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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),...
Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Volume 5 cover
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JOHANNES BRAHMS
Brahms: Works for Solo Piano, Volume 5
Barry Douglas (piano)
[ Chandos Classics / CD - released 16/Oct/2015 ]
"Douglas continues to create provocative playlists by liberating short pieces from opus-number groups and strategically programming them alongside larger-scale compositions…a mixed bag laced with genuine pearls" Gramophone
Parry: Symphony No.4 / Three Movements from 'Suite moderne cover
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SIR CHARLES HUBERT H. PARRY
Parry: Symphony No.4 / Three Movements from 'Suite moderne
BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Rumon Gamba
[ Chandos / CD - released 14/Oct/2018 ]
"… all this rewarding repertoire is decently served by Rumon Gamba and his combined BBC forces. Chandos's sound is ripe and true to match, and Jeremy Dibble supplies a most helpful annotation." Gramophone
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
Overtures from the British Isles, Volume 2 cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
Overtures from the British Isles, Volume 2
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba
[ Chandos / CD - released 29/Apr/2016 ]
"The BBC National Orchestra of Wales play idiomatically and enthusiastically. This is thoroughly recommendable for any lover of British music." (MusicWeb June 2016).
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...
The Italian Intermezzo: music without words cover
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VARIOUS COMPOSERS
The Italian Intermezzo: music without words
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda
[ Chandos / CD - released 10/Jan/2011 ]
"There are excerpts here from operas one can wait forever to hear on stage....and every one of these tracks is well worth recording in purely musical terms...The performances are suitably vivid and sensitive, always finely controlled and shaped with
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
King Olaf / The Banner of Saint George cover
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ELGAR
King Olaf / The Banner of Saint George
Emily Birsan, Barry Banks, Alan Opie, Bergen Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis
[ Chandos SACD / 2 Hybrid SACD - released 12/Feb/2015 ]
"The Chandos sound is full-blooded and excellent in every respect... for this project Ralph Couzens was assisted by Gunner Herleif Nilsen of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation; between them they've produced very fine results." (MusicWeb Feb '15)
Messages: Chamber Music for Strings cover
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ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK / ROZANNA PANUFNIK
Messages: Chamber Music for Strings
Brodsky Quartet
[ CHANDOS / CD - released 2/Dec/2014 ]
2014 marks the centenary of Polish-British composer Andrzej Panufnik. Here the Brodsky Quartet joins in this year of reminiscence and celebration with Messages, a recording of works both by Andrzej and his daughter Roxanna Panufnik. String sextets...
Holst: Planets / R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra cover
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GUSTAV HOLST / RICHARD STRAUSS
Holst: Planets / R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
CBSO Youth Chorus & National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Edward Gardner
[ Chandos SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 30/Jan/2017 ]
For its very first album on Chandos, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain devotes its characteristic energy and musical mastery to an explosive programme that transcends daily life and earthly experience. It is helped by the enthusiastic,...
Holst: The Planets / Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (LP) cover
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GUSTAV HOLST / RICHARD STRAUSS
Holst: The Planets / Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (LP)
CBSO Youth Chorus, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Edward Gardner
[ Chandos LP / LP - released 24/Feb/2017 ]
"Edward Gardner's driven, finely balanced conducting ensures this is one for collectors as well as supporters." The Guardian, 10th February 2017 ****
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
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)
Coro di morti / Quattro inni sacri / Partita / Noche oscura cover
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GOFFREDO PETRASSI
Coro di morti / Quattro inni sacri / Partita / Noche oscura
Giorgio Berrugi (tenor) & Vasily Ladyuk (baritone) / Orchestra and Chorus, Teatro Regio, Torino, Gianandrea Noseda
[ Chandos Musica Italiana / CD - released 20/Feb/2015 ]
This new Petrassi recording with Gianandrea Noseda and his Italian forces is part of our ongoing Italian music series. Last year's release of Salmo IX° and the Magnificat (CHAN10750) was widely praised, Gramophone stating: 'The performances by the...