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Schubert: Works for Solo Piano, Vol.4 cover
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FRANZ SCHUBERT
Schubert: Works for Solo Piano, Vol.4
Barry Douglas (piano)
[ Chandos / CD - released 31/May/2019 ]
Barry Douglas's critically acclaimed series of Schubert's piano works reaches its fourth instalment. For this recording, Douglas has chosen to present three piano sonatas from the middle of Schubert's short life: No. 5 (D 537) and No. 11 (D 575),...
Gipps: Symphonies Nos 2 & 4, etc cover
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RUTH GIPPS
Gipps: Symphonies Nos 2 & 4, etc
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba
[ Chandos / CD - released 14/Sep/2018 ]
"[Knight in Armour], and the single-movement Second Symphony, from 1945, are clearly both indebted to Gipps's teacher Vaughan Williams, while the Fourth, from 1972, seems to belong securely and less distinctively in the mainstream of mid-century cons
Antheil: Symphonies Nos 3 & 6, etc cover
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GEORGE ANTHEIL
Antheil: Symphonies Nos 3 & 6, etc
BBC Philharmonic, John Storgårds
[ Chandos / CD - released 18/Jan/2019 ]
The symphonic output of George Antheil, the self-proclaimed 'bad boy of music', is further investigated by the BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Guest Conductor, John Storgårds, in the second album of the series. Following his early experimentations...
Vaughan Williams: Job / Symphony No. 9 cover
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RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Vaughan Williams: Job / Symphony No. 9
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis
[ Chandos SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 10/Feb/2017 ]
'Andrew Davis's journey through the sequence is quite briskly paced, but never in a way that's perfunctory. He also gets a superlative response from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.' recording of the Month BBC Music April 2017
Terterian: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 cover
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AVET RUBENI TERTERIAN
Terterian: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits
[ Chandos / CD - released 1/Nov/2019 ]
In his homeland, Avet Terterian is regarded, alongside Aram Khachaturian, as the other giant of twentieth-century Armenian music, and as the founder of his nation's progressive school of composers. Born in July 1929, Terterian began his musical...
Bliss: Mary of Magdala cover
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SIR ARTHUR BLISS
Bliss: Mary of Magdala
Dame Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-soprano), James Platt (Bass), BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis
[ Chandos / CD - released 1/Nov/2019 ]
Bliss composed The Enchantress in 1951, the year of his sixtieth birthday, for Kathleen Ferrier. The text is a free adaptation of the Second Idyll of Theocritus, made by Henry Reed, and well suited to Bliss's love of classical Greek...
Come To Me In My Dreams: 120 Years Of Song From The Royal College of Music cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
Come To Me In My Dreams: 120 Years Of Song From The Royal College of Music
Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano), Joseph Middleton (piano)
[ Chandos / CD - released 7/Sep/2018 ]
"..it all adds up to a disc that I have not the slightest doubt will give enormous satisfaction for many moons to come." Gramophone Editor's Choice Sept 2018
The Symphonic Euphonium cover
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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS / GREGSON / MEALOR / BALL
The Symphonic Euphonium
David Childs (euphonium), BBC Philharmonic, Ben Gernon
[ Chandos / CD - released 1/Nov/2019 ]
Unlocking the full potential of the euphonium as a concerto instrument with symphony orchestra has been an ambition for David Childs since he premiered the orchestral version of Philip Wilby's Euphonium Concerto in the BBC Young Musician of the Year...
An introduction to Shostakovich (Incls 'Piano Concerto No 2' & 'Symphony No 5') cover
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SHOSTAKOVICH
An introduction to Shostakovich (Incls 'Piano Concerto No 2' & 'Symphony No 5')
Dmitri Shostakovich Jnr (piano) / I Musici de Montreal / Scottish National Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi / Maxim Shostakovich
[ Chandos Intro / CD - released 1/Aug/2006 ]
'Neeme Järvi's understanding of the bleak world inhabited by Shostakovich's symphonies continues to impress. Chandos's sound is superb as always.' American Recird Guide
Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 15 cover
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FRANZ SCHUBERT
Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 15
Doric String Quartet
[ Chandos / CD - released 27/Jan/2017 ]
"..the main event is the G major Quartet...And very impressive it is too, spacious without ever sounding ponderous." Gramophone Magazine Award Nomination 2017 - Chamber
Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music / Absolute Jest cover
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JOHN ADAMS
Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music / Absolute Jest
Doric String Quartet, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian
[ Chandos Classics SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Jul/2018 ]
"...a magnificent reading of Naïve and Sentimental Music…with the balance of pace and introspection skilfully managed by Oundjian." Recording of the Month BBC Music July 2018
Bliss: the Beautitudes cover
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SIR ARTHUR BLISS
Bliss: the Beautitudes
Emily Birsan (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor), Sir Andrew Davis
[ Chandos SACD / SACD - released 23/Feb/2018 ]
Excelling in recordings of Delius, Elgar, and Holst, Sir Andrew Davis here presents a spirited programme of works by Sir Arthur Bliss. It follows a recording of Morning Heroes that made the top recommendations of 2015; likewise recorded in...
Sibelius: In the Stream of Life [Songs] cover
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JEAN SIBELIUS
Sibelius: In the Stream of Life [Songs]
Gerald Finley (bass-baritone) / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner
[ Chandos SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 30/Jan/2017 ]
"Finley sings them all with his usual finesse and careful shading, reserving his full power for the few genuinely climactic moments...The subtle, respectful orchestrations wrap around his voice like a glove" Guardian
Casella: Orchestral Works Volume 4 cover
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ALFREDO CASELLA
Casella: Orchestral Works Volume 4
Gillian Keith (soprano) / BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda
[ Chandos Musica Italiana / CD - released 10/Nov/2015 ]
"Hugely enjoyable for Casella fans and all those who enjoy Technicolor excitement in their music." (Recording of the Month MusicWeb October 2015)
Holst - Orchestral Works, Vol 4 [Includes Symphony 'The Cotswolds'] cover
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GUSTAV HOLST
Holst - Orchestral Works, Vol 4 [Includes Symphony 'The Cotswolds']
Guy Johnston (cello), BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis
[ Chandos SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 14/Oct/2018 ]
"Remarkably translucent SACD sound distinguishes this latest addition to a highly collectable Holst series. None of the music recorded here was published in his lifetime, but all of it is worthy of the attention of Holstians." CD Choice
Wirén: Orchestral Works cover
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DAG WIREN
Wirén: Orchestral Works
Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Rumon Gamba
[ Chandos / CD - released 23/Feb/2018 ]
Bright and lively music from the Swedish composer Dag Wirén is unveiled here in surround-sound by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Rumon Gamba, only a few years after the completion of their Grammy-nominated and highly acclaimed series devoted to...
Reicha: Rediscovered, Volume 2 cover
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ANTOINE REICHA
Reicha: Rediscovered, Volume 2
Ivan Ilić (piano)
[ Chandos / CD - released 18/Sep/2018 ]
"This rich, rewarding recital is delivered with consummate grace, Ilić is fully alert to Reicha's pleasing idiosyncrasies, stillness and sly humour. No hesitation in recommending this latest instalment in what is fast turning out to be the discovery"
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Two Rhapsodies / Dance Suite cover
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BELA BARTOK
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Two Rhapsodies / Dance Suite
James Ehnes (violin) / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner
[ Chandos SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Jan/2018 ]
"A fierce, lucid account of Bartók's last great masterpiece, Concerto for Orchestra...The Bergen orchestra sounds wonderfully alive to Bartók's rhythmic exactitudes" The Observer
Bartok: Piano Concertos 1 - 3 cover
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BELA BARTOK
Bartok: Piano Concertos 1 - 3
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) / BBC Philharmonic / Gianandrea Nozeda
[ Chandos / CD - released 12/Oct/2010 ]
Editor's Choice Gramophone Magazine November 2010 // BBC Music Magazine Orchestral Choice - October 2010 // BBC Music Award Finalist 2011 Orchestral // Gramophone Award Finalist 2011 - Concerto
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 5 (Complete) cover
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SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 5 (Complete)
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) / BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda
[ Chandos / 2 CD Box Set - released 20/Feb/2014 ]
"Throughout, Bavouzet displays a light touch and laudable levels of physical stamina, with a firm grasp of the very different personalities of each piece." GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER 2014 - Concerto