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  Chandos Scoops Award!

 John Wilson and Sinfonia of London triumph at BBC Music Magazine awards

Their acclaimed recording of Korngold's Symphony in F# has won this year's BBC Music Magazine Orchestral award, voted for by the listening public. On hearing the news, John Wilson said "It’s a great thrill to win the BBC Music Magazine award. The Korngold Symphony is a piece I’ve loved for years and have always wanted to record it. My thanks go to the BBC for their support and to the team at Chandos Records. But I couldn’t have done any of this without the terrific players who gave everything they could, every minute of every recording session - it was the privilege of my life to make music with them. From all of us at Sinfonia of London, thank you.’"


Schonberg: Erwartung etc

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Gramophone Gala

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Dido & Aeneas

Chaconne release is BBC 3's Recommended Recording!

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Sunday Times Pick

Shostakovich is Sunday Times Album of the Week!

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Gerard Schurmann

Remembering Gerard, who passed on 24 March at 96.

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Parry: Judith

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Colli IP Cover Star

Federico Colli on latest International Piano magazine

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Bartok with Bavouzet

BBC Building a Library recommended recording

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Reicha 250 Anniversary

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Louis Lortie’s thirty-year relationship with Chandos Records has produced a catalogue of over 45 recordings, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky. Current projects include the five Saint-Saëns piano concertos with Edward Gardner, solo piano works by Fauré and the complete works of Chopin.

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“… I can’t recall any recorded performance {Sonata in B minor] which has entertained me so much, Moog relishing the sonata’s emotional extremes. The ominous fff chords which interrupt the first section are genuinely scary, before a radiant take on the “Andante sostenuto”… the things which stand out for me when listening to the sonata are the unexpected tempo and key changes, the structural boldness. Moog knits things together beautifully, this performance feeling much shorter than it actually is. The soft close is mesmeric … As a brilliant encore we get the Csárdás obstinée, an exhilarating, baffling Hungarian dance packing a wealth of invention into barely three minutes.”

“… I can’t recall any recorded performance {Sonata in B minor] which has entertained me so much, Moog relishing the sonata’s emotional extremes. The ominous fff chords which interrupt the first section are genuinely scary, before a radiant take on the “Andante sostenuto”… the things which stand out for me when listening to the sonata are the unexpected tempo and key changes, the structural boldness. Moog knits things together beautifully, this performance feeling much shorter than it actually is. The soft close is mesmeric … As a brilliant encore we get the Csárdás obstinée, an exhilarating, baffling Hungarian dance packing a wealth of invention into barely three minutes.”

Graham Rickson – TheArtsdesk.com – 23 May 2020

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“… This piece [Concerto] is deservedly a modern classic, thanks in part to a 2011 Proms performance with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain under Vladimir Jurowski…. . I love this piece; it’s both deadly serious and great fun. Orchestral samples spar with their live counterparts, the wail of a sampled flute adding wonderful colour to the slow fourth movement. So much is packed into a short time span, the advantage of a recording being that you can instantly listen again… The coupling is a 2012 Cello Concerto, explicitly referencing the composer’s Russian heritage in an elegiac central movement. The ticking woodwinds and glowering lower brass are surely a nod to the composer’s grandfather, and it’s good to hear that a gift for writing sinuous melody runs in the family… As with the earlier disc in this series, coupling two concertos for Bass Drum and Saxophone, Signum’s production values are appealing – excellent sound and attractive graphic design make this another keeper.”

Graham Rickson – TheArtsdesk.com – 28 May 2020

“… It’s  [Sextet] performed here, exquisitely, by members of John Wilson’s newly revived Sinfonia of London. Depths are plumbed in Korngold’s angst-ridden slow movement and there’s some exhilarating playing in the finale’s busy closing bars. Korngold usually wrote good endings, and the Sextet’s is no exception… Andrew Haveron’s sultry introduction [Violin Concerto] hits the spot for me, his rich, generous tone ideal for the work. But nothing’s forced or overblown, making this a recording which might convert naysayers. Listen to the way Haveron phrases the slow movement’s opening theme, John Wilson’s RTÉ Concert Orchestra providing indecently warm support. This is a hugely enjoyable performance, capped with a spectacular finale. The Dublin horns don’t disappoint near the concerto’s close, and Chandos’s sound is suitably sumptuous in both concerto and sextet. A winner. “

“… It’s  [Sextet] performed here, exquisitely, by members of John Wilson’s newly revived Sinfonia of London. Depths are plumbed in Korngold’s angst-ridden slow movement and there’s some exhilarating playing in the finale’s busy closing bars. Korngold usually wrote good endings, and the Sextet’s is no exception… Andrew Haveron’s sultry introduction [Violin Concerto] hits the spot for me, his rich, generous tone ideal for the work. But nothing’s forced or overblown, making this a recording which might convert naysayers. Listen to the way Haveron phrases the slow movement’s opening theme, John Wilson’s RTÉ Concert Orchestra providing indecently warm support. This is a hugely enjoyable performance, capped with a spectacular finale. The Dublin horns don’t disappoint near the concerto’s close, and Chandos’s sound is suitably sumptuous in both concerto and sextet. A winner. “

Graham Rickson – TheArtsdesk.com – 30 May 2020

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