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Ilic: Reicha Rediscovered

Episode 3 is out now!

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Chart success!

Chandos has 8 of the top 30 specialist chart (June 15)!

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Happy Birthday Neeme!

Happy Birthday to the wonderful Neeme Jarvi! 

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Allan Clayton: RPS winner

Allan wins RPS 2018 Singer award - congratulations!

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

In concert for Debussy's centenary.

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Juno Award Nominees

Congratulations to our Juno Award Nominees

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Grammy Award Winners

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BBC Music Magazine Awards

[Orchestral Award nomination]

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Editor's Choice 

‘Full of perceptiveness and personality’

Gramophone, January 2018

Grammy nomination 

[Best Choral Performance] Congratulations to Sir Andrew Davis, Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (see the full list here).

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“…Together, the performers on this disc are the “Solistes de la Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth” in Belgium. These are young musicians, and they play with spirit and affection, and excellent teamwork… Hearing this music, one can understand why Reicha was held in such high esteem during his lifetime. This generous collection makes an excellent case for giving his music a second listen.”

“…Together, the performers on this disc are the “Solistes de la Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth” in Belgium. These are young musicians, and they play with spirit and affection, and excellent teamwork… Hearing this music, one can understand why Reicha was held in such high esteem during his lifetime. This generous collection makes an excellent case for giving his music a second listen.”

Mark Novak – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“…This is a valuable addition to the hi-res recording catalog, demonstrating superb artistry from all involved.”

“…This is a valuable addition to the hi-res recording catalog, demonstrating superb artistry from all involved.”

Mark Novak – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… All three works are designed to show off the soloist … Horwick rises to the occasion… This disc is a welcome addition to the catalog.”

“… All three works are designed to show off the soloist … Horwick rises to the occasion… This disc is a welcome addition to the catalog.”

Phillip Scott – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… The release can be strongly recommended for outstanding playing by the Elan’s members …”

“… The release can be strongly recommended for outstanding playing by the Elan’s members …”

Jerry Dubins – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… The fine recorded sound – rich, detailed, and immediate – offers a superb aural canvas for this fine performance… Recommended.”

“… The fine recorded sound – rich, detailed, and immediate – offers a superb aural canvas for this fine performance… Recommended.”

Ken Meltzer – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… This music is unfailingly tuneful, colourful, genial, and delightful… Christina Simonis and the Nürnberg Symphoniker offer suave, sympathetic performances that are well recorded… cordially recommended.”

“… This music is unfailingly tuneful, colourful, genial, and delightful… Christina Simonis and the Nürnberg Symphoniker offer suave, sympathetic performances that are well recorded… cordially recommended.”

James A Altena – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… This operetta is a rarity and, of course, a Lehár original that may not soon again see another recording. Even if it were not performed nearly so well as here, it would be highly recommended, particularly to operetta fans.”

“… This operetta is a rarity and, of course, a Lehár original that may not soon again see another recording. Even if it were not performed nearly so well as here, it would be highly recommended, particularly to operetta fans.”

Bill White – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… As performances go, the Basel group does an excellent job, all the more interesting because it is a live performance (with the usual enthusiastic clapping at the end). Good intonation, and excellent balance between orchestra and chorus, not to mention some fine singing by the soloists, make for an attractive package.”

“… As performances go, the Basel group does an excellent job, all the more interesting because it is a live performance (with the usual enthusiastic clapping at the end). Good intonation, and excellent balance between orchestra and chorus, not to mention some fine singing by the soloists, make for an attractive package.”

Bertil van Boer – Fanfare – May/June 2018

Artistic Judgement: Excellent/Exceptional

Sound/Technical Judgement: Excellent/Exceptional         (Dynamics: 4    Soundstage: 5    Timbre: 5   Detail: 5)

Artistic Judgement: Excellent/Exceptional

Sound/Technical Judgement: Excellent/Exceptional         (Dynamics: 4    Soundstage: 5    Timbre: 5   Detail: 5)

Andrea Bedetti – Audiophile Sound magazine (Italy) – April/May 2018

Artistic Judgement: Excellent/Exceptional         Sound/Technical Judgement: Exceptional 5/5

Artistic Judgement: Excellent/Exceptional         Sound/Technical Judgement: Exceptional 5/5

Andrea Bedetti – Audiophile Sound magazine (Italy) – April/May 2018

Disc of the Month

Artistic Judgement: Exceptional       Sound/Technical Judgement: Exceptional 5/5

Disc of the Month

Artistic Judgement: Exceptional       Sound/Technical Judgement: Exceptional 5/5

Andrea Bedetti – Audiophile Sound magazine (Italy) – April/May 2018
Artistic Judgement: Excellent           Sound/Technical Judgement: Exceptional  5/5
Artistic Judgement: Excellent           Sound/Technical Judgement: Exceptional  5/5
Andrea Bedetti - Audiophile Sound magazine (Italy) - April/May 2018

"... Similar glories and limitations roll up in the first recital disc of Grace Davidson, whose pure, supple soprano has been pleasantly featured in numerous British choirs, especially the Sixteen. The voice is radiantly fresh and clean, and she successfully navigates almost all the technical perils in her programme of sacred motets by Handel and Vivaldi, spiritedly backed by another of Britain’s Academies, the Academy of Ancient Music.

"... Similar glories and limitations roll up in the first recital disc of Grace Davidson, whose pure, supple soprano has been pleasantly featured in numerous British choirs, especially the Sixteen. The voice is radiantly fresh and clean, and she successfully navigates almost all the technical perils in her programme of sacred motets by Handel and Vivaldi, spiritedly backed by another of Britain’s Academies, the Academy of Ancient Music.

Geoff Brown – The Times – 29 June 2018

Recording of the Month

“…singing with exemplary but unpretentious diction and impeccable musicality, Connolly could frankly make a musical history of pickling in the home counties compelling. Performing a programme of Art Songs that might have been composed specially for her, she honors RCM with a recital that rivals the finest Lieder recordings in the discography…”

Recording of the Month

“…singing with exemplary but unpretentious diction and impeccable musicality, Connolly could frankly make a musical history of pickling in the home counties compelling. Performing a programme of Art Songs that might have been composed specially for her, she honors RCM with a recital that rivals the finest Lieder recordings in the discography…”

Joseph Newsome - Voix-des-arts.com – 12 June 2018

“…The score has a youthful and mercurial quality that never sinks into baroque pomposity: this is Handel at his most light-footed and playfully inventive… Christian Curnyn conducts the orchestra and choir of the Early Opera Company with unaffected stylish ease, with Allan Clayton and Lucy Crowe all tender charm as the titular shepherd and nymph, ably supported by Benjamin Hulett, Jeremy Budd, Rowan Pierce and Neal Davies in subsidiary roles…”  ****

“…The score has a youthful and mercurial quality that never sinks into baroque pomposity: this is Handel at his most light-footed and playfully inventive… Christian Curnyn conducts the orchestra and choir of the Early Opera Company with unaffected stylish ease, with Allan Clayton and Lucy Crowe all tender charm as the titular shepherd and nymph, ably supported by Benjamin Hulett, Jeremy Budd, Rowan Pierce and Neal Davies in subsidiary roles…”  ****

Rupert Christiansen – The Daily Telegraph – 7 July 2018
Classical Album of the Week
Classical Album of the Week
Andrew Clements - The Guardian - 13 July 2018

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