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Recording of the Week

“… it’s [Mass in D] a magnificent, uplifting work that, while far too large for liturgical use, deserves to become a regular of the concert-hall and choral-society repertoire. An exhilarating musical experience, not soon to be forgotten.”

Recording of the Week

“… it’s [Mass in D] a magnificent, uplifting work that, while far too large for liturgical use, deserves to become a regular of the concert-hall and choral-society repertoire. An exhilarating musical experience, not soon to be forgotten.”

David Smith – PrestoMusic.com – 27 September 2019

“… this new version on Chandos from the Bergen Philharmonic, with Michelle De Young (heavy on vibrato but thrilling and expressive) and John Relyea (urgent, resonant, outstanding), conducted by Edward Gardner, a keen Bartók interpreter, is a deserving addition. The Bergen players capture all the score’s chill and terror, the glitter of the treasury, the dazzling magnificence of Bluebeard’s kingdom, the chirruping horror and sighs before the lake of tears; an agonising, vivid account.”

“… this new version on Chandos from the Bergen Philharmonic, with Michelle De Young (heavy on vibrato but thrilling and expressive) and John Relyea (urgent, resonant, outstanding), conducted by Edward Gardner, a keen Bartók interpreter, is a deserving addition. The Bergen players capture all the score’s chill and terror, the glitter of the treasury, the dazzling magnificence of Bluebeard’s kingdom, the chirruping horror and sighs before the lake of tears; an agonising, vivid account.”

Fiona Maddocks – The Observer – 13 October 2019

“This is Brahms interpretation in excelsis. Gardner seems to me to have judged every tempo right, and to combine the powerful momentum and flexibility that Brahms demands with passionate attention to detail… Under his inspirational guidance, the Bergen Philharmonic players give their all.”

“This is Brahms interpretation in excelsis. Gardner seems to me to have judged every tempo right, and to combine the powerful momentum and flexibility that Brahms demands with passionate attention to detail… Under his inspirational guidance, the Bergen Philharmonic players give their all.”

David Cairns – The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 15 October 2019

 

“Here we are in for a treat… it [Sym. No. 92] is a wonderful mature work. Right at the outset we are struck by the pianist’s enthusiastic and joyful approach, a feeling of discovery, grasping the essence of Haydn and his sense of humour. With immaculate, highly precise pianism he emphasizes the clear melodic line and delves fearlessly with his strong left hand into the complex architecture of the contrapuntal middle part. By this time the piano literally sings, and how charming that little closing subject sounds!...

 

“Here we are in for a treat… it [Sym. No. 92] is a wonderful mature work. Right at the outset we are struck by the pianist’s enthusiastic and joyful approach, a feeling of discovery, grasping the essence of Haydn and his sense of humour. With immaculate, highly precise pianism he emphasizes the clear melodic line and delves fearlessly with his strong left hand into the complex architecture of the contrapuntal middle part. By this time the piano literally sings, and how charming that little closing subject sounds!...

Janos Gardonyl – TheWholenote.com – October 2019

“… Captivating and colourful.”  ****

“… Captivating and colourful.”  ****

Michael Beek – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“The admirable agility of soloist Claude Delangle makes the Rhapsodie our orchestra et saxophone the highlight here. There’s polished playing throughout …” ****

“The admirable agility of soloist Claude Delangle makes the Rhapsodie our orchestra et saxophone the highlight here. There’s polished playing throughout …” ****

Jeremy Pound – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“… Thoroughly enjoyable.” ****

“… Thoroughly enjoyable.” ****

Oliver Condy - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“A captivating disc of works by Danish composer in stellar recorded sound. Layer upon layer of hypnotic sounds wash over you, with a powerful ghostlike quality in the standout title work.” ****

“A captivating disc of works by Danish composer in stellar recorded sound. Layer upon layer of hypnotic sounds wash over you, with a powerful ghostlike quality in the standout title work.” ****

Freya Parr - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“The title alone should give an idea of these tone poems’ distinctively Middle-Eastern modal soundworld. Rahbari’s music is dramatic and eerily haunting …” ***

“The title alone should give an idea of these tone poems’ distinctively Middle-Eastern modal soundworld. Rahbari’s music is dramatic and eerily haunting …” ***

Jeremy Pound – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“… In a superb live recording, Don Quixote is full of drama. Powerful stuff.” ****

“… In a superb live recording, Don Quixote is full of drama. Powerful stuff.” ****

Freya Parr - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“There’s much to enjoy here, not least the nifty arrangement for harp and violin of Haydn’s Symphony No. 71 by Charles-Charles Ragué …” ****

“There’s much to enjoy here, not least the nifty arrangement for harp and violin of Haydn’s Symphony No. 71 by Charles-Charles Ragué …” ****

Jeremy Pound – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“In a spotless recording, The Queen’s Six deliver handpicked folksongs from the British Isles, with fascinating accompanying notes … enjoyable.” ****

“In a spotless recording, The Queen’s Six deliver handpicked folksongs from the British Isles, with fascinating accompanying notes … enjoyable.” ****

Freya Parr - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“There’s some beautiful playing here of French and English suites …” ***

“There’s some beautiful playing here of French and English suites …” ***

Oliver Condy - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

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

“ …Cooper’s pianism has a rare refinement, and is hyper-sensitive to the composers’ demands … The whole thing is studded with lovely moments; the muted sweetness of ‘Rumores de la Caleta’, the sparkling arpeggiations of ‘Alborada del gracioso’, the seductive languor of ‘Soirée dans Grenade’, the rapt simplicity of Mompou’s sixth ‘Danza’, the graceful liberation of L’isle joyeuse. Brava!”

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

“ …Cooper’s pianism has a rare refinement, and is hyper-sensitive to the composers’ demands … The whole thing is studded with lovely moments; the muted sweetness of ‘Rumores de la Caleta’, the sparkling arpeggiations of ‘Alborada del gracioso’, the seductive languor of ‘Soirée dans Grenade’, the rapt simplicity of Mompou’s sixth ‘Danza’, the graceful liberation of L’isle joyeuse. Brava!”

Michael Church – BBC Music magazine – November 2019

Performance ***      Recording ***

“… an easy-going programme that combines songlike melody with continent-crossing flamenco, waltz and tango.. flautist Lisa Friend is joined by guitarist Craig Ogden in a partnership that, though assured and engaged, tends toward smooth romance and gentle pathos rather than boldly coloured passions… they [Aquarelle Guitar Quartet] bring added layers of harmony and texture to short works and excerpts by Brahms, Rachmaninov, Donizetti, Shostakovich and, most piquantly, the Brazilian guitarist Paulo Bellinati (b1950), whose Balao de Guda proves playfully arresting.”

Performance ***      Recording ***

“… an easy-going programme that combines songlike melody with continent-crossing flamenco, waltz and tango.. flautist Lisa Friend is joined by guitarist Craig Ogden in a partnership that, though assured and engaged, tends toward smooth romance and gentle pathos rather than boldly coloured passions… they [Aquarelle Guitar Quartet] bring added layers of harmony and texture to short works and excerpts by Brahms, Rachmaninov, Donizetti, Shostakovich and, most piquantly, the Brazilian guitarist Paulo Bellinati (b1950), whose Balao de Guda proves playfully arresting.”

Steph Power – BBC Music magazine – November 2019
Performance ****      Recording ****
 
"... Stier keeps the orchestral accompaniment modestly in the background, thus allowing the dialogue among the soloists to surge out with eloquent grace."
Performance ****      Recording ****
 
"... Stier keeps the orchestral accompaniment modestly in the background, thus allowing the dialogue among the soloists to surge out with eloquent grace."
Michael Church - BBC Music magazine – November 2019

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