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RIP Sir Andrew Davis 

We are saddened by the news that Sir Andrew Davis, the renowned British conductor, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2024, surrounded by family after a battle with leukaemia. Sir Andrew recorded exclusively for Chandos Records from his first album Elgar’s Crown of India in 2009, making almost 50 recordings and gathering countless accolades and awards in the process. We will miss a wonderful musician who imparted so much to all who worked with him in such a generous, self-deprecating and humble way. RIP Andrew.


Sir Andrew Davis's obituary

 

https://www.chandos.net/list/ artist/Sir_Andrew_Davis/10807

 

Sinfonia of London win big at BBC Music Magazine Awards 2024

John Wilson and Sinfonia of London’s première recording of the complete original score of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! took home the Opera Award, while the same forces also scooped their fourth Orchestral Award with their album of works for strings by Vaughan Williams, Howells, Delius and Elgar. Described by the magazine’s reviewer as ‘a stunning benchmark for the digital generation’, this recording also went on to win the coveted Recording of the Year.

To say thank for all the BBCMM24 at checkout!

Pictured above from left, Francis Williams, Jonathan Allen, Rosenna East and Ralph Couzens.

 

This Thursday! 

Good luck to Sinfonia of London and John Wilson ahead of this week's award ceremony! 'Music for Strings' and 'Oklahoma!' have been nominated in the Orchestral and Opera categories respectively.

 

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
 

Neeme Järvi

The head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most esteemed maestros. He conducts the world’s most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest calibre. A prolific recording artist, Neeme Järvi has amassed a discography of nearly 500 recordings. He has been a star recording artist with Chandos Records for over thirty years, his most recent releases, with orchestras such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, including discs of the three full-length ballets of Tchaikovsky and works by Joachim Raff, Kurt Atterberg, Saint-Saëns, and Martinu. Neeme Järvi has been honoured with many international prizes and accolades. Named as one of the ‘Estonians of the Century’, he holds various awards from his native country, including an honorary doctorate from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre of in Tallinn, and honorary doctorates from Wayne State University in Detroit, the universities of Michigan and Aberdeen, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He has also been appointed Commander of the North Star Order by King Karl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

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“… Kolly is a specialist in rarely played piano music … He plays with dedication and has been recorded in good sound…”

“… Kolly is a specialist in rarely played piano music … He plays with dedication and has been recorded in good sound…”

Bruno Repp – American Record Guide – July/August 2024

“… Maestra Antonenko takes her time, pacing the liturgy so that every word can be savoured and every line felt… The PaTRAM men sound handsomely plush in that Jerusalem church, but clear enough so that the lines of chant Rachmaninoff wove into the score don’t get lost in the haze. The singing is mellifluous and smooth, with the lover voices dovetailing nicely with everyone else to keep the textures in balance…”

“… Maestra Antonenko takes her time, pacing the liturgy so that every word can be savoured and every line felt… The PaTRAM men sound handsomely plush in that Jerusalem church, but clear enough so that the lines of chant Rachmaninoff wove into the score don’t get lost in the haze. The singing is mellifluous and smooth, with the lover voices dovetailing nicely with everyone else to keep the textures in balance…”

Philip Greenfield – American Record Guide – July/August 2024

“…Mark Elder and the London Symphony Orchestra bring great panache to a pick-and-mix score — Elder finding bel canto delicacy in more intimate passages while having a rock-solid grip of the set pieces. The highlight is a coronation scene …” ****

“…Mark Elder and the London Symphony Orchestra bring great panache to a pick-and-mix score — Elder finding bel canto delicacy in more intimate passages while having a rock-solid grip of the set pieces. The highlight is a coronation scene …” ****

Neil Fischer – The Times – 16 July 2024

“…Whatever the music’s texture and temperature, the Arcadia group, formed in Romania in 2006, plunge in without fear, doubly armed with their sturdy technique and total commitment to Weinberg’s cause…” ****

“…Whatever the music’s texture and temperature, the Arcadia group, formed in Romania in 2006, plunge in without fear, doubly armed with their sturdy technique and total commitment to Weinberg’s cause…” ****

Geoff Brown – The Times – 16 July 2024

“… This recording from the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad, Germany is a good one. The singers have been well coached and handle the copious coloratura with skill and alacrity. Diction from everyone is clear, and conductor Antonio Fogliani brings verve and vivacity to the proceedings…”

“… This recording from the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad, Germany is a good one. The singers have been well coached and handle the copious coloratura with skill and alacrity. Diction from everyone is clear, and conductor Antonio Fogliani brings verve and vivacity to the proceedings…”

David Reynolds – American Record Guide – July/August 2024

“… her diction is crisp, and her interpretations are detailed and spontaneous, In her intelligent notes, Gheorghiu describes Puccini’s “meticulous markings of dynamics, phrasing, and character that require the greatest precision of execution”. The listener will confirm that she achieves her goal. It’s hard to choose favorites, but special attention is owing to the closing song, ‘Melanconia’, here on record for the first time.”

“… her diction is crisp, and her interpretations are detailed and spontaneous, In her intelligent notes, Gheorghiu describes Puccini’s “meticulous markings of dynamics, phrasing, and character that require the greatest precision of execution”. The listener will confirm that she achieves her goal. It’s hard to choose favorites, but special attention is owing to the closing song, ‘Melanconia’, here on record for the first time.”

Allan Altman – American Record Guide – July/August 2024
"... As with all of Alpha's discs that come my way, the production values are superb. The booklet essay and recorded piano sound are as good as you can get. This release will remain on my active listening stack for the foreseeable future."
"... As with all of Alpha's discs that come my way, the production values are superb. The booklet essay and recorded piano sound are as good as you can get. This release will remain on my active listening stack for the foreseeable future."
James Harrington – American Record Guide – July/August 2024

“… James Gilchrist shows again why he is so widely admired as a singer, particularly of English song. His voice s warm and supple; his phrasing is keenly nuanced; his varied use of dynamics illuminates the texts knowingly. Nathan Williamson’s collaboration is on par. It would be hard for me to imagine a better rendering of these songs…”

“… James Gilchrist shows again why he is so widely admired as a singer, particularly of English song. His voice s warm and supple; his phrasing is keenly nuanced; his varied use of dynamics illuminates the texts knowingly. Nathan Williamson’s collaboration is on par. It would be hard for me to imagine a better rendering of these songs…”

Robert A Moore – American Record Guide – July/August 2024
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