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Gordon Langford

We announce the death of our dear friend Gordon Langford on 18th April 2017. He was a composer,  (with thousands of fans in the Brass Band world) pianist and close friend and colleague of the founder of Chandos Records, Mr Brian Couzens. May he rest in peace.

 

Recording of the Month

'Immense and implacable power, astonishing'

BBC Music (Apr. 2017)

 

2 labels join our website

We are delighted to announce two labels returning to our website

 

 

Ivan Ilić signs with Chandos

The pianist has signed a multi-album recording contract, starting with Reicha's music.

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24bit96: high-res and discounts

Find all about all about Hi-Res and USB Fidelity and get discounts on Chandos SACDs releases.

 

2 labels join our website

We are delighted to welcome two new labels to our website.

 

 

Editor's Choice

'Jean-Efflam Bavouzet plays dazzling Mozart concertos.'

Pianist (Feb. 2017)

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“... The admirable British violinist Tasmin Little, impeccably partnered by the pianist Piers Lane, also explores Szymanowski on a fine recital recording that cannily places his music next to Franck’s celebrated Sonata in A and Fauré’s lovely Romance. How orderly, polite and restrained the latter two pieces sound when set against Szymanowski’s extraordinarily wild Notturno e Tarantella ... In the latter work, you feel the 22-year-old Pole slipping off the inherited shackles of French and German romanticism and finding his own voice and passion for the first time. Despite being not Polish, French or German, Little and Lane play it superbly.”   ****
“... The admirable British violinist Tasmin Little, impeccably partnered by the pianist Piers Lane, also explores Szymanowski on a fine recital recording that cannily places his music next to Franck’s celebrated Sonata in A and Fauré’s lovely Romance. How orderly, polite and restrained the latter two pieces sound when set against Szymanowski’s extraordinarily wild Notturno e Tarantella ... In the latter work, you feel the 22-year-old Pole slipping off the inherited shackles of French and German romanticism and finding his own voice and passion for the first time. Despite being not Polish, French or German, Little and Lane play it superbly.”   ****
Richard Morrison – The Times – 28 April 2017

“... all of these pieces exhibit genuine creative gifts (some rather more than that), and are performed and recorded with skill and conviction... this is a most notable release, and I look forward to its successor(s?).”  *****

“... all of these pieces exhibit genuine creative gifts (some rather more than that), and are performed and recorded with skill and conviction... this is a most notable release, and I look forward to its successor(s?).”  *****

Robert Matthew-Walker – ClassicalSource.com – April 2017

“...Some of Grainger’s solo-piano arrangements punctuate the songs, and they end with a piano-duet version of his most famous number, Country Gardens. The arrangements range from straightforward transcriptions, which Booth sings with disarming purity, to those in which Grainger takes the original song into unexpectedly complex territory. They beautifully manage the contrasts between simplicity and sophistication that all these songs regularly provide; it makes a really engaging sequence.”  ****

“...Some of Grainger’s solo-piano arrangements punctuate the songs, and they end with a piano-duet version of his most famous number, Country Gardens. The arrangements range from straightforward transcriptions, which Booth sings with disarming purity, to those in which Grainger takes the original song into unexpectedly complex territory. They beautifully manage the contrasts between simplicity and sophistication that all these songs regularly provide; it makes a really engaging sequence.”  ****

Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 28 April 2017

Album of the Week

"... JEG presents here an eloquent, introspective, calmly authoritative vision of the passion of Christ ..."

Album of the Week

"... JEG presents here an eloquent, introspective, calmly authoritative vision of the passion of Christ ..."

David Mellor – ClassicFM – 17 April 2017
"... beautifully recorded, and drawing on a new performing edition in English, features a more traditional, in the best sense, performance from David Temple, and a larger than usual today choir, The Crouch End Festival Chorus. This is excellent ...”  
"... beautifully recorded, and drawing on a new performing edition in English, features a more traditional, in the best sense, performance from David Temple, and a larger than usual today choir, The Crouch End Festival Chorus. This is excellent ...”  
David Mellor – ClassicFM – 18 April 2017

Programme ****        Performance ****      Recording ****       Presentation ***

“ ... Pride of place ... goes to Cory’s scintillating winning performance of Simon Dobson’s fiercely demanding Journey of the Lone Wolf. By turns breathlessly virtuosic, yet also brimming with Hungarian character, it’s a performance that epitomises the world’s number one brass band at the very pinnacle of its magnificent powers.”

Programme ****        Performance ****      Recording ****       Presentation ***

“ ... Pride of place ... goes to Cory’s scintillating winning performance of Simon Dobson’s fiercely demanding Journey of the Lone Wolf. By turns breathlessly virtuosic, yet also brimming with Hungarian character, it’s a performance that epitomises the world’s number one brass band at the very pinnacle of its magnificent powers.”

Christopher Thomas – Brass Band World – April 2017

“...Surround-sound SACD recording is simply beyond criticism. A winner.” *****

“...Surround-sound SACD recording is simply beyond criticism. A winner.” *****

Colin Clarke- International Piano magazine - May-June 2017

“Bavouzet’s strengths displayed in the earlier volumes are again heard in abundance; the concentration and intensity of the playing, his keen sense of drama, made all the more vivid by his powerful left hand, which so often drives the music on, as well as a sense of fun in the more exuberant movements... Chandos’s sound is warm and full ... Strongly recommended.” *****

“Bavouzet’s strengths displayed in the earlier volumes are again heard in abundance; the concentration and intensity of the playing, his keen sense of drama, made all the more vivid by his powerful left hand, which so often drives the music on, as well as a sense of fun in the more exuberant movements... Chandos’s sound is warm and full ... Strongly recommended.” *****

Guy Rickards – International Piano – May-June 2017

“...Well-recorded on a fine Steinway ... this issue offer a fascinating exploration of the world of Bach’s Partitas... Most rewarding.”  ****

“...Well-recorded on a fine Steinway ... this issue offer a fascinating exploration of the world of Bach’s Partitas... Most rewarding.”  ****

Colin Clarke - International Piano magazine - May/June 2017
**** (Excellent Album)
**** (Excellent Album)
Emanude Amoroso – Musica magazine (Italy) – April 2017
*****  (Exceptional album)
*****  (Exceptional album)
Gabriele Cesaretti - Musica magazine (Italy) - April 2017
**** (Excellent Albums)
**** (Excellent Albums)
Alberto Cima - Musica magazine (Italy) - April 2017
**** (Excellent Album)
**** (Excellent Album)
Nicola Cattς - Musica magazine (Italy) - April 2017
***** (Exceptional Album)
***** (Exceptional Album)
Giuseppe Rossi – Musica magazine (Italy) – April 2017
**** (excellent album)
**** (excellent album)
Claudio Bolzan - Musica magazine (Italy) - April 2017
***/****  (Good/Excellent Album)
***/****  (Good/Excellent Album)
Lorenzo Tozzi - Musica magazine (Italy) – April 2017

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