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RIP Sir Andrew Davis 

We are saddened by the news that Sir Andrew Davis, the renowned British conductor, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2024, surrounded by family after a battle with leukaemia. Sir Andrew recorded exclusively for Chandos Records from his first album Elgar’s Crown of India in 2009, making almost 50 recordings and gathering countless accolades and awards in the process. We will miss a wonderful musician who imparted so much to all who worked with him in such a generous, self-deprecating and humble way. RIP Andrew.


Sir Andrew Davis's obituary

 

https://www.chandos.net/list/ artist/Sir_Andrew_Davis/10807

 

Sinfonia of London win big at BBC Music Magazine Awards 2024

John Wilson and Sinfonia of London’s première recording of the complete original score of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! took home the Opera Award, while the same forces also scooped their fourth Orchestral Award with their album of works for strings by Vaughan Williams, Howells, Delius and Elgar. Described by the magazine’s reviewer as ‘a stunning benchmark for the digital generation’, this recording also went on to win the coveted Recording of the Year.

To say thank for all the BBCMM24 at checkout!

Pictured above from left, Francis Williams, Jonathan Allen, Rosenna East and Ralph Couzens.

 

This Thursday! 

Good luck to Sinfonia of London and John Wilson ahead of this week's award ceremony! 'Music for Strings' and 'Oklahoma!' have been nominated in the Orchestral and Opera categories respectively.

 

Margaret Fingerhut appointed MBE in the 2024 New Year Honours

To celebrate pianist Margaret Fingerhut being recognised for services to music and charitable fundraising why not explore her brilliant back-catalogue.

 

Brian Pidgeon GRAMMY nominated for Producer of the Year!

Sinfonia of London's latest album 'Record of the Week' on Record Review!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new release from Sinfonia of London and John Wilson, Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, was featured on BBC Radio 3's much-loved Saturday morning Record Review show (4/11). We're delighted to report that the new recording was picked as RECORD OF THE WEEK. The show remains available all month on-demand so don't worry if you missed it live, listen here!

 

This week we will be celebrating the upcoming launch of Oklahoma! from John Wilson and Sinfonia of London at The Savile Cub in Mayfair. This landmark album will be the first full recording of the original Rodgers & Hammerstein score, to commemorate this very special release we have produced a series of limited edition numbered vinlys available to pre-order now! Don't miss this historic album, out on Friday 15th September!

 

Gramophone Awards Shortlist 2023

We are delighted to have FOUR albums shortlisted for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2023! See the shortlist here, including albums from Kaleidscope Chamber Collective, Arcadia Quartet, and Sinfonia of London.

 

Gramophone Editor's Choice: October

'Parry's compelling response to Shelley's lyrical drama is given a superb performance of real conviction, conduction by William Vann and with a line-up of starry soloists'

Listen in full on Chandos

'Orchestra of the Year' nomination!

Our friends and collaborators BBC Philharmonic have been nominated for Orchestra of the Year at the Gramophone Awards 2023! 

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Artist in Focus
 

John Storgårds

Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, John Storgårds enjoys a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso; he is widely recognised for his creative flair for programming and his rousing yet refined performances. His vast repertoire includes all the symphonies by Sibelius, Nielsen, Bruckner, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann. He regularly performs world premières, many works, such as Per Nørgård’s Symphony No. 8 and Kaija Saariaho’s Nocturne for solo violin, having been dedicated to him. Having studied violin with Chaim Taub, John Storgårds became concert master of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen, then studied conducting with Jorma Panula and Eri Klas. He received the Finnish State Prize for Music in 2002 and the Pro Finlandia Prize in 2012.

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Rainer W Janka – klassik-heute.de – 13 May 2024

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Artistic Quality 10     Sound Quality 10      Overall Impression 10

Classic Today Recommendation

Artistic Quality 10     Sound Quality 10      Overall Impression 10

Ekkehard Pluta – Kassik-heute.de – 6 May 2024

Artistic Quality 9      Sound Quality 9      Overall Impression 9

Artistic Quality 9      Sound Quality 9      Overall Impression 9

Rainer W Janka – klassik-heute.de – 29 April 2024

Artistic Quality 9      Sound Quality 10      Overall Impression 9

“…Stéphanie Varnerin takes on these special arias with great care, articulates them clearly and interprets the respective emotions with great empathy. Her soprano has a pleasantly beautiful tone and a bright shine, has a fluid coloratura, has a light vocal approach and is overall very lively. The soprano has mastered her vibrato and can turn it up a notch when necessary. The sound director has brought her voice acoustically to the foreground, seemingly standing in front of the orchestra, but surrounded by it in a semicircle, so that an authentic spatial sound is created…”

Artistic Quality 9      Sound Quality 10      Overall Impression 9

“…Stéphanie Varnerin takes on these special arias with great care, articulates them clearly and interprets the respective emotions with great empathy. Her soprano has a pleasantly beautiful tone and a bright shine, has a fluid coloratura, has a light vocal approach and is overall very lively. The soprano has mastered her vibrato and can turn it up a notch when necessary. The sound director has brought her voice acoustically to the foreground, seemingly standing in front of the orchestra, but surrounded by it in a semicircle, so that an authentic spatial sound is created…”

Rainer W Janka – klassik-heute.de – 22 April 2024

Artistic Quality 10      Sound Quality 10

“…This is a very attractive release that really does shed new light on the Piano Concerto, and for that reason it should be heard by anyone who enjoys the work. This is now a clear first choice.”

Artistic Quality 10      Sound Quality 10

“…This is a very attractive release that really does shed new light on the Piano Concerto, and for that reason it should be heard by anyone who enjoys the work. This is now a clear first choice.”

David Hurwitz – Classics Today.com

Artistic Quality 10      Sound Quality 10

“… There are several fine performances of this work on CD, and this one ranks among the best. Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony seem to revel in the refined, translucent scoring, and when all is said and done this performance leaves you with a sense of sweet mystery that is as powerful as bombast and breast beating.”

Artistic Quality 10      Sound Quality 10

“… There are several fine performances of this work on CD, and this one ranks among the best. Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony seem to revel in the refined, translucent scoring, and when all is said and done this performance leaves you with a sense of sweet mystery that is as powerful as bombast and breast beating.”

Robert Levine – Classics Today – 2024

Artistic Quality 8      Sound Quality 7

“…One can surmise that Honma put a great deal of thought, research and practice time into this project, and her most stimulating interpretations provide food for thought.”

Artistic Quality 8      Sound Quality 7

“…One can surmise that Honma put a great deal of thought, research and practice time into this project, and her most stimulating interpretations provide food for thought.”

Jed Distler – ClassicsToday.com – 2024

Performance *****       Sonics(Multichannel) ****½

“…An unqualified recommendation is warranted.”

Performance *****       Sonics(Multichannel) ****½

“…An unqualified recommendation is warranted.”

Graham Williams – HRAudio.net – 7 May 2024
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