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Peter Donohoe

Born in Manchester in 1953, Peter Donohoe CBE studied at Chetham’s School of Music and Leeds University before going on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derek Wyndham and in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique.

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We are delighted - and extremely proud - to have been awarded Gramophone's coveted 'label of the year'. Editor Martin Cullingford writes "A commitment to the finest artists and the highest sound quality, the Colchester-based company is a shining beacon for the art of recording".

 

Vaughan Williams

This month we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the great composer Vaughan Williams. Enoy our recently released reissue of his complete symphonies, including 6 discs and bonus material.

We are saddened to hear that the conductor Bramwell Tovey has passed away. Known for his work with Brass Bands & orchestras, he will be greatly missed.

BBC R3 Disc of the Week!

Georgia Mann enjoys Donohoe's Mendelssohn.

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Happy 85th Maestro!

Wishing maestro Neeme Järvi a happy 85th birthday.

Neeme Järvi on Chandos

Critics Circle Award

TTOTS is the joint winner for Outstanding Achievement!

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Dutilleux wins BBC Award!

SoL/Wilson win Orchestral award for third year running!

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Presto Record of Year

English Music for Strings is Presto Music's 2021 Pick

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Gramophone Awards

Peter Grimes named 'Record of the Year!'

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Sinfonia of London debut!

SoL & John Wilson make stunning Proms debut

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Recording with Sir Roger

Francesca Dego shares experiences in the Strad

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Thais wins Juno Award!

Sir Andrew Davis disc wins Best Classical Album (Vocal)

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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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Latest Reviews

“… This superb disc ought to gain Saunders many more admirers, for it includes one of her finest achievements: Skin for soprano and ensemble, which was composed in 2016 for Juliet Fraser, who is the outstanding singer here with Klangforum Wien…Like Skin, the other two works here – Void for two percussionists and orchestra, from 2014, and the string quartet Unbreathed of 2017 – are equally fastidious in their attention to the minutest details of texture and tuning, but they inhabit utterly different musical worlds… It’s all important music, superbly delivered.” *****

“… This superb disc ought to gain Saunders many more admirers, for it includes one of her finest achievements: Skin for soprano and ensemble, which was composed in 2016 for Juliet Fraser, who is the outstanding singer here with Klangforum Wien…Like Skin, the other two works here – Void for two percussionists and orchestra, from 2014, and the string quartet Unbreathed of 2017 – are equally fastidious in their attention to the minutest details of texture and tuning, but they inhabit utterly different musical worlds… It’s all important music, superbly delivered.” *****

Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 24 November 2022

“… It[this album]  includes the impressively sustained orchestral piece Ik zeg: NU, inspired by a family history written by a Dutch relative of the composer, and performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo. But the disc is dominated by a superb performance by baritone Marcus Farnsworth and pianist Huw Watkins of the 40-minute La Terra Impareggiabile …”

“… It[this album]  includes the impressively sustained orchestral piece Ik zeg: NU, inspired by a family history written by a Dutch relative of the composer, and performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo. But the disc is dominated by a superb performance by baritone Marcus Farnsworth and pianist Huw Watkins of the 40-minute La Terra Impareggiabile …”

Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 24 November 2022

“… With superior Chandos sound, capturing persuasive, energetic and uplifting performances, this should be on the shelf of any serious Stravinsky collector.”

“… With superior Chandos sound, capturing persuasive, energetic and uplifting performances, this should be on the shelf of any serious Stravinsky collector.”

David A McConnell – theclassicreview.com – 21 November 2022

“… Enthusiastically recommended.”

“… Enthusiastically recommended.”

Azusa Ueno – theclassicreview.com – 8 November 2022

“… Alsop’s reading of the first symphony is beautifully prepared, with warm and robust orchestral sound and a refreshingly unfussy and direct interpretation. This is arguably Schumann’s happiest, least troubled symphony, and Alsop inspires an atmosphere of gentle contentment…”

“… Alsop’s reading of the first symphony is beautifully prepared, with warm and robust orchestral sound and a refreshingly unfussy and direct interpretation. This is arguably Schumann’s happiest, least troubled symphony, and Alsop inspires an atmosphere of gentle contentment…”

David A McConnell – theclassicreview.com – 28 October 2022

“…Though Jablonski set the bar high with his Scriabin, he has certainly done just as well (if not even better) with these Mazurkas. With this display of musicianship and artistry, I very much look forward to what the second volume will have to offer.”

“…Though Jablonski set the bar high with his Scriabin, he has certainly done just as well (if not even better) with these Mazurkas. With this display of musicianship and artistry, I very much look forward to what the second volume will have to offer.”

Azusa Ueno – theclassicreview.com – 25 October 2022

“…Where Bostridge’s 2009 recording gave us an impeccably smooth and polished take on Schwanengesang, this new one ultimately delivers much more in terms of character. Listeners will appreciate how the duo brings out the best in each other. Warmly recommended.”

“…Where Bostridge’s 2009 recording gave us an impeccably smooth and polished take on Schwanengesang, this new one ultimately delivers much more in terms of character. Listeners will appreciate how the duo brings out the best in each other. Warmly recommended.”

Azusa Ueno – theclassicreview.com – 4 October 2022

“…The recognizable yet well-curated repertoire, along with the instrumentalists’ enthusiastic performances will certainly elicit a sense of nostalgia—and maybe a desire to rewatch—the films themselves. A refreshing album that makes for a delightful listen.”

“…The recognizable yet well-curated repertoire, along with the instrumentalists’ enthusiastic performances will certainly elicit a sense of nostalgia—and maybe a desire to rewatch—the films themselves. A refreshing album that makes for a delightful listen.”

Azusa Ueno – theclassicreview.com – 28 September 2022



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