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Gramophone Awards

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Imogen Cooper are nominated for 'Artist of the Year'!

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Congrats to our new CBE!

Sarah Connolly and Gerald Finley recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours.

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Orchestral Choice

'Every detail is clear and well placed in these excellent recordings.'

BBC Music, July 2017

 

Jiří Bělohlávek (1946-2017)

The leading conductor passed away on June 1st, after a long-term illness. He leaves behind him a tremendous discography, including major recordings with the Czech Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras.  Click here for more.

 

Editor's Choice

'Technical perfection allied to insight'

Gramophone (June 2017)

 

Welcome to Federico Colli

Leeds Competition winner embarks on a Scarlatti series

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Editor's Choice

'A brilliant recording all around, and an important one'

Gramophone (June 2017)

 

Instrumental Choice

'This is altogether exceptional music making'

BBC Music (May. 2017)

 

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)

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"Played on Cavaillé-Coll instruments in Lyon and Toulouse, this is a fine introduction to Widor beyond the famous symphonies ..." ****
"Played on Cavaillé-Coll instruments in Lyon and Toulouse, this is a fine introduction to Widor beyond the famous symphonies ..." ****
Jeremy Pound - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - August 2017

“Birtwistle unleashes all his powers… a thrilling dramatization of the Bible story  ... The London Sinfionetta, under David Atherton, lend it both soul and a zinging edge” 

“Birtwistle unleashes all his powers… a thrilling dramatization of the Bible story  ... The London Sinfionetta, under David Atherton, lend it both soul and a zinging edge” 

Helen Wallace - BBC Music Magazine

“Birtwistle, a composer whose music is as vivid and compelling as that of any today. Excellent performances here from David Atherton and the London Sinfionetta ...  Birtwistle’s music today is just as lacking in complacency as it was in 1968 ... This CD is a pungent and persuasive statement about what properly serious music can achieve today” 

“Birtwistle, a composer whose music is as vivid and compelling as that of any today. Excellent performances here from David Atherton and the London Sinfionetta ...  Birtwistle’s music today is just as lacking in complacency as it was in 1968 ... This CD is a pungent and persuasive statement about what properly serious music can achieve today” 

Arnold Whittall - Gramophone Magazine
"There is nothing in these performances of advocacy, push, or any expression of the need to apologise for or “warp” the music in anything other than itself."
"There is nothing in these performances of advocacy, push, or any expression of the need to apologise for or “warp” the music in anything other than itself."
Mark Sealey, Classical Net
"Although the story remains an enigma, this terse, taut work is superbly dramatic”
"Although the story remains an enigma, this terse, taut work is superbly dramatic”
Fanfare (USA)

"... [Angel Fighter] would evoke Bach cantatas if Birtwistle’s gestic pungency did not sweep all before ... In Broken Images  — an intriguing meditation on the eponymous Graves poem — might evoke Gabrieli but for the same proviso. The brief Virelai (Sus une fontayne) brilliantly transforms a late-medieval original ..."

"... [Angel Fighter] would evoke Bach cantatas if Birtwistle’s gestic pungency did not sweep all before ... In Broken Images  — an intriguing meditation on the eponymous Graves poem — might evoke Gabrieli but for the same proviso. The brief Virelai (Sus une fontayne) brilliantly transforms a late-medieval original ..."

The Sunday Times

"...Birtwistle unleashes all his powers ... a thrilling dramatisation of the Bible story"

"...Birtwistle unleashes all his powers ... a thrilling dramatisation of the Bible story"

BBC Music Magazine
"Angel Fighter is a spare and strikingly original piece of dramatic storytelling. It presents the Old Testament tale of Jacob wrestling an angel as a ritualised game between the tenor Jacob (Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts) and the counter-tenor Angel (Andrew Watts) and climaxes in one of the great dramatic moments in Birtwistle’s concert music "  **** 
"Angel Fighter is a spare and strikingly original piece of dramatic storytelling. It presents the Old Testament tale of Jacob wrestling an angel as a ritualised game between the tenor Jacob (Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts) and the counter-tenor Angel (Andrew Watts) and climaxes in one of the great dramatic moments in Birtwistle’s concert music "  **** 
The Guardian
"The simplicity of his music, and its tendency to brevity - there are eight works in this collection, the longest of them an 18-minute suite of ballet music - are all deceptive; what one gets within the smallest frame is something totally memorable, perfectly crafted and, in its way, unutterably strange... Each of these pieces, whether the four written for ensemble or those for chorus (settings of Shelley, Flecker, Drinkwater and the Song of Solomon), manages to do something exquisite and totally personal; how Skempton always does it with such economy is a wonder in itself."
"The simplicity of his music, and its tendency to brevity - there are eight works in this collection, the longest of them an 18-minute suite of ballet music - are all deceptive; what one gets within the smallest frame is something totally memorable, perfectly crafted and, in its way, unutterably strange... Each of these pieces, whether the four written for ensemble or those for chorus (settings of Shelley, Flecker, Drinkwater and the Song of Solomon), manages to do something exquisite and totally personal; how Skempton always does it with such economy is a wonder in itself."
The Guardian
"An enticing collection … Exaudi and BCMG are manifestly attuned to the idiom, and recorded with ideal clarity. Informative notes from James Weeks and the composer enhance a release that confirms Skempton's move to the centre of British new music as complete." 
"An enticing collection … Exaudi and BCMG are manifestly attuned to the idiom, and recorded with ideal clarity. Informative notes from James Weeks and the composer enhance a release that confirms Skempton's move to the centre of British new music as complete." 
Gramophone magazine
"Skempton's music is deceptively simple, affording familiar musical materials a gentle, non-ironic regard. Satie may be a near comparison, but without his wackiness and weirdness. In recent years, Skempton's concentrated more on vocal and choral music, which gets haunting performances by Exaudi. A delightful disc."
"Skempton's music is deceptively simple, affording familiar musical materials a gentle, non-ironic regard. Satie may be a near comparison, but without his wackiness and weirdness. In recent years, Skempton's concentrated more on vocal and choral music, which gets haunting performances by Exaudi. A delightful disc."
The Wire

"This set offers a rounded portrait of a restlessly questing composer … big architectonic pieces in performances of impressive might under Carewe."

"This set offers a rounded portrait of a restlessly questing composer … big architectonic pieces in performances of impressive might under Carewe."

The Sunday Times 2004

“...  I would recommend this latest volume.”  ****

“...  I would recommend this latest volume.”  ****

Warwick Arnold Limelightmagazine.com.au 12 July 2017
“...The featured works span practically the entire career of this great symphonic musician, and is full-blooded and affecting."
“...The featured works span practically the entire career of this great symphonic musician, and is full-blooded and affecting."
Barry Forshaw cdchoice.co.uk 6 July 2017

“...performances of great subtlety and feeling.”

“...performances of great subtlety and feeling.”

Barry Forshaw cdchoice.co.uk 6 July 2017
"...vigorous but sensitive performances ... utterly persuasive."
"...vigorous but sensitive performances ... utterly persuasive."
Barry Forshaw - cdchoice.co.uk - 6 July 2017

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