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BBC Awards nominee

Korngold up for BBC Music Magazine Award

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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

Here's to the next 40!

Sue Revill

(1955-2019) An irreplaceable friend and colleague

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“…On paper, one might despair that this is yet another in the long line of historically informed Four Seasons … Yet such is the beguiling sincerity of Schayegh’s playing and the ravishing sound she produces – you can almost sense her holding musical hands with the likes of Christian Ferras or Augustin Dumay on occasion – and the no-holds-barred sensitivity and commitment of the nine-piece Musica Fiorita under harpsichordist and director Daniela Dolci, that any potential reservations virtually dissolve into inconsequence. A ‘safe’ library version this may not be – the couplings are less overtly colourful – yet I found it an at-times gripping and enchanting experience.”

“…On paper, one might despair that this is yet another in the long line of historically informed Four Seasons … Yet such is the beguiling sincerity of Schayegh’s playing and the ravishing sound she produces – you can almost sense her holding musical hands with the likes of Christian Ferras or Augustin Dumay on occasion – and the no-holds-barred sensitivity and commitment of the nine-piece Musica Fiorita under harpsichordist and director Daniela Dolci, that any potential reservations virtually dissolve into inconsequence. A ‘safe’ library version this may not be – the couplings are less overtly colourful – yet I found it an at-times gripping and enchanting experience.”

Julian Haylock - The Strad - February 2020

The Strad Recommends

“Since 1926, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio has been garnering fine recordings, with a benchmark account by Gilel, Kogan and Rostropovich … This new performance is among the best. The ‘Great Artist’ being commemorated, Nikolai Rubinstein, was a fine pianist and the piano anchors the work: Yevgeny Sudbin is a terrific player and his colleagues are well matched… Well balanced recordings, with virtuosity placed at the service of the music.”

The Strad Recommends

“Since 1926, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio has been garnering fine recordings, with a benchmark account by Gilel, Kogan and Rostropovich … This new performance is among the best. The ‘Great Artist’ being commemorated, Nikolai Rubinstein, was a fine pianist and the piano anchors the work: Yevgeny Sudbin is a terrific player and his colleagues are well matched… Well balanced recordings, with virtuosity placed at the service of the music.”

Tully Potter – The Strad – February 2020
"Victor Julien-La Ferrière ... brings a natural lyricism to these Russian cello works... The recording is intimate, immediate and clear ..."
"Victor Julien-La Ferrière ... brings a natural lyricism to these Russian cello works... The recording is intimate, immediate and clear ..."
Janet Banks - The Strad - February 2020
"Richly coloured playing in the second volume from a terrific duo."
"Richly coloured playing in the second volume from a terrific duo."
Tim Homfray - The Strad - February 2020
"Plenty of gold to be mined here in an enterprising collection of concertos."
"Plenty of gold to be mined here in an enterprising collection of concertos."
Joanne Talbot - The Strad - February 2020
"Bach son's intriguing concertos teeter on the border of Baroque and Classical"
"Bach son's intriguing concertos teeter on the border of Baroque and Classical"
David Threasher - The Strad - February 2020
"English Baroque Soloists leader shines in the solo spotlight... Much to savour"
"English Baroque Soloists leader shines in the solo spotlight... Much to savour"
Andrew Mellor - The Strad - February 2020
"Athletic performances of eclectic music by a British composer ... Recorded sound is close, warm and truthful."
"Athletic performances of eclectic music by a British composer ... Recorded sound is close, warm and truthful."
David Kettle - The Strad - February 2020
"... Maltman's baritone is impressive and authoritative, and he's a sensitive, natural communicator who brings directness to the songs' many emotions... the sincerity and integrity of his performances are compelling. For his part, Joseph Middleton is superb in conveying all the worlds conjured up by some demanding piano-writing ... It all adds up to an affecting, intelligent recital that's well worth seeking out."
"... Maltman's baritone is impressive and authoritative, and he's a sensitive, natural communicator who brings directness to the songs' many emotions... the sincerity and integrity of his performances are compelling. For his part, Joseph Middleton is superb in conveying all the worlds conjured up by some demanding piano-writing ... It all adds up to an affecting, intelligent recital that's well worth seeking out."
Hugo Shirley - Gramophone magazine - February 2020
"... this is a hugely impressive disc in both programming and performance."
"... this is a hugely impressive disc in both programming and performance."
Edward Breen - Gramophone magazine - February 2020
"... a consistently engaging recital, the best of which is very fine indeed."
"... a consistently engaging recital, the best of which is very fine indeed."
Tim Ashley - Gramophone magazine - February 2020

“This is a highly attractive and innovative programme of a cappella choral music which also makes use of solo instruments. The Swedish Chamber Choir, a beautifully honed sound with a versatile tessitura (and excellent English!), are directed by Simon Phipps, who brings a sympathetic set of interpretations to much of this inwardly melancholy repertoire…”

“This is a highly attractive and innovative programme of a cappella choral music which also makes use of solo instruments. The Swedish Chamber Choir, a beautifully honed sound with a versatile tessitura (and excellent English!), are directed by Simon Phipps, who brings a sympathetic set of interpretations to much of this inwardly melancholy repertoire…”

Jeremy Dibble – Gramophone magazine – February 2020
"... The playing of Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen is typically high-quality, and often heartbreakingly attendant to the drama. This is a lovely programme, expertly performed and full of touching feeling and imagination."
"... The playing of Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen is typically high-quality, and often heartbreakingly attendant to the drama. This is a lovely programme, expertly performed and full of touching feeling and imagination."
Lindsay Kemp - Gramophone magazine - February 2020
"... Jac van Steen gets excellent, vivid playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales but it's Hughes's performance that carries the whole enterprise; vivid, powerful and superbly committed, bringing a real complexity and vulnerability to the character. She's impressive in the couplings, too, using her lightish soprano intelligently in a sharply etched account of Mahler's Rückert Lieder ... and a focused, uncompromising account of Berg's  Altenberg Lieder - both well accompanied. But it's for Samuel's punchy work that this fine album is primarily worth seeking out."
"... Jac van Steen gets excellent, vivid playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales but it's Hughes's performance that carries the whole enterprise; vivid, powerful and superbly committed, bringing a real complexity and vulnerability to the character. She's impressive in the couplings, too, using her lightish soprano intelligently in a sharply etched account of Mahler's Rückert Lieder ... and a focused, uncompromising account of Berg's  Altenberg Lieder - both well accompanied. But it's for Samuel's punchy work that this fine album is primarily worth seeking out."
Hugo Shirley - Gramophone magazine - February 2020
Editor's Choice - Instrumental Section
 
"... A very fine issue indeed."
Editor's Choice - Instrumental Section
 
"... A very fine issue indeed."
Jeremy Nicholas – Gramophone magazine – February 2020
"...Overall, Sughayer portrays Khachaturian's affective extremes with a conviction that diverts attention from the not insignificant technical challenges involved. The inerrant focus of these performances reveals the folk origins of Khachaturian's idiom to an extent sometimes obscured by his opulent orchestral writing. It's a release that leaves one eager to hear Sughayer in other repertory while eloquently arguing that Khachaturian's piano music deserves re-evaluation as something more than teaching pieces."
"...Overall, Sughayer portrays Khachaturian's affective extremes with a conviction that diverts attention from the not insignificant technical challenges involved. The inerrant focus of these performances reveals the folk origins of Khachaturian's idiom to an extent sometimes obscured by his opulent orchestral writing. It's a release that leaves one eager to hear Sughayer in other repertory while eloquently arguing that Khachaturian's piano music deserves re-evaluation as something more than teaching pieces."
Patrick Rucker – Gramophone magazine – February 2020

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