and the recorded balance between soloists and orchestra is close to ideal. Indeed, these interpretations are now my top recommendation for both concertos.”

Andrew Farach-Colton – Gramophone magazine – February 2020

“… A key aspect of all these performances, aside from the passion of Wallfisch’s advocacy, is the contribution of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, on splendid form (as ever). The three encores are nicely done, too …”

“… A key aspect of all these performances, aside from the passion of Wallfisch’s advocacy, is the contribution of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, on splendid form (as ever). The three encores are nicely done, too …”

Guy Rickards – Gramophone magazine – February 2020

“… Original, stylish and authoritative, this concerto set is a worthy and thought-provoking contribution to the recordings marking the Beethoven year.”

“… Original, stylish and authoritative, this concerto set is a worthy and thought-provoking contribution to the recordings marking the Beethoven year.”

Patrick Rucker – Gramophone magazine – February 2020

Editor’s Choice – Orchestral section

“… He [Dalene] and his like-minded conductor – the excellent Danial Blendulf – deliver a thoroughly coherent and embraceable view of the piece [Barber] … Dalene’s compatriots, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, play with equal freshness throughout …”

Editor’s Choice – Orchestral section

“… He [Dalene] and his like-minded conductor – the excellent Danial Blendulf – deliver a thoroughly coherent and embraceable view of the piece [Barber] … Dalene’s compatriots, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, play with equal freshness throughout …”

Edward Seckerson – Gramophone magazine – February 2020
Recording of the Month
“…The enthusiasm Wilson elicits from his orchestra is apparent on every truck, though what really impresses is the finesse … It’s a wonderful disc…” 
Recording of the Month
“…The enthusiasm Wilson elicits from his orchestra is apparent on every truck, though what really impresses is the finesse … It’s a wonderful disc…” 
Tim Ashley – Gramophone magazine – February 2020
Album of the Week
“… Music that rewards attention, then, and worth discovering …” *****
Album of the Week
“… Music that rewards attention, then, and worth discovering …” *****
David Mellor – The Mail on Sunday – 2 February 2020
Album of the Week
"... well worth exploring ..." *****
Album of the Week
"... well worth exploring ..." *****
David Mellor - The Mail on Sunday - 2 February 2020
Album of the Week
“John Wilson’s second disc with his hand-picked Sonfonia of London emulates the recorded collections of Sir Thomas Beecham and is executed with similar technical panache and interpretative flair… The programme is neatly framed by the two French “Spanish” works, and Wilson beautifully captures the colourful instrumentation and specific atmospheres of these impressionist masterpieces …”
Album of the Week
“John Wilson’s second disc with his hand-picked Sonfonia of London emulates the recorded collections of Sir Thomas Beecham and is executed with similar technical panache and interpretative flair… The programme is neatly framed by the two French “Spanish” works, and Wilson beautifully captures the colourful instrumentation and specific atmospheres of these impressionist masterpieces …”
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 2 February 2020
"... The American mezzo Kate Lindsey sings this [Ariadne at Naxos ] and cantatas by Scarlatti and Hendel (based on music for the opera Agrippina) with vehemence in recitative and plush tone in the several arias."
"... The American mezzo Kate Lindsey sings this [Ariadne at Naxos ] and cantatas by Scarlatti and Hendel (based on music for the opera Agrippina) with vehemence in recitative and plush tone in the several arias."
Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) - 2 February 2020
Classical Album of the Week
“… all of the music requires refined, stylish playing, and Wilson and his orchestra certainly supply that…” ****
Classical Album of the Week
“… all of the music requires refined, stylish playing, and Wilson and his orchestra certainly supply that…” ****
Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 7 February 2020
“In this collection of Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas, Colli disdains the traditional same-key pairings, his own focusing instead on contrast, thus brilliantly illuminating each work’s uniqueness. His beautiful sound consistently beguiles the ear…”
“In this collection of Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas, Colli disdains the traditional same-key pairings, his own focusing instead on contrast, thus brilliantly illuminating each work’s uniqueness. His beautiful sound consistently beguiles the ear…”
Stephen Pettitt – The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 9 February 2020

“…The Variations and Fugue on a Theme by J.S.Bach, Op.81 (1904) are an arrangement by Ira Levin of Reger’s work for piano. In 1904, Reger considered it his finest work to date, and it was enthusiastically greeted on first public performance. … Reger had insisted that the pianist treat the theme ‘sweetly and always very legato—that is to say, like an oboe solo’. Levin’s arrangement catches that very well. It should be noted that Levin does not merely rearrange for different instruments: he reconstructs the work in a valuable reimagining… Levin is absolutely true to the spirit of Reger and his special emotional world. “

“…The Variations and Fugue on a Theme by J.S.Bach, Op.81 (1904) are an arrangement by Ira Levin of Reger’s work for piano. In 1904, Reger considered it his finest work to date, and it was enthusiastically greeted on first public performance. … Reger had insisted that the pianist treat the theme ‘sweetly and always very legato—that is to say, like an oboe solo’. Levin’s arrangement catches that very well. It should be noted that Levin does not merely rearrange for different instruments: he reconstructs the work in a valuable reimagining… Levin is absolutely true to the spirit of Reger and his special emotional world. “

Michael Wilkinson – MusicWeb-International.com – December 2019

“… Dino Olivieri’s Orchestra provides bright and evocatively romantic accompaniments…The incomparable voice of Di Stefano—a wonderful nostalgic wallow and a memorable souvenir of the Bay of Naples.”

“… Dino Olivieri’s Orchestra provides bright and evocatively romantic accompaniments…The incomparable voice of Di Stefano—a wonderful nostalgic wallow and a memorable souvenir of the Bay of Naples.”

Ian Lace – MusicWeb-International.com – June 2009
****
Excellent Album
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Excellent Album
Romaric Gergorin - Classica magazine (France) - February 2020
Coup de Cœur
*****
Coup de Cœur
*****
Oliver Brunel - Classica magazine (France) - February 2020
Coup de Cœur
*****
Coup de Cœur
*****
Pascal Gresset – Classica magazine (France) – February 2020

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