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'Imogen Cooper injects every note with strength of personality.' BBC Music

 


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'Superb entrance into a world that journeys from neoclassical to a modernist voice of great originality.' Gramophone 

 

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"...Rhorer's astute pacing of the musical drama, consistently persuasive tempi, s ...
"...Rhorer's astute pacing of the musical drama, consistently persuasive tempi, stylish sculpting of orchestral subtleties and sensible casting of singers who prove to be suitable for the vocal and dramatic demands of their roles all means that this very enjoyable recording arguably has an advantage of musical consistency over other recent versions."
David Vickers - Gramophone magazine - September 2015
"... The playing throughout is warm and transparent. Schirmer brings out every glint ...
"... The playing throughout is warm and transparent. Schirmer brings out every glint of the harp and rattle of the snare drum, and caresses Lehár's swirling woodwind countermelodies - but crucially, keeps the action moving forwards. That's probably the single most impressive quality of this recording; that and its sheer generosity. This is the most complete version I've encountered of this often-cut score... this is a fine, affectionate recording: recommendable whether you've just discovered Lehár's intoxicating final masterpiece or, like Octavio, you lost your heart to Giuditta a long time ago."
Richard Bratby – Gramophone magazine – September 2016
"... If you've sought this disc out as the recording debut of furture Wagneria ...
"... If you've sought this disc out as the recording debut of furture Wagnerian Lise Davidsen, you shouldn't be disappointed. She offers richness, depth, presence and character, particularly in the deeper Blake settings Songs of Experience ... Nohr's baritone is warm and embracing ... Liv Oddveig Midtmageli sings with clarity ... and handles Frandsen's angular challenges well. Fine accompaniments, particularly from Orsi Fajger."
Andrew Mellor - Gramophone magazine - September 2016

“... As usual, Yates plays with precision and a winning sense of enjoyme ...

“... As usual, Yates plays with precision and a winning sense of enjoyment and bounce...”

Lindsay Kemp – Gramophone magazine – September 2016
"... you won't hear it [Fantasia in G] played better than by Seibert. CPO's ...
"... you won't hear it [Fantasia in G] played better than by Seibert. CPO's superb sound and annotations fuel my recommendation."
Jed Distler - Gramophone magazine - September 2016

Editor's Choice - Instrumental 

"... Wallin's combination of m ...

Editor's Choice - Instrumental 

"... Wallin's combination of musical sensitivity and technical excellence makes him a secure front-runner. A superb CD."

Rob Cowan - Gramophone magazine - September 2016

“... Douglas’s hefty, full-bodied sound, built from the bottom up, befits the ...

“... Douglas’s hefty, full-bodied sound, built from the bottom up, befits the mellow power of Brahms’s sound world. He plays the three Op 76 selections outstandingly well, especially the C major ... In the dark E flat minor Op 118 Intermezzo, most pianists focus attention on the right-hand melody and treat the rumbling left-hand lines as muted filigree. Douglas, however, does almost the exact opposite, and the effect is revelatory... If you’ve been following Douglas’s often admirable ... Brahms cycle from the start, you’ll know what to expect. That includes Chandos’s exemplary engineering.”

Jed Distler - Gramophone magazine - September 2016
"This engaging recital focuses on music from the first half of the 16th century ... Th ...
"This engaging recital focuses on music from the first half of the 16th century ... They [La Pifarescha] make a good  noise, both in quality and (where appropriate) in quantity: Senfl's Im Maien has lusty vigour, the din of assembled sackbuts, shawms and bagpipes complemented by the latter's daredevil ornamentation; straight after, Issac's La Morra gets a sensitive reading on the softer winds and fiddles..."
Fabrice Fitch - Gramophone magazine - September 2016
"...these are very fine performances, the two string players perfectly matched ...
"...these are very fine performances, the two string players perfectly matched, with articulate piano playing that never exceeds the limits of propriety."
Rob Cowan - Gramophone magazine - September 2016
"...an affectionate, touching homage ..."
"...an affectionate, touching homage ..."
Hannach Nepil - Gramophone magazine - September 2016
"...Its 10 trio sonatas are constructed as suites of preludes and dances, and all are ...
"...Its 10 trio sonatas are constructed as suites of preludes and dances, and all are played superbly by La Real Cámara. Principal violinist Emilio Moreno – the co-founder of the Glossa label – calls Castro ‘The Spanish Corelli’, and that is borne out by the crystal-clear unfurling of lines played with impressive responsiveness and rhetorical persuasion by Moreno and Enrico Gatti (the collaboration of Spanish and Italian violinists seems apt)..."
David Vickers -Gramophone magazine - September 2016
"... He [Libeer] and Lorenzo Gatto cover the ground like thoroughbreds, with exe ...
"... He [Libeer] and Lorenzo Gatto cover the ground like thoroughbreds, with exemplary virtuosity... This is an intelligent selection and ordering... an alert and personable recital which I enjoyed a lot. The recorded balance is exactly right for duo sonatas..."
Stephen Plaistow - Gramophone magazine - September 2016
"... an amiable disc exploring the light end of contemporary clarinet composition in ...
"... an amiable disc exploring the light end of contemporary clarinet composition in works written especially for soloist Emma Johnson. This is music that doesn't make too many demands on the listener, yet is well crafted... The most substantial  work on the disc and the most musically nourishing too - is Patrick Hawes's Concerto ... a fine new work. Johnson soars with ease in the gorgeous Sarabande, delicately scored and really rather haunting. The purposeful march for the finale ends with a sustained top C, pulled off with aplomb."
Mark Pullinger - Gramophone magazine - September 2016
"The first significant point to strike home about this caries programme is the excelle ...
"The first significant point to strike home about this caries programme is the excellence of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester's playing under the patient baton of Gerd Albrecht... anyone with a taste for the Romantic Czech masters, and for Reger as well of course, will be well catered for."
Rob Cowan - Gramophone magazine - September 2016
"... Manfred Huss's ear for detail and the crack playing of the Haydn Sinfoniett ...
"... Manfred Huss's ear for detail and the crack playing of the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien mean that this entertainment music is treated with utmost respect, resulting in fizzing performances that are truly worth hearing..."
David Threasher - Gramophone magazine - September 2016
"... An enjoyable disc.."
"... An enjoyable disc.."
Mark Pullinger - Gramophone magazine - September 2016