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CHAN 10031
Ives: Symphonies, Nos 1 & 2
CHAN 10032
Chadwick: Melpomene/ Rip Van Winkle/Symphonic Sketches/Tam O'Shanter
CHAN 10033
Schubert: Piano Trios, Opp. 99 & 100

'These are glowingly affectionate readings, captured in a warm, generous acoustic which casts a gentle halo over the proceedings, suiting the music in hand to a tee!'
International Record Review

CHAN 10035
Respighi: Fontana di Roma/ Pini di Roma/Feste Romane
CHAN 10040
Shostakovich: Cello Concertos Nos 1 & 2
CHAN 10041
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2/ Romeo and Juliet fantasy overture/Serenade/Battle of Poltava and Cossack Dance
CHAN 10073
Brahms: Complete Hungarian Dances

Järvi has captured the feel of the music - more Gypsy than Hungarian - very well… If you missed this one the first time around , grab it now. At its new medium price, it's hard to go wrong. Good notes and attractive packaging complete the deal.
American Record Guide

CHAN 10075
Strauss, R.: Four Last Songs

She [Felicity Lott] never loses sight of what the words are about; her vocalism is consistently poised and centered; and its no wonder that the wealth of commitment and knowledge shes brought to Strauss music over the years has made her a prime exponent of this repertoire.
Fanfare

CHAN 10077
Prokofiev: Waltzes
CHAN 10078
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos 1-4/ Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

'Wild is a 'larger than life' pianist, one who can spin out a lyrical line and use romantic gestures without ever sounding self-conscious. His balance of excitement and control, and, indeed, his gorgeous sound, are a constant marvel.'
American Record Guide

CHAN 10088
Shostakovich: Ballet Suites Nos 1-5/ Festive Overture/Suite from 'Katerina Ismailova'

'I've heard no conductor handle this music better than Järvi… These are vibrant, colourful, incisive performances of colourful, cheeky music in first-rate sound.'
American Record Guide

CHAN 10108
Tchaikovsky: Hamlet . Festival Overture

The performances here under Geoffrey Simon are excitingly committed and spontaneous; the orchestral playing is nearly always first-rate, and the digital recording has spectacular resonance and depth to balance its brilliance.
The Penguin Complete Guide

CHAN 10110
Ireland: Orchestral and Choral Works

Richard Hickox is a sympathetic interpreter of the composer and obtains sensitive results (and good singing) in The Holy Boy and These things shall be.The disc is of particular interest in that it brings a rarity, Vexilla Regis for chorus, brass and organ. First-class recorded sound.
The Penguin Complete Guide

CHAN 10116
Stanford: Six Irish Rhapsodies

"...superb performances and recording."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


CHAN 10132
Bax: Piano Music

'If you've been attracted to Bax by Chandos' recent series of the symphonies (CHAN 10122(5)), you'll find this a fascinating companion set.'
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 10142
Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano

The Canadian pianist, Louis Lortie, gives an impressive account… throughout the whole set his playing is elegant, virile and sensitive… This is a distinguished and stimulating recital.
The Penguin Complete Guide

CHAN 10144
Debussy: Complete Works for Orchestra

…recordings which generally represent the state of the art. There are excellent soloists in the concertante works. The subtlety and atmosphere of La boîte à joujoux are captured splendidly, and the concertante works are equally sensitive… very desirable indeed.
The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

CHAN 10154
Bax: Orchestral Works, Volume 1

He conducts a mellow affectionate performance of the Concerto… Lydia Mordkovitch plays the solo part with real flair and richness of tone and seems to me to bring poetic and romantic feelings to the work…
Gramophone

CHAN 10155
Bax: Orchestral Works, Volume 2

Highly idiomatic playing from Vernon Handley and the RPO, and a thoroughly life-like and characteristically well-detailed recording from Chandos.
The Penguin Complete Guide

CHAN 10156
Bax: Orchestral Works, Volume 3

Throughout Bryden Thomson encourages his players to scrupulous observance of dynamic nuance… as well as a sensitive projection of atmosphere. There is plenty of exuberance and rhythmic vitality and excellent internal balance.
Gramophone

CHAN 10157
Bax: Orchestral Works, Volume 4

With readings as affectionate and illuminating as these, Baxs music can rarely have been better communicated.
Hi-Fi News and Record Review

CHAN 10158
Bax: Orchestral Works, Volume 5

Bryden Thomson draws out all the romance and passion of these complex, colourful scores… You can sense the sultry, perilous enchantment of the midsummer forest in Nympholept; the music, Debussy-like, capturing all the languor and enticement of the unobtainable… This is music to make your imagination run riot. Sumptuous sound…
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 10159
Bax: Orchestral Works, Volume 6

Thomson possesses an intuitive understanding that allows more of the music to compel than one had dared hope… The London Philharmonic plays beautifully…
The Independent

CHAN 10168
Moeran: Violin Concerto/ Lonely Waters/Whythorne's Shadow/Cello Concerto

'The Cello Concerto was written for Peers Coetmore who was to become his wife. Raphael Wallfisch's playing makes the neglect of this glorious piece all the more astonishing.'
Gramophone

CHAN 10169
Moeran: Symphony in G/ Overture for a Masque/Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra

'it is a toe-tapper of palpable joy.
Gramophone

CHAN 10170
Moeran: String Quartet/ Fantasy Quartet/Sonata for Violin and Piano

Here are some rarely recorded works by a superb composer in excellent performances at mid-price.
American Record Guide

CHAN 10174
Vaughan Williams & Delius: Orchestral Works
CHAN 10175
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites/ Lyric Suite/Piano Concerto

'As a well-filled, single-disc collection of Grieg's Greatest Hits, this is a great buy.'
American Record Guide

CHAN 10184
Arensky: Two Piano Trios

''one senses the music coursing through the Russian's veins in a way that eludes their distinguished colleagues' when the music turns introspectively moody the Borodin players are inimitable. Brian Couzens's Chandos Classics recording is beatifully judged: warm yet detailed, and physically involving.'
International Record Review

CHAN 10192
Britten: Les Illuminations/ Quatre Chansons Françaises/Serenade

'These are profoundly symphathetic performances, with Lott at her best in the 14-year-old composer's precocious settings of Hugo and Verlaine. Bryden Thomson and the RSNO support attentively, and the recordings are truthful and atmostpheric in the best Chandos tradition.'
Gramophone

CHAN 10193
Stravinsky: Jeu de Cartes/ Orpheus/The Soldier's Tale
CHAN 10194
Harty: Complete Orchestral Works

"...The performances are excellent, and thev ery appealing Variations on a Dublin Air and Harty’s arrangement of the haunting Londonderry Air have bee added as a most enjoyable bonus on this CD."

The Penguin Guide – 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


CHAN 10199
Strauss, R: Symphonic Poems, Vol. 1

'The production is superb - and the performances range from the acceptable ( a rather portly Don Juan) to the first-rate (the tough hard-hitting Death and Transfiguration, the massive if slightly brutal Alpensinfonie) to the exceptional - the succulent, and surprisingly tender Ein Heldenleben.'
International Record Review

CHAN 10206
Strauss, R: Symphonic Poems, Vol. 2

Järvis interpretation of Domestica is both genial and sharply characterised, with remarkable playing by the SNO.
Gramophone on Symphonia domestica

CHAN 10208
Mozart: Requiem

George Guests new recording is distinguished by its deliberate tempos but also its very powerful rhythmic momentum and an expressive intensity of a kind one might not expect from a conductor and choir who belong to the English cathedral tradition. The choir is first class… Throughout the choral singing has a rare strength and vigour. I was very much struck by the clarity and balance of the recording…
Gramophone

CHAN 10209
Bax: Orchestral Works, Volume 7
CHAN 10218
Strauss, R: Symphonic Poems, Vol. 3

…well served here by Järvi and his fine Scottish Orchestra…
Classic FM Magazine

CHAN 10224
Mendelssohn: Symphonies

The Philharmonia was in top form when these recordings were made, and the players dutifully follow their leader, Walter Weller.
Fanfare

CHAN 10232
De Falla: Love the Magician/ Nights in the Gardens of Spain/Interlude & Spanish Dances

The brightly lit Chandos recording emphasis the vigour of Geoffrey Simons very vital account…
The Penguin Complete Guide

CHAN 10234
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3/ Symphonic Dances

…with superb playing from the LSO… the intensity is magnetic…
The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

CHAN 10235
Moeran: In the Mountain Country/ Rhapsodies 1 & 2/Nocturne/Serenade

Handleys… performances are well studied and beautiful.
American Record Guide

CHAN 10236
Strauss, R: Symphony No. 2/ Romanze/Six Songs

Järvis Strauss series is an important set of recordings that will hold an honoured place alongside Chandos Prokofiev and Bax cycles.
Fanfare

CHAN 10251
Ravel: Orchestral Works

…for those who above all simply wish to luxuriate in some of the most spellbinding scores in existence,Torteliers set could well prove to be the most rewarding of all… serious fans will prefer Tortelier.
Classic CD

CHAN 10271
Nielsen: Complete Symphonies

Excellent playing from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and exemplary recording from the Chandos team…
The Penguin Complete Guide

CHAN 10274
Britten: Cello Symphony/ Death in Venice Suite

This is the only recording of the ‘Death in Venice’ Suite, and it is a sonic spectacular, richly detailed, aptly paced, and emotionally involving.
American Record Guide

CHAN 10286
Gwyneth Jones: Wagner Arias

Chandos proves it can record a voice as well as an orchestra alone – state of the art
Gramophone

CHAN 10287
Grieg: Songs & Orchestral Music

…excellently done, and Chandos provide recording quality of the utmost naturalness and presence.
The Penguin Complete Guide

CHAN 10288
Bloch: Sacred Service

When this recording was originally issued on LP I compared it with all previous versions of the work… finding it to be superior with regard to both performance and sound… I remain enthusiastic about this Chandos release, especially in its CD re-issue.
Fanfare

CHAN 10290
Philharmonia / Simon - French Ballet Music of the 1920s

…these pieces are full of imagination and fun. Geoffrey Simon and the Philharmonia Orchestra give a very good account of themselves and the Chandos recording is little short of spectacular.
The Penguin Complete Guide to Compact Discs

CHAN 10307
Leighton: Cello Concerto/ Symphony No. 3

Strongly recommended.
Gramophone

CHAN 10308
Dyson: Symphony in G/ Overture: At the Tabard Inn/In Honour of the City

Hickox and his CLS forces do Dysons immensely personable music proud, and the sound is warm and true to match.
Hi-Fi News on the Symphony in G

CHAN 10312
Prokofiev: Divertimento/ Sinfonia Concertante/Sinfonietta

Really one is beginning to run out of words of praise in dealing with this Prokofiev series from Chandos… Another top mark.
Gramophone on the Sinfonietta

CHAN 10313
Strauss: Overture and Dance/ Duett-Concertino - Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder/Siegried Idyll/Träume

This is a disc for anyone who prefers Wagner out of the opera house, and more intimate than grandiloquent… Richard Hickox coaxes sophisticated playing…
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 10316
Martinu: Complete Symphonies

Conductor Bryden Thomson and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra perform with passion and purpose in this, the find of the year.
"Time, ‘The Best Music of 1992’"

CHAN 10324
Mayerl: The Piano Music of Billy Mayerl

Three disc of music by the so-called English Scott Joplin may seem too much of a good thing. Yet Parkin effects the maximum variety throughout these delightful miniatures, with spontaneity and sheer joie-de-vivre always present.
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 10327
Rachmaninoff: The Bells/ Vocalise/Dances from 'Aleko'/Capriccio bohémien
CHAN 10330
Tippett: Symphonies/ New Year Suite

Hickox’s Tippett cycle goes from strength to strength.
BBC Music

CHAN 10337
Dyson:Violin Concerto/ Children's Suite/Concerto leggiero/Concerto da camera/Concerto da chiesa

Here is a CD that I recommend with all possible enthusiasm…
Gramophone on CHAN 9076

CHAN 10343
Verdi: Complete Preludes, Overtures and Ballet Music

This treasure-trove is a comprehensive survey of all the purely orchestral music from Verdi’s operas… Edward Downes who conducts with passion and power, shows himself once again to be one of his country’s leading Verdians.
The Times on CHAN 9787(4) (Verdi set)

CHAN 10354
Lumbye: Festival at Tivoli

Musicianship is superb across all six of these masterpieces.
American Record Guide on CHAN 10271(3) X (Nielsen)

CHAN 10365
Carwithen: Orchestral Music

Shelley, Hickox and the LSO put not a foot wrong.
Tempo

CHAN 10366
Bax: Orchestral Works, Volume 8

It is full-bloodedly performed and finely recorded.
Gramophone

CHAN 10369
Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture and Suites from the Operas

Neeme Jarvi draws the most seductive response from the SNO; he consistently creates orchestral textures which are diaphanously sinuous. Yet the robust moments…are caught just as strikingly and the listener is assured that here is music which survives repetition uncommonly well.
Pengiun Complete Guide

CHAN 10371
Liszt: Works for Piano and Orchestra

‘Lortie brings powerful and flamboyant playing…adding enormous vigour and vibrancy to the disc.’
The Pianist on CHAN 9864 (Volume 2)

CHAN 10412
RSNO/Gibson/Philharmonia/Thomson - Spirit of Scotland

Gibson, understandably give a most affectionate account…both Tam O’Shanter and the Land of the Mountain and the Flood are in the demonstration bracket.
Gramophone on CHAN 8379

CHAN 10422
Elgar: Wand of Youth Suites/ Nursery Suite/Dream Children

Bryden Thomson and the Ulster Orchestra manage to capture the childlike innocence beautifully.
Classic FM Magazine

CHAN 10425
Finzi: Cello Concerto

These are beautiful recordings…
American Record Guide

CHAN 10426
Ulster Orchestra / Handley - Britten/ Bridge/Bax/Stanford: Orchestral Works

This record gives an excellent introduction to twentieth-century English programme music.
Tower Records, Guide to Classical Music

CHAN 10429
Elgar: Works for Piano

These fine pieces are expertly done by Peter Pettinger… full marks to Chandos…
Gramophone

CHAN 10431
Korngold: Lieder des Abschieds/ Symphony in F

"The Symphony is a work of real imaginative power... the orchestra is used with resource and flari. The BBC Philharmonic play with enthusiasm and sensitivity for Sir Edward Downes... Linda Finnie is a persuasive soloist [Abeschiedslieder]  and the balance is eminently well judged. The Chandos sound is wide-ranging."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


CHAN 10432
Korngold: Sursum Corda/ Sinfonietta

Quotes from original release:
Here are glorious performances of two of his early orchestral works.
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 10433
Korngold: Military March/ Cello Concerto/Symphonic Serenade/Piano Concerto

Quote from the original release:
First-rate playing and opulent, well-balanced recording. Well worth exploring
The Penguin Guide, 3 stars

CHAN 10434
Korngold: Schauspiel Ouverture/ Märchenbilder

The BBC Philharmonic under Matthias Bamert give an altogether excellent account of these scores and are recorded with remarkable realism.
Classic FM

CHAN 10435
Walton: Richard III

"Walton’s music to Richard III is hardly less impressive than that of his masterpiece, Henry V. From the vibrant fanfares which open the score, via the imposing music for the Coronation scene, to the dramatic Death of Richard, there is much to relish in this colourful and atmospheric score... Marriner and the Academy give performances just as ripely committed as in their other recordings in the series, helped by sonorous Chandos sound."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


CHAN 10436
Walton: Hamlet/ As You Like It

"Thanks to the diligence of Christopher Palmer, Walton’s score for Hamlet offers some 40 minutes of music, a rich and colourful suite, superbly played and recorded, an mcuh enhanced by the contribution of Sir John Gielgud in two of Shakespeare’s soliloquies... Marriner and the Academy draw out all te romantic warmth of both scores, and the sound is richly atmospheric to match."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


CHAN 10437
Walton: Henry V

"... Sir Neville Marriner caps even his previous recordings in this series, with the Academy and Westminster Choir producing heart-felt playing and singing in sumptuous sound. Christopher Plummer makes an excellent substitue for Olivier, unselfconsciously adopting a comparably grans style."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


CHAN 10448
Charpentier: Messe de minuit pour Noël · Poulenc: Motets · Salve Regina
CHAN 10457
Bax: Orchestral Works, Volume 9

"A really enjoyable disc, this – good to have it back."


Gramophone

CHAN 10468
Field: The Piano Concertos

"...The soloist, Micéal O’Rourke, is very persuasive and he receives admirable support from Bammert and the London Mozart players..."

The Pengiun Guide – 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


CHAN 10481
Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije/ Andante/Autumn/Stone Flower/Dreams

From the first distant fanfare the sense of magical fantasy and colourful invention are brilliantly rendered and recorded
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 10482
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky/ Scythian Suite/Le Pas d'acier

The Battle on the Ice shows this conductor’s great ability at its best
International Record Review

CHAN 10483
Prokofiev: Chout/ Suite from Love for Three Oranges/Waltz Suite

In this performance [The Buffoon] both conductor and orchestra rise splendidly to the occasion: here is an impressive realisation of the character studies that make up the Suite
International Record Review

CHAN 10484
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf/ Cinderella/Pushkiniana

The composer’s widow contributes a spirited narration of Peter and the Wolf, whose delicious score is played and conducted in roistering, colourful style – so is the Cinderella Suite
Classic FM Magazine

CHAN 10485
Prokofiev: Semyon Kotko/ The Gambler

Highly recommended for anyone for whom the operas remain enigmas
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 10486
Prokofiev: Divertimento/ Piano Sonata/Symphonic Song/Prodigal Son

The final disc in the series collects extremely rare music by this undoubtedly great composer, and Prokofiev admirers will simply have to have this, not only because the music is so infrequently encountered but also because it is so very well done
International Record Review

CHAN 10500
Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies

It is only when confronted by a set of performances of such general excellence that one turns to points of detail; no-one, buying this set will ever regret purchasing it. Noel Goodwin’s excellent informative original notes have been retained. This is a splendid set which has not at all been outclassed by later rivals
International Record Review

CHAN 10516
Mendelssohn: Paulus

"Richard Hickox’s version, recorded live in Cardiff with BBC Welsh forces, completely avoids sentimentality, finding freshness which effectively echoes the Bach Passions in punctuating the story of St Paul with chorales and the occasional ’turba’ or crowd chorus. In brushing any Victorian cobwebs away, Hickox tends to favour speeds on the fast side, never sounding hurried but, more importantly, never sound heavyor pompous as other German versions often do. Choral singing is excellent and among the soloists , Susan Gritton and Jean Rigby are first rate... The warmth and clarity of the recording add to the freshness..."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


CHAN 10535
Mendelssohn: Piano Trios Nos 1 and 2

 

“The Borodin Trio make the slow movements the emotional core of each work, not by becoming weighty or introspective but rather as a result of the warm-hearted sincerity of their playing.”  “…..Chando’s luxurious engineering pays special dividends, gently cushioning Mendelssohn’s magical lines so that the music feels as though it is being floated on air.”
“Highly recommended, especially to those in the past have tended to underrate these glorious scores..”
 

Julian Haylock


International Record Review - September 2009

CHAN 10536
Prokofiev: Ivan The Terrible

"...Intelligent and aurally incisive, the performance attests to Neeme Jarvi’s enduring skills as a Prokofiev interpreter of dramatic and gripping power." ****


Gary Lemco

 


Audiophile Audition - 7 January 2010

CHAN 10537
Prokofiev: October Cantata/ Excerpts from 'The Stone Flower'

“…with the Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra on top form under the inspired leadership of Jarvi. The central movement, ‘Revolution’, is particularly effective in its use of the chorus (singing and speaking in admirable Russian) and an extended percussion ensemble. The fill-up is a valuable suite of excerpts from a folk-tale ballet of 1948…”


Philip Reed                     


Choir & Organ Magazine - Jan/Feb 2010

CHAN 10538
Prokofiev: War & Peace Suite/ Russian Overture

“The ‘War and Peace symphonic suite’ was arranged by Christopher Palmer who also wrote the notes for this disc. It serves as a compact epitome of this grandest of epic operas. One is somehow more aware of the psychological element here which adds sobriety and tragic colour to the dances.
Away from the epic we move to Summer Night – the suite from the Rossinian Opera The Duenna. This music moves across five movements between a range of Romeo and Juliet-style classical dances to evocations of warm Ukraine summer midnights. The final scudding Dance (allegretto) is delectable and delectably recorded
The Russian Overture is from the years of the composer’s return to the Soviet Union. This is a canvas constantly in motion. Luxury recording too and ending in a blaze of gong and percussion.”

Rob Barnett


MusicWebInternational

CHAN 10539
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suites

“These are not splashy, high-impact performances…There is something very sweet and gentle about Jarvi’s approach. The music is certainly lyrical, but is seems more so here. There are no dramatics, no pushed climaxes, no jacked-up highs. The music merely unfolds. It’s a relief after so many other performances… If you are used to rich strings and stentorian brass this will seem understated at first. But aren’t you tires of conductors who overstate everything?”

Vroon


American Record Guide - November/December 2009

CHAN 10540
Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2/ Sonata No. 1
CHAN 10547
Martinu: Cello Concertos Nos 1 and 2/ Concertino

“A welcome concerto re-issue and a fine introduction to Martinu’s unique style… Recorded in 1991, Wallfisch’s consummate virtuosity and considerable lyrical gifts illuminate Martinu’s solo writing like no other. There have been a variety of other recordings of these works,…but this – one of Wallfisch’s finest discs – remains the best available, especially with Chandos’s excellent sound…”

Guy Rickards


Gramophone - December 2009

CHAN 10599
Dohnanyi: Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2

                 Performance  *****      Recording *****
“…And for Shelley, it’s an utterly jaw-dropping tour de force.”

Jessica Duchen                              
 


BBC Music Magazine - October 2010

CHAN 10628
LMP / Bamert: Contemporaries of Mozart Collection

“…There is an obvious enthusiasm for all the music that the London Mozart Players perform.” “…With good sound and liner notes from each release included in one booklet, this is definitely recommended.”

Barry Brenesal


Fanfare - January/February 2011

CHAN 10679
Gliere: The Orchestral Collection
CHAN 10684
Johann Strauss Orchestra / Rothstein - Vienna Premieres - 3 CD set
CHAN 10715
Dvorak: Concerto/Dohnanyi: Konzertstuck

"...If you didn’t aquire this Chandos disc when it first came out, it’s a good buy at its rereleased budget price. You probably already have half a dozen Dvorak cello concertos on your shelf, but this is a fine, if not exceptional, one, and the Dohnanyi is a worthwhile addition to any collection."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - September/October 2012


CHAN 10725
Holst: The Wandering Scholar

"...This well accoutred reissue is welcome indeed."

Paul Corfield Godfrey - MusicWeb-International.com – 5 October 2012

 


CHAN 10726
Elgar: The Light of Life
CHAN 10727
Howells: Hymnus Paradisis . A Kent Yeoman's Wooing Song

 "...The performance is extremely successful, conveying the dynamism and energy very well.... There have been a number of highly recommendable recordings of Hymnus Paradisi and there’s no doubt that this one is prominent among them. Hickox’s years as a choral trainer held him in fine stead for those many undertakings on disc and with him he has a responsive BBC Symphony and Chorus to work with. ...Despite the competition here ... Hickox and his forces reinforce a strong claim in this disc."

 
Jonathan Woolf -MusicWeb-International.com - 8 January 2013

CHAN 10728
Vaughan Williams: A Cotswold Romance · Death of Tintagiles

                  ***** - Exceptional

Carlo Bianchi - Musica magazine - November 2012


CHAN 10729
Bridge: Orchestral Works, The Collector's Edition

"...Despite this being a six-disc compilation, there’s little filler. The lighter pieces charm. The performances are consistently inspired, and the recorded sound is refulgent."

Graham Rickson - The Arts Desk.com - 29 September 2012


CHAN 10771
Britten: The Choral Edition

"... only exceptionallly creative conductors and singers can distinguish themselves in this choral oeuvre. Without the imaginative shaping of Britten’s endlessly varies colors, moods, textures, techniques, and styles the music is stillborn. That so much of it thrives here in a single volume is a tribute not only to the composer but to Paul Spicer and his singers. Also worthy of praise are the Chandos engineers, who created a sound stage with enough clarity and breadth to let these divergent gestures play out with out becoming diffuse and without falling all over each other. Somebody pushing the buttons, in short, really understood what Britten is about. "The wise musicians", said Duke Ellington, "are those who play what they can master." Boy, did that happen here."

Philip Greenfield - American Record Guide - November 2013


CHAN 10774
Bowen: Works for Piano

“… Celis’s pianism is remarkably dramatic as well as attentive to detail and mood … he certainly understands the greatness of this music and presents it in that light…”

Lynn René Bayley – Fanfare – November/December 2014


CHAN 10780
Howells: Music for Strings

"...I am glad this was recorded 9in 1992 but it sounds utterly fresh and gorgeous) and glad it was reissued. And since some of it has made me so happy I have to commend it to you."

Donald R Vroon - American Record Guide - November/December 2013


CHAN 10781
Rossini: Stabat Mater

 "...Truthfully, as much as I love this recording, there’s not much more to say. Perfection doesn’t call for too much comment."

Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - January/February 2014


CHAN 10782
Britten: Spring Symphony/Welcome Ode/Psalm 150

 "... All in all, a surprisingly good disc ..."

Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - January/February 2014


CHAN 10783
Finzi: Requiem de Camera · Britten/Holst: Choral Works

 "... Hickox’s recordings of English Music for Chandos are still pearls of great price; and this release , so animated by feelings  of sadness and compassion, is a fiting tribut to a talented conductor taken from us too soon"

Phillip Greenfield - American Record Guide - January/February 2014


CHAN 10784
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Etc.

“…The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is exuberant with bright colors, lively rhythms, and plenty of care applied to the characterization of the variations… Sea Interludes is in the same approach adapted to the difference in the music. These pieces can easily, and fittingly, sound romantic or impressionist. Here they are slightly lean, well-defined, and modern in style. Hickox’s approach works and the orchestra is with him…”

Roger Hecht – American Record Guide – January/February 2014


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