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  BBC Music Mag Awards

   Four releases are nominated

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  Grammy nomination

  'Serenade to..' up for award

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Presto Award winner!

Federico Colli wins Top 10 Recording of the Year

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Diapason d'Or de l'Année

Chandos won two awards, including Sound Recording

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ICMA nominations

Chandos has been nominated for two ICMA awards 2019!

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Album launch

Congratulations to Ferio for a fantastic Rhinegold Live!

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Musician in Residence

Ivan Ilic is new Musician in Residence at Ulster University

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Lifetime Achievement

Neeme Järvi wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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Finley's special release

Gerald Finley has released a single ahead of LNOTP 2018.

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Album of the Week

New release Finzi album is the Guardian's Album of Week.

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Gramophone Nomination

For Bergen Philharmonic's Grieg album, congratulations!

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Doric String Quartet 

Doric Quartet feature on the cover of the Strad

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100th anniversary of RAF

Some of the finest RAF bands on one album to celebrate

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Ilic: Reicha Rediscovered

All 4 episodes of the series are now available.

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Allan Clayton: RPS winner

Allan wins RPS 2018 Singer award - congratulations!

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Apple Music Curator

Hear new playlists, remember classics, discover new music.

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Grammy Award Winners

Congratulations to distributed labels on Grammy wins

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Chamber Choice

Performance *****     Recording *****

“…This delightful, beautifully performed album by Tasmin Little and John Lenehan makes an emphatic, seemingly effortless case for their music for violin & piano; presenting all but one of Beach’s works in the genre alongside Smyth and Schumann’s singe contributions…”

Chamber Choice

Performance *****     Recording *****

“…This delightful, beautifully performed album by Tasmin Little and John Lenehan makes an emphatic, seemingly effortless case for their music for violin & piano; presenting all but one of Beach’s works in the genre alongside Smyth and Schumann’s singe contributions…”

Steph Power - BBC Music magazine - March 2019
"Jeremy Irons is the captivating narrator in this gorgeous fairytale, accompanied by beautifully arranged songs, familiar and newly-minted." ****
"Jeremy Irons is the captivating narrator in this gorgeous fairytale, accompanied by beautifully arranged songs, familiar and newly-minted." ****
Oliver Condy - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section)- March 2019
"... Combining oriental and western influences, Olsen's style is often spare and infused with melancholy but, at times, quite beguiling." ****
"... Combining oriental and western influences, Olsen's style is often spare and infused with melancholy but, at times, quite beguiling." ****
Jeremy Pound - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section) – March 2019
"Kuhnau ... wrote utterly sublime cantatas and masses - the musicians here do them justice, and with a warm recorded sound." ****
"Kuhnau ... wrote utterly sublime cantatas and masses - the musicians here do them justice, and with a warm recorded sound." ****
Oliver Condy - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section)- March 2019
"No shortage of gorgeous orchestrations and soaring tunes here - Goldmark's tone poems blend Wagner, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann, and are none the worse for it." ****
"No shortage of gorgeous orchestrations and soaring tunes here - Goldmark's tone poems blend Wagner, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann, and are none the worse for it." ****
Oliver Condy - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section)- March 2019
"... go straight for the D-flat Nocturne, played deliciously. Warm, inviting acoustic from BIS. A balm of a recording." ****
"... go straight for the D-flat Nocturne, played deliciously. Warm, inviting acoustic from BIS. A balm of a recording." ****
Oliver Condy - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section)- March 2019
"... He [Moog] meets all the technical challenges, and it's an interesting listen."  ***
"... He [Moog] meets all the technical challenges, and it's an interesting listen."  ***
Rebecca Franks - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section) – March 2019
Performance *****      Recording *****
"... Feltsman plays these endlessly fascinating and hauntingly memorable score with astonishing virtuosity ad tonal sensitivity... it is impossible to imagine a more profoundly sympathetic advocate of this inexplicably neglected repertoire, complemented throughout by beguilingly natural engineering from Adrian Farmer."
Performance *****      Recording *****
"... Feltsman plays these endlessly fascinating and hauntingly memorable score with astonishing virtuosity ad tonal sensitivity... it is impossible to imagine a more profoundly sympathetic advocate of this inexplicably neglected repertoire, complemented throughout by beguilingly natural engineering from Adrian Farmer."
Julian Haylock - BBC Music magazine - March 2019
Performance ****      Recording ****
Performance ****      Recording ****
Erik Levi - BBC Music magazine - March 2019
Performance ****       Recording ****
"...This is clearly a very personal disc for Von Otter, recorded in the church where she gave one of her first public performances 37 years ago. Admirers of the singer will certainly want it; and if you're not such a fan but you're intrigued by this summary of its contents, so might you..."
Performance ****       Recording ****
"...This is clearly a very personal disc for Von Otter, recorded in the church where she gave one of her first public performances 37 years ago. Admirers of the singer will certainly want it; and if you're not such a fan but you're intrigued by this summary of its contents, so might you..."
Anthony Burton -BBC Music magazine - March 2019
Performance ****      Recording ****
Performance ****      Recording ****
Misha Donat - BBC Music magazine - March 2019

Performance *****      Recording *****

“…Gardner keeps the firm rhythmic definition and a certain elegance of phrasing in the great Unfinished, but the sonorities, not least of the three trombones and the horn edge that surfaces fitfully in the earlier works, partly dictate a greater power, easily embraced in the spacious, truthful recording. The central swathes of both movements are powerful indeed, the pianissimos even more intense, and how far we’ve come from the jaunty wind solos of No. 3 to the pathos of clarinet, oboe and flute in the slow movement’s second theme. On this evidence I can’t wait for Gardner’s Great C major.”

Performance *****      Recording *****

“…Gardner keeps the firm rhythmic definition and a certain elegance of phrasing in the great Unfinished, but the sonorities, not least of the three trombones and the horn edge that surfaces fitfully in the earlier works, partly dictate a greater power, easily embraced in the spacious, truthful recording. The central swathes of both movements are powerful indeed, the pianissimos even more intense, and how far we’ve come from the jaunty wind solos of No. 3 to the pathos of clarinet, oboe and flute in the slow movement’s second theme. On this evidence I can’t wait for Gardner’s Great C major.”

David Nice – BBC Music magazine – March 2019

Performance ****      Recording ****

“… The opening melody’s graceful flow in the overture from Los esclavos felices (The Happy Slaves) immediately gets the listener smiling, and throughout the album Juanjo Mena’s BBC musicians have little trouble keeping that smile in place. Pastoral woodwind solos, often features, are especially winning. There are further delights in the fresh pealing tones of the Norwegian soprano Berit Norbakken Solset … Mena conducts with the fervour expected from an Arriaga champion … Chandos’s recording is wonderfully vivid. Buy and enjoy.”

Performance ****      Recording ****

“… The opening melody’s graceful flow in the overture from Los esclavos felices (The Happy Slaves) immediately gets the listener smiling, and throughout the album Juanjo Mena’s BBC musicians have little trouble keeping that smile in place. Pastoral woodwind solos, often features, are especially winning. There are further delights in the fresh pealing tones of the Norwegian soprano Berit Norbakken Solset … Mena conducts with the fervour expected from an Arriaga champion … Chandos’s recording is wonderfully vivid. Buy and enjoy.”

Geoff Brown – BBC Music magazine – March 2019

“…Ever a supremely intelligent musician, Bavouzet brings clarity, gentleness and urgency to all, with a sense of distilled struggle in the five Gesänge der Frühe (Songs at Dawn).”

“…Ever a supremely intelligent musician, Bavouzet brings clarity, gentleness and urgency to all, with a sense of distilled struggle in the five Gesänge der Frühe (Songs at Dawn).”

Fiona Maddocks – The Guardian – 17 February 2019

“The experience of hearing this disc lives with you for some time afterwards … this is a fine, clear, spacious recording … these two concerti are stunning …”

“The experience of hearing this disc lives with you for some time afterwards … this is a fine, clear, spacious recording … these two concerti are stunning …”

Gary Higginson – MusicWeb-International.com – 11 February 2019

Recommended

“This is a lovely premiere disc recital which will give immense pleasure, not only for the playing of Elisa Netzer but also for its imagination, reaching well beyond what might have been safer choices… The recording is wonderfully clear, complementing both the music and the skill of the splendid Elisa Netzer.”

Recommended

“This is a lovely premiere disc recital which will give immense pleasure, not only for the playing of Elisa Netzer but also for its imagination, reaching well beyond what might have been safer choices… The recording is wonderfully clear, complementing both the music and the skill of the splendid Elisa Netzer.”

Michael Wilkinson – MusicWeb-International.com – 12 February 2019

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Colchester
Essex
CO2 8HX
United Kingdom