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John Storgårds

Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, John Storgårds enjoys a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso; he is widely recognised for his creative flair for programming and his rousing yet refined performances. His vast repertoire includes all the symphonies by Sibelius, Nielsen, Bruckner, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann. He regularly performs world premières, many works, such as Per Nørgård’s Symphony No. 8 and Kaija Saariaho’s Nocturne for solo violin, having been dedicated to him. Having studied violin with Chaim Taub, John Storgårds became concert master of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen, then studied conducting with Jorma Panula and Eri Klas. He received the Finnish State Prize for Music in 2002 and the Pro Finlandia Prize in 2012.

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News and Artists

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.

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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'

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'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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Latest Reviews

“… With her agile and flexible voice, she [Ruth Iniesta] is perfectly suited to the role, both vocally and dramatically. Michele Angelini is a good choice for the role of Rinaldo with his high and pleasantly timbred tenor voice. Moises Marin is also excellent in the role of Goffredo…  José Miguel Pérez-Sierra conducts the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra with his usual competence. He is able to express the more pathetic passages as well as the light and elegant ones with which Rossini musically contrasts the plot.” ****

“… With her agile and flexible voice, she [Ruth Iniesta] is perfectly suited to the role, both vocally and dramatically. Michele Angelini is a good choice for the role of Rinaldo with his high and pleasantly timbred tenor voice. Moises Marin is also excellent in the role of Goffredo…  José Miguel Pérez-Sierra conducts the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra with his usual competence. He is able to express the more pathetic passages as well as the light and elegant ones with which Rossini musically contrasts the plot.” ****

Norbert Tischer – Pizzicato.lu – 24 May 2024

“… Manacorda characteristically keeps things light and taut, which propels this enjoyable album forward, an excellent showcase for one of today’s finest Mozartian singers.”

“… Manacorda characteristically keeps things light and taut, which propels this enjoyable album forward, an excellent showcase for one of today’s finest Mozartian singers.”

Mark Pullinger – Gramophone magazine – June 2024

“… The performances are worthy of the project, with a cast made up of experienced hands in the bass department and fine young singers specially picked for the project, who also sing in the 12-strong chorus. The playing of the Neumeyer Consort is also more than adequate, and the well-judged direction of Felix Koch firmly in the Telemann groove…”

“… The performances are worthy of the project, with a cast made up of experienced hands in the bass department and fine young singers specially picked for the project, who also sing in the 12-strong chorus. The playing of the Neumeyer Consort is also more than adequate, and the well-judged direction of Felix Koch firmly in the Telemann groove…”

Lindsay Kemp – Gramophone magazine – June 2024

“… The performances are worthy of the project, with a cast made up of experienced hands in the bass department and fine young singers specially picked for the project, who also sing in the 12-strong chorus. The playing of the Neumeyer Consort is also more than adequate, and the well-judged direction of Felix Koch firmly in the Telemann groove…”

“… The performances are worthy of the project, with a cast made up of experienced hands in the bass department and fine young singers specially picked for the project, who also sing in the 12-strong chorus. The playing of the Neumeyer Consort is also more than adequate, and the well-judged direction of Felix Koch firmly in the Telemann groove…”

Lindsay Kemp – Gramophone magazine – June 2024

“… I cannot recommend this recording too highly.”

“… I cannot recommend this recording too highly.”

Malcolm Riley – Gramophone magazine – June 2024

“… Charming, imaginative – Telemann never lets you down.”

“… Charming, imaginative – Telemann never lets you down.”

Lindsay Kemp – Gramophone magazine – June 2024

“…These are beautiful, text-centred performances … they are always engaging. There are some extraordinarily good solos throughout, and I keenly anticipate the next volume.”

“…These are beautiful, text-centred performances … they are always engaging. There are some extraordinarily good solos throughout, and I keenly anticipate the next volume.”

Edward Breen – Gramophone magazine – June 2024

“… Nepomnyashschaya is an ideal advocate for the music, alert, sensitive, imaginative and more than capable of the complex and sometimes fulsome ornamentation. Richard Egarr, her husband, provides a brisk clear introductory note.”

“… Nepomnyashschaya is an ideal advocate for the music, alert, sensitive, imaginative and more than capable of the complex and sometimes fulsome ornamentation. Richard Egarr, her husband, provides a brisk clear introductory note.”

Philip Kennicott – Gramophone magazine – June 2024



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