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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 Andrew Davis

One of today’s most recognised and acclaimed conductors, Sir Andrew Davis has enjoyed a career that spans more than fifty years, during which he has been the musical and artistic director at several of the world’s most distinguished opera and symphonic institutions. These include Lyric Opera of Chicago (Music Director and Principal Conductor 2000 – 21), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Chief Conductor 1991 – 2004, now Conductor Laureate), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Music Director 1988 – 2000), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Chief Conductor 2013 – 19, now Conductor Laureate), and Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Principal Conductor 1975 – 88, now Conductor Laureate). He also holds the honorary title Conductor Emeritus from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Maestro Davis has performed at many of the world’s important opera houses, among them The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and appeared with virtually every internationally prominent orchestra, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and all the major British orchestras.

A vast and award-winning discography documents the artistry of Sir Andrew, his CDs including recordings of the works of Berlioz, Bliss, Elgar (winner of the 2018 Diapason d’Or de l’Année in the category Musique Symphonique), Finzi, Grainger, Delius, Ives, Holst, Handel (nominated for a 2018 GRAMMY® for Best Choral Performance), and York Bowen (nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY® for Best Orchestral Performance). His lauded recordings with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus celebrating British composers were recently released as a sixteen-CD retrospective collection. He currently records for Chandos Records, with whom he has been an exclusive artist since 2009.

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"The Neave Trio chamber ensemble brings each vividly to life, but reserve the most imposing work to last. Ethel Smyth’s Piano Trio in D Minor (1880) invokes her youthful connections to Brahms in a weighty and well-argued score that foreshadows the strength of the major scores of her maturity. Taken together, these four composers make a rewarding quartet.”   ****
"The Neave Trio chamber ensemble brings each vividly to life, but reserve the most imposing work to last. Ethel Smyth’s Piano Trio in D Minor (1880) invokes her youthful connections to Brahms in a weighty and well-argued score that foreshadows the strength of the major scores of her maturity. Taken together, these four composers make a rewarding quartet.”   ****
The Financial Times – 21 February 2024

Sound 8.5      Booklet 9      Repertoire 8     Interpretation 9

Sound 8.5      Booklet 9      Repertoire 8     Interpretation 9

Christophe Steyne – Crescendo magazine.be – 18 February 2024

Sound 10      Booklet 9      Repertoire 10     Interpretation 10

“… the performance of Chausson's Symphony is of the same quality as that of Franck, which in its entirety makes the CD most desirable and recommendable as a reference.”

Sound 10      Booklet 9      Repertoire 10     Interpretation 10

“… the performance of Chausson's Symphony is of the same quality as that of Franck, which in its entirety makes the CD most desirable and recommendable as a reference.”

Michel Tibbaut – Crescendo magazine.be – 8 February 2024

Joker Crescendo

Sound 10      Booklet 9      Repertoire 10     Interpretation 10

“…The Bruckner Orchester Linz is a high-flying phalanx, here perfectly compact in its homogeneities and refined in its solo interventions with superb wind music stands. Its overall sound adapts impeccably to the very orchestral vision of a material that is still raw and developing. The sound recording is excellent and does justice to this interpretive work.  Another excellent volume of this complete which will be a landmark both in form and content.”

Joker Crescendo

Sound 10      Booklet 9      Repertoire 10     Interpretation 10

“…The Bruckner Orchester Linz is a high-flying phalanx, here perfectly compact in its homogeneities and refined in its solo interventions with superb wind music stands. Its overall sound adapts impeccably to the very orchestral vision of a material that is still raw and developing. The sound recording is excellent and does justice to this interpretive work.  Another excellent volume of this complete which will be a landmark both in form and content.”

Pierre-Jean Tribot – Crescendo magazine.be – 28 January 2024

“Llyr Williams’s poise, clarity and wholeness of approach, admirable in themselves, are no barriers to the passion, romance and reverie inherent in this generous selection … Williams’s music-serving virtuosity is another plus …”

“Llyr Williams’s poise, clarity and wholeness of approach, admirable in themselves, are no barriers to the passion, romance and reverie inherent in this generous selection … Williams’s music-serving virtuosity is another plus …”

Colin Anderson – Colinscolumn.com – 13 February 2024

“A grand, maybe overwhelming, way for Osmo Vänskä to conclude his Minnesota Mahler cycle as the so-called ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ bursts in like powerful light, immediately arresting, with an energy that propels the music forward, sporting superb recorded sound at once scrupulous regarding balance and depth of perspective, spacious yet vivid, characterful/impressive solo voices embedded into the whole allowing orchestral sweep and detail to be unencumbered …”

“A grand, maybe overwhelming, way for Osmo Vänskä to conclude his Minnesota Mahler cycle as the so-called ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ bursts in like powerful light, immediately arresting, with an energy that propels the music forward, sporting superb recorded sound at once scrupulous regarding balance and depth of perspective, spacious yet vivid, characterful/impressive solo voices embedded into the whole allowing orchestral sweep and detail to be unencumbered …”

Colin Anderson – Colinscolumn.com – 29 January 2024

“First there was this, [Kodaly Orchestral works 8.573838], and now, just as recommendable, is a second Kodály album from JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic…”

“First there was this, [Kodaly Orchestral works 8.573838], and now, just as recommendable, is a second Kodály album from JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic…”

Colin Anderson – Colinscolumn.com – 30 December 2023

“…recommended.”

“…recommended.”

Colin Anderson – ColinsColumn.com – 17 December 2023
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