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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.

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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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“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
“… The sweeping melodic phrases, the sweetness and strength in the highest register and the crystal-clear harmonics in these settings of Caprices Nos. 20, 21 and 24 complete a dazzling CD.”
“… The sweeping melodic phrases, the sweetness and strength in the highest register and the crystal-clear harmonics in these settings of Caprices Nos. 20, 21 and 24 complete a dazzling CD.”
Terry Robins – thewholenote.com – 18 March 2021
“… Although evoking stark landscapes, there is a wonderful lushness to the music, which seems to grow inherently out of initial quiet in vast arcs of sustained tones and tremolos, occasionally erupting like bubbles exploding from some primordial soup. The music builds and recedes in many-textured layers with no melodies per se, just shifting colours that draw us in with a sense of yearning. Of particular note is the Chiaroscuro Trilogy (2017) for piano and orchestra that holds us enthralled throughout its three movements played without pause …”
“… Although evoking stark landscapes, there is a wonderful lushness to the music, which seems to grow inherently out of initial quiet in vast arcs of sustained tones and tremolos, occasionally erupting like bubbles exploding from some primordial soup. The music builds and recedes in many-textured layers with no melodies per se, just shifting colours that draw us in with a sense of yearning. Of particular note is the Chiaroscuro Trilogy (2017) for piano and orchestra that holds us enthralled throughout its three movements played without pause …”
David Olds – thewholenote.com – 18 March 2021
“… Engineering is excellent, well-balanced and satisfying A welcome issue!”
“… Engineering is excellent, well-balanced and satisfying A welcome issue!”
Robert Benson – ClassicalCDReview.com – February 2021
“… The players’ warmth and engagement is never in doubt, amplified by the generous sonics associated with the Chandos label…” ****
“… The players’ warmth and engagement is never in doubt, amplified by the generous sonics associated with the Chandos label…” ****
David Gutman – ClassicalSource.com – 22 March 2021
“… The greatest Strauss singers have a much grander richness in their lower voices, which is characteristic of their dramatic voices. Piau’s more lyrical quality soars beautifully and is technically secure, but occasionally too controlled and less expressive. Davidsen’s peaks and troughs in the undulating phrases are more intrinsic to the music. Verdier conducts the Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté, an ensemble that possesses a slimmer than usual sound profile for this repertoire; The booklet lists each orchestra member, and reveals a slightly smaller body of strings, which may account for the greater transparency. The leaner sound does bring some woodwind and brass features to the fore that otherwise are not heard. Together with Piau’s voice, there is remarkable consistency in the aesthetic throughout, but the richness of what many consider the “Straussian sound-world” is strangely lacking. Piau certainly brings something very personal to this repertoire, which makes for an intriguing listen, especially with the cleaner orchestral sound. A curious listen indeed.”
“… The greatest Strauss singers have a much grander richness in their lower voices, which is characteristic of their dramatic voices. Piau’s more lyrical quality soars beautifully and is technically secure, but occasionally too controlled and less expressive. Davidsen’s peaks and troughs in the undulating phrases are more intrinsic to the music. Verdier conducts the Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté, an ensemble that possesses a slimmer than usual sound profile for this repertoire; The booklet lists each orchestra member, and reveals a slightly smaller body of strings, which may account for the greater transparency. The leaner sound does bring some woodwind and brass features to the fore that otherwise are not heard. Together with Piau’s voice, there is remarkable consistency in the aesthetic throughout, but the richness of what many consider the “Straussian sound-world” is strangely lacking. Piau certainly brings something very personal to this repertoire, which makes for an intriguing listen, especially with the cleaner orchestral sound. A curious listen indeed.”
Leighton Jones – theclassicreview.com - 2 April 2021

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