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Covid-19: Update: 17th Feb 2021

During the current unprecedented situation, Chandos Records continues to trade as normally as possible. As many of our staff are working remotely, we would ask you to submit any queries online here rather than by telephone. CD orders are being despatched on the next working day, but understandably due to the pandemic delivery times will vary and take significantly longer than usual, depending on your location. Please note there are also countries ‘on suspension’ by UK’s Royal Mail. Following Brexit EU customers should view this page regarding taxation. We thank you for your understanding.

 

BBC Orchestral Winner

Wilson & SoL's Respighi wins BBC Orchestral Award

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BBC Chamber Winner

Little & Lane win BBC Chamber Award

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The Prison wins a GRAMMY

Smyth premiere recording wins at March 2021 awards.

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Barry Douglas Podcast

Father-son-duo Barry & Liam start new music podcast.

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BBC R3 Record of Week

Weinberg String Quartets is Record Review pick of week.

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Desert Island Disc

Beethoven is Keir Starmer's castaway pick on BBC R4.

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Welcome, Francesca!

Francesca Dego joins Chandos in exclusive signing.
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We are sorry to hear of the passing of pianist Eric Parkin, aged 96. Eric made over
20 albums for Chandos; his musicianship and artistry are fondly remembered. 

Jennifer Pike MBE

Violinist awarded MBE for services to Classical Music.

Jennifer on Chandos

We are all moved by today’s news that soprano Erin Wall has been taken from us by cancer, aged just 44. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family & friends.        

Queen's Medal

Imogen Cooper awarded Queen's Medal for Music

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Gramophone Awards

BBCSO, Bergen Phil & CBSO Orchestral nominees

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Korngold BBC triumph!

Korngold wins Orchestral BBC Music Award 2020

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Ralph Couzens Interview

Presto interviews Managing Director Ralph Couzens

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

The insatiable enthusiasm and artistic curiosity of the French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet have led him to explore a repertoire ranging from Haydn, Beethoven, Bartók and Prokofiev to contemporary works by composers such as Bruno Mantovani and Jörg Widmann. An exclusive Chandos artist his rich discography includes the complete piano works of Debussy and the complete Beethoven sonatas and concertos. Ongoing projects include the critically acclaimed surveys of Haydn sonatas, alongside the Mozart Piano concertos with the Manchester Camerata. Save 30%!

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“… This is music (in five continuous movements lasting forty minutes) that grips the listener from the first second to the last – whether eerie/suspenseful, explosive, intricate, eloquent, forceful. Symphony 5 is a big, organic, powerful statement: compelling and exhilarating (I am in fact underselling this masterpiece!) … The just-over half-hour Symphony 6 (also RFH, April 8, 1980) is concerned with birth and development. Sir Charles Groves conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in music that may be less overt than its predecessor but is no-less rewarding. It is cast in two Parts (again attacca) opening expressively, reaching cataclysm, then finding pastoral contemplation, and finally renewed energy, ending with striding optimism. The sound is excellent in both works – clear and dynamic, remastered with ‘good ears’…”
“… This is music (in five continuous movements lasting forty minutes) that grips the listener from the first second to the last – whether eerie/suspenseful, explosive, intricate, eloquent, forceful. Symphony 5 is a big, organic, powerful statement: compelling and exhilarating (I am in fact underselling this masterpiece!) … The just-over half-hour Symphony 6 (also RFH, April 8, 1980) is concerned with birth and development. Sir Charles Groves conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in music that may be less overt than its predecessor but is no-less rewarding. It is cast in two Parts (again attacca) opening expressively, reaching cataclysm, then finding pastoral contemplation, and finally renewed energy, ending with striding optimism. The sound is excellent in both works – clear and dynamic, remastered with ‘good ears’…”
Colin Anderson – ColinsColumn.com – 2 April 2021
“… Dego seems to have developed an immediate affinity for it [‘il Cannone’], and conveys the wonderful feeling that, under pressure, every note remains within easy reach… “ *****
“… Dego seems to have developed an immediate affinity for it [‘il Cannone’], and conveys the wonderful feeling that, under pressure, every note remains within easy reach… “ *****
Michael Dervan – The Irish Times – 16 April 2021
"... Sampson is eloquent in a cautious way and Middleton is lovingly nimble when Clara’s accompaniments get frilly ..." ***
"... Sampson is eloquent in a cautious way and Middleton is lovingly nimble when Clara’s accompaniments get frilly ..." ***
Geoff Brown - The Times - 14 April 2021
“Vocal duos, trios and quartets by Robert Schumann in polished and inspired performances.” ****
“Vocal duos, trios and quartets by Robert Schumann in polished and inspired performances.” ****
Remy Franck – Pizzicato.com – August 2018
“… From compositions for violin or for piano, André Parfenov creates new versions combining both instruments. Some are closer to the originals, some only take the existing pieces as a kind of diving board. Composer-pianist Parfenov and violinist Münch form a duo since years and present an enjoyable new listening experience.” ****
“… From compositions for violin or for piano, André Parfenov creates new versions combining both instruments. Some are closer to the originals, some only take the existing pieces as a kind of diving board. Composer-pianist Parfenov and violinist Münch form a duo since years and present an enjoyable new listening experience.” ****
Remy Franck – Pizzicato.com – August 2018
“Distinguished alumni of King's College, Cambridge come together on the college's own label for a lovely programme which is the epitome of 20th century English song” ****
“Distinguished alumni of King's College, Cambridge come together on the college's own label for a lovely programme which is the epitome of 20th century English song” ****
Robert Hugill – planethugill.com – 31 March 2021
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Christopher Breunig - HI-Fi News – 29 March 2021
“…When considering Chopin, contrast between dark and light is essential. Lortie excels at the conveyance of Slavic expression through the lens of extreme sentiment, often using fine-tuned pacing, silence and varied dynamics to admirable effect. Of unexpected delight is the “Military” Polonaise, Op.40 No 1… Lortie offers it up with unabashed affection and aristocratic poise. Arguably saving best for last, the Fantasy in F Minor, Op.49 concludes the album, highlighting the attributes for which Lortie is celebrated. Lucid and buoyant, it is music sculpted with chiselled lines and acute structural sense. At moments on this disc, a seasoned sort of beauty takes hold of our ears, wherein a keyboard’s conjuring casts an airy, aural spell. In the battle of dark and light, Lortie’s own brand of luminescence wins out every time.”
“…When considering Chopin, contrast between dark and light is essential. Lortie excels at the conveyance of Slavic expression through the lens of extreme sentiment, often using fine-tuned pacing, silence and varied dynamics to admirable effect. Of unexpected delight is the “Military” Polonaise, Op.40 No 1… Lortie offers it up with unabashed affection and aristocratic poise. Arguably saving best for last, the Fantasy in F Minor, Op.49 concludes the album, highlighting the attributes for which Lortie is celebrated. Lucid and buoyant, it is music sculpted with chiselled lines and acute structural sense. At moments on this disc, a seasoned sort of beauty takes hold of our ears, wherein a keyboard’s conjuring casts an airy, aural spell. In the battle of dark and light, Lortie’s own brand of luminescence wins out every time.”
Adam Sherkin – thewholenote.com – 18 March 2021

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