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We are delighted - and extremely proud - to have been awarded Gramophone's coveted 'label of the year'. Editor Martin Cullingford writes "A commitment to the finest artists and the highest sound quality, the Colchester-based company is a shining beacon for the art of recording".

 

We are saddened to hear that the conductor Bramwell Tovey has passed away. Known for his work with Brass Bands & orchestras, he will be greatly missed.

BBC R3 Disc of the Week!

Georgia Mann enjoys Donohoe's Mendelssohn.

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Happy 85th Maestro!

Wishing maestro Neeme Järvi a happy 85th birthday.

Neeme Järvi on Chandos

Critics Circle Award

TTOTS is the joint winner for Outstanding Achievement!

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Dutilleux wins BBC Award!

SoL/Wilson win Orchestral award for third year running!

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Presto Record of Year

English Music for Strings is Presto Music's 2021 Pick

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Gramophone Awards

Peter Grimes named 'Record of the Year!'

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Sinfonia of London debut!

SoL & John Wilson make stunning Proms debut

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Recording with Sir Roger

Francesca Dego shares experiences in the Strad

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Thais wins Juno Award!

Sir Andrew Davis disc wins Best Classical Album (Vocal)

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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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Artist in Focus
 

Peter Donohoe

Born in Manchester in 1953, Peter Donohoe CBE studied at Chetham’s School of Music and Leeds University before going on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derek Wyndham and in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique.

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“… Unabashedly cinematic in style, Falkenberg’s score naturally pays homage Holst’s ground-breaking depiction of the planets, while also echoing film music great John Williams and occasionally Bernard Herrmann.  Falkenberg’s passionate and creative adaptation of the film music genre is firmly embraced by the committed artistry of the London Symphony under Marin Alsop and the warm cohesion and crystalline diction of the London Voices directed by Ben Parry …” ****

“… Unabashedly cinematic in style, Falkenberg’s score naturally pays homage Holst’s ground-breaking depiction of the planets, while also echoing film music great John Williams and occasionally Bernard Herrmann.  Falkenberg’s passionate and creative adaptation of the film music genre is firmly embraced by the committed artistry of the London Symphony under Marin Alsop and the warm cohesion and crystalline diction of the London Voices directed by Ben Parry …” ****

Tony Way – Limelightmagazine.com.au – 2 December 2022

“… His [Rouvali] interpretations are rarely routine … this [Symphony No. 3] is a sure-fire hit. If Sibelius often conjures images of ice and snow, of dark, mysterious forests, Rouvali offers a richer, more complete view…the excellent playing by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the natural recorded sound, Rouvali’s balance between intellect and instinct – also apply to Symphony No 5, there is, for my money, less of the original spark that draws me back to their Third Symphony. But it’s still a superb performance, and with the tone poem Pohjola’s Daughter completing the program, this Sibelius recording is one not to miss.” *****

“… His [Rouvali] interpretations are rarely routine … this [Symphony No. 3] is a sure-fire hit. If Sibelius often conjures images of ice and snow, of dark, mysterious forests, Rouvali offers a richer, more complete view…the excellent playing by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the natural recorded sound, Rouvali’s balance between intellect and instinct – also apply to Symphony No 5, there is, for my money, less of the original spark that draws me back to their Third Symphony. But it’s still a superb performance, and with the tone poem Pohjola’s Daughter completing the program, this Sibelius recording is one not to miss.” *****

Rebecca Franks – Limelightmagazine.com.au – 2 December 2022
Classical Album of the Week
“… The orchestration of all these songs is as careful and perceptive as one would expect from a musician who interprets them with such finesse. Crucially he recognises that less often means more, and that a touch of colour here or there can be more effective than anything gaudy. His treatment of the Butterworth songs may include an occasional nod towards Butterworth’s own orchestral A Shropshire Lad – Rhapsody, for instance, but the touches he adds are entirely personal. Williams matches that fastidiousness with performances that are a reminder that no other singer today inhabits this repertoire so completely and movingly. Every word is perfectly coloured, every phrase exactly weighted…” ****
Classical Album of the Week
“… The orchestration of all these songs is as careful and perceptive as one would expect from a musician who interprets them with such finesse. Crucially he recognises that less often means more, and that a touch of colour here or there can be more effective than anything gaudy. His treatment of the Butterworth songs may include an occasional nod towards Butterworth’s own orchestral A Shropshire Lad – Rhapsody, for instance, but the touches he adds are entirely personal. Williams matches that fastidiousness with performances that are a reminder that no other singer today inhabits this repertoire so completely and movingly. Every word is perfectly coloured, every phrase exactly weighted…” ****
Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 1 December 2022
“… The vibrato shortage among the players may make some listeners feel the music has been stripped of its clothes, leaving the sounds naked. But musical nudity doesn’t disturb me when the artistic results of the Chiaroscuro approach are so plentiful and enlivening, such as the absolute clarity, rhythmic vitality, high drama, lithe lyricism and wit…” *****
“… The vibrato shortage among the players may make some listeners feel the music has been stripped of its clothes, leaving the sounds naked. But musical nudity doesn’t disturb me when the artistic results of the Chiaroscuro approach are so plentiful and enlivening, such as the absolute clarity, rhythmic vitality, high drama, lithe lyricism and wit…” *****
Geoff Brown – The Times – 30 November 2022
“Full, rich, atmospheric, this Chandos recording is top of the class”
“Full, rich, atmospheric, this Chandos recording is top of the class”
Richard Fairman – Financial Times – 1 December 2022
Record of the Year
“Given that Chandos secured twice as many nominations as any other label, it is appropriate that the overall choice comes from that source…”
Record of the Year
“Given that Chandos secured twice as many nominations as any other label, it is appropriate that the overall choice comes from that source…”
MusicWeb-International.com – 2 December 2022

November 2022 Highlight

“… Donohoe gives consistently stylish and affectionate readings – shapely, nimble – of always-enjoyable and -resourceful music (154 minutes’ worth to ease the woes of the World) that makes for listening pleasure via an attractive piano of ideal lightness and clarity. Volume One is thoroughly recommendable … with successors keenly anticipated.”

November 2022 Highlight

“… Donohoe gives consistently stylish and affectionate readings – shapely, nimble – of always-enjoyable and -resourceful music (154 minutes’ worth to ease the woes of the World) that makes for listening pleasure via an attractive piano of ideal lightness and clarity. Volume One is thoroughly recommendable … with successors keenly anticipated.”

Colin Anderson – Colinscolumn.com – 30 November 2022

“… This is an excellently programmed disc, admirably performed and well recorded. It should provide plenty of pleasure…”

“… This is an excellently programmed disc, admirably performed and well recorded. It should provide plenty of pleasure…”

Leslie Wright – MusicWeb-International.com – 2 December 2022

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