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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.

 

Thais wins Juno Award!

Sir Andrew Davis disc wins Best Classical Album (Vocal)

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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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Uwe Krusch – Pizzicato.com.lu – 13 May 2021
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“… This super disc gives much enjoyment, and exudes orchestral colour… the sound is to Chandos’s usual high standard. Nigel Simeone’s essay, concise and informative, adds to the listening pleasure. All in all, this is a most rewarding and highly recommendable disc.”
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“… This super disc gives much enjoyment, and exudes orchestral colour… the sound is to Chandos’s usual high standard. Nigel Simeone’s essay, concise and informative, adds to the listening pleasure. All in all, this is a most rewarding and highly recommendable disc.”
Stuart Sillitoe – MusicWeb-International.com – 16 June 2021
“Though not ‘authentic’, these performances are brilliant examples of historical scholarship used creatively.”
“Though not ‘authentic’, these performances are brilliant examples of historical scholarship used creatively.”
Glyn Pursglove – MusicWeb-International.com – 18 June 2021
“A release which magnificently shows that this is a genre of music which can thrive outside the hallowed confines of an English cathedral, church, or chapel.”
“A release which magnificently shows that this is a genre of music which can thrive outside the hallowed confines of an English cathedral, church, or chapel.”
Marc Rochester – MusicWeb-International.com – 18 June 2021
“… the Canzona Sonata for viola and string orchestra is simpler [than Symphonies 4 & 6] but still quite demanding of the soloist. The viola's autumnal tone lends a delightfully nostalgic hue to this lovely short piece which – for all its straightforwardness – displays Keninš' hallmarks that one has come to admire in his most substantial works - most remarkably of all, his unforced contrapuntal mastery… impeccable performances in very fine, natural sound by musicians who clearly believe in the music. One can but hope that more is to come soon.”
“… the Canzona Sonata for viola and string orchestra is simpler [than Symphonies 4 & 6] but still quite demanding of the soloist. The viola's autumnal tone lends a delightfully nostalgic hue to this lovely short piece which – for all its straightforwardness – displays Keninš' hallmarks that one has come to admire in his most substantial works - most remarkably of all, his unforced contrapuntal mastery… impeccable performances in very fine, natural sound by musicians who clearly believe in the music. One can but hope that more is to come soon.”
Hubert Culot – MusicWeb-International.com – 17 June 2021
“… For all the special effects, however, it is a lyrical score of great depth, beauty and feeling. With her silverly soprano, Gumbel sings with an emotional range as wide and penetrating as the colors of her voice. She delivers news flashes matter of factly, but her dismay and disbelief are obvious. Joy and hope are voiced with the same passion as anger and fear… Kander’s structure emerges on this recording with greater clarity, as does the brilliance of her imaginative orchestration. Gumbel’s text is also heard to its full advantage, but that is to be expected considering that the remarkable work was written by and for her.”
“… For all the special effects, however, it is a lyrical score of great depth, beauty and feeling. With her silverly soprano, Gumbel sings with an emotional range as wide and penetrating as the colors of her voice. She delivers news flashes matter of factly, but her dismay and disbelief are obvious. Joy and hope are voiced with the same passion as anger and fear… Kander’s structure emerges on this recording with greater clarity, as does the brilliance of her imaginative orchestration. Gumbel’s text is also heard to its full advantage, but that is to be expected considering that the remarkable work was written by and for her.”
Rick Perdian – MusicWeb-International.com – 15 June 2021
“… The disc will be a must for admirers of Hans Gál, a legion which seems to grow by the month, as rapidly in fact as the gaps in his discography get filled. However anyone with a taste for early twentieth century lieder is unlikely to feel short changed by Gál’s subtly alluring contribution to the form.”
“… The disc will be a must for admirers of Hans Gál, a legion which seems to grow by the month, as rapidly in fact as the gaps in his discography get filled. However anyone with a taste for early twentieth century lieder is unlikely to feel short changed by Gál’s subtly alluring contribution to the form.”
Richard Hanlon – MusicWeb-International.com – 14 June 2021
“… Small-scaled but affectionate lyric late-Romantic pleasures.”
“… Small-scaled but affectionate lyric late-Romantic pleasures.”
Jonathan Woolf – MusicWeb-International.com – 14 June 2021

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