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Ilic: Reicha Rediscovered

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Rodney Bennett's Orchestral Works Vol. 2 is at #2 (July 13)

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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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“… Clever, entertaining, well-played and recorded …”

“… Clever, entertaining, well-played and recorded …”

Richard Hanlon – MusicWeb-International.com – 19 July 2018
“… Thanks to the music and the performances, this is a compelling disc which every lover of baroque music should add to his collection.”

 
“… Thanks to the music and the performances, this is a compelling disc which every lover of baroque music should add to his collection.”

 
Johan van Veen – MusicWeb-International.com – 19 July 2018

Recording of the Month

"... There's no denying that these scores make a dramatic impact and challenge the listener to the hilt. For me they've been a revelation. All are gripping performances in superb sound..."

Recording of the Month

"... There's no denying that these scores make a dramatic impact and challenge the listener to the hilt. For me they've been a revelation. All are gripping performances in superb sound..."

Stephen Greenbank – MusicWeb-International.com – 20 July 2018

“Another very attractive performance of this concerto - and this is probably the version to live with.”

“Another very attractive performance of this concerto - and this is probably the version to live with.”

Bob Stevenson – MusicWeb-International.com – 20 July 2018

“… Overall there is freshness to Curnyn’s direction that evokes appropriately the Arcadian world of an innocent love-story murderously interrupted by the jealous Cyclops Polyphemus. The small chorus – presumably the five soloists in ensemble, with the addition of Rowan Pierce, as no other singers are credited in the booklet (which includes the text) – ensures that the choral numbers are executed cleanly, and the incisive attack on the imitative lines of ‘Oh, the pleasure of the plains’ gives the music bite and impetus, drawing the listener into the intimacy of this enchanted world, and the open acoustic of St-Jude-on-the-Hill gives the music room to breathe and an impression of the outdoors. Crucially, also, there is space for Allan Clayton to bring Acis to life with his warmly ardent, mellifluous singing, which is unaffectedly expressive. Likewise Lucy Crowe combines assurance and control as his lover, the nymph Galatea, with a musical delicacy that foreshadows the vulnerability of their short-lived happiness…”  *****

“… Overall there is freshness to Curnyn’s direction that evokes appropriately the Arcadian world of an innocent love-story murderously interrupted by the jealous Cyclops Polyphemus. The small chorus – presumably the five soloists in ensemble, with the addition of Rowan Pierce, as no other singers are credited in the booklet (which includes the text) – ensures that the choral numbers are executed cleanly, and the incisive attack on the imitative lines of ‘Oh, the pleasure of the plains’ gives the music bite and impetus, drawing the listener into the intimacy of this enchanted world, and the open acoustic of St-Jude-on-the-Hill gives the music room to breathe and an impression of the outdoors. Crucially, also, there is space for Allan Clayton to bring Acis to life with his warmly ardent, mellifluous singing, which is unaffectedly expressive. Likewise Lucy Crowe combines assurance and control as his lover, the nymph Galatea, with a musical delicacy that foreshadows the vulnerability of their short-lived happiness…”  *****

Curtis Rogers – ClassicalSource.com – July 2018

“…Another Bacewicz winner.” – Jonathan Woolf – May 2018

“…These are gripping and exhilarating performances, which I cannot fault in any way. The Chandos engineers have done a stirling job in capturing the detail of each of the instruments. This is facilitated by the generous acoustic of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music concert hall in Katowice. Adrian Thomas’ scholarly notes are an added bonus.” – Stephen Greenbank – 18 July 2018

“…Another Bacewicz winner.” – Jonathan Woolf – May 2018

“…These are gripping and exhilarating performances, which I cannot fault in any way. The Chandos engineers have done a stirling job in capturing the detail of each of the instruments. This is facilitated by the generous acoustic of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music concert hall in Katowice. Adrian Thomas’ scholarly notes are an added bonus.” – Stephen Greenbank – 18 July 2018

Music-Web-International.com

“Joseph Haydn and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet: all-round geniuses. Special listening abounds in Volume Seven of Bavouzet’s Chandos series devoted to this wonderful and innovative composer’s keyboard Sonatas, each movement bringing a feast of design and invention, surprises galore, Haydn an ideas man who takes them on a journey of subtle, sly and, sometimes, downright fanciful twists and turns; even the simplest gestures have a magic to them…” *****

“Joseph Haydn and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet: all-round geniuses. Special listening abounds in Volume Seven of Bavouzet’s Chandos series devoted to this wonderful and innovative composer’s keyboard Sonatas, each movement bringing a feast of design and invention, surprises galore, Haydn an ideas man who takes them on a journey of subtle, sly and, sometimes, downright fanciful twists and turns; even the simplest gestures have a magic to them…” *****

Colin Anderson – MusicWeb-International.com – July 2018

“… These Toronto performances are consistently fine … In the wonderful oboe Concerto, Sarah Jeffrey is more than immaculate: her musicianship is very fine …” *****

“… These Toronto performances are consistently fine … In the wonderful oboe Concerto, Sarah Jeffrey is more than immaculate: her musicianship is very fine …” *****

Robert Matthew-Walker – ClassicalSource.com – July 2018

“A very impressive traversal of the Second Symphony.”

“A very impressive traversal of the Second Symphony.”

John Quinn – MusicWeb-International.com – 2 July 2018

“… All in all, this is a very good release.

“… All in all, this is a very good release.

Maximilian Burgdörfer – MusicWeb-International.com – 3 July 2018

“…These are satisfying, insightful accounts of Mendelssohn’s Ossian-inspired masterpieces. It’s not a competition at the end of the day and there are many other fine accounts of these works. What matters is that Widmann certainly has something to say about them and these accounts deserve to be heard on their own terms. Throughout, he favours a chamber-like approach which ultimately illuminates the finer details of Mendelssohn’s masterly orchestration. The playing of the Irish Chamber Orchestra is first-class and the recording is spacious and elegantly balanced. Prospective purchasers should not be put off by the inclusion of Widmann’s own youthful confections. Both are attractive, unusual and brief, and provide an invigorating contrast to the Mendelssohn works.”

“…These are satisfying, insightful accounts of Mendelssohn’s Ossian-inspired masterpieces. It’s not a competition at the end of the day and there are many other fine accounts of these works. What matters is that Widmann certainly has something to say about them and these accounts deserve to be heard on their own terms. Throughout, he favours a chamber-like approach which ultimately illuminates the finer details of Mendelssohn’s masterly orchestration. The playing of the Irish Chamber Orchestra is first-class and the recording is spacious and elegantly balanced. Prospective purchasers should not be put off by the inclusion of Widmann’s own youthful confections. Both are attractive, unusual and brief, and provide an invigorating contrast to the Mendelssohn works.”

Richard Hanlon – MusicWeb-International.com – 5 July 2018

“…For me, this new offering from The Brook Street Band – as intoxicating and spirited as it is sensitive and feeling – will now be the new benchmark for others to aspire to. For no sooner had I started to play the CD, but through the imagined wonders of time-travel I felt as if I was there right in the front row along with the other members of an eighteenth-century audience, sitting back and enjoying what Handel’s Violin Sonatas really – or probably - sounded like at the time. With Paul Marc Mitchell’s simple, yet remarkably eye-catching, cover art-work, this is altogether a superb new CD release – whichever way you look at it. “

“…For me, this new offering from The Brook Street Band – as intoxicating and spirited as it is sensitive and feeling – will now be the new benchmark for others to aspire to. For no sooner had I started to play the CD, but through the imagined wonders of time-travel I felt as if I was there right in the front row along with the other members of an eighteenth-century audience, sitting back and enjoying what Handel’s Violin Sonatas really – or probably - sounded like at the time. With Paul Marc Mitchell’s simple, yet remarkably eye-catching, cover art-work, this is altogether a superb new CD release – whichever way you look at it. “

Philip R Buttall – MusicWeb-International.com – 5 July 2018

“… A very short disc of attractive and thoughtful music, magnificently performed.”

“… A very short disc of attractive and thoughtful music, magnificently performed.”

Michael Wilkinson – MusicWeb-International.com – 5 July 2018

“… A clear record of the year.”

“… A clear record of the year.”

Marc Bridle – MusicWeb-International.com – 6 July 2018

“Three powerful works from the Concertgebouw composer-in-residence, superbly performed and recorded.”

“Three powerful works from the Concertgebouw composer-in-residence, superbly performed and recorded.”

William Hedley – MusicWeb-International.com – 6 July 2018
“… a wonderful issue which is probably the best Crusell disc out there.”
“… a wonderful issue which is probably the best Crusell disc out there.”
Richard Hanlon - MusicWeb-International.com - 21 June 2018

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