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This Thursday! BBC Music Magazine Awards 2024

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
 

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852- 1924) was one of the leading musicians of his generation and had a profound effect on the development and history of English music as a performer, conductor, composer, teacher and writer. Born in Dublin, his musical gifts were recognised early, and lessons in piano, violin and later organ ensued. Stanford entered Queen’s College Cambridge in 1870 as both an organ and classics scholar. While still an undergraduate he became Assistant Conductor of the Cambridge University Music Society and held the position of Conductor from 1875 to 1893. He became organist at Trinity College Cambridge in 1873 and subsequently studied composition in Germany with Carl Reinecke and Friedrick Kiel. He was appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music in London in 1883 (a position that he held for more than forty years) and Professor of Music at Cambridge in 1888. He subsequently held appointments as Conductor of the Bach Choir in London, the Leeds Philharmonic Society and the Leeds Festival. Stanford was a prolific composer, completing seven symphonies, eight string quartets, nine operas, more than 300 songs, 30 large scale choral works and a large body of chamber music. He also composed a substantial number of works for the organ, as well as anthems and settings of the canticles for the Anglican Church.

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“… characterful music, performed here by Oliver Triendl with considerable virtuosity.”

“… characterful music, performed here by Oliver Triendl with considerable virtuosity.”

Barry Forshaw – cdchoice.co.uk – 27 March 2024

“… Accorded magnificent sound, this recording of Katya Kabanova, one of the composer’s most distinctive pieces, becomes nigh definitive.”

“… Accorded magnificent sound, this recording of Katya Kabanova, one of the composer’s most distinctive pieces, becomes nigh definitive.”

Barry Forshaw – cdchoice.co.uk – 27 March 2024

“… Such masterpieces as Miroirs and Jeux d’eau are dispatched with sensitivity and musicality. Even if you possess such discs as those of this repertoire by Jean-YvesThibaudet, this new set is well worth your attention.”

“… Such masterpieces as Miroirs and Jeux d’eau are dispatched with sensitivity and musicality. Even if you possess such discs as those of this repertoire by Jean-YvesThibaudet, this new set is well worth your attention.”

Barry Forshaw – cdchoice.co.uk – 27 March 2024

“… The conductor [Gardner] has the full measure of Nielsen’s glorious sound world, and the companion pieces — the characterful flute concerto and the beguiling tone poem Pan and Syrinx make this a very appealing disc.”

“… The conductor [Gardner] has the full measure of Nielsen’s glorious sound world, and the companion pieces — the characterful flute concerto and the beguiling tone poem Pan and Syrinx make this a very appealing disc.”

Barry Forshaw – cdchoice.co.uk – 27 March 2024

“… the icing on the cake is not just the playing of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the incisive Alpesh Chauhan but also the customarily wide-ranging Chandos SACD recorded sound.”

“… the icing on the cake is not just the playing of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the incisive Alpesh Chauhan but also the customarily wide-ranging Chandos SACD recorded sound.”

Barry Forshaw – cdchoice.co.uk – 27 March 2024

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“…this is an essential ‘Eroica’.”

Outstanding Release

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Colin Anderson – Colinscolumn.com – 1 April 2024

Recording of the Month

Performance ****      Sonics *****

“…This labor of love from Nikolai Lugansky, straying from his customary blockbuster repertoire, is certainly welcome…  I found Lugansky's playing alert, stylish, and assured throughout, with an expansive resonance in the bass octaves… “

Recording of the Month

Performance ****      Sonics *****

“…This labor of love from Nikolai Lugansky, straying from his customary blockbuster repertoire, is certainly welcome…  I found Lugansky's playing alert, stylish, and assured throughout, with an expansive resonance in the bass octaves… “

Stephen Francis Vasta – stereophile.com – 13 March 2024

Performance ****½    Sonics ****½

Performance ****½    Sonics ****½

Jason Victor Serinus – stereophile.com – 10 April 2024
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