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Alpesh Chauhan and Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective among nominees at Royal Philharmonic Society Awards

The Shortlist for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2024 has been announced and we are over the moon to see Alpesh Chauhan nominated in the conductor category! Explore Alpesh's debut album, Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Works Volume 1 and keep your eyes peeled for Volume 2 coming very soon.

In the Ensemble category the wonderful 'Kaleidos' have earned themselves a nomination! Their latest album, Transfigured, casts a light on lesser known repertoire from members of the Second Viennese School, highlighting exactly what this exciting group of musicians does best!

John Wilson and Sinfonia of London nominated twice for BBC Music Magazine Awards 2024

We're delighted to share the news that 'Music for Strings' and 'Oklahoma!' from John Wilson and Sinfonia of London have been nominated in the Orchestral and Opera categories respectively. You can vote by visiting the BBC Music Magazine website.

 

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
 

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852- 1924) was one of the leading musicians of his generation and had a profound effect on the development and history of English music as a performer, conductor, composer, teacher and writer. Born in Dublin, his musical gifts were recognised early, and lessons in piano, violin and later organ ensued. Stanford entered Queen’s College Cambridge in 1870 as both an organ and classics scholar. While still an undergraduate he became Assistant Conductor of the Cambridge University Music Society and held the position of Conductor from 1875 to 1893. He became organist at Trinity College Cambridge in 1873 and subsequently studied composition in Germany with Carl Reinecke and Friedrick Kiel. He was appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music in London in 1883 (a position that he held for more than forty years) and Professor of Music at Cambridge in 1888. He subsequently held appointments as Conductor of the Bach Choir in London, the Leeds Philharmonic Society and the Leeds Festival. Stanford was a prolific composer, completing seven symphonies, eight string quartets, nine operas, more than 300 songs, 30 large scale choral works and a large body of chamber music. He also composed a substantial number of works for the organ, as well as anthems and settings of the canticles for the Anglican Church.

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“… Fischer’s players make the most of the slow movement’s funeral march, although the performance is at its finest in the fire and crisp attack of the opening allegro and the scherzo’s dancing colours. (Oh, those gorgeous hunting horns!) … a thoroughly decent release …” ****

“… Fischer’s players make the most of the slow movement’s funeral march, although the performance is at its finest in the fire and crisp attack of the opening allegro and the scherzo’s dancing colours. (Oh, those gorgeous hunting horns!) … a thoroughly decent release …” ****

Geoff Brown – The Times – 10 April 2024

“… Whether she’s Susanna, Fiordiligi or Donna Elvira, Schultz’s characterful voice glides and bubbles through its various quirks: a fast vibrato, a metallic colouring and a habit of leaping into top notes as if scrambling onto a train just before the doors shut. This album is never dull, but it’s definitely exhausting.” ***

“… Whether she’s Susanna, Fiordiligi or Donna Elvira, Schultz’s characterful voice glides and bubbles through its various quirks: a fast vibrato, a metallic colouring and a habit of leaping into top notes as if scrambling onto a train just before the doors shut. This album is never dull, but it’s definitely exhausting.” ***

Geoff Brown – The Times – 10 April 2024

“…All the works are quite recent and were composed between 2018 and 2023. They show an imaginative composer who enjoys blending tradition with tonal new sounds. The performers’ playing is outstanding. Thanks to a very good recording technique, all the sounds come across very vividly and the virtuoso and enthusiastic playing of all the instrumentalists enhances John. D. Gottsch’s chamber music.” *****

“…All the works are quite recent and were composed between 2018 and 2023. They show an imaginative composer who enjoys blending tradition with tonal new sounds. The performers’ playing is outstanding. Thanks to a very good recording technique, all the sounds come across very vividly and the virtuoso and enthusiastic playing of all the instrumentalists enhances John. D. Gottsch’s chamber music.” *****

Alain Steffen – Pizzicato.lu – 7 April 2024

“This interpretation of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is incredibly exciting because it is so different from many others. There is no pure tonal opulence in it and, above all, nothing dignified or solemn. At less than sixty minutes, Poschner is also on the fast side when it comes to tempo. But his conducting is not just fast, it is brisk and brusque, giving the symphony a rather unconventionally accented and rhythmically sharpened character…” *****

“This interpretation of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is incredibly exciting because it is so different from many others. There is no pure tonal opulence in it and, above all, nothing dignified or solemn. At less than sixty minutes, Poschner is also on the fast side when it comes to tempo. But his conducting is not just fast, it is brisk and brusque, giving the symphony a rather unconventionally accented and rhythmically sharpened character…” *****

Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – 6 April 2024
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Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – 5 April 2024

“…The dramatic mezzo-soprano Dunja Vejzovic, known for her Wagner roles in Bayreuth and Salzburg, sings the title role beautifully, with a powerful and expressive voice… Austrian conductor Ernst Märzendorfer has a good grasp of the music and conducts with tension and fluidity …” *****

“…The dramatic mezzo-soprano Dunja Vejzovic, known for her Wagner roles in Bayreuth and Salzburg, sings the title role beautifully, with a powerful and expressive voice… Austrian conductor Ernst Märzendorfer has a good grasp of the music and conducts with tension and fluidity …” *****

Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – 4 April 2024

“…The soloists’ voices harmonize perfectly with each other and are also a pleasure to hear solo. The choir and orchestra are a well-rehearsed team that has proven itself in many projects. Here, too, they act in perfect harmony. Well prepared, they develop the compositional strands in lively performances, proving why these pieces are so popular.” ****

“…The soloists’ voices harmonize perfectly with each other and are also a pleasure to hear solo. The choir and orchestra are a well-rehearsed team that has proven itself in many projects. Here, too, they act in perfect harmony. Well prepared, they develop the compositional strands in lively performances, proving why these pieces are so popular.” ****

Uwe Krusch – Pizzicato.lu – 3 April 2024

“…The program, which Hervé Niquet and the Munich Radio Orchestra serve with symphonic refinement and expression, is correspondingly varied. Véronique Gens’ mature, sensual voice shines like a ruby, often shimmering darkly, but also brightly, with intense nuances and the warmth that is a trademark of her singing…” *****

“…The program, which Hervé Niquet and the Munich Radio Orchestra serve with symphonic refinement and expression, is correspondingly varied. Véronique Gens’ mature, sensual voice shines like a ruby, often shimmering darkly, but also brightly, with intense nuances and the warmth that is a trademark of her singing…” *****

Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – 26 March 2024
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