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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.

 

BBC Orchestral Winner

Wilson & SoL's Respighi wins BBC Orchestral Award

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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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“… The sequence is thoughtfully conceived and presented with a lightness of touch that makes it constantly engaging. Dance rhythms lift even the most serious sacred settings, and El Mundo’s quartet of singers, accompanied by three strings, percussion and a mostly strummed continuo group, balance the sacred and the profane perfectly.”  ****
“… The sequence is thoughtfully conceived and presented with a lightness of touch that makes it constantly engaging. Dance rhythms lift even the most serious sacred settings, and El Mundo’s quartet of singers, accompanied by three strings, percussion and a mostly strummed continuo group, balance the sacred and the profane perfectly.”  ****
Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 22 April 2021
“…This disc confirms that the work [The Prison] is a significant rediscovery, which should never have languished in a drawer… Chandos’s recording is superb. American conductor James Blachly marshals his forces magnificently, including a sympathetic small choir … Blachly’s own ensemble, the New York-based Experimental Orchestra and Chorus displays a youthful freshness that pervades every bar. Smyth’s orchestration is varied and inspiring … A serene, dignified resignation characterise the superb baritone (Dashon Burton) and soprano (Sarch Brailey). Blachly's orchestra feels rich, warm, and empathetic …”
“…This disc confirms that the work [The Prison] is a significant rediscovery, which should never have languished in a drawer… Chandos’s recording is superb. American conductor James Blachly marshals his forces magnificently, including a sympathetic small choir … Blachly’s own ensemble, the New York-based Experimental Orchestra and Chorus displays a youthful freshness that pervades every bar. Smyth’s orchestration is varied and inspiring … A serene, dignified resignation characterise the superb baritone (Dashon Burton) and soprano (Sarch Brailey). Blachly's orchestra feels rich, warm, and empathetic …”
Roderic Dunnett – Church Times – 20 November 2020
“Thielemann and co give the meaning of a night to remember.One of the most outstanding elements of this recording is the cohesion between conductor and singers. In Thielemann’s hands, the focus is on sustaining and shaping long phrases, and the effect is spellbinding, almost unbearably so as we reach the opera’s final, rapturous duet… Sophie Koch is an experienced and vibrant Komponist, her steady mezzo communicating first bewilderment, then anger, and later passion. As the vivacious Zerbinetta, soprano Daniela Fally displays an almost offhand brilliance in her showpiece Grossmächtige Prinzessin but takes care to hint at her character’s weariness at life in the fast lane. As the nymphs Naiad, Dryad, and Echo, Valentina Naforni?a, Rachel Frenkel and Olga Bezsmertna sing with sparkle and precision. The rest of the cast are equally impressive.” ****½
“Thielemann and co give the meaning of a night to remember.One of the most outstanding elements of this recording is the cohesion between conductor and singers. In Thielemann’s hands, the focus is on sustaining and shaping long phrases, and the effect is spellbinding, almost unbearably so as we reach the opera’s final, rapturous duet… Sophie Koch is an experienced and vibrant Komponist, her steady mezzo communicating first bewilderment, then anger, and later passion. As the vivacious Zerbinetta, soprano Daniela Fally displays an almost offhand brilliance in her showpiece Grossmächtige Prinzessin but takes care to hint at her character’s weariness at life in the fast lane. As the nymphs Naiad, Dryad, and Echo, Valentina Naforni?a, Rachel Frenkel and Olga Bezsmertna sing with sparkle and precision. The rest of the cast are equally impressive.” ****½
Justine Nguyen – Limelightmagazine.com.au – 2 April 2021
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“Ninth time’s the charm in Bavouzet’s Haydn keyboard survey… This [Sonata No 10]   is pure early Classical-period neatness, with a delightfully simple slow movement that Bavouzet imbues with an easy clarity… Bavouzet’s playing of these [Sonata No 41 in A and Sonata No 44 in F clearly gels with Haydn’s sense of style; in the incredibly short (under one minute) last movement of the A Major sonata rushes into a dizzying crescendo before Bavouzet adds an expectant moment of silence, before an amusingly pat ending… Bavouzet’s touch here gives this piece [Sonata No 53] (surely verging on warhorse territory?) a refreshing sense of light.. it’s perhaps his use of these instruments [Yamaha pianos] that generates such a clean line. Or, quite possibly, it’s simply Bavouzet’s mastery of this repertoire on display.” ****
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“Ninth time’s the charm in Bavouzet’s Haydn keyboard survey… This [Sonata No 10]   is pure early Classical-period neatness, with a delightfully simple slow movement that Bavouzet imbues with an easy clarity… Bavouzet’s playing of these [Sonata No 41 in A and Sonata No 44 in F clearly gels with Haydn’s sense of style; in the incredibly short (under one minute) last movement of the A Major sonata rushes into a dizzying crescendo before Bavouzet adds an expectant moment of silence, before an amusingly pat ending… Bavouzet’s touch here gives this piece [Sonata No 53] (surely verging on warhorse territory?) a refreshing sense of light.. it’s perhaps his use of these instruments [Yamaha pianos] that generates such a clean line. Or, quite possibly, it’s simply Bavouzet’s mastery of this repertoire on display.” ****
Paul Balham-Cross – Limelightmagazine.com.au – 27 March 2021
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“… This Pentatone release is a worthy account of Puccini’s masterpiece, conducted by Lawrence Foster and featuring a solid cast of ascendent singers. As Puccini’s titular heroine, American soprano Melody Moore proves she’s one of those vanishingly few singers of real charisma. Her increasingly mega-watt instrument emphasises the character’s warmth and humanity, and she convincingly captures Minnie as both intrepid frontierswoman and young woman on the brink of first love… All in all, this is an admirable recording worth checking out, especially for Moore’s performance and the subtleties of the overall cast.” **** 
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“… This Pentatone release is a worthy account of Puccini’s masterpiece, conducted by Lawrence Foster and featuring a solid cast of ascendent singers. As Puccini’s titular heroine, American soprano Melody Moore proves she’s one of those vanishingly few singers of real charisma. Her increasingly mega-watt instrument emphasises the character’s warmth and humanity, and she convincingly captures Minnie as both intrepid frontierswoman and young woman on the brink of first love… All in all, this is an admirable recording worth checking out, especially for Moore’s performance and the subtleties of the overall cast.” **** 
Justine Nguyen – Limelightmagazine.com.lu – 29 March 2021
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“Janácek’s signature piano pieces benefit from Vogt’s acutely nuanced playing.” ****
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“Janácek’s signature piano pieces benefit from Vogt’s acutely nuanced playing.” ****
Michael Quinn – Limelightmagazine.com.au – 31 March 2021
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“Vänskä's revelatory account lends unique conviction to Mahler’s final thoughts.”  ***** 
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“Vänskä's revelatory account lends unique conviction to Mahler’s final thoughts.”  ***** 
Clive Paget – Limelightmagazine.com – 3 April 2021
“…The playing on this CD by the flautist Adam Walker and his piano accompanist James Baillieu is superb – and not forgetting violist Timothy Ridout’s contribution in the Duruflé.  The liner notes, provided in English, German and French, are excellent… This is an absorbing CD, which presents some interesting French music which is just a little off the beaten track. Listeners will find every piece here captures their imagination from the first to the last bar. Hopefully there are further avenues for Adam Walker to explore in the repertoire of French (and maybe even British) flute music.”
“…The playing on this CD by the flautist Adam Walker and his piano accompanist James Baillieu is superb – and not forgetting violist Timothy Ridout’s contribution in the Duruflé.  The liner notes, provided in English, German and French, are excellent… This is an absorbing CD, which presents some interesting French music which is just a little off the beaten track. Listeners will find every piece here captures their imagination from the first to the last bar. Hopefully there are further avenues for Adam Walker to explore in the repertoire of French (and maybe even British) flute music.”
John France – MusicWeb-International.com – 20 April 2021

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