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5-stars for Alder

Lines Written.. receives blanket 5-stars from press

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BBC Mag Nomination

Korngold nominated for Orchestral award!

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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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Presto's Pick of the Week

Bliss is Presto Classical's Recording of the week!

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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

A Tribute

Tasmin Little Honoured

Tasmin Little awarded Personality of Year at BBC

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"...The First's Largo is beautifully floated with simple phrasing and pearly tone, lending gravity and ambition to the outer panels of the piece. Wide dynamic contrasts and much hushed playing draw the listener in to an initmate, quicksilver Fourth. Best of all is an account of the Triple Concerto where Barnatan's chamber-music instincts yield the stage to the mercurial personality of cellist Alisa Weilerstein, with violinist Stefan Jackiw a free-spirited accomplice to Beethovenian mischief." ****
"...The First's Largo is beautifully floated with simple phrasing and pearly tone, lending gravity and ambition to the outer panels of the piece. Wide dynamic contrasts and much hushed playing draw the listener in to an initmate, quicksilver Fourth. Best of all is an account of the Triple Concerto where Barnatan's chamber-music instincts yield the stage to the mercurial personality of cellist Alisa Weilerstein, with violinist Stefan Jackiw a free-spirited accomplice to Beethovenian mischief." ****
Peter Quantrill - Pianist magazine - February/March 2020
Editor's Choice
"...Some recent accounts of the concertos, in a desire to avoid an old-fashioned grand rhetorical manner, have offered a lean'n'mean style (non-vibrato strings for example) which can topple into anaemia. Giltburg and Petrenko take the best of both approaches, and create something fresh and utterly gripping."  *****
Editor's Choice
"...Some recent accounts of the concertos, in a desire to avoid an old-fashioned grand rhetorical manner, have offered a lean'n'mean style (non-vibrato strings for example) which can topple into anaemia. Giltburg and Petrenko take the best of both approaches, and create something fresh and utterly gripping."  *****
Warwick Thompson – Pianist magazine – February/March 2020

“When not in wild and wacky form, Antheil could combine the sass of Gershwin with the sharp edge of Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Stunning performances provide the perfect showcase here.” *****

“When not in wild and wacky form, Antheil could combine the sass of Gershwin with the sharp edge of Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Stunning performances provide the perfect showcase here.” *****

Jeremy Pound – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section) – February 2020
"The Danish composer is big on atmosphere, but not at the expense of drama or pace. There's an intense beauty to his concertos for cello and violin." ****
"The Danish composer is big on atmosphere, but not at the expense of drama or pace. There's an intense beauty to his concertos for cello and violin." ****
Rebecca Franks - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section) - February 2020

“Two world premieres here, but it’s the colourful and comedic incidental music for 1929 play The Bedbug which stands out …” ****

“Two world premieres here, but it’s the colourful and comedic incidental music for 1929 play The Bedbug which stands out …” ****

Michael Beek - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - February 2020

Performance ****      Recording ****

“Kodály’s Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello is an ‘Everest’ work which, in live performance, divides the great from the good. To sustain a dynamic but flawless performance of this fiendish, 30-minute score in the studio is an even greater challenge. Daniel Müller-Schott is without doubt a master cellist; this is a big, imperious reading…”

Performance ****      Recording ****

“Kodály’s Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello is an ‘Everest’ work which, in live performance, divides the great from the good. To sustain a dynamic but flawless performance of this fiendish, 30-minute score in the studio is an even greater challenge. Daniel Müller-Schott is without doubt a master cellist; this is a big, imperious reading…”

Helen Wallace - BBC Music magazine - February 2020
Performance ****      Recording ****
"...The recorded piano sound is lustrous and life-like."
Performance ****      Recording ****
"...The recorded piano sound is lustrous and life-like."
Bayan Northcott - BBC Music magazine - February 2020

Instrumental Choice

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

“Peter Donohoe makes a poetic case for these piano gems…”

Instrumental Choice

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

“Peter Donohoe makes a poetic case for these piano gems…”

Peter Donohoe – BBC Music magazine – February 2020
Performance ***      Recording ****
"This is a fascinating quartet of cello-piano duos spanning a period of seismic shifts in music (1880 to 1943)... "
Performance ***      Recording ****
"This is a fascinating quartet of cello-piano duos spanning a period of seismic shifts in music (1880 to 1943)... "
Helen Wallace - BBC Music magazine - February 2020
Performance ****      Recording ****
"... well-played and insightful ..."
Performance ****      Recording ****
"... well-played and insightful ..."
Bayan Northcott - BBC Music magazine - February 2020
Performance ****      Recording ****
"...Their [Waley-Cohen/Baillieu] affection for the music is evident throughout, but notably perhaps in the conversational dialogue of the C minor Sonata, Wq 78... The Adagio is, indeed, one of searing poignancy. The two remaining pieces, an Aria with Variations, and an intensely expressive, freely improvisatory Fantasia, dating from 1787, set the seal on an immensely pleasurable and accomplished release. The sympathetic recording achieves an apposite balance between piano and violin while preserving an ambience suited to the music's intimacy..."
Performance ****      Recording ****
"...Their [Waley-Cohen/Baillieu] affection for the music is evident throughout, but notably perhaps in the conversational dialogue of the C minor Sonata, Wq 78... The Adagio is, indeed, one of searing poignancy. The two remaining pieces, an Aria with Variations, and an intensely expressive, freely improvisatory Fantasia, dating from 1787, set the seal on an immensely pleasurable and accomplished release. The sympathetic recording achieves an apposite balance between piano and violin while preserving an ambience suited to the music's intimacy..."
Nicholas Anderson - BBC Music magazine - February 2020

Chamber Choice

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

“…Fretwork takes everything in its expertly burnished stride… This is an utterly civilised and civilising release.”

Chamber Choice

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

“…Fretwork takes everything in its expertly burnished stride… This is an utterly civilised and civilising release.”

Paul Riley – BBC Music magazine – February 2020

Performance ****      Recording ****

“Listening to Simon Phipps’s immaculately accomplished Swedish Chamber Choir is rather like sinking into a warm bath bubbling over with your favourite scented lotions. After the emollient harmonies of Stenhammar’s Three Choral Songs, you may wonder if the choir’s velvet blend could get any smoother. Answer comes with Serenity from the contemporary Norwegian Ola Gjeilo, smoother still; burnished with ecstasy as well, along with Jennifer Pike’s sweet solo violin… refreshing repertoire with refined choral bliss.”

Performance ****      Recording ****

“Listening to Simon Phipps’s immaculately accomplished Swedish Chamber Choir is rather like sinking into a warm bath bubbling over with your favourite scented lotions. After the emollient harmonies of Stenhammar’s Three Choral Songs, you may wonder if the choir’s velvet blend could get any smoother. Answer comes with Serenity from the contemporary Norwegian Ola Gjeilo, smoother still; burnished with ecstasy as well, along with Jennifer Pike’s sweet solo violin… refreshing repertoire with refined choral bliss.”

Geoff Brown – BBC Music magazine – February 2020

Performance ****      Recording *****

“… Throughout, organist Joseph Beech provides a sensitive underpinning to the choir’s sharply communicative singing. Delphian’s sound is excellent, as are Andrew Burn’s booklet notes on the music. As a single-disc introduction to Leighton’s choral music – and there aren’t too many available – this is an easy recommendation.”

Performance ****      Recording *****

“… Throughout, organist Joseph Beech provides a sensitive underpinning to the choir’s sharply communicative singing. Delphian’s sound is excellent, as are Andrew Burn’s booklet notes on the music. As a single-disc introduction to Leighton’s choral music – and there aren’t too many available – this is an easy recommendation.”

Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - February 2020

Performance ****      Recording *****

“… Although it [The Ballad of the Brown King] dates from 1954, this is the piece’s premiere recording. It is a very good one… The choral contributions draw palpably on the style of spirituals, without seeming derivative, and are affectionately shaped by conductor Malcolm J Merriweather. Expressive solo singing from tenor Noah Stewart and mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford further enhances the warmly communicative qualities of the performance… A clutch of songs by Bonds, all darker in tone and content, fills the brief running time of the disc out a little. They pique curiosity to hear more of this composer’s neglected music.”

Performance ****      Recording *****

“… Although it [The Ballad of the Brown King] dates from 1954, this is the piece’s premiere recording. It is a very good one… The choral contributions draw palpably on the style of spirituals, without seeming derivative, and are affectionately shaped by conductor Malcolm J Merriweather. Expressive solo singing from tenor Noah Stewart and mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford further enhances the warmly communicative qualities of the performance… A clutch of songs by Bonds, all darker in tone and content, fills the brief running time of the disc out a little. They pique curiosity to hear more of this composer’s neglected music.”

Terry Blain – BBC Music magazine – February 2020
Performance ***      Recording ****
"... there's good singing here, led by Lise Davidsen's sweet-toned Agathe who sings her aria 'Leise, Leise' as if she really means it. Sofia Fomina is a perkily happy Annchen... the chorus - the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir - who are such an essential part of this opera, give their all"
Performance ***      Recording ****
"... there's good singing here, led by Lise Davidsen's sweet-toned Agathe who sings her aria 'Leise, Leise' as if she really means it. Sofia Fomina is a perkily happy Annchen... the chorus - the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir - who are such an essential part of this opera, give their all"
Christopher Cook - BBC Music magazine – February 2020

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